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BPERFECT SECURES LISTING WITH EUROPES LARGEST INDEPENDENT ONLINE BEAUTY RETAILER

BPERFECT SECURES LISTING WITH EUROPES LARGEST INDEPENDENT ONLINE BEAUTY RETAILER

BPerfect, one of Northern Ireland’s fastest-growing cosmetic companies has expanded its selling ability by securing a retail listing on Beauty Bay, Europe’s largest independent online beauty retailer. BPerfect’s best selling products, including its 10 Second Tan and the LMD Master Palette will now reach an increasingly global audience as Beauty Bay joins an existing pool of 1,200 stores to be the latest stockist of the brand.

The Belfast born company has continued to achieve unprecedent growth. Recently reporting a 737 per cent increase in sales and turnover growing from £244K to £1.8m (year-end March 2018 compared to the same period the previous year). This superseded the £699K targeted turnover by over 50 per cent.

The company’s product range encompasses false tan, concealer, mitts and eyeshadow palettes. BPerfect’s Carnival Palette, its newest product, sold out on Beauty Bay in less than three days. The new eye shadow palette marks a unique collaboration with popular UK makeup artist, Stacey Marie.

Speaking on the Beauty Bay contract, Brendan McDowell, Managing Director of BPerfect Cosmetics said: “It is great to see customers outside of the UK and Ireland getting behind the products, proving that a Northern Ireland business can make a huge impact on a global stage. The company has gone from strength-to-strength and I am excited that BPerfect will be available to customers across the globe via Beauty Bay.

“With exciting new products in the pipeline, I am confident our customers will love where we are taking the business. We don’t want to stop.”

Commenting on the news, Madeline Wahdan, Head of New Business at Beauty Bay said: “BPerfect represents the ideal type of cosmetic brand for Beauty Bay. We love to see homegrown companies develop its product range and Beauty Bay offers it the ideal platform for engaging with a global market. We are confident the Beauty Bay customer base will love the wide array of BPerfect products and we are excited to see what is to come from the brand.”

BPerfect has plans in place to launch a further six new products before the end of 2018.

FLYING HIGH AS FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT RETURNS TO NEWCASTLE THIS SUMMER

FLYING HIGH AS FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT RETURNS TO NEWCASTLE THIS SUMMER

This August will see the return of the much-anticipated Festival of Flight sponsored by Rockwell Collins, over the shores of Newcastle in scenic County Down. The festival, hosted on Saturday 11th August, will comprise of an afternoon of a stunning airborne display, led by the Red Arrows, complemented by family fun events including an Aviation Centre and Food Village.

2018 marks a particularly exciting year as the RAF celebrates its centenary.  To mark the occasion, the RAF will be displaying aircrafts on the ground to encourage the public to meet crew members and get close to the magnificent planes. There will be a STEM Zone focusing on aviation as a career, offering the public the opportunity to have hands on experiences with the aerospace world as well as the chance for younger visitors find out more about the aviation profession.

The festival, marking the third of five events in the Giant Adventures summer programme spearheaded by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, is expected to attract up to 100,000 visitors.

Councillor Mark Murnin, Chairman of Newry, Mourne and Down Council said: “The Festival of Flight is a spectacular event in the programme. Whether you are an aircraft enthusiast or would like a great family day out, Newcastle is transformed into an aviation hub that is the perfect place for people to visit, locally and beyond. With a range of music, food, aircraft displays and the excitement of the RAF100 commemoration, it is set to be one of the biggest and best years yet!”

Announcing continued support for the annual event, Martin McGinley, Managing Director and Vice President of Rockwell Collins in Kilkeel said, “Our passion for aviation is the bedrock of our success and we look forward to sharing our enthusiasm with the audience of almost 100,000 people who are expected to converge on this beautiful corner of County Down for this year’s event.

“In Kilkeel, we manufacture seating for most of the world’s commercial airlines and we are proud to be part of a major business which is recognised and respected as a global leader in aviation. We are equally proud of the significant economic contribution which Rockwell Collins makes in Northern Ireland, not only in its support for hundreds of jobs but also through our extensive supply chain.

