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Video: New awards to recognise 'best' in east Belfast

The search is on for ‘the best in east Belfast’.

In an area of the city renowned for some of the country’s best footballers, best writers, best business leaders and best shipbuilders, it’s time to celebrate the best business start up, best food, best entertainers and best contributors to the local community.

And it’s all being done through the inaugural EastSide Awards - being organised by East Belfast Enterprise in association with George Best Belfast City Airport.

Jonathan McAlpin of East Belfast Enterprise, speaking at the launch, said: “We want to recognise everything that is the best about east Belfast. 

These awards will celebrate the achievements of those who are contributing to the economic impact of this area, inspirational residents who volunteer their time to help others, those who entertain, those who are successful in their chosen sport or career, our next generation and those who are imparting knowledge to our next generation.”

There are 12 categories: EastSide Award for Business Start Up; EastSide Award for Business Growth; EastSide Award for Business Contribution; EastSide Award for Digital Innovation; EastSide Award for Education; EastSide Award for Tourism; EastSide Award for Food Product or Services; EastSide Award for Contribution from the Community Sector; EastSide Award for Contribution to Sport; EastSide Award for Contribution to the Arts; EastSide Award for Young Person of the Year and EastSide Award for Volunteer of the Year.

East Belfast-born BBC presenter Tara Mills will host the awards presentation at an evening of celebration at the Stormont Hotel on Thursday, January 26.

Nominations can be made on the website - www.eastsideawards.org - by noon on November 18.

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