Mount Charles is purchasing and renovating new premises as part of a £1.6m investment into its HQ.
The company, which is Ireland’s largest indigenous foodservice and outsourced business support organisation, will move into the 10,000 square foot Maxol House on Ormeau Road, formerly the HQ of Botanic Inns.
Mount Charles’ rapid growth trajectory means that the 27-year old company, which employs almost 2,000 staff, has outgrown its current premises, with the decision to purchase rather than rent a larger building based on its commitment to the NI market place.
Cathal Geoghegan, managing director of Mount Charles, said: “We are very excited about this move, which we view very much as a game changer for Mount Charles. The company has evolved so much in the recent past, with the addition of new divisions and services that have very quickly made a big impact on our market share.
“We feel that a new, state-of-the-art headquarters will much better represent who we are now as a company – and that is a dynamic and innovative locally-owned business that is taking on the multinationals and providing a lot of local employment opportunities. Purchasing this building is a big statement of intent from us: that we remain extremely committed to doing business in Northern Ireland, whilst also growing our business outside of Northern Ireland.”
Work has begun to transform Maxol House, with contractors Mascot Construction expected to finish the job by late summer.
“We are investing significantly to ensure that this new headquarters is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, with a focus on creating an open plan environment with shared spaces and break-out areas that will encourage collaboration between our various divisions. We see this as a very positive step forward, and one which will allow us to target further growth and service development,” Geoghegan added.
Mount Charles recently reported £7.3m of new contracts gained in the past 12 months, boosting turnover from £25m in 2014 to £28m last year. The company has also announced it will recruit more than 200 new employees throughout 2016.