Chamber Awards 2020: Cork Chamber named ‘Chamber of the Year’


Cork Chamber was today (2 July 2020) awarded the title of ‘Chamber of the Year’ at the Chambers Ireland annual Chamber Awards, sponsored by Zurich. The Awards seek to recognise the outstanding work of Chambers throughout the country while providing a national platform for Chambers to share and promote how they continue to be active and excel in developing initiatives, events, campaigns and further activities that contribute to their Chamber locality and wider geographic region.

Siobhan Kinsella, President of Chambers Ireland said,

“It is brilliant that we have this opportunity to celebrate the winners of this year’s Chamber Awards. I am delighted to be able to congratulate Cork Chamber today for winning the Award of ‘Chamber of the Year’.

The Chamber Awards are a celebration of the work of local Chambers and putting the local businesses that they represent at the heart of their communities.

These Awards share a perspective on the work and active engagement that each Chamber puts in with their local communities, amidst ongoing challenges and highlights the standards of excellence the Chamber network establishes as a whole in supporting local business nationwide.

As well as today’s Award win for Cork Chamber, I’d like to commend all of the winners of this year’s Chamber Awards for their efforts.

Congratulations once again to Cork Chamber on being awarded the accolade of ‘Chamber of the Year’.”

Conor Healy, CEO of Cork Chamber on receiving the award stated that,

“I am truly delighted and proud to accept this award on behalf of all at Cork Chamber. The Chamber membership, committees, board and President all contribute hugely to the overall success of the organisation and that synergy of volunteerism with our professional team is essential.

2019 was a milestone for the Chamber celebrating 200 years of Championing Cork and 2020 is an exceptional year for us all for very different reasons, but the spirit of Cork Chamber members has empowered a steadfast ambition for the region.”

Mr Healy highlighted that “Through both positive and challenging circumstances my colleagues at Cork Chamber have proven to be exemplary professionals, with a dedication to our members and the organisation that goes above and beyond. They should rightly be proud to have their achievements lauded here today.

It is a time of change and though there remain some uncertainties, our members can be assured that they have the support of a Chamber at the top of its game.”

Paula Cogan, President of Cork Chamber on the announcement said that,

“It is a great honour for Cork Chamber to receive this national award and recognition from Chambers Ireland and sponsors Zurich for the work we do. We thank our members and many stakeholder partners, whose vibrancy, energy and drive has built the excellent reputation of our city region, and we are committed to building a sustainable and resilient economic future for all.

I would like to recognise the work of my board colleagues and the excellent team at the Chamber led by CEO Conor Healy for their outstanding contribution, duly recognised with this award.”

Congratulating Cork Chamber, Colm Blake, Head of Insurance Marketing at Zurich Ireland commented,

“Zurich is delighted to continue our support for the annual Chamber Awards. These awards showcase the important work the Chamber network is doing to support businesses of all sizes and sectors across the country. They celebrate the innovation, ingenuity and resilience shown by Chambers and their members, attributes needed in business more than ever.”

There were six awards presented in addition to the overall ‘Chamber of the Year’ award.

The full list of winners for each of the awards categories is as follows:

Chamber of the Year

Cork Chamber

Event of the Year

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry – NI Chamber Annual Networking and Business Showcase 2019

Most Innovative Project

Dublin Chamber – Dublin’s Global Reputation

Most Successful Policy Campaign

Galway Chamber – Get Galway Moving

Local Authority Collaboration

County Carlow Chamber – Chamber Trade Connections Export to Netherlands Programme

Best Membership Initiative

Drogheda & District Chamber – Drogheda Chamber ‘Fit-Biz’

Best Chamber Marketing Campaign

Cork Chamber – Cork Chamber’s Bicentenary Celebrations



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