“The 2018 Festival of Flight promises to provide a thrilling highlight to the Summer of 2018. Research demonstrates that the positive economic impact of this great event will continue long after the roar of the engines subsides, with many visitors encouraged to make return visits to the region. This is fantastic news for all of us who want to see the local economy soar!

“On behalf of everyone who will have their eyes on the skies on the big day, I thank all those whose hard work, vision and commitment combine to deliver this amazing annual attraction.”

For Mariners and Pleasure Craft Users, an important navigation warning has been issued to ensure the show runs undisrupted. Due to necessary restrictions in place for the Festival of Flight, it is important that all vessels observe boundaries from 14:00 to 18:30. Cooperation will be greatly appreciated to ensure maximum safety at the event.

Festival of Flight is supported by Tourism NI. For further information about the Festival of Flight and the Giant Adventures programme visit www.visitmournemountains.co.uk

SLIEVE GULLION TAKES CENTRE STAGE ONCE MORE FOR THIS YEAR’S FOOTSTEPS IN THE FOREST

SLIEVE GULLION TAKES CENTRE STAGE ONCE MORE FOR THIS YEAR’S FOOTSTEPS IN THE FOREST

Myra Zepf, the first ever Children’s Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland, is set to create the magical story behind this year’s Footsteps in the Forest. From kidnapped dragons and a mischievous witch to elves, fairies and druids, these are just some of the characters you could bump into at the Footsteps in the Forest Festival in Slieve Gullion.

The two-day event returns on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August when actors will guide adventure-seekers through the forest in a theatrical tour in search of dragons and to help overcome Gullion’s witch, the Cailleach Bheara.

The Footsteps in the Forest Festival is part of the wider Giant Adventures programme, a major series of family festivals organised by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council to showcase the region’s breath-taking mountains, coastline and mythical stories.

Speaking on the story at the heart of this year’s festival, Myra Zepf says: “This is a story full of colourful characters – both age-old and brand new – but what makes it so special is that it requires the audience themselves to play their part, find their courage and help defeat the witch. It has been an absolute joy to write.”

Councillor Mark Murnin, Chairman of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council said: “Footsteps in the Forest has been hugely successful and is an unmissable weekend festival of story-telling, arts, culture, food and heritage for the very young to the very old. The beauty of Slieve Gullion Forest, steeped in myth and legend, is an ideal backdrop for this magical festival. We are delighted to have laureate Myra Zepf involved in creating the enchanting story behind this year’s event. It is set to be a fairy-tale adventure for the whole family.”

Tickets for the guided tour are free but MUST be prebooked. Book now for Saturday 4 August and Sunday 5 Sunday. Please see links attached for booking tickets for the Footsteps in the Forest Event:

Saturday: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/footsteps-in-the-forest-tickets-47857839085

Sunday: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/footsteps-in-the-forest-tickets-47911981025

Tours last 50 minutes and start at 10.20am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday –the last tour on each day will be at 5.40pm. The forest walk will be closed to visitors EXCEPT for those booked onto the tours.

There will also be a market featuring local food produce and musicians performing throughout the weekend. Other activities include face painting, balloon modelling, Nature mask making, a puppet show and much more.

Footsteps in the Forest is supported by Tourism NI. For further information about Footsteps in the Forest and the Giant Adventures programme visit www.visitmournemountains.co.uk

LOCALLY FOCUSED FOOD VILLAGE SET TO ROW INTO STRANGFORD LOUGH

LOCALLY FOCUSED FOOD VILLAGE SET TO ROW INTO STRANGFORD LOUGH

The Strangford Skiffie Festival 2018 will see local and international rowing teams take to Strangford Lough for a third consecutive year at Delamont County Park. Visitors and competitors alike will be fed and watered by an array of Northern Irish food and drinks offerings. This year, event organisers have pulled together an exciting range of mouth-watering culinary treats and the best in local beverages, to put in place the ideal pitstop.

Visitors will be able to avail of a wide selection including delicious beef and venison burgers from nearby Pheasants Hill Farm Kitchen, tantalising traybakes from Castlewellan based company, The Fancy Fox and drinks from local brands such as Short Cross Gin and Kilmegan Cider. From pizzas, pittas, donuts, crepes and more, there is no shortage of options for event goers during this action-packed weekend. Spectators can take in the breath-taking views of Strangford Lough right from the event base at Delamont County Park, all whilst enjoying the extensive food village.

