Young Entrepreneurs Take On The Big Market

Students from across Northern Ireland are getting the opportunity to learn vital business lessons at  the up and coming Young Enterprise event set to place at the start of December.

Over 700 students from across Northern Ireland will showcase their start-up businesses at an event in Belfast next week. Pupils from 60 schools on the Young Enterprise Big Market programme have developed their products from conception to production in just three months.The programme takes each student on a business start-up journey that gives them their first opportunity to trade and launch their product in The Big Market held at St George’s Market on Wednesday December 6th.

On the programme students are responsible for creating an initial product concept, developing their product, creating a business plan, raising capital and then marketing and selling their products to the general public.Over 70 businesses consisting of young people from ages of 10-18 will be selling everything from jewellery, coffee, baby products, gifts and phone apps to crafts and books amongst other things.Throughout the event Northern Ireland business leaders will judge the young people’s companies on the day. Partnering with the Young Enterprise for the event is Belfast City Council who provide St George’s Market as the venue.

Funded by the Department of Education the Young Enterprise Big Market Programme has become an essential part of business learning for young people across the country. One of the most important elements of the Big Market Programme is the opportunity for anyone to attend as customers fro 10-2pm at St George’s Market on Wednesday December 2nd.  This gives students the opportunity to be able to gain valuable insight into their own product as well as learn about the importance of marketing and selling products.

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The five-star Fitzwilliam Hotel in Belfast has launched a search to find a ‘Five-Star Signature Cocktail’ to feature on the bar’s infamous cocktail menu in 2018, in partnership with locally distilled Jawbox Gin. Since it opened nine years ago, the hotel’s New York vibe bar has made its mark with locals and international travellers alike as the urban place to enjoy a perfectly balanced cocktail in the city. In 2017, the Fitzwilliam Hotel was awarded five-star status and now it is calling for all ‘at-home bartenders’ to make their mark by submitting a ‘Five-Star Signature Cocktail’ recipe which will take pride of place on next year’s menu.

Entrants are encouraged to be creative with their use of ingredients, presentation and style, and the recipe can be sweet or sour, shaken or stirred but must use a base spirit of award-winning Jawbox Gin, and ginger ale as a mixer.Brian Crozier, Beverage Manager at the Fitzwilliam Hotel, will be one of the judges when three finalists will be invited to the Fitzwilliam Bar on Great Victoria Street in January to mix up their cocktails with flair in front of a judging panel. Joining Brian on the judging panel will be broadcaster and cocktail enthusiast Pamela Ballantine and Gerry White, Founder of Jawbox Gin. “Craft cocktail culture has been on the rise and lots of people are getting creative at home mixing up cocktails for family and friends. Jawbox Gin is an excellent versatile cocktail base as it is delicate in flavour and aroma which works in perfect harmony with so many other ingredients.”

As well as having their ‘Five-Star Signature Cocktail’ featured on the Fitzwilliam Hotel Cocktail menu, the winner will also enjoy an overnight stay in the hotel and a bottle of Jawbox to take home. Two runner’s up will win an evening meal for two in the hotel’s a la carte restaurant and all finalists will be taken on a VIP guided tour of the The Echlinville Distillery on the Ards Peninsula with Founder, Gerry White.


To enter, submit a copy of your cocktail recipe, along with a photograph of your finished serve along with 100 words explaining why your cocktail is five star to: by 15 December 2017.Or post to Fitzwilliam Cocktail Competition, Smarts Communicate, 157-159 High Street, Holywood, Co. Down, Northern Ireland, BT18 9HU.


Fed up with the cold already? Well here is something to brighten your day…

The latest brand new and Jet2holidays destination from Belfast International is a Turkish delight! Jet2 have recently announced flights and holidays to Dalaman, the ninth brand new destination for Summer 2018, with 23 destinations now on sale from Belfast International.The biggest ever summer programme from Belfast International!

Earlier this year, the leading leisure airline and package holiday specialist launched its Summer 18 programme with eight new destinations. This has now increased to nine brand new destinations with the addition of weekly flights will go to Dalaman in Turkey, which is otherwise known as the ‘Turquoise Coast’ thanks to its stunning seas and coastal scenery.

The new flights to Dalaman will depart every Tuesday from June 26th until September 25th 2018. This is the company’s second new Turkish destination from Belfast International Airport for Summer 18, having already added Antalya to its Summer 18 are confident that Dalaman will be very popular with Northern Ireland holidaymakers, just as Antalya is already proving to be. Check out the stunning picture below.

