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West Cork Business & Tourism Awards 2018


The finalists in each of the 10 Awards Categories for this year's inaugural

West Cork Business & Tourism Awards have been announced!  

We had a fantastic response with almost 250 entries received across 10 categories from 128 businesses & organisations, which surpassed all our expectations and shows the appetite for this kind of initiative. Innovation, enterprise and hard work are definitely alive in West Cork! 

The judges have now shortlisted 3 finalists per category, which has been an incredibly tough job such was the standard of entries received.  See the full list below.  Look out for a 40-page special supplement in the Southern Star Thursday 22nd November, featuring all shortlisted finalists for each Awards Category.  

The next stage is the 'Pitch Night' in Bandon Monday 5th November, where finalists will have the opportunity to sell themselves and their businesses to the judges face to face, via a 3-minute pitch.  

Judges will then decide the ultimate winners for each category, with these announced at a Gala Awards Dinner on the 30th November at the Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa Hotel, with TV presenter Síle Seoige as guest MC.  The black-tie affair promises to be a great event, with drinks reception, 4 course meal and music, as well as the Awards.  

There will also be an overall 'West Cork Business of the Year' Award, as well as a special Mayor's Award for 'Outstanding West Cork Business Ambassador' which will be presented to a West Cork businessperson whom the judges feel has made a significant and extraordinary contribution to business life in West Cork.  

All finalists will receive 2 complimentary tickets for the Dinner and there is the opportunity to buy additional tickets.  

Call Jennifer on 028 – 21200 to book tickets.


Best New Business
West Cork Eggs
Highly commended : Beara Distillery
Sponsored by Blueprint Financial Planning 


Best Not For Profit Organisation
Bantry Hospice
Employability West Cork
Ludgate Hub
Highly commended : Lisheens House
Sponsored by Eli Lilly 


Best Use of Social Media/Digital
Irish Tech News
Vantage Point Video
Career Services
Highly commended : Travelmaster
Sponsored by The Ludgate Hub 


Best Customer Service
Sheenco Travel 
Murphy’s SuperValu, Castletownbere
Hairy Henry
Highly commended : Lemon Leaf Café
Sponsored by Trigon Hotels


Best Artisan Food Company
Caherbeg Free Range Pork Ltd
Durrus Cheese
A Taste of Irish Spirit
Highly commended : Kinsale Mead
Sponsored by Clonakilty Black Pudding


Best Small to Medium Enterprise
Keohane Readymix
Rowa Pharmaceuticals
O’Donnell’s Furniture
Blacks Brewery & Distillery
Highly commended : West Cork Vegetables, Fresh Fish Deli
Sponsored by Skibbereen & Bandon Credit Union


Best Marketing Campaign/Initiative
Little Red Fish
Sheep’s Head & Bantry Tourism Co-operative
Morgan O’Driscoll Auctioneers
Highly commended : Healy’s SuperValu
Sponsored by Fitzgerald & Partners


Best West Cork Festival
West Cork Music
Fastnet Film Festival
A Taste of West Cork Food Festival
Highly commended : Ardfield Summer Festival
Sponsored by AIB 


Best Unique/Innovative Small Tourism Organisation
Clonakilty Park Adventure Centre
West Cork Farm Tours
Cottages for Couples
Highly commended : Allihies Copper Mine Museum
Sponsored by AIB


Outstanding West Cork Tourism Experience
Michael Collins House
Sam McGuire Visitor Experience
Cleire & Fastnet Tours
Highly commended : Kinsale Heritage Walks
Sponsored by The Blue Haven Hotel