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Consumer: Indulge yourself and save some cash, courtesy of college students

By Claire McNeilly

Eating out and being pampered are two of life's little pleasures – and, when money is tight, it's even better when you can enjoy them at a discount.

So here's the good news. You don't need to compromise on quality if you choose to dine or book an appointment at one of North West Regional College's (NWRC) professional salons, restaurants or its motor vehicle workshop.

That's because the college has invested in realistic working environments for its students and, as they're open to the public, consumers can make great savings on mainstream prices.

NWRC says the services provided are of the highest standard and that each venture is non-profit making, with takings reinvested into facilities and materials.

The Hair & Beauty Academy encompasses three professional, modern salons at NWRC's campuses in Limavady, Strabane and Londonderry.

With expert lecturers monitoring the students' work, a wash, cut and blow-dry costs just £10, a permanent colour is £20 and a full body spray tan is as little as £10.

These are unbeatable prices and the Strand Road campus even boasts its own sauna and steam room.

If you fancy a spot of fine dining or, perhaps, just a light lunch, Garnett's at the Limavady campus and The Flying Clipper in Londonderry, promote local producers with their freshly prepared daily dishes.

Students are supervised by lecturers with worldwide industry experience and meals range from £2.50 for a light lunch to £14.95 for a three-course evening meal.

NWRC's head of school for hospitality, Karen McLaughlin, said it helps students gain the experience they need outside the classroom.

In NWRC's state-of-the-art Limavady motor vehicle repair workshop, equipped with a Rolling Road and MOT testing facilities, students diagnose vehicle faults and repair them to roadworthiness.

College principal and chief executive, Seamus Murphy, said these low-cost, excellent quality options for the consumer also help students.

"Having a selection of clients in the salons, busy services in the restaurants and a variety of cars in the workshop allows us to provide our students with the best possible experience before they enter the world of work," he said.

For further details contact NWRC on 028 7127 6000.

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So, what's your story? Let us know if you have any consumer concerns. Contact: cmcneilly@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

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