SoHo Group wins top Cork Business award


Last night The SoHo Group and Sheena’s Boutique won top prizes at the Cork Business Association’s Business of the Year awards.

The hotel group was named Large Business of the Year for its network of heavily branded businesses which add to the diversity of options for socializing in Cork.

Sheena’s Boutique was named Small Business of the Year for its presence on the city’s Oliver Plunkett Street for four decades.

The awards took place at a black-tie event at the Vienna Woods attended by Taoiseach Micheal Martin and MC Bobby Kerr.

Peninsula’s Moira Grassick presented the award to Sheena McCarthy and the staff of Sheena’s Boutique at the ABC (Cork Business Association) President’s Dinner. Photo: Brian Lougheed

Cork City Council has been named Cork Champion for its contribution to the city and its proactive response to changing business needs during the pandemic, such as outdoor dining and social distancing.

Other winners of the evening included O’Connor Bros Funeral Home accepting the award for Best Family Business in Cork, while Cool Running Events won Best in Tourism Arts and Events for their Alpine Skate Trail in Fota .

The Best Cork Hotel was featured at the Imperial Hotel for its sustainability innovation and new Sketch cocktail bar, The Best Cork VFI Pub went to Dwyer’s of Cork, The Best Cork Restaurant was chosen by Oak Fire Pizza and the 5 Points Cafe won in its category. for the best coffee.

Foley’s Plumbing Ltd has been recognized as the best professional services company, while the Crawford Art Gallery has won the Best in Digital award for its online creativity over the past year. Café Moody Vin won the award for best new cork business. The Sustainable Business Innovation Award went to the Cork Migrant Centre, Nano Nagle Place, for its social enterprise Saoirse Ethnic Hands on Deck.

The awards are run in partnership with JCD, Centra, Peninsula and The Irish Examiner, recognize the value and achievement of Cork businesses which have survived and innovated over the past year and those which have contributed to or promoted the improvement of the commercial, cultural or civic sector. Liege life. The aim is to encourage commercial excellence in the city.

Kevin Herlihy, ABC Chairman with Ann Doherty, Chief Executive of Cork City Council and Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr.  Colm Kelleher with Mick Loftus (2nd left) and MTU's Gerard O'Donovan (right).  Photo: Brian Lougheed
Kevin Herlihy, ABC Chairman with Ann Doherty, Chief Executive of Cork City Council and Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Colm Kelleher with Mick Loftus (2nd left) and MTU’s Gerard O’Donovan (right). Photo: Brian Lougheed

Guests enjoyed a five-course ‘Taste of Cork’ dinner, which was an innovative collaboration between the chefs of Cork’s Vienna Woods, Cork International Hotel, Hayfield Manor, The Trident Hotel and The Blue Haven Collection Kinsale. It showcased the wealth of producers and winemakers in the Cork region and was paired with a selection of Centra-sponsored wines.

Speaking on the evening, Cork Business Association Chairman Kevin Herlihy said: “Our awards night is a celebration of Cork’s business community which drives our local economy. It’s a celebration of companies that go above and beyond, and it’s a celebration of employers, proud employees and ambassadors of our community. »


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