The Time Is ‘Neu’ To Transform Your Living Space

New NI company wages war on wasted garage space with bespoke fit-out service

A new Northern Ireland company is on a mission to abolish wasted garage space by transforming it into the ultimate multi-functional recreational area.

NeuSpace, the brainchild of fitness expert Darryl Sloan and interior designer Glen Wright, provides a bespoke fit-out service to totally transform a typical garage into a stylish purpose-built gym, office, bar, pool room or pretty much anything that a client desires.

Sloan, one of the province’s leading fitness coaches, specialises in delivering training programmes for athletic goals on a personal or team basis.

A ‘meeting of minds’ with Wright, director with award-winning kitchen and furniture designer Wright’s Design House, resulted in the pair identifying a niche market specialising in bespoke high-end garage transformations… and NeuSpace was born.

Within minutes of talking to Darryl about his idea, I knew we were on to something,” said Glen, who was perfectly poised to turn the dream into reality as a director of Wright’s Design House, a company with more than 50 years of award-winning success in kitchen design and manufacture.

Garages are traditionally a dumping ground for everything that you can’t find a home for in your house – but it really doesn’t have to be that way.  There is no reason why your garage shouldn’t be one of the best spaces in your house!

“We believe this market is untapped on the island of Ireland and a real opportunity, via NeuSpace, for us to offer a luxury fit-out combined with specialist joinery and additional plumbing and electrical services as required to fulfil the desires of the client, depending on their needs,” added Glen.

NeuSpace (pronounced ‘now space’) takes its name from the German word for ‘new’.

The company will operate from the existing Wright’s Design House premises on the Carryduff Road, Lisburn and has already transformed garages for a number of clients, with a wide range of features including high and low level cabinetry for storage, beer fridge, wine cooler, built-in television, pool table, built-in bar with bar stools, bespoke golf lockers for storage, walk-in tool storage areas, and inspirational photography on walls and ceilings.

“We are very excited for the future and believe that our passion and dedication to the finest finished product, the experience we bring from our own sectors, and our excellent customer service is what will set us apart,” concluded Darryl.

For more information on NeuSpace or to arrange a consultation, visit, call 028 9246 0047 or



Bassetts raise over £20K for Barnardo’s NI

Local children’s charity, Barnardo’s Northern Ireland has been gifted over £20,000 from leading NI plumbing merchant and bathroom specialists, Bassetts, who chose Barnardo’s NI as the company’s charity of the year.

The impressive sum was raised fundraising by staff from Bassetts’ 17 branches across Northern Ireland through coffee morning events, payroll giving, a Christmas draw, and Christmas Shopping trips. Bassetts also gifted the charity the complete refurbishment of two bathrooms and two WCs at Barnardo’s House in Belfast which provides a safe and comfortable home for up to six primary school-aged children who are in the process of being placed with long-term foster parents.

Commenting on the fundraising efforts, Bassetts MD, Alan Wright, said:

“Barnardo’s Northern Ireland offers an invaluable service to children across Northern Ireland, so we were delighted to be able to help with a year of fundraising activities which have generated over £20,000 for a very worthwhile charity. Staff from across all 17 branches really got behind the important fundraising efforts and this impressive total is the outcome of their hard work.”

Pictured L-R: Gareth Archer, Branch Manager at Bassetts Dungannon is joined by the company’s Charity Co-ordinator, Brenda Hall as well as Aoibheann Doherty, Regional Fundraising Manager at Barnardo’s Northern Ireland and Bassetts Managing Director, Alan Wright.

Stena Line voted Best Ferry Company by Irish media

Travel writers, bloggers and influencers from all over Ireland have voted Stena Line Best Ferry Company for the seventh year in succession.

More than 200 guests gathered at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin for the 2019 Travel Media Awards, which are the only awards that call on members of the media to vote for their favourite travel companies.

Diane Poole OBE, Stena Line’s Travel Commercial Manager, Irish Sea South, was thrilled to pick up the award on behalf of Ireland’s market leading ferry company.

“This award is very special to us as it is voted for by travel media across the island of Ireland, who play such an important role in communicating what the travel industry has to offer Irish holidaymakers,” said Diane.

Stena Line is the largest ferry operator on the Irish Sea, offering the biggest fleet and the widest choice of routes between Ireland and Britain including Dublin to Holyhead, Rosslare to Fishguard, Belfast to Liverpool. Belfast to Heysham, and Belfast to Cairnryan – with a total of 232 weekly sailings.  The company is the only operator to offer a direct service from Rosslare to Cherbourg with three return crossings a week.

Castle Leslie Estate announced as a finalist for inaugural Energia Family Business Awards

Castle Leslie Estate has made the shortlist for two categories in the inaugural Energia Family Business Awards for Best Customer Service and Hospitality Business of the Year.

