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Finalists Revealed for Inaugural Best in Cork Awards

Finalists Revealed for Inaugural Best in Cork Awards
  • Cork County Council’s enterprise awards to take place on February 13th

Green energy businesses, social enterprises, multinational companies, visitor centres, food producers and service providers are in the running to be named the Mayor of the County of Cork’s Best Overall Business. 

The Best in Cork Awards aims to recognise the vital contributions businesses and tourism providers make to the County of Cork and the inaugural winners will be revealed at a gala ceremony at Cork County Hall on Tuesday, February 13th. 

A total of 44 businesses have been shortlisted across eight categories. Divisional finals were held during November and December for Best Small Business, Best Medium Business and Best Start-up. The finalists of the remaining five categories have now been revealed. 

The shortlist for Best Large Business is made up of: Hanley Calibration, PV Generation Ltd, Fota Island Resort, Merck, Celtic Ross Hotel and Eli Lilly Cork.

The finalists in Best Green Innovation are: Climeaction, Atlantic Flight Training Academy, Tower Garden, Ballymaloe House Hotel, Hanna’s Bees and Polar IceTech.

The Connection to the Community category is made up of: The Ludgate Hub, Celtic Ross Hotel, Sli Eile Support Services, Synergy Credit Union, West Cork Connects and The Culinary Celt.

There are two tourism categories, Best Tourist Attraction (Paid) is made up of: Clonakilty Black Pudding Visitor Centre, Allihies Copper Mine Museum, ÓTuama Tours, Atlantic Sea Kayaking, Ballyhass Adventure Group and Kinsale Food Tours. The shortlist for attractions that don’t have an admission charge is: The Donkey Sanctuary, Sirius Arts Centre, Wanderly, Tiny Feet Fairy Garden and Doneraile Art FesT.

Bespoke trophies are being crafted by County Cork woodturner Abe Cashman for the winners. Each piece is created using reclaimed and salvaged wood such as old floorboards, ceiling joists or off cuts from furniture making. 

The awards are being judged by an independent panel of judges that includes entrepreneurs DC Cahalane and Ingrid Seim; Acting Director of Service, Corporate Services, Cork County Council, Nicola Radley; Managing Director of Trigon Hotels Aaron Mansworth and former CEO of Red FM Diarmuid O’Leary. 

The awards ceremony, at Vertigo, Cork County Hall, will be presided over by Cork native and Virgin Media Presenter Elaine Crowley. The winners of each category will be announced before the Mayor of the County of Cork’s Overall Business of the Year is revealed. 

The full list of finalists are as follows:

 BEST START-UP

  • NMK Renewables
  • BladeBridge
  • SimpleStudy
  • Wizard & Grace Essential Oil Candles
  • Breakthrough Maths
  • Everywhere English

BEST SMALL BUSINESS

  • Viska Systems
  • The Sibly Food Co
  • Wildberry Bakery
  • Dave Long Coach Travel
  • Hanna’s Bees
  • The Grumpy Bakers

BEST MEDIUM BUSINESS

  • CPH
  • Horgans Delicatessen Supplies
  • Sheenco Travel
  • Oak Fire Pizza
  • Green Rebel
  • Ballymaloe House Hotel

BEST LARGE BUSINESS

  • Hanley Calibration
  • PV Generation Ltd
  • Fota Island Resort
  • Merck 
  • Celtic Ross Hotel
  • Eli Lilly Cork

GREEN INNOVATION

  • Climeaction
  • Atlantic Flight Training Academy
  • Tower Garden
  • Ballymaloe House Hotel
  • Hanna’s Bees
  • Polar IceTech

CONNECTION TO THE COMMUNITY

  • The Ludgate Hub
  • Celtic Ross Hotel
  • Sli Eile Support Services 
  • Synergy Credit Union
  • West Cork Connects
  • The Culinary Celt

BEST TOURIST ATTRACTION (PAID)

  • Clonakilty Black Pudding Visitor Centre
  • Allihies Copper Mine Museum
  • ÓTuama Tours 
  • Atlantic Sea Kayaking 
  • Ballyhass Adventure Group
  • Kinsale Food Tours

 BEST TOURIST ATTRACTION (FREE)

  • The Donkey Sanctuary
  • Sirius Arts Centre
  • Wanderly
  • Tiny Feet Fairy Garden
  • Artfortheheart (Doneraile Art FesT)

The finalists have been announced for Cork County Council’s inaugural Best in Cork awards which take place on Tuesday, February 13th. A total of 44 businesses are in the running to be named the Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Frank O’Flynn’s Best Overall Business. Bespoke trophies, made using reclaimed and salvaged wood, are being crafted by woodturner Abe Cashman. Pictured at his workshop in Ballinhassig are Abe Cashman, woodturner and Mayor Frank O’Flynn. Pic: Brian Lougheed