Revealing the finalists of the inaugural Eastside Awards are Stephen Patton, George Best Belfast City Airport; Jonathan McAlpin, East Belfast Enterprise and Geri Wright, Phoenix Natural Gas. Set to be a roaring success, the awards will take place on Thursday 26 January. www.eastsideawards.org

Revealing the finalists of the inaugural Eastside Awards are Stephen Patton, George Best Belfast City Airport; Jonathan McAlpin, East Belfast Enterprise and Geri Wright, Phoenix Natural Gas. Set to be a roaring success, the awards will take place on Thursday 26 January. www.eastsideawards.org

The finalists of the inaugural Eastside Awards in association with George Best Belfast City Airport, recognising the best in East Belfast, have been revealed today.

Following the rigorous assessment process by a respected panel of independent judges, the selected finalists are truly all that is great about East Belfast.

Jonathan McAlpin, Chief Executive of East Belfast Enterprise, who is the brain behind Eastside Awards, said: “We’re thrilled at the response to our inaugural awards.  When embarking on something like this you really don’t know whether entries will trickle or flood in but one thing we were confident about was the calibre of the entries that we would receive and we were not disappointed.

“The Eastside Awards is set to be a roaring success as the response has been fantastic and there will be some very worthy winners making their way to the stage on 26 January.”

Stephen Patton, Human Resources Manager at George Best Belfast City Airport, said; “At the airport, we work closely with the local community through a number of initiatives including our adopted schools programme, our High Flyers Apprenticeship Scheme and our Community Fund.

 

“We are delighted to be sponsoring the inaugural Eastside Awards, which were developed to celebrate the very best of East Belfast.  The awards are a fantastic opportunity to pay tribute to individuals and organisations who make phenomenal contributions to the development of the area.”

 

The Finalists in each category are:

Eastside Award for Business Contribution sponsored by Ulster Bank: James Brown & Sons, Rebound Physio, Wall Media Trading as Bloom Magazine

 

Eastside Award for Business Growth sponsored by NI Jobfinder: Big Pixel Creative, Connect Telecom, GPS Colour Graphics Ltd

Eastside Award for Business Start Up sponsored by East Belfast Enterprise: OMMactive Ltd, SENsations Learning Support C.I.C., Titanic Creative Management & FX Store

Eastside Award for Contribution from the Community Sector sponsored by Solv Group: Bernie Mc Connell, East Belfast Independent Advice Centre, Orchardville Society

Eastside Award for Contribution to Sport sponsored by Charles Hurst and Fleet Financial: City of Belfast Boxing Academy, East Belfast Football Club, Glentoran Academy

Eastside Award for Contribution to the Arts sponsored by Millar McCall Wylie: ArtisAnn Gallery, Creative Exchange, Strand Arts Centre

Eastside Award for Digital Innovation sponsored by Connect Telecom: Big Pixel Creative, LoveBelfast, VIEWdigital

Eastside Award for Education sponsored by Phoenix Natural Gas: Complete Construction Training Services Ltd, Go-Berserk, Victoria Park Primary School

Eastside Award for Food Product or Services sponsored by McGuinness Fleck: Horatio Todd’s Ballysnackamore Food Tour, Little Pink Kitchen, Morellis Belmont Road

Eastside Award for Tourism sponsored by The Foundry: Belfast City Sightseeing Ltd, Hastings Stormont Hotel, LoveBelfast

Eastside Award for Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Avec Solutions: June Jordan for her work with Young Enterprise, Richard McCrory for his work with Young Enterprise, Sean Brannigan for his work with Connswater Community Greenway and EastSide Arts etc

Eastside Award for Young Person of the Year sponsored by George Best Belfast City Airport:  Anna Bowden for her work with Charis Youth Club, Bloomfield Presbyterian Church and others, Frankie Shanks for his work with Connswater Community Greenway, Krizzah Policarpio for her work with Ashfield School’s Film Club and Lunch Club as well as other local projects.

