Belfast Telegraph

Mount Charles wins £1.25m contract for the cleaning of NI court buildings

By Emma Deighan

Support services firm Mount Charles has signed a £1.25m contract with the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service (NICTS).

The deal will come into effect on April 1 and run for a two-year period.

The company, which offers services including catering, cleaning, vending machines, security and support, will provide cleaning services to all 40 NICTS sites.

The deal follows on from Mount Charles' £37m worth of contracts signed in December last year, which represent an 18% boost to its turnover.

Cathal Geoghegan, managing director at Mount Charles, said: "We are delighted to acquire the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service as the latest partner within our cleaning division and look forward to providing each of their sites with our signature professional service.

"This contract is another step on our 'Road to £50m' strategy in which we have committed to achieve revenue of £50m by 2020. Other recent wins with NI Ambulance Service, Terex, CAFRE and Northern Regional College mean that we are firmly on track to meet that target."

Mr Geoghegan added: "We have started 2018 as we mean to go on. Our vision is 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 and, with continued high levels of engagement and effort from our growing employee base, we are confident we are."

Mount Charles was set up 30 years ago by Trevor Annon, who is now chairman of the business.

Today it has expanded into cleaning, security and vending machines as well as car park management. It also has its own chain of restaurants, including those at Belfast International Airport, City of Derry Airport, Titanic Exhibition Centre and at Exeter Airport.

The company's growth in 2016/17 has also seen employee numbers rise by 200 to 2,200.

On the future, Mr Geoghegan said: "A major element of our growth will be derived from further expansion into the Republic of Ireland and GB, likely through both organic and inorganic means."

He added that part of the plan for the next three years is to invest further in staff, concentrating on career development and recognition to improve their services and capabilities as a business.

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