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Castle Leslie Estate Wins A Condé Nast Johansens Award For Excellence

Our very own Castle Leslie Estate scooped the prestigious 2018 award for excellence in the category of Best for Weddings, Parties or Special Occasions at the Condé Nast Johansens 36th annual awards for excellence. The awards were held on Tuesday 7th November at The May Fair Hotel in London, with hundreds of top hotel industry professionals in attendance.

Castle Leslie was recognised by judges as one of the last great Irish estates still owned by its founding family. The stunning Irish castle stands majestically within the green beauty of the County Monaghan countryside featuring the tranquil waters of Glaslough Lake.  Weddings are given the full treatment with exclusive use of the Castle and as you would expect, renowned warm Irish hospitality is a given here with complete escapism guaranteed

Condé Nast Johansens, from the publishers of Vogue, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and Vanity Fair, is the premier reference guide for independent travellers. The Awards are based on responses from online voting, guest feedback and Local Expert reports drawn hotels in the most recent Guides those featured online. With dedicated and highly trained Local Experts, almost 10 times as many properties have been assessed as appear online or in the Guides, in order to narrow the final selection down to the best.

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Harvey’s Point ‘Best Destination Hotel in Ireland’

The luxurious Harvey’s Point Hotel, Lough Eske, Co. Donegall has been named ‘Best Destination Hotel in Ireland’ at the annual Hospitality Ireland Awards in Dublin. The hotel was chosen by the judges because of it’s accommodation and guest services, its renowned food offerings and the graciousness and friendliness of its staff. This is the second major accolade for Harvey’s Point Hotel in recent weeks. At a ceremony in London last month the Hotel was awarded a coveted Four Red stars by the AA, joining an elite group of Irish hotels that have achieved this standard of excellence.

Hotelier Deirdre Mc Glone of Harvey’s Point Hotel, who has been nominated for the ‘Image Magazine Businesswoman of the Year’ title, is delighted with these achievements. The awards are a tribute to the entire team working at Harvey’s Point whose goal it is to deliver the highest possible standards of world-class hotel-keeping, blended with authentic Irish hospitality.

Harvey’s Point has a large and loyal guest base in Northern with continued bookings for enjoyable Autumn breaks, as well as festive Christmas and New Year Packages. Harvey’s Point is as always renowned for continuing to be a premier Wedding Venue even despite the weakness of sterling.

To mark the AA and Hospitality Ireland Awards, Harvey’s point Hotel is now offering a special Celebration Package which includes two nights in a palatial suite, complimentary four course dinner in the 2 AA Rosette Lakeside Restaurant on one evening, breakfast by the Lakeside each morning, in-house activities each Tuesday and Thursday including cooking demonstration, wine tasting and self guided walks. This special offer enables guests to stay for two nights with bed and breakfast from €89 per person sharing per night and includes one gourmet dinner. Guests can also add a third night from €69 per person sharing. The offer is available on specific dates in November, December and January.

Get more information on either 087 7934466 and 086 8274710 or and

Kingsman Watch at Lunn’s Tag Heuer Pop Up

Exclusive Kingsman special watch, now available at Lunn’s! With the release of Mathew Vaughan’s new movie ‘Kingsman The Golden Circle’ Lunn’s recently held a Pop Up in conjunction with Tag Heuer in Victoria Square. Guests were invited to watch the new release. Before hand, there was pre-show drinks and a light bite to eat while they showed of the watches, before heading up to watch the new movie shorty after. The event showcased the release of their brand new watch the Tag Heuer Connected II and a brand new exclusive Kingsman Special Edition watch which featured in the movie. This will be the only Kingsman Special Edition watch available to view & purchase in Ireland at this time. The event showcased many watches and demonstrated the availability of personalised watches.

For more pictures of the event, see our November issue on sale Friday 20th October.

West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK’S 24th Season

The twenty fourth season of West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK commences this October. This iconic event is happening over four days from the 26th-29th at its new home, St Anne’s Cathedral. Back this year, bigger and better, the show will feature longer runways, more stylish backdrops and an impressive list of designers from high street stores such as Topshop to pieces by designer Julien McDonald.

Director, Cathy Martin wants the event to demonstrate “a true example of fashion theatre.” Guests will be given the opportunity to engage with the fashion first hand. Not be missed, William Morris eyewear will be seeking out the best dressed guests from their ‘specs appeal’ pop up. Also at the event will be a variety of beauty, boutique and designer pop ups who will be present for guest’s enjoyment before and after the main catwalk shows on the 26th &27th October.

