THREE Skibbereen businesses have been recognised for their outstanding achievements this year at the Cork Business Awards.
Tilehaven, originally based in Castlehaven, but now with shops in Little Island, Bandon and Ballymena, won the Cork Retail award for their ‘exceptional customer service and overall shopping experience’.
The Church Restaurant in Skibbereen won the the Skibbereen Business of 2016 award. The judges’ Special Merit award for 2016 was awarded to the Ludgate digital hub in Skibbereen, for their ‘outstanding contribution to Cork’.
Vivian O’Callaghan from Tilehaven said it was great to see his team’s efforts to ‘deliver the best customer experience in Cork’ was really paying off.
Vivian started Tilehaven from his home in Castlehaven in 1999 and has grown the business dramatically, now with three stores on the island of Ireland.
The Church’s Regina Daly accepted her award from guest speaker and broadcaster Bibi Baskin, who made a point of telling the audience how she had recently dined at The Church restaurant and described it as ‘an absolute must’ for everyone to experience at some time.
‘It was lovely to be recognised for all the hard work and effort that the staff put in over the year and for our customers to have chosen us to be nominated makes it even more special,’ said Regina.
Other town award winners included The Ballincollig Business of 2016 – Oriel House Hotel; the Bandon Business of 2016 – Kevin O’Leary Motor Group; the Bantry Business of 2016 – Keohane’s Seafoods; the Carrigaline Business of 2016 – Collins SuperValu; the Clonakilty Business of 2016 – Shannon Vale Foods; the Dunmanway Business of 2016 – Healy’s SuperValu; the Glengarriff Business of 2016 – Casey’s Hotel; the Kinsale Business of 2016 – The Blue Haven Hotel; the Macroom Business of 2016 – MedCo; the Rosscarbery Business of 2016 – The Celtic Ross Hotel; the Ringaskiddy Business of 2016 – The Island Crematorium, and the Union Hall Business of 2016 – The Fish Shop/Glenmar Shellfish.