20 Apr 2021

CBA Cork Business of the Year winners announced at virtual ceremony

Cork Business Association hosted a highly successful virtual awards ceremony for Cork’s Business Community on 17 April, 2021.

This years ceremony showcased the extraordinary resilience and innovation of Corks Business community who have responded to the challenges of Covid-19 through one of the most difficult trading years in Cork’s history. Expressing solidarity with the challenges facing the business community, dignitaries at the ceremony included Lord Mayor of Cork City Cllr. Joe Kavanagh, An Taoiseach Micheál Martin and CEO of Cork City Council Ann Doherty.

The awards, which are run in partnership with JCD, Peninsula, Centra and media partner The Irish Examiner, recognise the outstanding contribution of businesses and individuals working diligently across a variety of business sectors in Cork City and suburbs.

Kilkenny Design and Diana O’Mahony Jewellers claimed the top awards at the Cork Business Association’s ‘Cork Business of the Year Awards’, which were held virtually for the first time since the annual event began 64 years ago on Saturday night, 17 April.

Kilkenny Design won the overall Large Cork Business of the Year prize and also picked up Best in Retail, while Diana O’Mahony was recognised as the overall SME Cork Business.

Meanwhile, Professor Mary Horgan at UCC was named Champion of Cork for her outstanding contribution to health care, in particular for her role in the Covid-19 pandemic, while Event Plan picked up a special award for demonstrating resilience and innovation have experienced one of the most difficult trading years in Cork’s history.

Michael Magner of Cork’s Vienna Woods won Best Family Business Award, while we saw businesses on Princes Street celebrate in style on Twitter after winning Best in Tourism Arts and Events for their Eat on the Street initiative, which is dominating the national headlines.

Best Cork VFI Pub went to Clancys Cork, Best Cork Restaurant was picked up by The Glass Curtin, Best Hotel was presented to The Montenotte, and palestinian Izz Cafe won in their category for epitomising spirit in the face of adversity.

Breakthrough Cancer Research was recognised as Best Professional Services Business for their outstanding contribution to creating new treatments for cancer patients and their innovative campaigns, while Fota Island Resort picked up the Best in Digital award for their creativity online over the past year.  The region’s first design-led boutique hotel, The Dean, won the Best New Business Award.

Each winner was given the opportunity to make a 5 word speech at the online ceremony, which was MC’d by Bobby Kerr and attended virtually with over 500 members of Cork’s business community.

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