Celebrating the stars of the east: shortlist for city awards unveiled
The finalists have been announced for this year's Eastside Awards, which celebrate the achievements of the community in east Belfast.
A panel of independent judges sifted through dozens of entries for the second annual programme, which is run in association with George Best Belfast City Airport.
Three finalists were selected for each of the 14 categories, covering contributions in all walks of life.
Jonathan McAlpin, chief executive of East Belfast Enterprise and chair of Eastside Awards committee, said: "Following on the magnificent success of our inaugural Eastside Awards, we are thrilled that momentum has built for the second year and that the calibre of entry is so high from local people across the community.
"We're in for an exciting awards ceremony with the diverse range of finalists the judges have chosen. It will be a great way to celebrate the start of 2018 by recognising the best of east Belfast."
Stephen Patton, human resources and corporate responsibility manager at George Best Belfast City Airport, said: "Belfast City Airport is a proud sponsor of the Eastside Awards for the second year. The awards are a brilliant opportunity to celebrate individuals and organisations who make a significant contribution to the development of their community."
The second annual Eastside Awards will be hosted by BBC presenter Tara Mills, who will announce the winners at a gala celebration in Hastings Stormont Hotel on Thursday, January 25.
Finalists for the Eastside Awards will each receive two complimentary tickets for the ceremony and additional tickets for Eastside Awards are priced at £45.00 plus VAT and can be purchased by logging on to: https://www.eastsideawards.org/awards-event
The Finalists in each category are:
Eastside Award for Business Start Up sponsored by East Belfast Enterprise:
Jack Straws Ltd; Sweet Robyn’s Ltd; and Titanic FX
Eastside Award for Business Contribution to the Community sponsored by Phoenix Natural Gas:
Brain Injury Matters; Little Wing and Loop Publications Ltd/Loop Magazine
Eastside Award for Business Growth in SME sector sponsored by Ulster Bank:
Energy Trading Ireland; Titanic FX and Wood Floor Warehouse
Eastside Award for Contribution from a Community Project sponsored by Belfast Harbour:
Charter NI – Diamond Project; East Belfast Community Counselling Centre and Turas
Eastside Award for Contribution to the Arts sponsored by Solv Group:
ArtisAnn; EastSide Arts and Seedhead Arts
Eastside Award for Educator of the Year sponsored by Millar McCall Wylie:
Alison Mungavin, Ashfield Girls’ High School; Tracy Rossborough, Ashfield Girls’ High School and Complete Construction Training Services Ltd
Eastside Award for Employer of the Year sponsored by Fleet Financial:
Catalyst Inc; Odyssey Bowl and Parr Group
Eastside Award for Foodie Destination sponsored by The Foundry:
The Lamppost; Northern Ireland Assembly Members’ Dining Room and The Streat
Eastside Award for Independent Retailer sponsored by Belfast City Council:
Hillmount; Spar Titanic and Wood Floor Warehouse
Eastside Award for Individual Contribution to Sport sponsored by Wolseley:
Gail Redmond, Glentoran Belfast United; Mel Boyle, Move a Muscle CIC & Parkrun and Justin McMinn, Street Soccer NI
Eastside Award for Tourism sponsored by Titanic Foundation and Titanic Quarter:
EastSide Visitor Centre; Hidden Ulster Tours and The Wee Tram
Eastside Award for Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Bravehearts NI:
Michael Close, Ledley Hall Boys and Girls Club, Cheryl Hoey, 114th Mersey Street Guides and Brian White, Brain Injury Matters and
Eastside Award for Young Person of the Year sponsored by Rodgers & Finney:
Megan Bell, Irish Football Association; Rebecca McKersie, Ashfield Girls’ High School and Zara Stirling, Ledley Hall Boys and Girls Club
Finalists for the Eastside Awards will each receive two complimentary tickets for the awards ceremony and additional tickets for Eastside Awards are priced at £45.00 plus VAT and can be purchased by logging onto: https://www.eastsideawards.org/awards-event