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A gala event was held to mark last year’s Ceftus community achievement awards

Ceftus announces plans for 2017 Turkish-speaking community achievement awards

The Centre for Turkey Studies (Ceftus) think-tank has announced the latest edition of its community achievement awards.

Awards are up for grabs in ten categories at the sixth annual ceremony, which will be presented to their owners in a ceremony later this year.

Members of the Turkish-speaking communities who know a Turk, Kurd or Turkish Cypriot who deserves recognition for their hard work in the community are invited to nominate them for a prize.

This year’s categories will be: Female/Male Role Model, Politics and Education, Law Firm/Lawyers, Community Organisations/Charity, Businessman/woman of the year, Food and restaurants, Financial Services/Accountancy, Wholesalers/Production/best Employer and Young Entrepreneurs.

Commemorating the foundation of the centre in 2011, Ceftus presented the community achievement awards at its anniversary gala last year for the fifth time in the presence of British and Turkish politicians from various parties including Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn as well as foreign dignitaries, community and business leaders.

In a statement, the think-tank said: “Ceftus has continued to recognise and celebrate the outstanding work of Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriot women, men, companies and organisations in the UK in several fields.

“Our winners were awarded for their great work in various business sectors such as financial services, law, wholesale, production employment and restaurants, as well as in other areas such as journalism, education and political activity.”

Nominations can be made by visiting www.ceftus.org.