Belfast Telegraph

Firm wins three-year contract to put the ping in shopping

By Lesley Houston

A Co Down firm which makes trips to the local shopping centre more fun, especially for children – while boosting revenue – has clinched a new contract to brings its brand of amusement to Belfast's CastleCourt centre.

Clearhill, based in Banbridge and described as a "mall commercialisation" company, has won a three-year deal to supply children's rides, prize cranes, photo booths and candy carts to the 330,000 sq ft centre in the city centre mall. Clearhill has more than 30-years' experience in the industry, with clients throughout the UK and Ireland.

The mall commercialisation sector has been growing in recent years.

Shopping centres have sought ways of maximising revenues and providing customers with additional services. Clearhill estimates that its units, some of which it designs and builds in-house, can help generate revenues of up to £200 per sq ft.

Brian McAreavey, a Clearhill director, said: "As one of Northern Ireland's highest profile shopping centres, CastleCourt is a great addition to Clearhill's customer base which already includes firms such as Tesco, Ilac Centre and Birmingham's Bullring.

"Over the past 30 years Clearhill has developed a reputation for providing innovative products and devising bespoke services which generate significant additional income for our customers whilst improving the overall shopping experience."

CastleCourt Centre Director Paul McMahon added: "CastleCourt is always striving to develop and improve its services to customers, and we know from experience that access to units such as Clearhill's photo booths and children's rides is something that they value."

The new contract with CastleCourt means that Clearhill now supplies almost 260 centres across the UK and Ireland, including more than 80% of Northern Ireland's shopping centres.


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