Now in its eighth year, the prestigious Eastside Awards in association with George Best Belfast City Airport is officially open for entry. With new sponsors, new categories and six awards open to public nomination, this year marks a significant milestone for the awards which acknowledge all that is great about East Belfast and which have recognised more than 200 finalists and winners since 2017. For the first time, entrants will have the option to submit their entry via video in an effort to make the process as accessible and as inclusive as possible. So for anyone who loves being in front of the camera, this option for entry will most certainly appeal to their best side!
New categories for this year include Favourite School Hero which will recognise an unsung hero. Someone in the education sector who goes above and beyond their everyday duties to make a positive impact and contribution to benefit students, staff and the wider community associated with their school. Each of the 19 categories aim to celebrate this corner of Belfast and those people, organisations and projects which are striving to deliver a better place for future generations.
Eastside Awards in association with George Best Belfast City Airport categories open for application are:
Eastside Awards in association with George Best Belfast City Airport categories open for public nomination via Belfast Live are:
The launch of the eighth Eastside Awards was hosted by Titanic Hotel Belfast, winner of Eastside Award for Tourism Experience 2022. Speaking at the launch, Chair of the organising committee and Chief Executive of East Belfast Enterprise, Jonathan McAlpin, said: “It gives me a real joy personally to launch the eighth Eastside Awards. From humble beginnings, I’m immensely proud that these awards have grown in popularity to extend beyond anything our voluntary committee could have dreamed of in year one. We are celebrating the achievements of people in our community, organisations operating successful businesses and projects which are making a real impact at a grassroots level in East Belfast and further afield. We are grateful to those sponsors that have been committed to the Eastside Awards since the beginning and those new sponsors that have joined us this year as, without their financial support, it simply wouldn’t be possible to deliver this initiative year on year shining a spotlight on this vibrant, diverse and dynamic corner of Belfast.
“To reflect the digital world we live in and in an effort to strive to make the Eastside Awards as accessible to all as possible, we are this year adding the opportunity of entering the awards via video. For anyone who is time poor or savvy with a camera, this option may prove more appealing than sitting down to write an application form. I would encourage the people of East Belfast to celebrate their incredible achievements and enter the Eastside Awards today.”
East Belfast TV presenter Tara Mills will host the awards at an evening of celebration on Friday 26 January 2024 in Hastings Stormont Hotel with the finalists drinks reception sponsored by Catalyst Inc.
To enter Eastside Awards in association with George Best Belfast City Airport by 17 October, visit www.eastsideawards.org.
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Public Nomination Awards:
Eastside Award for Favourite Beauty Business in East Belfast sponsored by Solv
Nominations are now open for East Belfast's Favourite Beauty Business. Nominate your favourite beauty business within the East Belfast and the Greater East Belfast.
Eastside Award for Favourite Eatery in East Belfast sponsored by Pacem
Nominations are now open for East Belfast's Favourite Eatery. This includes nominations for establishments (including cafes, bars and restaurants) who are primarily involved in the provision of one or more dining experiences (sit in) within East Belfast and the Greater East Belfast areas.
Eastside Award for Favourite Hairdresser/Barber in East Belfast sponsored by Solv
Nominations are now open for East Belfast's Favourite Hairdresser/Barber. Nominate your favourite hairdresser/barber within the East Belfast and the Greater East Belfast Areas. This includes all businesses in East Belfast that offer services to hair.
Eastside Award for Favourite Takeaway in East Belfast sponsored by Hagan Homes
Nominations are now open for East Belfast's Favourite Takeaway. This includes nominations for establishments who are primarily involved in the provision of one or more dining experiences (takeaway) within East Belfast and the Greater East Belfast areas.
Eastside Award for Favourite Teacher in East Belfast sponsored by The Open University
Nominations are now open for East Belfast's Favourite Teacher. We are inviting the public to nominate a teacher who, in their knowledge, has made a positive contribution to a school experience and to the provision of Education in East Belfast. Nominations must be for a teacher who provides education (either pre-primary, primary or post-primary) in a school in East Belfast.
