University Chapter of BNI in Cork wins National Award…

Barry Design +BNI Echo 5May16Bni University Echo 5May2016Ireland’s top business networkers were celebrated on Monday at a special award ceremony hosted by BNI Ireland South and West in The Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone. Cork’s University Chapter was recognised as one of the top three Chapters in the country, beating off strong competition from 37 groups across Ireland.

The 17 member University Chapter comes from a broad range of professions who generated over €6.2million in the past five years with this year set to be one of their most successful to date. The group who meet each Wednesday morning at 7.15am in the Vienna Woods Hotel support more than 55 local jobs. The group were honoured with the award for their continued dedication to supporting each other which in turn directly supports the local Cork economy.

Speaking at the event, Sandra Hart, Executive Director of BNI Ireland South and West and Director of European Affairs, BNI said, “I warmly congratulate the University Chapter on the huge strides they have made which now puts them among the very best business networkers in Ireland. Each member is proof that effective networking has the ability to better your business, which in turn benefits the local Cork economy.”

Also speaking of the accolade, Jim Barry, Chapter President said, “We are thrilled to be recognised as one of the best networking groups in the country. All of our members show up each week to not only grow their own businesses but also to support their colleagues in the group and ultimately to better the local Cork economy. By supporting each other we ensure that business is kept local which I believe is incredibly important. I hope that this accolade will also encourage other local businesses to come and visit our weekly meeting to find out how they can also be a part of building their business and ensuring that Cork businesses can thrive in to the future.”

I would encourage anyone who is interested in growing their business to get in contact with Jim Barry ( and come along as a guest to one of our weekly meetings which take place every Wednesday morning at 7am in the Vienna Woods Hotel. To find out more please visit and follow us on Facebook at: