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A Bright Future With Department of Health Dublin

Posted on: November 24th, 2020 by paul@stylografik.com

Mount Charles Ireland are delighted to announce a new contract with the Department of Health, based in Miesian Plaza on Baggot Street, Dublin.

The catering team will provide services to all occupants situated over the building’s seven floors, including the Department of Health, Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Department of Public Expenditure & Reform and the Department of Finance.

The team will deliver a premium, healthy, local fresh food offer, in line with current trends, under their bespoke Urban Square brand. Working from a state-of-the art preparation kitchen, Urban Square will serve the best seasonal ingredients, locally sourced and prepared freshly by a skilled culinary team.

This will be supplemented by a barista coffee bar, ‘Urban Coffee Co.’ and an ‘Honest’ salad bar. The made to order healthy eating brand, will offer fresh, non-processed, food with comprehensive, transparent nutritional information available with every meal.

Terry Woods, Commercial Director at Mount Charles Ireland said: “We are delighted to add the Department of Health, to our portfolio of high-profile Dublin clients and look forward to providing the Department of Health with our signature professional service. All our food will be prepared fresh on site from locally sourced ingredients and our bespoke, innovative menus are developed by our Culinary Development Team, led by Darren Curran. The menus developed exclusively for Miesian Plaza, will enable staff to quickly grab a healthy snack, or a more substantial breakfast or lunch.”

“We champion provenance and local suppliers, ensuring that customers know their food journey. We don’t have to look far for the best ingredients and the quality and freshness of our food starts with our unequivocal commitment to support local Irish suppliers.”

In the last two years, we are exceptionally pleased with growth in the Irish marketplace, Mount Charles Ireland have been awarded contracts worth a combined €40million with the Department of Transport Tourism & Sport, Irish Blood and Transfusion Service, Ordinance Survey Ireland, the Abbey Theatre, the National Aquatic Centre, Custom House, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Griffith College, Maynooth College and RTE.

Terry Woods Commercial Director & Darren Curran Executive Chef at Mount Charles Ireland

Mount Charles Unveils New Restaurants At SRC’s Armagh & Banbridge Campuses

Posted on: October 5th, 2020 by paul@stylografik.com

(From left to right: Raymond Sloan, Director of Client Services; Trevor Annon, Chairman of Mount Charles; Esther Scott, cleaner; Debbie Gibson, Chef Manager and Lorraine McKeown, Assistant Director of Student Services & Marketing.)

Mount Charles today unveiled student restaurants in Southern Regional College’s brand new £35 million award-winning 14,000 square-metre landmark campus in Armagh and its new 4,500 square-metre £15 million campus in Banbridge.

Ireland’s largest support service organisation will provide food and beverage services to College staff and students returning to undertake Further and Higher Education qualifications, Training for Success programmes, as well as those taking part in a range of apprenticeship programmes.

The redevelopment serves as an opportunity to introduce new food and beverage offerings including the installation of Urban Square Food Co restaurants, on both campuses, designed to create vibrant spaces where students can meet and collaborate.

The Mount Charles team plans to showcase healthy, nutritious food in a fun and welcoming environment, with street food menus from around the world, granola bar, salad bar, vegan and regional dishes, throughout the year as well as ‘grab and go’ convenience options.

An Urban Square Coffee Co dock has also been installed in the Armagh Campus, serving sweet treats and the finest barista coffee, roasted locally in Lisburn.

Mount Charles’ Chairman, Trevor Annon said; “The new College buildings in Armagh and Banbridge have been designed to facilitate world class professional and technical education and training and we are delighted to provide students with nutritious, value for money, quality meals while they study here.

“We recognise the importance of working in partnership with each campus to ensure individual requirements are met and expectations are exceeded.”

Raymond Sloan, Director of Client Services at Southern Regional College said: “Mount Charles has been successfully working in partnership with Southern Regional College throughout our campuses for many years. We have recently opened the doors of our two new campuses at Armagh & Banbridge, following an investment of £50m in these new buildings, which provide first class, industry standard, teaching spaces for our students.

“Mount Charles continue to partner with us in the delivery of excellent catering and snack facilities within our new campuses. New cafés and coffee docks are now open for students and staff. We believe that campus catering forms an important element in delivering a great campus experience and we’re delighted to continue to work with Mount Charles”.

Life Has Changed & So Should Your Cleaning

Posted on: August 4th, 2020 by paul@stylografik.com

Commercial Cleaning & ‘The New Normal’

We understand how many businesses & the environment in which they now operate have changed. What may have been a suitable cleaning schedule in February is now defunct with a strong need for innovation, accountability & professional expertise. We can conduct a fresh site survey with analysis of your bespoke needs & make critical suggestions to ensure the frequency of cleaning, techniques used & chemicals implemented utilise your budget effectively so you can spend it where it matters.

Access To A Supply Chain of Approved Products, Chemicals & PPE

With over ten years experience in the commercial cleaning industry we have developed supply lines with trusted suppliers of approved PPE products & professional cleaning chemicals. There is a lot of opportunistic noise in the market place at the moment about different products & quite often ‘one solution to suit all’ advice on chemicals. Be safe in the knowledge that our suppliers deal with market leaders & our advice is based on expertise & your businesses actual needs.

Our Ability To React When You Need Us

Our existing wide range of clients & their different services have meant we have had to adapt & develop a mobile cleaning team over recent years. We understand how to maintain & provide a 24- hour emergency cleaning service which can now deal with the current climate of potential Covid-19 outbreaks. We understand the seriousness of this prospect when providing a duty of care for your customers & clients as well as the potential reputational damage if not dealt with quickly & effectively. Which is why we are happy to provide this mobile service outside of the regular cleaning schedule if needed for the comfort of our clients.

 

 

BBQ For Key Workers At Laura Lynn Dublin

Posted on: August 4th, 2020 by paul@stylografik.com

The Mount Charles Dublin catering management were absolutely delighted to be able to reward our clients hard working team from Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice Dublin with a summer BBQ in their outdoor area on Friday afternoon.

This single event certainly does not equate to the challenge these individuals have faced during COVID-19 in their roles but a gesture of our appreciation with the help of our generous suppliers.

Head of Catering for ROI Terry Woods was behind the BBQ at certain stages of the day himself which provided some amusement for his team on site, especially Head Executive Chef Darren Curran.

We caught up with Terry on the day who added “We look forward to the future, our recovery from Covid and continuing to build our relationship with our clients. We have seen first hand the difficult jobs these workers have had every day and we jumped at the opportunity to reward their efforts with a BBQ.”

Covid-19 Catering Team Laura Lynn Belfast

Trevor (Chef) at Laura Lynn Dublin taking care of customers at summer BBQ.

Helping Your Team Get Back To Work Safely

Posted on: April 30th, 2020 by paul@stylografik.com

 

Supporting Our Most Vulnerable During Coronavirus

Posted on: April 16th, 2020 by paul@stylografik.com

We understand keeping our most vulnerable members of society safe is of absolute necessity during these challenging times.

Mount Charles is here to help support your current & future cleaning needs whatever they may be, from one day decontamination cleans, to daily sanitisation of care homes.

Should you have any enquiries for more information please don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated team at deepcleans@mountcharles.com

Tradition is our mission.

Our Coronavirus Task Force

Posted on: March 30th, 2020 by paul@stylografik.com

If you have queries or would like some more information with regards to the active measures taken by Mount Charles to deal with the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic please contact our dedicated task force at coronavirus@mountcharles.com

 

#Team MC Recognised For 10th Year At Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards

Posted on: March 9th, 2020 by paul@stylografik.com

Mount Charles has been named as one of Ireland’s Best Managed companies in the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards programme, in association with Bank of Ireland. The company, which demonstrated superior business performance for the 10th year, was recognised at a gala awards dinner in Dublin on 6 March.

Nine companies have qualified for the first time in the 2020 Best Managed Companies Awards programme. They join a network of 130 companies representing 27 counties across Ireland, with a combined turnover of €11.4 billion, over €3 billion in annual export sales and providing 42,000 jobs.

Commenting on the award, Gavin Annon, Head of Sales and Marketing said ‘It is an honour to be recognised once again alongside such credible companies, we are so proud of how the company continues to grow from strength to strength’

Anya Cummins, Lead Partner for the Best Managed Companies Awards Programme at Deloitte said: “We are consistently impressed by the organisations that qualify and requalify for our Best Managed Companies Awards programme, and the contribution that this important cohort of the economy make is highlighted by the turnover and employment numbers of the winning companies. While Irish companies across all sectors navigate issues such as talent acquisition and retention, continuing uncertainty around Brexit and regulatory challenges, the management teams of the winning companies have demonstrated their razor-sharp focus on their objectives, an agility to adapt in a disruptive market place and to innovate and use technology as a real differentiator for them.

“The fast pace of disruption in the current marketplace makes it critical for organisations to maintain holistic, integrated strategies and seek long-term growth opportunities. Through the Best Managed Companies Awards Programme, we are working with applicant companies to help them focus on strategies that will drive sustainable growth for them into the future. We are celebrating 130 companies that are not afraid to be challenged on their strategies – in fact want to be challenged – and that have risen to the challenge.”

Nikki Canavan, Senior Director, Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking said: “The Best Managed Companies programme is a unique opportunity for organisations to not only examine and improve upon their overall performance, but importantly to celebrate the hard work that their teams put in all year round. The programme has supported numerous indigenous Irish companies to re-evaluate and strengthen their business strategies and their growth and development plans. It is inspiring to watch such a vast number of companies requalify for this prestigious award and retain their position in this impressive and growing alumni of best managed companies in Ireland.”

The members of this year’s judging panel were: Frank Ryan, Chair of the Judging Panel; Harry Goddard, CEO, Deloitte; Nikki Canavan, Senior Director, Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking; Siobhan McAleer, Commercial Director, IMI; Rose Hynes, Chairman, Shannon Group Board and Origin Enterprises; Feargal Mooney, former Chief Executive Officer of HostelWorld; and Colm O’Reilly, CEO, Business Post.

Mount Charles Win Maynooth University Contract

Posted on: February 19th, 2020 by paul@stylografik.com

Mount Charles has won a landmark four-year, catering services contract with Maynooth University in Kildare.

The deal, will see #TeamMC provide food and beverage services to the University’s 14,000 students, staff and visitors onsite, which will continue to grow over the duration of the contract.

Maynooth University is one of four constituent universities of the National University of Ireland and in 2019 was placed #50 in the global top 100 universities under 50 years old, in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Mount Charles will run all the Maynooth University food service operations on the campus including restaurants and cafes. The main student restaurant Phoenix has received a complete branding overhaul to become Urban Square Food Co and Urban Square Coffee Co, boasting large graffiti artwork, pool tables and foosball tables.

A new and exciting brand ‘POP’ has been introduced to the Arts Building, offering sweet treats such as milkshakes, bubble waffles, and ice-cream. Improvements have been made to the Starbucks café, situated in the John Paul II Library and Mount Charles’ own Mexican street food brand, Coco Diablo, has been installed in the John Hume Building.

Terry Woods, Commercial Director, Mount Charles Ireland, said: “We are thrilled to have secured this contract and our team is delighted to be working with one of the most prestigious universities in Ireland. “We are looking forward to working alongside Maynooth University and deliver on our ambitious plan to completely transform the campus restaurants and cafes and offer something really unique to students, staff and visitors.”

Michael Rafter, Director of Campus and Commercial Services at Maynooth University said: “Mount Charles’ creativity and innovation immediately stood out for us and their understanding of our student population and campus was a strong element of their proposal.

“Mount Charles are transforming our students’ dining experience and how we engage with them. We believe that campus catering is an important part of delivering a great campus experience. Ensuring we have the very best catering service and value for money, quality food offer, is essential for the health and well being of the University and its community.”

The company has recently added a catering contract with the Irish Blood Transfusion Service to its Republic of Ireland client portfolio, alongside prestigious contracts with RTÉ, Griffith College Dublin, the Public Appointments Service, Ordinance Survey Ireland, Abbey Theatre, National Aquatic Centre and Custom House in Dublin.

Big School Cook Off Teams Complete Roadshows

Posted on: February 10th, 2020 by paul@stylografik.com

The Big School Cook Off team completed their cooking demonstration roadshows last week. These short demos took place at a number of our valued sponsor Supervalu NI stores in Omagh, Irvinestown, Kells, Richhill, Comber & Dungiven!

We are very excited now for the final on March 4th in Belfast Met’s fantastic kitchen facilities at their Titanic Quarter campus. We can already tell its going to be an extremely close competition & we look forward to the teams showing off their final dishes!

The Mount Charles Scholarship.

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by paul@stylografik.com

This year Kerri Grant was awarded the Mount Charles Scholarship via our client Ulster University. This award is part of our overall company initiative to encourage young people into the hospitality industry. Kerri called into Annon House last week to tell us a little more about the scholarship & how it has helped her this year. We wish Kerri all the very best with her future studies & we hope to see her again after her travels!

#TeamMC #GreatPeople #GreatFuture

 

 

John McMaster Awarded BEM.

Posted on: January 20th, 2020 by paul@stylografik.com

We are unbelievably proud of John McMaster who is based in our Bombardier Belfast kitchen. John was awarded a BEM on the New Year honours list for services to the Army Cadet Force in Northern Ireland.

John has spent over 40 years in a voluntary role with the youth organisation which aims to inspire young people to achieve success in life and to develop in them the qualities of a good citizen – whilst of course having lots of fun.

We caught up with John last week to ask him more about the award & his time with Mount Charles. Well done John! From everybody at #TeamMC

 

#TeamMC Launch Koala Box Initiative

Posted on: January 15th, 2020 by paul@stylografik.com

#TeamMC will be distributing ‘koala boxes’ company wide to all of our customer facing sites to allow for donations to be given in aid of the Australian bush fire crisis.

These donations will be distributed via WWF-Australia to:

• Provide emergency funds to care for injured wildlife
after the fires clear.
• Restore homes for koalas and other wildlife, planting the first 10,000 trees urgently needed in koala habitats.
• Support the response, recovery and restoration teams in any other way possible.
• Help fund the lobbying to strengthen laws that prevent excessive tree-clearing, before it’s too late

Big School Cook Off 2020 shortlist revealed

Posted on: December 6th, 2019 by paul@stylografik.com

Following intense deliberation of over 100 entries from post primary schools across the country, the shortlist for the Mount Charles Big School Cook Off, in association with SuperValu, can now be revealed.

The first stage of the competition asked students to submit a recipe in either video or word format, for a main course dinner costing £10 or under, with consideration to creativity, health and the use of locally sourced produce.

The shortlisted County teams who will now take part in the Big School Cook Off Final at Belfast Metropolitan College (Titanic Quarter), on Wednesday 4th March, 2020 are:

Caitriona Lennox, Business Development Manager at Mount Charles said: “Firstly I’d like to thank all the teachers and students who took time to enter the competition this year. The panel of judges were completely blown away by the talent displayed in the submissions we received, which made it incredibly difficult to arrive at the final shortlist.

“We launched the Big School Cook Off initiative to encourage the development of cookery skills in classrooms. The number and quality of the entries we received, demonstrates to us that children are cooking, and we hope that by creating initiatives such as the Big School Cook Off that we will uncover and nurture future talent for the hospitality industry in Northern Ireland.”

Congratulating the finalists, Head of Marketing for SuperValu, Brendan Gallen, said: “At SuperValu we have a focus on Real Food and Real People and being a part of the Big School Cook Off allows us to encourage young people and families to get cooking.  We can’t wait to welcome the finalists into stores in January to showcase their fantastic dishes.”

The shortlisted teams will be invited to perform a cookery demonstration of their dish, at their local SuperValu store in January, ahead of the final on the 4th of March 2020.

Each county winning team will receive an apron, a finalist plaque for their school and a chef’s jacket to wear to the finals and the overall winning team will receive a plaque for the winning team, Private Box VIP tickets to an SSE Arena Ice Hockey match and their school will get a £100 voucher for catering equipment of their choice.

 

 

 

Mount Charles Wins RTÉ Catering!

Posted on: December 4th, 2019 by paul@stylografik.com

Mount Charles Ireland has now added RTÉ, Ireland’s national public media organisation, to our burgeoning portfolio of high-profile clients in Dublin including; Griffith College, Public Appointments Service, Ordinance Survey Ireland, Abbey Theatre, National Aquatic Centre and Custom House.

The seven-year contract will involve us delivering a high quality, bespoke food and beverage offering for 1,822 staff and clients at RTÉ’s Donnybrook campus which includes RTÉ’s television and radio studios, as well as the Fair City set.

Following in-depth market research and analysis of RTÉ’s bespoke requirements, Mount Charles has invested £100k to deliver a new experience, which will host their exciting food concept offers including; Real Good Food, Honest and Urban Square Coffee.

Real Good Food uses the best local ingredients to provide traditional home comfort food with a modern twist. Honest will serve fresh, non-processed, food and juices, accompanied by comprehensive nutritional information and Urban Square Coffee aims to transform the radio coffee shop into a destination venue.

All the menus have been developed especially for RTÉ featuring traditional home comfort food with a modern twist and dishes will be prepared using healthy cooking techniques.

Mount Charles Chairman and founder Trevor Annon, said: We are delighted to announce our most recent contract win. It is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of some heavyweight contracts we have picked up over the last two years and I believe it sends out a strong message to the market.

“Using our extensive knowledge from operating many similar catering solutions, we believe that we have created a strong food offer and brand that is appealing and will meet all of RTE’s staff and customers’ needs.We are confident that the service we can provide to RTÉ will be unrivalled.”

Mount Charles wins major education contract at Maynooth University
Pictured in the main student restaurant which has received a complete branding overhaul to become Urban Square Food Co, are: Mount Charles’ Gavin Annon, Head of Sales and Marketing; Philip Sangari, Head of Catering Ireland and Terry Woods, Commercial Director Ireland with Maynooth University’s Vice President of Estates and Capital, Eliz Dunne; Trevor Annon, Chairman of Mount Charles and Michael Rafter, Head of Estates, Maynooth University.

Mount Charles & Yellow Door Win ICC, Waterfront & Ulster Halls Contract!

Posted on: October 18th, 2019 by paul@stylografik.com

BWUH Ltd, the private company founded in 2016, responsible for the management of the ICC Belfast | Waterfront Hall | Ulster Hall brands has awarded Hospitality Belfast, a joint venture between Yellow Door and Mount Charles, a four-year catering contract to manage and facilitate all catering requirements across the venues. The contract also provides for an optional two-year extension.
Hospitality Belfast will work hand in hand with the team across both venues to facilitate a full-service catering offer including retail catering for entertainment events, gala dinner and corporate function facilitation – as well as a wide range of catering options tailored to support the venues growing national and international conference business.

Chief Executive of ICC Belfast | Waterfront Hall | Ulster Hall, Catherine Toolan, commented:
Hospitality Belfast have proved through the tender process that they are the right catering partner to support our plans to win and deliver large-scale national and international conferences and events for the city of Belfast. A significant factor in their appointment is our shared desire to champion local produce and maximise our opportunity to profile local suppliers on a world-stage. Catering is a critical factor in our ability to attract major conferences, and our clients increasingly tell us they want quality, sustainable, local produce as part of their catering requirements. The contract will represent a significant portion of our estimated £3 million per annum local supply chain spend.

ICC Belfast, the brand representing Northern Ireland’s only purpose-built international convention centre, in conjunction with Visit Belfast, Tourism Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council, is committed to delivering corporate conference and convention style events that take place over a three-day period and have a minimum of 600 delegates per day. Each of these out-of-state delegates contribute up to £488 per day to the Northern Ireland economy in terms of inward spend across hotels, hospitality and retail. The venue is targeted with delivering 50,000 delegate days per year and £100m of economic impact to the City of Belfast by March 2021.

Andrew Dougan from Hospitality Belfast stated:
We are delighted to be able to build on our relationship with the team across these fantastic venues and are committed to supporting ICC Belfast in their bid to become one of the UK, Ireland and indeed Europe’s top performing international convention centres. With the contract now in place we can recruit a range of full and part-time employees to support the wide-ranging catering offering required to facilitate this dynamic business. We will also focus on local suppliers and champion their produce to both local and international customers.
47% of ICC Belfast’s conferencing revenue can be attributed to out-of-state business events, and whilst the venue currently generates an economic impact of £20m per annum, there is the potential for this figure to be doubled if the appropriate infrastructure is in place.

Trevor Annon from Hospitality Belfast added:
“The award of this contract following an extensive tendering process, reflects not only the quality of service we can deliver but reinforces our vision for the future. Our commitment is also evidenced by the fact we are investing £600k, in areas where the customer experience will be enhanced. The contract is expected to generate turnover in excess of £25m over the term and this will be a major boost to the local economy.”
The Hospitality Belfast contract begins with immediate effect.

The Mount Charles Big School Cook Off Launches For 2019/2020!

Posted on: October 2nd, 2019 by paul@stylografik.com

The annual Mount Charles Big School Cook Off Competition, in association with SuperValu NI launched today! Top chefs Ian Orr, Noel McMeel, Niall McKenna, Danni Barry, Andy Rea and Michael Deane called for students interested in cooking, to get involved!

The competition, now in its fourth year, is open to all post primary school pupils across Northern Ireland and Donegal, aged between 11 and 14.