The Energia Family Business Awards take place on24th May 2019 in the Round Room of the Mansion House, Dublin. Over 200 entries were received, a remarkable response from family businesses both old and new across Ireland.

Launched by renowned business commentator and MC for the Energia Family Business Awards Matt Cooper, the Awards recognise family businesses of all shapes and sizes across the country.

Castle Leslie Estate is one of the last great Irish estates still in the hands of its founding family. The Leslie Family bought it in the 16th Century. Today, this Irish estate is led and managed by Sammy Leslie.

Located in Glaslough, County Monaghan, Castle Leslie Estate is just 80 minutes from Dublin and 60 minutes from Belfast. Following extensive restoration over the past two decades, the family has transformed the Estate to its original glory.   

Alan Mulcahy Head of Sales at Energia said about the awards, “Irish businesses and SMEs are the back bone of the Irish economy and communities all across Ireland. We are proud to play our part in recognising these innovative businesses”.

Mr. Brian Baldwin, CEO of Castle Leslie Estate said; “We are thrilled and honoured to be a finalist in not one but two categories in the inaugural Energia Family Business Awards. With 1000 years of Leslie family history recorded, and 27 years in business, it is a great honour to be tasked with bringing a unique and important part of Ireland’s living heritage through to the future.”

Belfast Business Awards 2019 shortlist is revealed!

The eager wait is finally over…today the shortlist for the most prestigious business awards in Northern Ireland, the Belfast Business Awards 2019 has been revealed…

Organised and hosted by Belfast Chamber with Principal Sponsor, Bank of Ireland UK, the annual, highly-coveted ceremony have become synonymous with recognising, promoting and rewarding the excellence of Belfast-based companies.

Over 100 of Belfast’s top businesses have made the shortlist spanning 21 categories from Best Technology Based Business, Environmental Best Practice, Best Company to Work for, and Young Business Person of the Year (under30) to the Bank of Ireland UK Lifetime Achievement award.

The gala ceremony will take place on Friday 10th May 2019 at Titanic Belfast, the World’s Number One tourist destination and will be hosted once-again by Sarah Travers and Pete Snodden

Commenting on this year’s shortlist Paul McClurg, Head of Business Banking Belfast from partner Bank of Ireland UK said: “We are delighted to be part of these local business “Begin” journeys, supporting them as they progress towards achieving their ambition and celebrating their talent and success, as an important part of a diverse business community in Belfast.”

Rajesh Rana, President of Belfast Chamber commented:  “Over the next couple of weeks, a series of interviews will take place with a panel of judges to decide the overall winners in each category.

“There will also be extensive mystery shopping for the customer service and hospitality-based categories, so I encourage everyone to go the extra mile and showcase their business and staff to their absolute best ability.

Rajesh concluded: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the entrants for the time and effort that has gone into the entries and to congratulate those shortlisted.”


Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by contacting Belfast Chamber or visit



Leisure Transformation Programme

A young apprentice employed as part of a social clause under Belfast City Council’s Leisure Transformation Programme got to work cutting the first sod at the Robinson Centre. Mark McGrogan joined Councillor Deirdre Hargey, Chair of the council’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee, John Paul Higgins, Senior Contracts Manager from Heron Bros and Gareth Kirk, from GLL, which will operate the new centre when it is completed next summer. The new Robinson Centre represents an investment of £20 million by Belfast City Council. The centre will specialise in aquatics and will provide, among other things, a 25 metre by eight lane gala pool with 250 spectator seats; a learner pool with moveable floor and diving provision; sports hall; café; community facility an outside provision including a five-a-side pitch.

The work at the Robinson Centre in the east of the city forms part of an overall investment of £105 million in leisure facilities in Belfast. A public consultation on the proposed designs for the restoration and extension of Templemore Baths and the redevelopment of Avoniel Leisure Centre is due to start in the coming weeks. Councillor Hargey and Mr Sage also travelled to west Belfast where work is underway on the new Andersonstown Leisure Centre. The investment will focus on water-based family fun with fast paced water slides; a surf simulator and children’s wet play adventure area.
In addition to the investment at Andersonstown, work is also due to start on a redevelopment of Brook Activity Centre in the Colin area in the New Year. While this new facility will focus on outdoor sports provision with a number of 3G pitches, it will also include a 25 metre pool, bringing this amenity to the local area for the first time.

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Local product Development Competition

A great opportunity for local producers has arisen as Belfast City Council has launched a competition to find new tourist products to sell at the Visit Belfast Welcome centre in cooperation with Visit Belfast. Successful candidates will be offered one-to-one mentoring to help design and develop their unique product and them quote for it to go on sale in one of the most visited buildings in Belfast. The competition has been launched to help innovative people put their ideas into practise and in the end even get to the production and selling stage.

For more information and to enter, visit: