Cork Company of the Year Awards 2023

Announcing the finalists in the SME category of the Cork Chamber Cork Company of the Year Awards in association with Vodafone Ireland and media partner the Irish Examiner. Congratulations to Cool Running Events, M&P O’Sullivan and Barry & Fitzwilliam. Watch the videos of each below and read their profiles via the Irish Examiner online <HERE>


The winners of all categories will be announced on Friday 3rd February at the Cork Chamber Annual Dinner.

SME Category Finalists

Barry & Fitzwilliam


Now Ireland's leading independent drinks company, Barry & Fitzwilliam believe that the secret to success is that persistence always beats resistance.

Barry & Fitzwilliam - SME finalist, Cork Company of the Year Awards 2023

Cool Running Events


Cool Running Events have grown through innovation and delivering memorable outdoor experiences. 

Cool Runnings Events - SME finalist, Cork Company of the Year Awards 2023

M&P O'Sullivan


Fourth generation, now with 15,000 product lines the ambition for success remains strong as they expand their portfolio.

MP O'Sullivan - SME finalist, Cork Company of the Year Awards 2023


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Workplace Change: Practice and Skills - Micro Credentials
Member Price €800

Wed 8 Feb | 6.30pm-9.30pm | Blended


Framed in the discipline of positive psychology, the core knowledge and skills developed on this micro credential programme are critical to empower organisations and their people through a positive change process, thus enabling business to become more agile and responsive to a changing world of workplace practice.

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MS Excel Intermediate
Member Price: €150

Wed 8 Feb | 11.30am-1pm | 5 sessions | Online 


Suitable for those who are currently using MS Excel regularly but may not have attended formal training recently or may never have attended the training. This online course is for those with a busy schedule and is adaptable to the challenges of every lifestyle.

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Certificate in Training Delivery & Evaluation (New Train the Trainer) – QQI Level 6
Member Price €650

Tues 21 Feb | 9.30am-4pm | 5 sessions | Online


The purpose of this Certificate in Training Delivery & Evaluation Programme (Train the Trainer)  is to provide you with the tools and techniques to effectively deliver, assess and evaluate your training programmes. You will gain practical experience and recognised certification as a trainer. 

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Maximise Your Membership
Thurs 26th Jan | 10am-11am | Online

This session will offer members the opportunity to learn how to make the most of your membership. In this session, we outline practical tips on how to access the wider Chamber membership base, maximise your visibility and use the Member's Area.


This virtual session is open to anyone within your organisation, to both new and long standing members who would like a refresher on how to best utilise the Chamber platforms to continue to promote your brand, stay connected and be informed.

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Annual Dinner 2023 (waiting list only)
Fri 3 Feb | 6pm-11pm | Cork City Hall

Proudly Sponsored by AIB


Cork Chamber Annual Dinner is the region’s largest flagship event of the year, bringing together business leaders, political decision makers and influencers for this black tie corporate event. 


We are delighted to announce our guest of honour, Brian O’Sullivan, native of Castlelyons in Cork and founder and owner of Zeus, one of the largest privately owned packaging companies in Europe. 

Please add ticket requests to the waiting list.

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Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme

Supports are available for businesses that have experienced significant increases in their energy costs through the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme. Apply by January 31st to receive a claim for your energy costs relating to September 2022. 

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Q4 2022 Economic Trends
Sponsored by Permanent TSB

We asked our members about their experience of the most recent business quarter (October, November, December). This Economic Trends captures a snapshot of business experiences and of the overall operating landscape at the close of 2022 in a period which saw ongoing challenges with the rising cost of energy and inflation and a change of government leadership. The Q4 survey again asked about the ongoing business impact of rising energy costs and inflation to track business sentiment across quarter 3 and quarter 4 2022.

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"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much".

Working with local stakeholders is key to ensuring SMEs in Cork continue to thrive and grow. This week, our Enterprise Europe Network executive Grace visited the Local Enterprise Office South Cork to discuss how we can work together to help their clients grow internationally.

To find out how your business can reach new international markets, please contact

EU Tariff Suspension and Quota Scheme

Minister Dara Calleary has announced a new round of the tariff suspensions/quota schemes and is calling for applications from manufacturers in the industrial, agricultural and related sectors.

The aim of the tariff suspension scheme is to strengthen the Union’s industrial production capacity, thereby making it easier for its producers to compete with third country suppliers. Deadline for applications is 5:30pm on Tuesday 31st January 2023

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