Young people in teams of two are challenged to submit a main course recipe idea that feeds two, focusing on locally sourced ingredients that can be bought on a budget of £10, or Euro equivalent.

The finalists will then have a ‘cook off’ in March 2020 in the fantastic facilities at Belfast Met’s Titanic Quarter Campus!

Dublin We’re So Into You!

Posted on: September 23rd, 2019 by paul@stylografik.com

Dublin..

We’re Into Catering. ?️
We’re Into Cleaning. ?
We’re Into Vending. ?
We’re Into Security. ?
We’re Into Events. ?
& We’re So Into You! ✅

For more information on any of the above services please contact sales@mountcharles.com

#TeamMC #MountCharlesIreland #Dublin

Mount Charles Volunteer Catering Services At Wooden Spoon Event!

Posted on: September 9th, 2019 by Andrew

Ballyclare Rugby Club held the held the Wooden Spoon International Tag Rugby Festival on Saturday 8th June with over 900 players, coaches and support staff taking part in a fun filled day. It was an absolute pleasure for Mount Charles to volunteer catering services at the event and feed all these hungry folks throughout the day!

The following teams took part in over 160 matches in the U15 and Adult competitions:

Ballymena Bears, Newforge Taggers, Bantry Bay West Cork Jesters, Portadown Panthers, Barnhall Eagles, Seapoint Dragons, Coolmine Pumas, St Gerard Special School, DLSP Eagles, Stockport All Stars, Donaghadee Sharkies, Swansea Gladiators, Dunbrody Warriors, Dungannon Sharks, Vale of Evesham School, Garryowen Lyons, Virginia, Greystone Seagulls, Westmanstown Wasps, Hampshire Hurricanes, White Spire School, Harberton Special School, Wicklow Warriors, Killard Cougars, Witney Wolves, Mallow Barbarians and Clare Hares.

A huge congratulations to Ballyclare Rugby Club on such a well organised day!

Pictures from the Wooden Spoon International Tag Festival at Ballyclare Rugby Club on Saturday 8th June 2019.

£1m Northern QTR food village touches down at Belfast International Airport!

Posted on: September 9th, 2019 by Andrew

The Northern QTR, Belfast International Airport’s new collection of restaurants and bar has officially opened, as the airport prepares to welcome hundreds of thousands of travellers this Summer!

The NQTR includes four innovative food and beverage destinations including Coco Diablo Mexican Cantina and the popular all-Ireland brand Freshly Chopped, where healthy fast food is created in minimum time in open-theatre chopping stations. The Northern QTR also sees a refreshed Fed & Watered unit offering tasty food with locally sourced produce and the all new 24ft, 360 degree bar.

The concept, which has seen an investment of over £1 million from catering and facilities management giant Mount Charles, has created an additional 30 new full and part time jobs, with a total of 70 people now employed at The Northern QTR.

Head of Sales & Marketing at Mount Charles, Gavin Annon said: “We are excited that the Northern QTR is now open, and the early feedback from passengers has been fantastic!”

Joining the team at the official launch of the Northern QTR was little Faye Annon, granddaughter of Mount Charles’ Chairman, Trevor Annon. Faye came along to help raise awareness of two fantastic charities; Angel Wishes and DBA UK.

Four years old Faye has a condition called Diamond Blackfan Anaemia (DBA), a rare bone marrow failure disorder which means her bone marrow does not produce enough red blood cells to sustain her life.

She relies on the general public to donate blood so that she can receive transfusions every three weeks. The Annon family are very grateful to blood donors for saving their little girl’s life every month but ironically the blood transfusions are having an adverse effect on her internal organs, leaving a bone marrow transplant as the best option to improve her quality of life.

Trevor Annon said: “We’re delighted that Faye was well enough to help us launch our new collection of restaurants today and as we begin our journey with the Northern QTR, we as a family are also on a journey to find a cure for Faye. She is a remarkable little girl and I’m so proud to have her as my granddaughter.”

“We are now trying to find a match for Faye to have this life changing, bone marrow transplant and while not a cure for DBA, it will exclude the need for blood transfusions. As Faye’s condition is extremely rare she is excluded from all charities bar one in Northern Ireland, which is Angel Wishes. DBA UK supports Faye and all families with DBA, helping to fund vital research into a cure and we’d like to say a big thank you to both charities for all the support they have given us since Faye’s birth.”

Mount Charles Nominated In 3 Categories At The Belfast Business Awards!

