Launch of Cork Company of the Year Awards 2021

-Cork Chamber Awards to Recognise Success Stories in a Challenging Year-

The Cork Company of the Year Awards, run by Cork Chamber in association with Vodafone Ireland, have been launched and will remain open for applications until February 22nd. Having become the most esteemed business awards in the region, the robust judging process will take place remotely and deliberations will reveal some of the great success stories in the business community. Running for over 20 years, the awards celebrate the best of Cork business from new, emerging businesses right through to international organisations.
The four award categories are: 
  1. Emerging Company of the year (<4 years in business)
  2. SME Company of the year (<75 employees)
  3. Large Company of the year (>75 employees)
  4. Cork International Company of the year
Paula Cogan, President of Cork Chamber said:
“This year, more than any other, it is essential that we celebrate the hard work, determination and innovation that exists in Cork businesses. The Cork Company of the Year Awards have become known for identifying entrepreneurial bravery, business ingenuity and strategic growth that have helped to build the reputation of Cork as the best place for business both nationally and internationally.”
“Over the years we have seen many finalists and winners leverage the awards to champion their successes and share their stories among industry peers, stakeholders and across the talent pool. And while core business achievements are an essential ingredient for success in these awards, it is those organisations incorporating sustainability, inclusion and diversity that truly set themselves apart. Together with our sponsor Vodafone Ireland and media partner Irish Examiner we are looking forward to another vibrant and competitive awards.”
Commenting on the awards, Frank Madden, CEO of Crest Solutions, winner of the large category 2020 Cork Company of the Year, said: 
We were honoured to be awarded Cork Chamber Large Company of the Year 2020 and it was a privilege to be shortlisted amongst such a high calibre of businesses. The win has helped propel our global status through CXV Global as a leading solutions provider to life-sciences manufacturers. This win was a true testament to the great work of our team. We thank Cork Chamber for the opportunity and wish all this year’s contestants the very best of luck.”

John Goulding, CEO of Workvivo and Winner of the Emerging Category 2020, added:  
“Being nominated and presented with such a long standing and prestigious award last year was a real milestone for Workvivo and one that the whole team felt very proud about. We have watched with admiration and have been inspired by the stories of nominees and winners of these awards in previous years and it was incredible to be part of it ourselves last year.”

Paul Wickham, General Manager Midleton, Irish Distillers, who were awarded overall Cork Company of the Year 2020 commented:
“With a rich history in Cork since 1825, Irish Distillers was truly honoured to be named Cork Company of the Year in 2020. The award recognised Irish Distillers ongoing innovation, investment in operations, commitment to sustainability and economic contribution to the region, underpinned by its many partners and suppliers across Cork.”
“Furthermore, the prestigious accolade of Cork Company of the Year has provided us with a platform to reflect on and celebrate our business success. This recognition inspires all our passionate and dedicated team as we work to continue on our growth trajectory in 2021 and beyond.”
Sinéad Bryan, Vodafone Business Director, Vodafone Ireland added:
We are excited to once again be part of the Cork Company of the Year Awards, which each year showcases the very best of business talent in Cork by celebrating outstanding achievements within the local business community. Vodafone Ireland is committed to supporting companies which embrace today's dynamic landscape with innovation and adaptive work practises. These awards provide an excellent opportunity to celebrate these companies, especially as many businesses have had a tough year and have showed amazing resilience and determination in the face of adversity”.
The strength of the awards lies in a detailed judging process managed by an experienced panel of business leaders, who meticulously review each application across three phases. 
The judging process is cited by many entrants, finalists and winners as being a real learning opportunity to examine key parts of their business. Coupled with the extensive profile that finalists receive across multiple print and digital platforms, the judging process is invaluable.
To complete the entry form or to nominate a company please visit
Closing date for all completed applications is Monday 22nd of February 2021. Winners in each category along with the Overall Cork Company of the Year will be announced at the dedicated virtual event in May.
2021 Categories for Cork Company of the Year
  1. Emerging Company of the year (<4 years in business)
  2. SME Company of the year (<75 employees)
  3. Large Company of the year (>75 employees)
  4. Cork International Company of the year 
2021 Judging Panel:
2020 Cork Company of the Year Awardees Were:
Overall Winner: Irish Distillers
Workvivo; Emerging Cork Company of the Year 2020
AnaBio; SME Cork Company of the Year 2020
Crest Solutions; Large Cork Company of the Year 2020
Irish Distillers; Corporate Cork Company of the Year 2020