Belfast Telegraph

Mount Charles captures £37m in new contracts as it expands into Republic

By Staff Reporter

Catering and outsourcing company Mount Charles has won £37m worth of new contracts over the past 12 months, increasing its turnover by 18%.

The new contracts have seen Mount Charles’ turnover rise to £34m as it expands into the Republic.

The food service, cleaning, security and vending company has secured Dublin-based contracts worth over €1.4m (£1.2m) with the Public Appointments Service, Ordnance Survey Ireland and Custom House, home to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

The company’s growth in 2016/17 has also seen employee figures grow by 200 to 2,200.

And in the UK, new client wins include international call centre firm Firstsource.

Managing director 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 £500,000 with global company Firstsource across three of their regional sites.”

Mount Charles has also won contracts with heavy equipment firm Terex, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), accountancy firm Deloitte, and Northern Regional College.

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

Mr Geoghegan added: “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.”

It has also appointed Gavin Annon — son of founder Trevor — as head of sales and marketing.

In 2017 the firm was named one of Deloitte’s best managed companies for seven years running and moved into a new £1.6m headquarters on the Ormeau Road in south Belfast.

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