BELFAST will be well represented at this year’s Ulster Tatler Awards 2022 with no fewer than 19 individuals and businesses from the city and its surrounding areas shortlisted for a prize at the prestigious ceremony.
The Ulster Tatler Awards, now in its 15th year, celebrate the achievements of homegrown individuals and businesses, the likes of which have been filling the pages of the Province’s leading lifestyle and society magazine for more than 50 years.
Amongst the many Belfast-based nominees shortlisted for awards are James Scullion of Rapid Agency and James Blake of Vindicta Digital (Businessman of the Year) as well as Drew Watson of UN/ALTERED luxury athleisure, Christine Mackin of Radiance Beauty & Day Spa and Dr Bonny Armstrong, who are all shortlisted for Businesswoman of the Year.
Sinead Campbell of The Art and Design factory is in the running for the new award this year, the Arts Personality of the Year. While Jordan Mailey of Flex Fitness and Jordan Burton of Real Life gym will both contest to win the Personal Trainer of the Year award.
A number of Belfast-based businesses are also shortlisted, including Naomi Rose The Label (Fashion Boutique of the Year), Spa Experience, Olympia (Spa of the Year), Titanic Hotel (Hotel of the Year), Audacity Coffee (Coffee House of the Year), Peculiar Tea (Restaurant of the Year) and Luminous Tones which is shortlisted for Hairdressing Salon of the Year.
Belfast-based salons Beauty Culture, Radiance and House of Dolls will all contest in the Beauty Salon of the Year award category.
As well as awards in the beauty, fashion, interiors and hospitality industries, the ceremony also recognises familiar faces who have helped put Northern Ireland on the map, in the form of Celebrity of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year and the showcase Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Celebrity of the Year category will see Belfast presenter Rebecca McKinney compete with a mix of local and national personalities such as Gyasi Sheppy, Joel Mawhinney, Adrian Dunbar and Nicola Coughlan, who are all shortlisted for the prestigious award.
The Sportsperson of the Year award looks set to be a very close contest with Belfast Giants legend Adam Keefe taking on record-breaking superbike star Jonathan Rea, NI Women’s footballer Julie Nelson, professional darts player Neil Duff and golfing star Rory McIlroy for the coveted title.
Categories on the evening include arts, beauty, fashion, interiors and hospitality, while the ceremony also recognises familiar faces who have helped put Northern Ireland on the map, in the form of Celebrity of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year and the showcase Lifetime Achievement Award, which has recognised some of the Province’s best-loved personalities over the years such as Dame Mary Peters OBE, Brian Friel, Sir James Galway, Gloria Hunniford, Barry McGuigan, Marie Jones, Hollywood actor Ciaran Hinds, Pat Jennings and John Linehan aka ‘May McFettridge’, who was honoured at the 2021 ceremony.
The Ulster Tatler Awards features 14 categories voted for by the public, with shortlists in each category compiled from votes cast before judging panels of media and industry experts select their winners.
The winners will then be announced at a glamorous ceremony on September 8 at St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, presented once again by TV personality Pamela Ballantine.
“The wealth of talent we have here in Northern Ireland is outstanding in numerous fields, particularly the endless flair we see in business, sport and entertainment,” said Chris Sherry, Editor of Ulster Tatler.
“The difficulty in choosing just one deserved winner becomes greater each year and that speaks volumes on how high the standard is across the Province.
“We’re delighted to be returning to the stunning St Anne’s Cathedral this year to celebrate the businesses and people who have shone throughout the past year across Northern Ireland.
“We are excited to see what this year’s awards has in store and look forward to another special evening that will once again be hosted by our good friend and TV personality Pamela Ballantine,” Chris added.
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