Councillor Mark Murnin, Chairman of Newry, Mourne and Down Council said: ‘Skiffie Festival is such a vibrant event in our Giant Adventures programme. Having local food producers and suppliers on board adds more homegrown flavour to the weekend. We are delighted to have such a variety of companies at the event, showing local and international visitors what Northern Irish food and drink is all about. Skiffie Festival provide an ideal platform to maintain the huge interest in local food and drink.’

Skiffie Festival marks the first of five events in the Giant Adventures summer programme, spearheaded by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. Across the weekend of July 27th – July 29th there will be around 20 races taking place, with teams competing from across the island of Ireland and Scotland. Additionally, there will be boat trips, live music, model air craft displays, and much more. For further information about the Skiffie Festival and the Giant Adventures programme visit www.visitmournemountains.co.uk

EVIAN BRINGS WIMBLEDON TO SPAR

EVIAN BRINGS WIMBLEDON TO SPAR

Evian, official water sponsor of Wimbledon, bought some tennis fun to SPAR Moyle Road. With tennis target board, swing ball, strawberries and cream plus face painting, Q Radio was also there handing out goodie bags and prizes to shoppers. Evian is available across all SPAR’s in Northern Ireland.  #evianwimbledon #sparnievian

 

CD FAIRFIELD SECURES MAJOR £2 MILLION PARTNERSHIP WITH MOVE WITH US

CD FAIRFIELD SECURES MAJOR £2 MILLION PARTNERSHIP WITH MOVE WITH US

CD Fairfield, one of the UK’s leading Non-Statutory and Statutory property debt specialists, based in Belfast has secured an exclusive two year rolling contract with Move With Us to be the sole approved provider of debt services to its group. Move With Us (MWU) is the UK’s largest network of independent estate agents, with over 1200 high street locations and is owned by London private equity investors Palamon Capital Partners. This new relationship will see CD Fairfield create 25 new jobs over the next 18 months, 21 in Belfast and 4 in Cambridge.

Speaking on the announcement, Phil Davison, Managing Director at CD Fairfield said: “This is a great result for all involved in CD Fairfield. It has taken over a year to deliver what is a hugely exciting development for the company. This allows us to bring our expertise to the widest possible UK market; becoming a partner with a company of MWU’s size and scope can only be a validation of five years of hard work.

“The property market in mainland GB is experiencing a downturn with property still 20% below peak 2008 price levels in parts of the North of England and Wales and prices falling in London and the South. With interest rates expected to rise and the Bank of England warnings around house prices in the last week; we are posed to bring our specialist expertise to beleaguered buy-to-let landlords and those requiring property debt advice.

“With our experience and growth in this specialist area of debt management, coupled with the economic and fiscal outlook over the coming years looking less favourable for landlords in particular, we expect to see the number of Clients CDF are helping grow exponentially, thanks to this exclusive partnership with MWU.”

Speaking on the decision to partner with CD Fairfield, Ben Greco, Managing Director at Move With Us says: “MWU started working with CDF last year when some of its NI property-debt cases required properties to be managed and sold in England and Wales. Being a leading residential asset manager, MWU were a good fit.

“CD Fairfield brings bespoke help to a range of property-linked debt problems for investors, accidental landlords or actual homeowners. Its case studies really are testament to the help it gives and what can be achieved to mutually benefit all parties involved in those issues. With interest rates likely to rise further, property prices flat at best, landlord tax breaks being squeezed, and the wider market suffering from Brexit-based uncertainty, I think the number of property owners that may need this sort of individually tailored help with their debt and property situation will rise steadily in coming months.

Ben continues: “Our job is to bring the best processes and agent partners to the table to achieve the optimum sale results for all involved. All in all, I expect our relationship with CD Fairfield to grow closer and stronger as case numbers rise steadily and consistently. I am looking forward to developing this new partnership over the months to come.”

Founded in 2013 by Directors Philip Davison and Tom Cardwell, this is a significant development for the business, that currently has over 650 retained clients and is regarded as the best specialist property debt company in the UK. Settling over 500 cases with an average debt write down of £57,000 for buy to let landlords and homeowners.

