The Search is on for the best in East Belfast

The inaugural Eastside Awards in association with George Best Belfast City Airport have been launched to celebrate the best of 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 businesses, best food, best young people and best contributors to the local community.

Jonathan McAlpin of East Belfast Enterprise is the brain behind the inaugural awards.  Launching the awards he 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 twelve categories in the inaugural Eastside Awards in association with George Best Belfast City Airport: 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.

Michelle Hatfield, Director of HR and Corporate Responsibility at Belfast City Airport, said: “Belfast City Airport works extremely closely with the local community through our adopted schools programme, our High Fliers Apprenticeship Scheme which has resulted in 100% of alumni securing full time jobs within the city and of course our Community Fund which has seen the airport invest almost £300,000 into local groups, projects and schools.

“We are therefore well aware of the individuals and organisations that go out of their way to make such fantastic contributions to the economic, social and community development of the area.

“The airport is delighted to partner with the Eastside Awards which have been developed to recognise and reward these achievements, and which will hopefully encourage others to follow suit and make east Belfast an even better place to live, work and enjoy.”

East Belfast TV presenter Tara Mills will host the awards at an evening of celebration on Thursday 26 January 2017 in Hastings Stormont Hotel.

To enter Eastside Awards in association with George Best Belfast City Airport by 18 November at 12 noon, log onto www.eastsideawards.org.

The free to enter awards are being supported by George Best Belfast City Airport, Avec Solutions, Belfast Telegraph, Connect Telecom, East Belfast Enterprise, Charles Hurst Fleet Financial, McGuinness Fleck, Millar McCall Wylie, NIJobfinder.com, Phoenix Natural Gas, Solv Group, Ulster Bank.

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Eastside Awards social media channels:
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Launching Eastside Awards with awards host Tara Mills are Alex Fleck, McGuinness Fleck; Jonathan Martindael, Phoenix Gas; Simon Seaton, Ulster Bank; Stephen Patton, George Best Belfast City Airport; Philip Mylie, Charles Hurst Fleet Financial; Lauren McDonald, Solv Group; Caroline Prunty, Millar McCall Wylie and Jonathan McAlpin, East Belfast Enterprise. www.eastsideawards.org

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East Belfast TV presenter Tara Mills launches the inaugural Eastside Awards in association with George Best Belfast City Airport. There are twelve categories open for entry until 18 November. www.eastsideawards.org

 

CATEGORIES:

Eastside Award for Business Start Up
Open to businesses or social enterprises from or within the East Belfast area, which have been trading for no more than three years

Eastside Award for Business Growth Open to businesses or social enterprises operating within the East Belfast area that are able to demonstrate growth in the areas of business performance and employment

Eastside Award for Business Contribution
Open to organisations, businesses or social enterprises who are able to demonstrate contribution to the social and economic wellbeing of the East Belfast area through employment, community engagement or corporate social responsibility activities

Eastside Award for Digital Innovation
Open to organisations from the public, private or third sector who can demonstrate the development, introduction and or embedding of digital innovation to enhance performance or customer / client experience

Eastside Award for Education
Open to organisations from the public, private or third sector that can demonstrate a commitment to developing the knowledge and skills of individuals or teams leading to employability, employment or career advancement

Eastside Award for Tourism
Open to individuals, groups or businesses (of all sizes and sectors) that are providing and promoting a Tourist offering in the East Belfast area

Eastside Award for Food Product or Services
Open to businesses and organisations involved in the production of food products or the delivery of food services in the East Belfast area

Eastside Award for Contribution from the Community Sector
Open to individuals and organisations that can demonstrate a contribution to a specific community or across a number of communities in East Belfast in terms of community engagement, provision of services or the development of the sector

Eastside Award for Contribution to Sport
Open to individuals, teams or groups involved in the promotion and provision of sports related activities that contribute to greater involvement and engagement in sporting activities and or the pursuit of sporting excellence in the East Belfast area

Eastside Award for Contribution to the Arts
Open to individuals or groups involved in the promotion and provision of the Arts in the East Belfast area that contribute to greater involvement in Arts related activities and/or the pursuit of excellence in the Arts.

Eastside Award for Young Person of the Year
This award is by nomination only and we invite nominations for the young person (25 and under) who merits special recognition in terms of their personal journey and/or their contribution to the East Belfast community

Eastside Award for Volunteer of the Year
This award is by nomination only and we invite nominations for the Volunteer who merits special recognition in terms of their personal journey and/or their contribution to the East Belfast community

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