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Foyleside Shopping Centre has made a significant investment in its new sensory room, a unique space for children and young adults with autism and other sensory needs. The centre has worked closely with Autism NI to become more autism friendly with specific staff training and Wednesday evenings now being designated quiet evenings. The main mall and retailers will turn off in-store music to help make the shopping experience less stressful for customers affected by autism. These significant improvements to the centre mean Foyleside is in line to be one of the first shopping centre’s in the country to receive the Autism NI Impact Award.

The new sensory room is part of a wider initiative to improve accessibility for all in the centre. The new calming room features fibre optics, bubble tubes and other devices to help remove anxiety if the child or adult becomes distressed, as well as sound and light levels which can be customised throughout, depending on individual needs. It is an ideal place to deal with sensory overloads. Autism NI has also trained six Foyleside staff members to become centre champions. These champions are on hand to assist any child or adult with autism to plan and organise their shopping trips, directing them to the sensory room and other facilities and helping them deal with any possible chaotic experiences.

Fergal Rafferty, Foyleside Shopping Centre Manager said, “We are absolutely thrilled to officially launch the new sensory room to help families deal with sensory overload if it happens while out shopping. Everyone should be able to enjoy the wide range of stores and eateries in Foyleside and we have worked closely with Autism NI to ensure we are well equipped to facilitate individuals with autism. We are also pleased to be launching the new quiet evenings, a fantastic initiative to raise awareness of the very real challenges autistic people face in their daily lives.”

Christine English from Autism NI added, “Shopping can be a stressful experience for autistic people and their families due to crowds and loud music. It is fantastic to see Foyleside Shopping Centre provide a brilliant space for those with autism to relax and unwind. Through the collective efforts of the centre retailers, the quiet evening every Wednesday will provide a welcome respite for those affected as well as lead to a greater understanding of the associated difficulties of the condition. Through our training with the six Foyleside champions, those with autism and their families can take comfort in knowing that additional assistance is available if necessary. This really is fantastic work from Foyleside and all its staff.”

The Foyleside Sensory Room is located at the back of the food court on Level 3. The quiet evenings will take place each Wednesday between 6pm until 9pm. Shoppers are encouraged to visit the customer service desk to request assistance from one of the Foyleside champions if they wish to avail of assistance or need guidance to the new sensory room. There will be a sensory pack at the customer service desk on level 3 in case an individual has forgot to bring their ear defenders as well as emergency bands which include a guardian’s phone number. These are useful if a young person wanders or gets lost frequently, allowing the Foyleside staff to easily identify these individuals. Foyleside will also be launching their brand-new website which will provide a pre-visit guide for customers, allowing individuals and their families to familiarise themselves with the centre’s facilities before their visit.



Belfast beauty brand, BPerfect Cosmetics is making a huge impact with the world’s most famous make-up artists and influencers.

The latest ‘must have’ product in the BPerfect range is the Carnival Palette, created in collaboration with one of the UK’s top make-up artists Stacey Marie. The eyeshadow palette features an array of vibrant and stunning colours to create the most on-trend and out there make up looks.

Catching the eye of global stars including NikkieTutorials, Jeffree Star and Manny MUA, these hugely popular influencers have been sharing their top make up tips using the eye shadow palette and confessing their love for the brand on their social media channels. Combined, the famous trio have amassed 24 million Instagram followers and 18 million YouTube subscribers.

This year, BPerfect’s revenue has increased by 700% and their premises has trebled in size. Following the announcement of their product range now being listed on Beauty Bay, Europe’s largest independent online beauty retailer, the business is growing from strength to strength. The brand has also launched on websites in Australia, Holland, Germany, Poland and are currently in negotiations outlets in the USA, New Zealand, Iran and Bahrain.

Brendan McDowell, Founder of BPerfect said, “I am overwhelmed with the global success and engagement from artists and influencers around the world. It’s fantastic to see a beauty brand from Northern Ireland being put on the map. I believe the continued success comes from BPerfect’s ever imaginative products and innovative fun ideas. It is also testament to the fantastic team that we have at BPerfect. We have had a whirlwind year and I can’t for what is next!”

Other products in the BPerfect range include the popular 10 Second Tan, concealer, tanning mitts and eyeshadow palettes, with the Carnival Palette being the latest release.

The BPerfect brand has plans in place to launch a further five new products before the end of the year, including two exciting collaborations with make-up artists from UK and Ireland.



At only three years young, Craigavon Omniplex is celebrating hitting a significant milestone – 1 million admissions through its doors. The cinema opened in March 2015 and its modern styling in the Craigavon OmniPark is proving ever popular. The cinema boasts the latest in projection and digital sound technology. Omniplex Cinemas have become the standard bearer for multiplex facilities including custom designed leather rocker chairs are a standard feature.

Speaking about achieving this milestone, Paul John Anderson, Director of Omniplex Group (NI) said: “This is a fantastic achievement and testament to the ongoing appetite for cinema within the local area. Our team work tirelessly to ensure all customers have an unbeatable experience and the fact that customers keep returning, is down to the staff’s hard work and dedication.

“At Omniplex, we are committed to bringing the latest releases to customers and providing a place that elevates a movie going experience. Whether it is their first visit or one hundredth, it is our desire that each customer is offered the highest level of customer service, diverse scheduling and a welcoming environment.”Since opening, Omniplex Craigavon has strived to provide the most diverse range of movies to the local audience including classic movie screenings such as Home Alone & Lord of the Rings, a range of live events including the Met Opera, Royal Shakespeare Company & Australian Ballet, and of course the biggest blockbusters.

Omniplex Craigavon features include: Free Parking, 8 Screen Cinema, and an OmniplexMAXX screen with Barco Auro sound.

Omniplex is the largest cinema chain in the north, with other outlets including Armagh, Lisburn, Omagh and Newry.