Ahead of the official awards ceremony on 3rd April, Chambers Ireland today (10 March 2020) announces the official shortlist for the 2020 Chamber Awards.


The full shortlist for the Chamber Awards is as follows:

Best Chamber Marketing Campaign

Cork Chamber – Cork Chamber’s Bicentenary Celebrations

Drogheda & District Chamber – M1 Corridor, the centre of Ireland’s economic growth

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry – ‘Well Connected with NI Chamber’

Waterford Chamber -‘Network Magazine’


Event of the Year

Cork Chamber -No Escaping – Networking at Cork City Gaol

Drogheda & District Chamber – Fleadh Cheoil Na hEireann – Drogheda 2019

Kilkenny Chamber – Kilkenny Business Awards 2019

Letterkenny Chamber – Summer Sessions

Northern Ireland Chamber – NI Chamber Annual Networking and Business Showcase 2020

Tralee Chamber – CNY Tralee

Waterford Chamber – Tramore Christmas Festival


Local Authority Collaboration

Cork Chamber – Ireland’s Greenest Bus Fleet

County Carlow Chamber – Chamber Trade Connections Export to Netherlands Programme

County Kildare Chamber – Kildare to Boston Trade Mission 2019

Drogheda & District Chamber – Drogheda Motor Show

Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber – Dungarvan Home Of The Greenway – Tourism Partnership In An Evolving Market

Letterkenny Chamber – The Retail Promotion Initiative


Most Innovative Project

Cork Chamber – The Sustainable Cork Fund

Bantry Chamber – Grow Remote – Bantry Chapter

Dublin Chamber – Dublin’s Global Reputation

Galway Chamber – Galway Innovation Hubs

Shannon Chamber – Mid-West Lean Network

Sligo Chamber – Look Up Sligo

Waterford Chamber – Waterford Chamber Regional Leaders Programme


Most Successful Policy Campaign

Cork Chamber – The Viability and Affordability of Apartment Building in Cork City

County Kildare Chamber – Chamber lobby for rate freeze for 2020

Dublin Chamber – City Regions Ireland. 5 Cities – 8 Principles – A Shared Voice

Galway Chamber – Get Galway Moving

Limerick Chamber – Chambers of Mid-West & West unite to advocate for increased support for regional airports

South Dublin Chamber – Brexit – What We think we know, What we know we wont know, What we need to do.


Best Membership Initiative

Bray & District Chamber – Tea @ 10. A Business Networking Initiative

Cork Chamber – The Cork Chamber Pioneer Membership

Northern Ireland Chamber – Getting to Know NI Chamber

Waterford Chamber – Merger of Waterford Chamber and Tramore Chamber of Tourism & Commerce Waterford Chamber

Drogheda & District Chamber – Drogheda Chamber ‘FitBiz’


The Awards seek to recognise the outstanding work of Chambers around the country while providing a platform for Chambers to share and promote how active and engaged they are across several different areas.


The shortlist features projects from 17 Chambers, exemplifying the wide-ranging work being done around the country.


Congratulating the Chambers shortlisted, Colm Blake, Head of Insurance Marketing at Zurich Ireland, the main sponsor of the awards, commented,


“At Zurich, we have proudly supported Chambers Ireland over the years and are delighted to once again be the title sponsor of their annual awards for 2020.


These Awards are an opportunity to reward the excellence of the Chamber network and their members; particularly for the work they do to promote the long-term development of businesses in their communities so that they are better places in which to live, work and do business.


We are thrilled to reinforce our commitment to helping the Chambers celebrate these achievements in Ireland.”


Commenting on the reveal of the shortlist, Ian Talbot, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive said,


“Chambers across the country are active participants in the development of our regions, our towns, our communities – the places we call our own. The Chamber Awards is a celebration of how Chambers place business at the heart of their communities.


Through their work in supporting local economic development, Chambers take the lead in launching innovative campaigns, projects and policy proposals. Our goal in hosting this national awards ceremony is to promote this creativity and hard work.


Local Chambers collectively promote Ireland’s business competitiveness through a variety of creative projects and activities, particularly through the brilliant events they run which highlight what their local areas have to offer and attract local people and international visitors alike.


We look forward to the awards ceremony in April and in the meantime I would like to wish all of the shortlisted Chamber applicants the very best of luck.”


The Chamber Awards winners will be announced at the official awards ceremony on 3rd April at the Killashee Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare. Awards will be presented for excellence in six different categories and one Chamber will be awarded the overall award of Chamber of the Year 2020.