25 May 2023

National Enterprise Awards beckon for Cork companies BaseWorx and Hyde Whiskey

Two Cork based businesses have been awarded Local Enterprise Awards from Cork County Council’s respective Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) in Cork North and West and South Cork.


Companies ‘BaseWorx’ and ‘Hyde Whiskey’ received the accolade for building successful businesses despite the challenging times of the past two years. They will now compete against 28 other businesses at the National Enterprise Awards at the Round Room in Dublin on the 1st of June for a share of the €35,000 winner’s prize fund.

Representing LEO Cork North and West, BaseWorx, was founded by Graham Clarke, Keith Killilea, and Kevin McSharry. BaseWorx is a cloud-based management platform for flexible workspaces. It helps managers to efficiently manage their space for a wide range of workspaces including Enterprise Centres, Coworking Hubs and Shared office settings. The global flex space market is expected to reach a value of $103 billion by 2027, driven by an increase in demand for flexible office spaces from various industries, along with the rise of remote work.

Hyde whiskey

Conor Hyde of Hyde Whiskey created his now burgeoning business from revisiting his own family’s rich history of whiskey distilling of over twelve generations since 1640. It has been awarded some of the world’s top whiskey accolades for its art of wood management and cask maturation which gives Hyde Whiskey its unmistakable taste and character, making it one of Ireland’s best small batch, hand-crafted whiskeys. Now in its ninth year of business Hyde Whiskey today exports over 23 different HYDE whiskeys into more than 65 different export markets worldwide. 

Speaking at a special luncheon to celebrate the award winners, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Danny Collins said,

“I would like to congratulate Hyde Whiskey and BaseWorx on their awards and wish them all the very best as they progress in the competition. While many independent businesses are encountering challenges, it is heartening to see many still break through and achieve success.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Danny Collins

Last year Cork County Council’s LEO offices in South Cork and Cork North and West approved grants totaling over €1.75million to assist local businesses. Cork has long provided exceptional business supports for start up and existing business, as part of its offering to the business community.

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Further details about the supports available to local start-ups and small businesses are available through www.localenterprise.ie