CD Fairfield, Director, Tom Cardwell adds: “This collaboration marks an exciting time for CD Fairfield and see significant financial development in our NI base. It will see the expansion of our team and the investment in new offices to house the increased capacity required.

“At CD Fairfield we have a unique service and the only company of our type to currently offer clients the full suite of potential property debt resolutions under one roof. By partnering exclusively with MWU and extending our reach as a company, this can only be good for the UK consumers.

“From day one our focus has been on our clients and as we continue to grow that will remain the cornerstone of our company philosophy.”

KNOW HOW TO KEEP YOUR DOG COOL THIS SUMMER!

KNOW HOW TO KEEP YOUR DOG COOL THIS SUMMER!

Frozzy’s, producers of the healthy and nutritious lickable frozen yoghurt for dogs, has teamed up with renowned vet Luc Van Dijck and founder of the Luc Van Dijk Veterinary Centre in Wigan, to urge dog owners across the UK to be more aware of the risks linked to this summer’s rising temperatures. Animals can’t deal with soaring temperatures so easily, and dogs are especially at risk from severe overheating.

Speaking on heatstroke and sun safety, Luc Van Dijick says: “Dogs can suffer fatal heatstroke within minutes. Unlike humans, dogs can’t sweat through their skin and so they rely on panting and releasing heat through their paw pads and nose to regulate their body temperature and keep cool. Imagine wearing a thick winter coat on a hot summer’s day and you’ll understand why dogs succumb to heatstroke so easily.

“Even cats are at risk. Pale-coloured cats for example are vulnerable to sunburn; particularly on their ears, noses and sparsely haired areas. Use pet safe sun cream on exposed parts of your pet’s skin, such as the tips of their ears and nose, to avoid sunburn. If you’re unsure on the right product, please ask your vet.

“We have also had cases were curious cats seek out cooling breezes in the summer, and at this time of year we treat more and more cats with serious injuries after falling from heights when their owners open the windows.

“Signs of heatstroke include collapse, excessive panting, and dribbling. If you suspect your dog or cat is suffering, move them to a cool place, preferably with a draught, wet their coat and contact a vet immediately. Avoid overcooling by using cool, not freezing, water.”

Luc adds: “Most owners make the potentially deadly mistake of leaving their dog in the car while they nip out on an errand. But even a minute is too long. A car can become an oven very quickly even when it doesn’t feel that warm. If you see a dog in distress inside a car, official advice is to dial 999 immediately and ask for the police. A dog in distress in a hot car is an emergency and the police will advise you what to do based on the situation.”

Another common issue with animals in the heat says Luc, is the tarmac. “Dogs’ paw pads can burn on hot pavements. Place the back of your palm on the ground. Generally, if it’s too hot for your hand it’s too hot for their paws. Walk your dog at the cooler times of the day, either first thing in the morning or early evening.

“If a dog must remain outside, ensure there is ample shade throughout the day and plenty of water.  Putting ice cubes into your dog or cat’s water bowl is another fantastic idea. Dogs may also appreciate a paddling pool to splash around in.”

Noel Conlon, Founder of Frozzys says: “We are delighted to partner with Luc to get across these vital health messages. Our team have been extremely concerned by the continued number of stories in the news about animals left in cars while owners pop to the shop. Our frozen yoghurt was created specifically to give owners the ability to keep their beloved pet cool and safe in the heat when at home or on walks. These temperatures are exceptional, and we urge people to understand the risks and follow Luc’s advice. Awareness is key, and we hope that our appeal will help more animals to stay cool and safe in the sun.”

SKIFFIE FESTIVAL READY TO ROW INTO STRANGFORD LOUGH  FOR THIRD YEAR

SKIFFIE FESTIVAL READY TO ROW INTO STRANGFORD LOUGH FOR THIRD YEAR

This July will see the return of the much-loved Skiffie Festival on Strangford Lough and in Delamont Country Park. From the 27th to the 29th of July, international competitors and locals will descend upon Strangford Lough in their community-built skiffs for this action-packed weekend of events. Visitors will not only have the opportunity to watch the racing, there will also be a range of free family centered activities including boat trips, live music, model air craft displays, a food village and much more.

The festival marks the first of five events in the Giant Adventures summer programme, spearheaded by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. Around 20 races take place across the weekend, with teams competing from across the island of Ireland and Scotland.

