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Young Entrepreneurs Succeed at Southside

Southside Shopping Centre was honoured last week to host the regional finalists of the Young Enterprise Company Programme competition which gave a unique insight into the possible businesses of the future.

Young Entrepreneurs Succeed at Southside

The young entrepreneurs came from Putney High School and Dulwich College and impressed shoppers and staff at Southside with their creative business ideas including reheatable cushions, personalised bags, travel organisers and innovative chopping boards.

The prize for Best Sales Team was awarded to Emotional Baggage who designed and sold personalised bags. Best Looking Sales Stand was awarded to Interlock who designed and sold an innovative travel case and Best Product was awarded to The Cushion Company for their reheatable cushions made from recycled material.

Young Entrepreneurs Succeed at Southside


General Manager, Neil Churchill said ‘We have been extremely impressed with the level of work and commitment the students have put into their business ideas and how well planned they have been. It is inspiring for us to know that there are budding young entrepreneurs on our doorstep ready for the challenge of running their own business and with some fantastic ideas. We wish all of the students the best of luck as they go on to the National Finals and hope the experience they have had here at Southside has helped give them an understanding of the selling process’.

The Young Enterprise Company are a national charity which gives 15-18 year olds the opportunity to set up and run their own business with local companies for one year, with the support of local business advisers.

World Heart Beat Surprise

Did you see the surprise from World Heat Beat Music Academy?

World Heat Beat joined us at Southside last Saturday, 21st January 2017, to bring the warmth of Brazil to the cold of London as they performed for our shoppers.

With a crew of 45 performers, featuring Brazilian superstars Almir Pessoa and Pepe Barcellos  who flew in from Rio especially, the young music stars of the Academy delighted shoppers with their music which had plenty of Brazilian flair!

The entertainment began in Muffin Break and Uniqlo with children from the age of 7 playing a range of instruments including drums, flutes and violins. The sound drew in the crowds who were both surprised and enthusiastic to hear the sounds of Brazil.

Sahana from World Heart Beat said, "World Heart Beat Music Academy is a joyous environment for learning and playing musical instruments situated at the epicentre of Wandsworth borough's cultural activities. We pride ourselves on being part of the local community and sharing the inspiration and bountiful joy of our young musicians at the Southside Shopping Centre was absolutely thrilling. It was a beautiful experience to treat Southside shoppers to an impromptu extravaganza from the energy and vibrancy of some 70 young heartbeat musicians springing up from all corners of the mall into what became an instant party of great music and fun that brightened everyone's  day."

World Heart Beat Music Academy envisions a global environment where music, as a universal form of communication, bridges cultural, political, social, economic and linguistic barriers. World Heart Beat is a registered charity that works to give all children the opportunity to learn an instrument, regardless of their background. Their aim is to celebrate every young person’s potential for lifelong achievement in the field of music and beyond.

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Southside’s Insider Scoop – 4DX!

We sent a man on the ground to test out the new 4DX experience at Cineworld Southside last night with the showing of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Don’t worry though – we haven’t included any spoilers.

Cineworld Wandsworth - 4DX

When our insider first entered the foyer there was a lot of excitement and chatter due to all the changes. The dazzling lights from the new digital screens are a glimpse of what to come once inside the screen!

Cineworld Wandsworth - 4DX

The staff were all friendly and more than happy to help with getting your ticket if the machines are all too busy. There was plenty of space in the foyer and the 4DX signage makes you feel like a VIP when you enter the foyer. This is before they check your ticket!

Once you’re entering the screen, the first thing that will grab you is the size of the screen! You can almost immediately feel like you’re inside the movie. Then you’ll notice the plush red seats. The red velvet makes this distinct from the leather chairs in the other screens and reiterates the fact that you are a VIP. Once you find your seat, you’re able to get cosy even with a footrest to make you feel at home. There is a button for which you can turn off the water if you’d like (especially if you are wearing glasses) but we decided to go for the full experience.

The opening sequences start and you immediately feel the movement of the seat as it tilts you forwards and backwards along with the film. The vibrations you get certainly made everyone clamour onto their seats.

At various parts of the film, you’re able to stop all the movement and there are more gentle motions as well as the vigour associated with battle! Not to mention that a scene with rain did result in drops of water sprinkling over you so that you really feel a part of the movie.  There are of course also fans that help you feel like the fighter jets are actually whizzing past or that they’re bullets have just missed your head.

Smells, mist, smoke and lightning are also present throughout the movie to give you an ultimate climax of the whole experience.

Initially, we must admit that it is a little distracting – but simply because it’s new! Once you are enthralled in the movie, 4DX helps you escape completely by feeling like you are really inside. We were also amazed at how well synchronised all the effects were with the film so when they look up you do too.


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