By Elaine Murphy
The strength of these awards lies in its meticulous, phased judging process managed by an experienced panel of business leaders coupled with the extensive profile the finalists receive across multiple print and digital platforms.
Bill O’Connell, President of Cork Chamber, said; “We are delighted to have Vodafone as our partners and the Irish Examiner as our media partners which together has enabled us to grow and strengthen these awards. The Cork Company of the Year Awards offer businesses an excellent platform to champion their success and put themselves in the spotlight. Companies and their diverse workforces are central to their communities and throughout this year’s judging process we are looking to highlight those that have active CSR initiatives in place. We look forward to Cork’s vibrant businesses putting themselves forward and we encourage all to enter.”
Dairygold were awarded the impressive accolade of Overall Winner of Cork Company of the Year 2017. Speaking of the impact of that win, Jim Woulfe, Chief Executive, stated, “We were very honoured to accept the award as an organisation so deeply embedded within the Cork region. The award recognised the successful execution of our business strategy, capital investments programme, key strategic partnerships and the economic benefits that are being delivered to communities across Cork and the wider Munster region, all made possible by the commitment and support of our organisation’s many stakeholders”.
Sales Director, Vodafone Ireland, Leo O’Leary added, “Vodafone is delighted to continue our involvement with the respected Cork Company of the Year Awards, which each year recognises the best of what Cork has to offer in terms of innovative companies that are growing, developing their teams and expanding internationally. Vodafone is committed to support companies who embrace today’s dynamic landscape with innovation and adaptive work practises. These awards provide an excellent opportunity for teams to come together and share and learn from this process. “
The four award categories for 2018 are:
- Emerging Cork Company of the Year (less than 3 years in business)
- Cork SME Company of the Year (less than 50 employees)
- Cork Large Company of the Year (50-200 employees)
- Cork Corporate of the Year (more than 200 employees)
To complete the entry form or to nominate a company please visit: www.corkchamber.ie
Closing date for all completed applications is Thursday 26th October 2017.
Winners in each category along with the Overall Cork Company of the Year will be announced at the Cork Chamber Annual Dinner held on February 2nd 2018 which is one of the largest business events of the year, where close to 1000 business people, including the country’s leading business and political figures, will be in attendance.