Eastside Awards winners will be announced at a gala celebration in Hastings Stormont Hotel on Thursday 26 January 2017.  The event will be hosted by BBC presenter Tara Mills and entertainment will be provided by some of East Belfast’s finest home-grown talent.

Finalists for the Eastside Awards will each receive two complimentary tickets for the awards ceremony and additional tickets for the inaugural Eastside Awards are priced at £45.00 plus VAT and can be purchased by logging onto: http://www.eastsideawards.org/awards-event

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Eastside Award for Business Contribution sponsored by Ulster Bank: 

James Brown & Sons: James Brown & Sons has a long association with the local community of East Belfast, serving bereaved families for more than 110 years.  These families have entrusted James Brown & Sons with generations of their loved ones.

Rebound Physio: Rebound Physio contributes to the social and economic wellbeing of East Belfast by building good corporate social responsibility into the heart of its business. It donates 100% of profit to a local East Belfast based charity which seeks to enhance the quality of life for children and adults living with a chronic disability.

Wall Media Trading as Bloom Magazine: Bloom Magazine is a free monthly community / lifestyle publication for residents of East Belfast. Our aim is to engage, inform, inspire and entertain our readers whilst promoting the wonderful positive aspects of East Belfast. Bloom Magazine also a platform for local businesses to promote themselves on a local level.

 

Eastside Award for Business Growth sponsored by NI Jobfinder:

Big Pixel Creative: Big Pixel moved to the City East Business Centre on the Newtownards Road as we felt it was a location with potential much like ourselves. Chris personally moved to east Belfast as well, further committing to the area by providing digital innovation and welcoming clients to the area.

Connect Telecom: In recent years East Belfast has created a thriving and highly competitive market. Our sales team work hard getting to know the local businesses and creating tailored and innovative communications solutions for them to ensure the success of their business.

GPS Colour Graphics Ltd: Since 1994 GPS has brought significant employment to East Belfast. Many of our 81 staff are local and walk or cycle to work. Over the past 2 years GPS has been renovating a 125,000 sq ft building, derelict for 15 years, bringing the building and street back to life. (However, the pigeons are not happy about this).

 

Eastside Award for Business Start Up sponsored by East Belfast Enterprise: OMMactive Ltd: OMMactive Ltd contributes to East Belfast by providing a unique vibrant shopping destination offering exclusive products not available anywhere else in Belfast or Northern Ireland. We also contribute by providing employment. We also offer Yoga classes and free social runs to anyone who wants to join us. We like to think we are helping to improve peoples health.

SENsations Learning Support C.I.C.: We offer a range of affordable assessments, therapies, classes, training, youth clubs and summer schemes that benefit the families and children of East Belfast, especially in relational to their academic and emotional well-being. We actively try to build links with other local organisations especially within the East.

Titanic Creative Management & FX Store: Titanic Creative Management is the only business of its kind in East Belfast, and Northern Ireland. TCM provides professional training programmes for artists working in the local TV/ Film and Stage industry, we are part of what is making East Belfast a first-class destination for the world’s film & TV industry.

 

Eastside Award for Contribution from the Community Sector sponsored by Solv Group:

Bernie McConnell: Bernie has been a Community Development Officer in East Belfast for the past 27 years. She has been one of the most active, well known and respected workers that we have had. Bernie has a focus on community relations and partnerships.

East Belfast Independent Advice Centre: We provide an open and accessible service assisting people to access their rights and entitlements which is vital to those vulnerable due to debt, illness/disability, redundancy or age. We prevent and alleviate poverty. Our service is a lifeline to many contributing to the mental and economic wellbeing of East Belfast.

Orchardville Society: Orchardville contributes to East Belfast by:- Working with local employers to provide works placements and paid jobs for people with learning disability, many of whom are resident in East Belfast. Providing business centre services (printing, hand finishing etc) to local businesses and a community cafe to local residents.

