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Cosmetics firm looks outside UK

By Staff Reporter

British cosmetics firm Lush, which has one store in Northern Ireland, has said it is exploring options for growth outside the UK because of Brexit and the Government's lack of clarity over a viable exit plan.

The Poole-based company said last year's referendum sent "shockwaves" through the business, in particular the 20% of its staff that do not hold British citizenship who "suddenly felt unwelcome and understandably upset".

Lush said that to assuage fears, it offered those wishing to leave the country after the vote new roles in its German factory, with more than 80 staff to date having taken up the offer and moved to Dusseldorf.

In a statement the group also warned that leaving the European Union will mean higher taxes and jeopardise expansion in Britain.

The company's local store is based at Castle Lane in Belfast city centre.

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