Eastside Award for School Hero of the Year 2023 sponsored by Belfast Live
We are inviting nominations from the general public to showcase their local ‘School Hero’ in East Belfast. This is an unsung hero who is not in a teaching role, but who works within the education sector and goes above and beyond in their everyday duties to make a positive impact and contribution to the school in which they work, for the benefit of pupils, staff and the wider community. This could include (but not limited to), nominations for administration staff, bus drivers, catering staff, caretakers who work within an education provision in East Belfast.
Eastside Award for Apprentice of the Year sponsored by Wolesley Plumb & Parts
This award is open to nomination for an Apprentice from any skill or profession who is currently involved in their training programme or has completed their apprenticeship during 2022-23.
Eastside Award for Best Company to Work For Fleet Financial
This award is open to organisations in all sectors and all sizes within the East Belfast & Greater East Belfast area that can demonstrate their commitment to and the provision of a positive working environment for their employees. Entrants are encouraged to tell us the overall aims of the organisation and how it has performed over the past 3 years (since Oct 2020).
Eastside Award for Business Start-Up sponsored by Belfast City Council
This Award is open to individuals, businesses or social enterprises from or within East Belfast & Greater East Belfast area which have been trading for no more than three years (commenced business after 17th October 2020).
Eastside Award for Business Growth sponsored by We’resure Insurance Services
This Award is open to SME businesses or social enterprises operating within the East Belfast & Greater East Belfast area that are able to demonstrate growth in the areas of business performance and employment over the past 3 years (since 17th October 2020) that has led to product or service excellence and sustainable improvements in business performance.
Eastside Award for Community Impact sponsored by Belfast Harbour
This award is open to organisations that can demonstrate a contribution to:
Eastside Award for Contribution to the Arts sponsored by Eastside Partnership
This award is open to individuals or groups involved in the promotion and provision of the Arts in the East Belfast & Greater East Belfast area that contribute to greater involvement in Arts related activities.
Eastside Award for Environmental Sustainability sponsored by Kainos
This award is open to individuals or organisations, regardless of size or sector within the East Belfast & Greater East Belfast area that have introduced solutions to improve their own Environmental and or sustainability footprint, or that of their customers.
Eastside Award for Excellence in Health & Wellbeing sponsored by Better Gyms
This award is open to organisations in all sectors and all sizes within the East Belfast & Greater East Belfast area that can demonstrate their commitment to and the provision of services or initiatives which make a positive contribution to the health and wellbeing of people working or living in the East Belfast area.
Eastside Award for Outstanding Contribution sponsored by East Belfast Enterprise
The award for Outstanding Contribution will be selected by the steering committee and presented at the awards gala dinner on Friday 26th January 2024.
Eastside Award for Sports Initiative of the Year sponsored by Phoenix Energy
This award is open to individuals or organisations involved in the promotion and provision of a sports initiative (in the past three years) that contributes to greater involvement and engagement in sporting activities in the East Belfast & Greater East Belfast area.
Eastside Award for Tourism Experience of the Year sponsored by Reid Black
This Award is open to individuals, groups or businesses (of all sizes and sectors) that are providing and promoting a Tourist offering in the East Belfast & Greater East Belfast area. Entrants are encouraged to describe the Tourism offering in terms of what it is and the overall aims and objectives of the offering.
Eastside Award for Volunteer of the Year sponsored by East Belfast Mission
This award is open to nomination for a volunteer who has demonstrated a commitment (of not less than 2 years on 17th October 2023) to an organisation or cause which contributes to the life of East Belfast or Greater East Belfast area.
Eastside Award for Young Person of the Year sponsored by George Best Belfast City Airport
This award is open to nomination for an outstanding young person (aged 25 or under on 17th October 2023) from East Belfast and the Greater east Belfast areas.