The success of the business partnership between Cork City Council, the English Market traders and the Aramark Property Management Company has been acknowledged by Chambers Ireland. The English Market was last night (Wednesday November 9th) confirmed by Chambers Ireland as the winner of the “Partnership with Business” category at the Annual Excellence in Local Government Awards which took place in Dublin.
“ Cork’s English Market is truly unique and the State Visit earlier this year showcased to the world just how special and wonderful the Market is”’ said Cllr. Ken O' Flynn, duputising for Cork's Lord Mayor Terry Shannon in accepting the Award.
“The winning of this national award is a fitting testament to the positive and close working partnership between the City Council, the traders and our management company. Long may the success of the English Market continue.”
In making the award Chambers Ireland also awarded the following citation:
“Through a positive and dynamic business partnership between Cork City Council, the Market Traders and Aramark Property Management Company, the unique institution that is the English Market continues to sustain a multi-million euro local economy and provide employment for hundreds of people.”
The business partnership model for the Market has delivered very significant savings over the past 3 years – electricity costs down 60%, waste disposal costs down 63% , general maintenance down 32%.
“There has been a huge amount of work improving the running of the English Market and planning for promotion and branding”, said Tom Durcan, a butcher in the English Market and Chairman of the Traders Committee.
“The winning of the Chambers Award is a highlight in what has been a very special year in difficult economic times. It sets us up well for the crucial Christmas trading period.”
The English Market has been operating since 1788 and is one of the oldest municipal food markets of it type in western Europe.