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Last call ahead of deadline for first Eastside Awards

By John Mulgrew

Time is running out for businesses to enter the first-ever Eastside Awards. The event, in association with Belfast City Airport, aims to showcase and celebrate the best of east Belfast across many sectors.

A judging panel of experts will critique entries across 12 categories including business start-up and business growth. Entries are open until November 18.

Joanne Stuart OBE, director of development at Catalyst Inc and one of the event's judges, said: "I'm looking forward to being part of the judging panel for the first Eastside Awards.

"These awards have been launched at the perfect time for east Belfast, an area of the city that has seen real growth in the knowledge economy, including the creative and digital industries, one which has a relatively new but thriving arts scene, and one which is firmly being established as a diverse destination for foodies.

"I would encourage the greater east Belfast public to take a look at the categories and enter Eastside Awards to receive the recognition that they deserve."

The awards are supported by the Belfast Telegraph.

They celebrate achievement in an area which has produced greats including George Best, Van Morrison and CS Lewis.

Jonathan McAlpin of East Belfast Enterprise said the awards will "celebrate the achievements of those who are contributing to the economic impact of this area" along with "inspirational residents who volunteer their time to help others".

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