About the Awards

The Eastside Awards is an exciting new initiative aimed at highlighting and celebrating all that is good about East Belfast, whilst showcasing the contributions being made to the economic, social and community development of the area.

There are 12 categories for which entries/nominations were sought, from those who are based in or operating in the broad East Belfast area.  Individuals, organisations and businesses were asked to demonstrate, through a simple written application process, their achievements/contributions in their chosen category/categories.  

Entries opened on Monday 17th October 2016 and closed on Wednesday 23rd November 2016. A panel of respected individuals from the private, public and community sectors judged the submissions and selected the finalists, using the criteria set out for each category.

The award winners were announced at a glittering ceremony which took place on Thursday 26th January 2017 at Hastings Stormont Hotel.

Who runs the Eastside Awards?

The Eastside Awards is organised by a small voluntary committee, chaired by East Belfast Enterprise and comprising members of the business and community sectors.  The organising committee is made up as follows:

  • Jonathan McAlpin, Chief Executive, East Belfast Enterprise
  • Rev Mervyn Gibson, Chairman, EastSide Partnership
  • Stephen Kane, Managing Director, Solv Group
  • Darwin Templeton, Managing Editor, Independent News and Media (NI)
  • Mimi Turtle, Chief Executive, Strand Arts Centre
  • Geri Wright, Communications Manager, Phoenix Natural Gas Ltd

The activity is being funded through sponsorship support from local organisations and the initiative is being financed on a not-for-profit basis, with all monies generated being used to run the event.