L’Oreal Colour Trophy winner, Lee Stinton alongside renowned make up artist Paddy McGurgan will lead the creative direction of the event. The pair will be speaking at the flagship ‘Style Sunday’ event on the 29th at James Street South. The luncheon will close FASHIONWEEK and round off a month activities by Action Cancer for breast cancer awareness month. The event will  showcase stylist top picks as well as a hair and makeup trend masterclass and a gift and cocktail on arrival.The official hashtag of the event will be #WCCStyleSquad allowing audiences to interact with the brands.

For full details of the show schedule, including participant details and ticket availability can be found at




Ready for kick-off with the NI Soccer Yearbook

The Malcolm Brodie Northern Ireland Soccer Yearbook 17/18 has recently been released and is a must have for football fans across the province. The yearbook, which has been published since the early 60’s, contains all the figures and statistics as well as iconic and historic Northern Ireland football facts from years gone past.

This edition of the yearbook covers Northern Ireland’s incredible World Cup Qualifying campaign to date as well as other great football achievements such as Linfield FC’s treble. David Martin offers his reflections on the past season after his first year as IFA President, and looks forward to the year ahead.

The NI Soccer Yearbook leaves no stone unturned when it comes to reporting on the beautiful game, covering leagues and cup finals from grassroots of school football right through to the senior Northern Ireland squad.

 The Northern Ireland Soccer Yearbook 2017/18 is available from all good newsagents and from the publishers; Ulster Tatler Group, priced at £2.95 (all proceeds are donated to charity).

Linwoods and Tony & Jen’s Bring Protein Popsicles To Belfast

Northern Ireland’s leading producer of healthy super foods, Linwoods in Armagh, have launched a new range of natural plant protein blends; Hemp Protein+.

The product is full of nutrient high ingredients such as chia seeds, Vitamin D and Co-enzyme Q10 and can easily be added to other foods and smoothies.

In celebration of the launch, ‘Tony & Jen’s’ healthy eatery on the Lisburn Road have collaborated with Linwoods and are now offering protein popsicles in store along with a range of other health foods all made with Linwoods new blend Hemp Protein+.

Jenny Curran, nutritionist and Co-Founder of Tony & Jen’s, talks about the collaboration:

“We love experimenting with new ingredients and flavours and we’re passionate about proving that healthy eating doesn’t have to be bland and boring and I think these ice lollies show the fun side of it.”

John Woods, Managing Director at Linwoods and Jenny Curran, nutritionist and Co-Founder of Tony & Jens pictured at the launch of Linwoods Hemp Protein+.

Rose Week – Music in the park

The international Rose Garden at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon park recently celebrated the annual Rose Week festival. Thousands of visitors descended upon the world famous rose garden to enjoy free family fun entertainment suitable for all ages. The celebrations which ran from 17th to the 23rd July included live music, face painting, a bouncy castle, floral demonstrations and a jurassic dinosaur walkabout. Rose Week has become one of Belfast’s most popular annual events, attracting spectators from all over to enjoy the stunning selection of roses on display.

As part of the event’s packed programme The Ulster-Scots Agency Juvenile Pipe Band with Pipe Major Andy McGregor performed an open air concert to the large audiences who gathered throughout Saturday afternoon. Rose week celebrations continued as audiences enjoyed another open air musical performance by the The Ormeau Concert Band conducted by Gary Shields.


Best Dressed at Down Royal

Saturday past saw an abundance of women dress up in their best attire for the annual best dressed competition on Magners Derby Day, which is part of the summer festival of racing at Down Royal Racecourse. All of the participants for the day looked exceptional. However, the person that dressing to impress really paid off for was Victoria Corr from Galbally, county Tyrone, whose vibrant outfit helped to catch the eye of the judges and guarantee her win of the ultimate accolade of Magners Best Dressed Competition. The prize for this prestigious event included an incredible three nights stay in Miami followed by a seven day Caribbean cruise.

Full coverage of this event will be featured within our August issue.

Lunn’s Jewellers Unveils New Interior

The iconic Lunn’s Jewellers store, which has been located in Queens Arcade, Belfast for 64 years, recently celebrated a makeover designed by interior stylist Suzanne Garuda, with a #LoveLunns event for media, bloggers and influencers to allow them to try on jewellery from design houses like Cartier and Chopard as well as Mikimoto, Brietling, and Lunn’s in-house marque, Portfolio of Fine Diamonds. Daniel May from Craigavon won the exciting ‘Lock & Key’ competition on the night, when his key, one of 50 given out on the evening, opened the safe containing a beautiful necklace.

Check out our July issue, on sale Tuesday 27th June, for more coverage of this event.