Belfast Telegraph

Eastside Awards to celebrate the best of east Belfast

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.

26/1/17: ​Lord Mayor of Belfast Cllr Brian Kingston joins Michelle Hatfield of sponsor George Best Belfast City Airport, host BBC television presenter Tara Mills and Jonathan McAlpin of East Belfast Enterprise at the inaugural Eastside Awards. Picture: Michael Cooper
26/1/17: ​Lord Mayor of Belfast Cllr Brian Kingston joins Michelle Hatfield of sponsor George Best Belfast City Airport, host BBC television presenter Tara Mills and Jonathan McAlpin of East Belfast Enterprise at the inaugural Eastside Awards. Picture: Michael Cooper
26/1/17: NiStars shone at the inaugural Eastside Awards, entertaining more than 200 guests attending a ceremony in Stormont Hotel recognising all that's good about East Belfast. Picture: Michael Cooper
26/1/17: James Brown MBE (left) has been honoured for the outstanding contribution he has made to East Belfast throughout his life at the inaugural Eastside Awards. Congratulating James on his Outstanding Contribution award were host BBC television presenter Tara Mills and Jonathan McAlpin of East Belfast Enterprise. Picture: Michael Cooper
26/1/17: Darwin Templeton and Mark Reilly of media partner Belfast Telegraph and Jobfinder NI are joined by Fiona Flynn of sponsors Millar McCall Wylie and Jonathan McAlpin of East Belfast Enterprise at the inaugural Eastside Awards. Picture: Michael Cooper
26/1/17: Eastside Awards sponsors Geri Wright of Phoenix Natural Gas and Stephen Kane of Solv Group at the inaugural Eastside Awards. Picture: Michael Cooper
Guests at inaugural Eastside Awards in Hastings Stormont Hotel - Mervyn Hempton and Clare Templeton board members of East Belfast Enterprise, Mags McAlpin of Creating Retail Magic and Garry Hanna of James Brown & Sons. www.eastsideawards.org
Special performance by NiStars got the inaugural Eastside Awards underway at Hastings Stormont Hotel. www.eastsideawards.org
Lord Mayor of Belfast Alderman Brian Kingston attends the inaugual Eastside Awards. Pictured with Michelle Hatfield of George Best Belfast City Airport, awards host BBC presenter Tara Mills and Chair of the awards committee Jonathan McAlpin of East Belfast Enterprise. www.eastsideawards.org
Pupils from Grosvenor Grammar School performing at inaugural Eastside Awards in Hastings Stormont Hotel. www.eastsideawards.org
Eastside Awards sponsors Steven McGuinness of McGuinness Fleck and Stephen Kane of Solv Group with finalists Mel and Niamh Boyle from OMMActive. www.eastsideawards.org
Eastside Awards sponsors Mark Reilly from NIJobfinder, Fiona Flynn from Millar McCall Wylie, Jonathan McAlpin from East Belfast Enterprise and Darwin Templeton, Belfast Telegraph. www.eastsideawards.org
Katie Pedlow of Rebound Physio receives Eastside Award for Business Contribution from Simon Seaton of sponsor Ulster Bank and awards host BBC presenter Tara Mills. www.eastsideawards.org
Glentoran Director Bill Manson receives Eastside Award for Contribution to Sport on behalf of Glentoran Academy from Philp Miley of sponsor Charles Hurst and Fleet Financial and awards host BBC presenter Tara Mills. www.eastsideawards.org
Lorraine Bell from GPS Colour Graphics receives Eastside Award for Business Growth from Mark Reilly of sponsor NIJobfinder and awards host BBC presenter Tara Mills. www.eastsideawards.org
Michael Walker of Orchardville Society receives Eastside Award for Contribution from the Community Sector from Stephen Kane of sponsor Solv Group and awards host BBC presenter Tara Mills. www.eastsideawards.org
Christopher McGuicken of Big Pixel Creative receives Eastside Award for Digital Innovation from Robin Brown of sponsor Connect Telecom and awards host BBC presenter Tara Mills. www.eastsideawards.org
Mimi Turtle of Strand Arts Centre receives Eastside Award for Contribution to the Arts from Fiona Flynn of sponsor Millar McCall Wylie and awards host BBC presenter Tara Mills. www.eastsideawards.org
Sarah Patterson of Little Pink Kitchen receives Eastside Award for Food Product or Services from Steven McGuinness of sponsor McGuinness Fleck and awards host BBC presenter Tara Mills. www.eastsideawards.org
Dawn Simons of Go-Berserk receives Eastside Award for Education from Geri Wright of sponsor Phoenix Natural Gas and awards host BBC presenter Tara Mills. www.eastsideawards.org
Lord Mayor of Belfast Alderman Brian Kingston joins the winners of the inaugural Eastside Awards at Hastings Stormont Hotel. www.eastsideawards.org
James Brown MBE receives Eastside Award for Outstanding Contribution to East Belfast from Chair of the awards committee and Chief Executive of East Belfast Enterprise Jonathan McAlpin, and awards host BBC presenter Tara Mills. www.eastsideawards.org
Clare Caughey of SENsations Learning Support CIC receives Eastside Award for Business Start Up from Chair of the awards committee and Chief Executive of East Belfast Enterprise, Jonathan McAlpin, and awards host BBC presenter Tara Mills. www.eastsideawards.org
Michele Bryans of Eastside Partnership collects Eastside Award for Volunteer of the Year on behalf of winner Sean Brannigan from sponsor Avec Solutions representative James Brown MBE and awards host BBC presenter Tara Mills. www.eastsideawards.org
George Grimley and Paul Cunningham of Belfast City Sightseeing receive Eastside Award for Tourism from Patrick McAnea of sponsor East Belfast Enterprise and The Foundry and awards host BBC presenter Tara Mills. www.eastsideawards.org

Entries for the awards are open until October 19 and they can also be processed online at www.eastsideawards.org.

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