Aaron Mansworth has been elected as the new President of the Cork Business Association. Photo: Brian Lougheed

New CBA president will advocate for events centre

Aaron Mansworth, the newly appointed President of the Cork Business Association, has addressed "the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead" for businesses in Cork as he assumes the role.

Mr Mansworth was recently elected at the CBA’s Annual General Meeting, where he identified a number of priorities that he will concentrate on during his term in office.

“We will continue to advocate for the much-needed events centre, for more housing in the city, and for initiatives that bring more tourists and business to our city,” he told the AGM.

“Additionally we will keep the pressure on for more supports to help alleviate the ever increasing financial burdens on businesses so we see growth in the future and no further closures.

“Collaborating closely with Cork City Council, we will actively contribute to advancing our city's goals, from achieving climate neutrality and becoming a smart city by 2030, to embracing the 15-minute city concept,” he said.

Speaking about his aims for his time in the role, Mr Mansworth said that he hopes “to create a more vibrant, safer, and welcoming environment for residents, visitors, and businesses alike”.

He also emphasised the significance of engaging with business owners and working with them to enhance the city in the coming years. “Over the coming months, I look forward to engaging with businesses in the city, listening to their insights, and working together. With collective effort, we have the power to shape the future of our city and create a legacy that will endure for years to come,” he said.

Mr Mansworth is the Managing Director of Trigon Hotel Group, responsible for the Metropole Hotel, Cork International Hotel, and Cork Airport Hotel.

In addition to his voluntary role with Cork Business Association including serving as Vice-President over the past year, Aaron is on the board of Visit Cork and is on the national management and council of the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF). His term as CBA President will last until March 2025.

Chair of the Cork Business Association board, Lawrence Owens said: “Aaron is an astute businessman and I am confident he will bring new progressive and dynamic thinking to the organisation.

“Under his guidance and direction, CBA will no doubt continue to grow and evolve and make a positive impact for businesses in Cork city.”