 

Eastside Award for Contribution to Sport sponsored by Charles Hurst and Fleet Financial:

City of Belfast Boxing Academy: We cater for everyone in East Belfast and further afield to provide confidence building, health education, Fitness and of course Boxing we also provide woman’s wellbeing classes along with Coaching courses first aid etc

East Belfast Football Club: EBFC aims to both provide for and serve the community of East Belfast. Football is the common bond through which its members and supporters come together, however the mission of the club is to be positive role models, help people realise their potential, improve community relations, all through the spirit of football.

Glentoran Academy: We provide football coaching, social responsibility education, leadership and life skills and health & wellbeing education to 380+ children in East Belfast. Our aim is to develop young local footballers providing an opportunity to pursue a career in football while also encouraging mass participation through a football for all policy.

 

Eastside Award for Contribution to the Arts sponsored by Millar McCall Wylie: ArtisAnn Gallery: ArtisAnn is a new Gallery in Bloomfield Avenue. We regenerated a property that had lain vacant for years, thus helping enhance the ambience of the Avenue. We are drawing increased visitor numbers to the area, and working with local businesses and artists, to contribute to the economy of East Belfast.

Creative Exchange: Operating in East Belfast for 20 years CEX provides 2 services that have built and continue to grow our cultural landscape 1) provision of affordable studio spaces for an artistic community 2) delivery of a public programme that engages directly with our local community and a wider network of professionals.

Strand Arts Centre: The Strand has been an iconic landmark since 1935. Since 2013 it has operated as a vibrant arts centre, contributing to community cohesion, education and skills development, and economic growth in East Belfast, attracting 50,000 annually to a diverse programme of cinema, live theatre and music, and creative workshops.

 

Eastside Award for Digital Innovation sponsored by Connect Telecom:

Big Pixel Creative: Big Pixel moved to the City East Business Centre on the Newtownards Road as we felt it was a location with potential much like ourselves. Chris personally moved to East Belfast as well, further committing to the area by providing digital innovation and welcoming clients to the area.

LoveBelfast: My social media presence and influence has made me a global ambassador for Belfast and Northern Ireland. I am very passionate about the East Belfast area and its potential and provide free promotion and information about local community events, charities and tourist attractions like Titanic Quarter, Belfast Giants, CS Lewis Festival, W5 at Odyssey, T13 and Ballyhackamore restaurants and pubs. Reaching millions each week, the East Belfast area is highlighted to the world. I love working in the East Belfast community and very proud to call it my home.

VIEWdigital: VIEWdigital is based in east Belfast and hosts media training locally by industry professionals in media skills to help community organisations and others communicate their stories. VIEWdigital also publishes and distributes VIEW social affairs magazine online through web/social media/email. We often feature local stories in the magazine and VIEWdigital website.

 

Eastside Award for Education sponsored by Phoenix Natural Gas:

Complete Construction Training Services Ltd: CCTS provides essential training & competency based assessment for the wider Construction Industry. Our existence is essential so that business from the one man band to the large corporates can operate within the various licensing criteria which oversee their Industries. Courses include Oil, Gas, Electrics, Renewables & Health & Safety training. Qualifications are Certified under UKAS & OFQUAL.

Go-Berserk: Go-Berserk was founded and remains firmly rooted in East Belfast We have developed resource books to help teach computer coding to students as young as 8 years old. Our resources are in every school in East Belfast and we have trained and supported teachers to make full use of them.

Victoria Park Primary School: Victoria Park School is in the Sydenham area of East Belfast. The school has continued to grow, now with almost 400 pupils. The school is recognised in the community for its high levels of provision for 35% of special needs children, and at the other end of the spectrum has over 30% of pupils moving on to grammar school.

 

Eastside Award for Food Product or Services sponsored by McGuinness Fleck: Horatio Todd’s Ballysnackamore Food Tour: Food tour created to bring new people to the area and highlight not only the quality and diversity of the food offering in Ballyhackamore but also the various shops, retailers and professional services in the area.

