Belfast Telegraph

Mount Charles lands five-year deal with Flybe

By Margaret Canning

Northern Ireland outsourcing firm Mount Charles has won a five-year, multi-million pound deal in England with regional airline Flybe.

The company, which is led by chairman Trevor Annon, will provide facilities management and catering to the airline's Exeter training academy and its headquarters at New Walker Hangar. It has also operated a cafe at Exeter Airport for the last six years.

Mr Annon said: "This is an incredibly exciting partnership for us and one we are very much looking forward to developing.

"For the last six years Mount Charles has firmly established itself as the exclusive food and beverage partner for Exeter Airport with our Fed & Watered catering outlet.

"And I am delighted that we are continuing to expand there."

The Ormeau Road-based business, which has annual sales of around £30 million, now has more than 400 customers across the UK and Ireland.

It has opened two new food and drink units for Flybe New Walker Hangar, as well as The Sky Café at the airline's training academy.

Vincent Hodder, Flybe's chief strategy officer, said: "We are pleased to welcome Mount Charles on board to manage the conference facilities at our training academy."

The latest deal follows contract gains worth a total of £8m for Mount Charles in the Republic.

And last month the Belfast Telegraph revealed that Mount Charles had entered into a franchise arrangement with Irish food chain, Freshly Chopped.

It is to open six Freshly Chopped outlets in Northern Ireland and Co Donegal.

The first, in August, will be on what had been the ground floor of Belfast bar The Apartment at Donegall Square West in Belfast city centre.

It's a new development in the business of Mount Charles, which has five Fed & Watered coffee shops and restaurant George's of the Market at St George's Market in Belfast.

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