Services group Mount Charles has clinched a £7m contract with the Southern Regional College, boosting its workforce by 80.
The deal, worth £1m annually over seven years, will see Mount Charles provide catering, cleaning, vending and other services to nine college campuses.
The Belfast-based food service and business support solutions company this year celebrated 25 years in business.
Managing director Cathal Geoghegan said the contract was secured following a rigorous tender process. "While it's a tough sector to work in with the increasing imperative to keep costs low and quality of service high, we have substantial experience in meeting those needs.
"The multi-service nature of our business means we can create tailored packages that meet specific business needs.
"This contract with SRC has boosted our employee figures by 80, taking the total number to 1,600," he said.
The staff's employment contracts have been transferred to the Mount Charles Group under TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations), and the contract has already swung into operation. The latest deal follows similar contracts with a number of other schools and colleges including South Eastern Regional College, Belfast Royal Academy and Friends' School Lisburn.
The group was founded as a one-man operation in 1988 by Trevor Annon. Initially focusing on the catering sector, the company has developed and expanded into other services.