Little Pink Kitchen: Alongside my other catering, I offer an innovative breakfast club, a pop-up restaurant in my own home which attract visitors to the area.

Morellis Belmont Road: Our business offers Belfast a little bit of the North Coast right on their doorstep. Award winning ice-cream made using only Irish Dairy products in all our recipes. We have a choice of 28 flavours including a Sorbet, Low Fat Yoghurt and Vanilla Senza that is suitable for diabetics.

 

Eastside Award for Tourism sponsored by The Foundry:

Belfast City Sightseeing Ltd: 2016 Belfast City Sightseeing will carry over 100,000 passengers on our tour buses to East Belfast with the most popular hop off spot being Stormont Castle. Tour route agreed for 2017 will see the tour returning from Stormont to the city centre via the Newtownards Road.

Hastings Stormont Hotel: Stormont Hotel is one of the many gems in East Belfast. Stormont Hotel was born in 1966 when Hastings Hotels, Sir William Hastings, an East Belfast born publican purchased the building. Stormont Hotel, today and over the past 50 years has provided a hot spot for local and international visitors to stay, and enjoy the wider East Belfast offering.

LoveBelfast: My social media presence and influence has made me a global ambassador for Belfast and Northern Ireland. I am very passionate about the East Belfast area and its potential and provide free promotion and information about local community events, charities and tourist attractions like Titanic Quarter, Belfast Giants, CS Lewis Festival, W5 at Odyssey, T13 and Ballyhackamore restaurants and pubs. Reaching millions each week, the East Belfast area is highlighted to the world. I love working in the East Belfast community and very proud to call it my home.

 

Eastside Award for Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Avec Solutions:

June Jordan for her work with Young Enterprise: Through volunteering on Young Enterprise NI Primary programmes, June has displayed a remarkable dedication to developing the skills of local students. Volunteering for over six years, June has inspired almost 130 pupils in Strathearn Prep and Victoria College – guiding and mentoring them as they get their first introduction to business.

Richard McCrory for his work with Young Enterprise: Volunteering on Young Enterprise NI Primary programmes, Richard has displayed dedication to developing skills of local students. During two years Richard has inspired 144 students in Orangefield, Seaview and Strandtown PS – guiding them as they get their first introduction to business. He is set to inspire 108 more in 2016-17.

Sean Brannigan for his work with Connswater Community Greenway and EastSide Arts etc: Sean works full-time in the public sector but also volunteers his time to assist in a variety of activities which are happening around East Belfast including those of EastSide Arts and the Connswater Community Greenway.

 

Eastside Award for Young Person of the Year sponsored by George Best Belfast City Airport:

Anna Bowden for her work with Charis Youth Club, Bloomfield Presbyterian Church and others: At 16, Anna has a real heart and passion for making a difference to children both able bodied and particularly those in special need. She is unassuming but has a special gift which she uses to great effect as evidenced in the joy she creates and the bonds she develops.

Frankie Shanks for his work with Connswater Community Greenway: Since I have known Frankie he has shown great commitment and leadership in a variety of different interest such as school life, being a leader at Boys Brigade, carrying out a Duke of Edinburgh award and being a keen footballer. On top of this Frankie has shown great passion for the Connswater Community Greenway project and in particular Orangefield Park.

Krizzah Policarpio for her work with Ashfield School’s Film Club and Lunch Club as well as other local projects: Krizzah is a 16 year old student at Ashfield Girls’ High in East Belfast who has shown determination and perseverance to overcome adversity, setting herself goals and challenges to succeed whilst making valid contributions to East Belfast and further afield.

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Revealing the finalists of the inaugural Eastside Awards are Stephen Patton, George Best Belfast City Airport; Jonathan McAlpin, East Belfast Enterprise and Geri Wright, Phoenix Natural Gas. Set to be a roaring success, the awards will take place on Thursday 26 January. www.eastsideawards.org