WITH the deadline of September 6th now just a month away, the organisers of the West Cork Business & Tourism Awards, The Southern Star and partners Cork County Council and AIB, are reminding businesses to get their entries in as soon as possible as submissions have been arriving steadily over the last few weeks.
‘So far we’ve had a wide range of businesses entering across the categories including both small and bigger companies, some new businesses and some well established ones too,’ Sean Mahon from The Southern Star said.
‘Interestingly, the category with the fewest entries to date is Best Marketing Initiative, which is surprising as there are so many businesses in West Cork who market themselves brilliantly. Great marketing can mean anything from a new logo or branding, a social media campaign, an ad campaign in the newspaper or on-line, to a new strand to your business that’s bringing additional customers. Anything that you’re doing to promote your business in a way that’s clever, interesting and of course successful.’
There are 11 awards categories in total, of which Best Marketing Initiative is one. Others include Best Use of Digital, Best Customer Service and Best Artisan Food Producer. Entrants are encouraged to enter up to two awards to give themselves the best chance of becoming a finalist, where they stand to gain a lot of free publicity including a profile article and photograph in a special West Cork Business & Tourism Awards supplement to be published in The Southern Star in November, ahead of the final.
Businesses can enter the West Cork Business & Tourism Awards at www.corkcountybusinessandtourismawards.ie or by picking up an entry form from The Southern Star, their local AIB branch, the Local Enterprise Office in Clonakilty or by calling 085–742 2294.