The search is on for the people and businesses who contribute most to the life of east Belfast.
Community representatives and sponsors gathered on Thursday on the SS Nomadic to launch this year’s Eastside Awards, which are run in association with George Best Belfast City Airport.
Entries are now open for the categories which include Tourism Experience, Individual Contribution to Sport, Contribution to the Arts, Educator of the Year, Best Community Project, Employer of the Year, Innovation, Business Start-Up, Business Growth, Volunteer of the Year and Young Person of the Year.
New categories have also been added this year and the public will be asked to vote online for their Favourite Hair Salon, Beauty Salon, Takeaway Outlet and Eatery.
Chair of the awards organising committee Jonathan McAlpin of East Belfast Enterprise said: “From celebrating the achievements of our young people to those who are contributing to the economic impact of the area, to inspirational residents who volunteer their time to help others and those who entertain or who are committed to our next generation.”
Michelle Hatfield, Director of Corporate Services at George Best Belfast City Airport said: “East Belfast is a hotbed of cultural, sporting and economic success made possible by the amazing people that call this great place home or come to work or play in its surrounds.
“For that reason we are once again privileged to be the principal partner of the Eastside Awards.”
BBC presenter Tara Mills will host the awards dinner on Friday January 25 2019 in Hastings Stormont Hotel.
The free to enter awards are being supported by George Best Belfast City Airport,
Belfast City Council, East Belfast Enterprise, Fleet Financial, Millar McCall Wylie, Phoenix Natural Gas, Solv, Titanic Belfast, Titanic Foundation, Titanic Quarter, Ulster Bank, Urban Villages, We’re Sure and Wolseley.
Entries for the awards are open until October 19 and they can also be processed online at www.eastsideawards.org.