Stelios bi-communal business awards held

The Stelios bi-communal business awards were held yesterday. Six bi-communal pairs of entrepreneurs were awarded 10,000 euros each by Easyjet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, ‘Parikiaki’ reports.

The ceremony, which was also attended by Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, saw the cheques being presented by Sir Stelios from his philanthropic foundation which intends to help entrepreneurs from both communities and to develop bi-communal relations.

Sir Stelios said

“This is the sixth year we have run this competition and I never cease to be amazed by the determination of our entrepreneurs to use business as a medium to break down the barriers that separate our two communities. Long may this continue.”

The winners were:

Niyazi Kizilyurek & Michalis Theodorou  Publishing house – books in 3 languages

Constantinos Constantinou & Hakki Emir  Restoring cemeteries

Ozgu Ozun & Ioannis Droussiotis  Pilot Training, flight school

Kyriacos Savvides & Tolay Celebi  Beach Safes to keeping valuables on the beach

Pieris Hadjipieris & Yakup Engin  Tel-Za/Fixico Ltd – Restoration of Apostolos Andreas monastery in Karpaz

George Kepolas & Neshe Yashin Book published, ‘Nicosia’

Gozde Pehlivan & Melanie Pappas-Lemona  Kids training – pre-teens

Nikos Pissourios & Erim Ulug  Kite surfing, moving to a different beach depending which way the wind blows!

Ioannis Papadikos & Tosun Altinel  Fishing and trading in fish

Kostakis Konstantinou & Kufi Tulga  Fishing – trading in fish

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