Showcase 2018 - Applications Now Open

Showcase 2018 will take place from 21st-24th January 2018

This strictly trade only event is recognised as the annual leading Gift Show in Ireland, with more than 450 exhibitors including leading Irish designers and manufacturers and the very best emerging home grown creative talent.The four-day initiative attracts over 5,000 domestic and overseas buyers.

As part of the Local Enterprise Offices in Cork North & West, Cork City and South Cork's ongoing commitment to the gift, craft and homeware sectors, we are delighted to offer a limited number of Cork companies a 2 metre x 2 metre individual stand, at a subsidised rate of 50%, €750. 

The exhibition space will be under the LEO Cork (Local Enterprise Offices Cork) banner, located at the "Local Enterprise Showcase" zone in the balcony area. The Cork Showcase training programme will provide 3 half day preparation workshops for the selected participants along with the opportunity for individual mentoring. 

The online application deadline is Friday the 30th of June at 23:00. 

Successful applicants must:

  • Work with the Cork LEO's Showcase Co-Ordinator 2018 at training workshops, mentoring and during all exhibition preparations.
  • Submit: price lists, press release and create a mock-up of the stand prior to Showcase 2018
  • Meet all the deadlines and requirements as per EXPO DCCoI, the National Showcase Co-Ordinator (for catalgoue and website listings) and the Cork LEO's Showcase Co-Ordinator 2018. 
  • Create a stand that is market led
  • Exhibit under the banner and logo of the Local Enterprise Showcase - noting your own business will be listed on the catalogue as well as signage above individual stands. 
  • Ensure your exhibition stand is staffed for the duration of the show. 

Submission Information:

  • If you wish to be considered for the Cork LEO's Local Enterprise Showcase 2018 space, please complete the online application by Friday the 30th of June at 23:00. 
  • Upload 3-5 high quality digital images of the products you hope to sell (these should be uploaded and attached to the online application form)
  • Upload packaging/promotional material if available (these should be uploaded and attached to the online application form). Include any promotional /marketing material/price lists which you feel will support your application. 
  • Provide sample products and promotional to your own LEO (if you wish to do so)

Contact your Local Enterprise Office if you have any queries on the application process:

  • Local Enterprise Office Cork North & West:
  1. Clonakilty office: Christine Heffernan, Business Adviser Tel: 023-8834700 Email:
  2. Mallow office: Joan Kelleher, Business Adviser Tel: 022-43235 Email:
  • Local Enterprise Office Cork City: Ita Madden, Senior Enterprise Development Officer Tel: 021-4961828 Email: 
  • Local Enterprise Office South Cork: Ciara McGee, Business Adviser Tel: 021-4975281 Email: