Mount Charles rakes in £37m worth of contracts and expands footprint of catering business

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Mount Charles, a Northern Ireland-based catering and outsourcing company, has successfully bagged a raft of new accounts totalling £37m for the last year following its entry to the Republic of Ireland.

The firm announced that it has won new contracts over its collective duration in the past 12 months, boosting this year’s turnover by 18% to £34m.

One of Northern Ireland’s leading foodservice, cleaning, security and vending companies has also expanded its offering into the Republic of Ireland, securing high profile Dublin-based contracts worth over €1.4m (£1.25m) with the Public Appointments Service, Ordinance Survey Ireland and Custom House, home to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

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The company’s growth in 2016/7 has also seen employee figures grow by 200 to 2,200.

Managing director of Mount Charles, Cathal Geoghegan, said: “In addition to our strong footing here in Northern Ireland, we are now aggressively targeting contracts in the Republic of Ireland, having secured a Dublin base from which to do business and we see this market as having major scope for future expansion.

“We have also been successful in generating new business in Great Britain, winning a contract worth over half a million pounds with global company Firstsource across three of their regional sites,” he said.

Mount Charles has also won contracts across both private and public sector organisations, including Terex, the NI Ambulance Service, CAFRE, Deloitte and Northern Regional College.

The company now works with over 250 customers across the UK and Ireland.

Geoghegan continued: “We announced an ambitious project entitled ‘The Road to £50m’ last December, whereby we aim to reach that turnover by 2020 and I’m confident that with these latest growth figures that we are firmly on course to meet that target.

“We have restructured the senior team somewhat to ensure we have the means and talent to create and win new business opportunities; with the appointment of Gavin Annon as head of sales and marketing in particular acting as a driver to our continued growth.

“We have significant plans for the continued evolution and growth of our business, which will likely be achieved through both organic and inorganic means.”

It is the company’s vision to be both a business partner and employer of choice throughout Ireland and the UK, based on the delivery of the highest standard of service, focusing on partners, people, planet, product and profit throughout,” he finished.

In March 2017, Mount Charles was named one of Ireland’s Best Managed Companies by Deloitte for the seventh year running.

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