Finalists unveiled in awards to celebrate best of east Belfast
The finalists of the inaugural Eastside Awards in association with George Best Belfast City Airport, recognising the best in east Belfast, have been revealed.
Following the rigorous assessment process by a respected panel of independent judges, the selected finalists are truly all that is great about east Belfast.
Jonathan McAlpin, chief executive of East Belfast Enterprise, who is the brain behind Eastside Awards, said: "We're thrilled at the response to our inaugural awards."
Stephen Patton, human resources manager at George Best Belfast City Airport, said: "We are delighted to be sponsoring the inaugural Eastside Awards, which were developed to celebrate the very best of east Belfast."
The finalists are:
Eastside Award for Business Contribution sponsored by Ulster Bank: James Brown & Sons, Rebound Physio, Wall Media Trading as Bloom Magazine;
Eastside Award for Business Growth sponsored by NI Jobfinder: Big Pixel Creative, Connect Telecom, GPS Colour Graphics Ltd;
Eastside Award for Business Start Up sponsored by East Belfast Enterprise: OMMactive Ltd, SENsations Learning Support C.I.C., Titanic Creative Management & FX Store;
Eastside Award for Contribution from the Community Sector sponsored by Solv Group: Bernie McConnell, East Belfast Independent Advice Centre, Orchardville Society;
Eastside Award for Contribution to Sport sponsored by Charles Hurst and Fleet Financial: City of Belfast Boxing Academy, East Belfast Football Club, Glentoran Academy;
Eastside Award for Contribution to the Arts sponsored by Millar McCall Wylie: ArtisAnn Gallery, Creative Exchange, Strand Arts Centre;
Eastside Award for Digital Innovation sponsored by Connect Telecom: Big Pixel Creative, LoveBelfast, VIEWdigital;
Eastside Award for Education sponsored by Phoenix Natural Gas: Complete Construction Training Services Ltd, Go-Berserk, Victoria Park Primary School;
Eastside Award for Food Product or Services sponsored by McGuinness Fleck: Horatio Todd's Ballysnackamore Food Tour, Little Pink Kitchen, Morellis Belmont Road;
Eastside Award for Tourism sponsored by The Foundry: Belfast City Sightseeing Ltd, Hastings Stormont Hotel, LoveBelfast;
Eastside Award for Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Avec Solutions: June Jordan for her work with Young Enterprise, Richard McCrory for his work with Young Enterprise, Sean Brannigan for his work with Connswater Community Greenway and EastSide Arts etc;
Eastside Award for Young Person of the Year sponsored by George Best Belfast City Airport: Anna Bowden for her work with Charis Youth Club, Bloomfield Presbyterian Church and others, Frankie Shanks for his work with Connswater Community Greenway, Krizzah Policarpio for her work with Ashfield School's Film Club and Lunch Club as well as other local projects.
Eastside Awards winners will be announced at a gala celebration in Hastings Stormont Hotel on January 26.