MALLOW based entrepreneur Jim Barry has been honoured with a prestigious award for his outstanding personal contribution to Cork's business sector.
Mr Barry, MD of the successful wholesale distribution company Barry Group, has been inducted into the CorkBIC Entrepreneur Hall of Fame at their third annual Entrepreneur Experience initiative.
Mr Barry was among 24 of Ireland's of Ireland's top business leaders to be invited to take part in the initiative. The project offered 24 budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to draw from their experiences including exclusive access to advice and mentoring.
CorkBIC is a private sector led organisation set up to encourage the growth of indigenous start up companies using innovative technology. It plays a 'hands-on' role in mentoring entrepreneurs through the process of starting up a new company offering advice on issues including raining finance, developing business plans and indentifying potential customers.
A CorkBIC spokesperson said the organisation recognised exception achievements of "an elite group" entrepreneurs.
"We pay particular consideration their vision, innovation, courage and leadership in building and growing successful businesses."
"The Entrepreneur Hall of Fame also recognises what people put back into the community, including the time they have committed to working with start-ups."
Mr Barry said he felt honoured to have been asked to take part in the Entrepreneur Experience and was particularly proud of his induction into the Hall of Fame.
"Ireland has a wonderful reputation globally for business success stories," said Mr Barry.
"Given the challenging economic climate, I believe that it is more important than ever that we support and inspire the next generation of up-and-coming entrepreneurs. They are going to be crucial cogs in turning our economy around," he added.