Councillor Mark Murnin, Chairman of Newry, Mourne and Down Council said: “The Skiffie Festival is a highlight of the Giant Adventures programme. The breath-taking setting of Strangford Lough and picturesque nature of Delamont Country Park presents the ideal location for this wonderful competitive racing and family fun festival. Following the excitement of the Skiffie World Championships in 2016 and last year’s successful Skiffie Festival, we are delighted to host this thrilling weekend, once again.’’

Families can enjoy a wide range of activities, suitable for all ages at Delamont Country Park. For further information about the Skiffie Festival and the Giant Adventures programme visit www.visitmournemountains.co.uk

EXTRA CARE MARKS EXTRA SPECIAL BIRTHDAY FOR MAUD, THE OLDEST LIVING PERSON IN NORTHERN IRELAND

EXTRA CARE MARKS EXTRA SPECIAL BIRTHDAY FOR MAUD, THE OLDEST LIVING PERSON IN NORTHERN IRELAND

Extra Care, the oldest local charity providing domiciliary care in Northern Ireland, celebrated with its client of over six years, Maud Nicholl from Ballymena, as she turned 109. Maud is believed to be the oldest person living in Northern Ireland. Celebrating with family and close friends in her home town, Maud received a card from the Queen, flowers, a cake and other birthday gifts.

Remarkably, Maud lives in her own home and receives care to allow her to remain living as independently as possible.  Domiciliary care providers Extra Care have been caring for Maud and is one of the oldest clients they have ever looked after.

Brian Hutchinson, Chief Executive of Extra Care said, “It is a pleasure to care for Maud and our care staff comment on how she is always smiling. Being the oldest person in the country is certainly something to celebrate and we are proud that we can make a small difference each day for Maud.

“Our goal is to ensure that people can remain in their own home for as long as possible, living with dignity and comfort with help from our highly skilled care team.

As people’s needs change, we believe our support is at its most effective when delivered in your own home, where surroundings are familiar and you are most content. We believe this is true no matter that your specific needs may be.”

Maud, who never married, was surrounded by those who are close to her during her birthday celebrations at the Tullyglass Hotel in Ballymena. Speaking amongst her family and friends Maud said, “Thank you for today, I’ve had a lovely birthday.”

EMPOWERING WOMEN TO DRESS FOR SUCCESS AT FOYLESIDE SHOPPING CENTRE

EMPOWERING WOMEN TO DRESS FOR SUCCESS AT FOYLESIDE SHOPPING CENTRE

This month Foyleside Shopping Centre will host a unique collaborative fashion event in partnership with Foyle Women’s Aid and Marks & Spencer.

Dress for Success was established by Foyle Women’s Aid, with a mission to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire advice and development tools to help them thrive in work and personal life.

Hosted by Cool FM’s Melissa Riddell, there will be fabulous fashion previews and exclusive giveaways from some of the centre’s top retailers including Debenhams, Next and Monsoon as well as live on-stage styling sessions. Whether you are starting out in your career or want guidance to thrive in your profession, it’s the perfect place to get all the advice you need to Dress for Success.

The unique event isn’t just about fashion. Women are also offered guidance to enhance their CVs and interview preparation. The Dress for Success service is open to all women including school leavers, graduates or anyone who is attending interviews and would like support with presenting themselves for the workplace.

Marie Brown, Director of Foyle Women’s Aid said “We believe that every woman, no matter where she comes from, has the potential to reach great heights and achieve economic independence.  Dress for Success gives them the tools they need to get there.  It’s not about where you’ve been, it about where you’re going.”

Fergal Rafferty, Centre Manager for Foyleside Shopping Centre said, “We are delighted to be the host venue for this unique Dress for Success event. The positive work of Foyle Women’s Aid is well known in the city and we are delighted that a number of our key tenants are making a significant investment in resources in support of this initiative, which will be a real highlight in our summer events programme.”

Dress for Success is taking place on Saturday 30th at the Central Mall on Level 2 in Foyleside Shopping Centre from 12pm – 3pm.

If you are interested in finding out more about Dress for Success and the services available visit the website at https://foyle.dressforsuccess.org or email foyle@dressforsuccess.org