Posted on: September 9th, 2019 by Andrew

We are delighted to have been nominated in the following categories at The Belfast Chamber’s business awards this Friday night in Titanic Belfast!

Over 100 of Belfast’s top businesses have made the shortlist spanning 21 categories & we wish everybody the very best of luck!

MC Selected as a Deloitte Best Managed Company for 2019!

Posted on: September 9th, 2019 by Andrew

Mount Charles are once again proud to be named as one of Ireland’s Best Managed companies in the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards programme, in association with Bank of Ireland. We have successfully demonstrated superior business performance which was recognised at a gala dinner in Dublin 1 March 2019.

This year, 12 new companies join a network of 136 companies that were awarded the status of Best Managed. The Best Managed Companies network this year has total revenues of almost €11 billion, export sales of almost €3 billion and total employment of approximately 44,000 people.

Gavin Annon, our Head of Sales and Marketing said ‘It is an honour to be recognised once again alongside such credible companies, we are so proud of how the company continues to grow from strength to strength’

Anya Cummins, Partner, Deloitte said: “Well done to all of the winning companies on their achievement. The Best Managed Companies process is a rigorous one, examining every facet of an organisation, and the bar is set high by our judging panel. As ever, the spread of companies, right around the country and across a number of industries, underlines the importance of Irish and Northern Irish companies to the economy and in the midst of economic uncertainty, technology disruption, an open competitive market and full employment, the continued strong performance of these businesses is admirable. In the current environment, it is important for this contribution to be recognised, supported and showcased.”

Tom Hayes, Chief Executive, Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking said: “It’s a challenging time for businesses in general, with the operating environment consistently and rapidly changing, due to technological developments, new ways of doing things, and challenges on the macroeconomic horizon. The Best Managed Companies this year have demonstrated that they can optimise each area of their business while always operating with an acute awareness of their environment, recognising the opportunities of expansion into global markets, in addition to strategic alliances and partnerships. I look forward to their continued growth.”

This year’s judging panel members were Frank Ryan, Chair of the Judging Panel; Brendan Jennings, CEO, Deloitte Ireland; Tom Hayes, Chief Executive, Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking; Siobhan McAleer, Commercial Director at the IMI; Rose Hynes, Chairman of the Shannon Group Board and Origin Enterprises; and Feargal Mooney, former Chief Executive Officer of Hostel World.

Mount Charles Wins £75m of New Contracts In The Past Year!

Posted on: September 9th, 2019 by Andrew

Here at Mount Charles, we are proud to reveal that we have accumulated contracts worth a combined £75m over the last year. This exciting series of wins has led to a 20% boost in turnover to £40m for the company.

The new contracts in Northern Ireland include Belfast International Airport, bus manufacturer Wrightbus in Ballymena and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

In the Republic of Ireland, Mount Charles has won tenders for the National Aquatic Centre, Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, LauraLynn Children’s Hospice and others.

Trevor Annon, our chairman and founder, said: “Over the past 12 months we’ve secured a substantial number of lucrative new contracts in what we feel is a clear sign that we are bringing an attractive offering to the table, in terms of value, quality and innovation in our approach.

“Our growth in turnover in a competitive marketplace is a hugely encouraging indicator that we are on course to achieve our target of £100m in revenue by 2025.”

Mr Annon strongly believes that the company still has room to expand in Northern Ireland, but believes the strongest growth potential is in the Republic.

“We’re delighted with the progress we’ve made in the last year, and thanks to increased infrastructure and a focus on strategic talent acquisition in Dublin, we believe we’re in a strong position to really push forward in Ireland in the year ahead.”

This month Mount Charles has also been named in the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Programme for the ninth year in a row.

Last year we announced a £520,000 contract over two years with the Department of Finance in Clare House on Airport Road in Belfast.

During the year we also reached a franchise agreement with food retailer Freshly Chopped. The Irish healthy food specialist opened up in Belfast city centre in partnership with Mount Charles, on the former ground floor of The Apartment – which has since been renamed Hell Cat Maggies.

Mr Annon last year received a lifetime achievement award at the 2018 Aer Lingus Take Off Foundation Business Awards.

He was praised for his work in expanding Mount Charles, which the judges said had provided “true economic benefit not only for its employees and their families, but also for the wider NI economy”.

Belfast Chamber Networking Evening in Partnership with Mount Charles

Posted on: September 9th, 2019 by Andrew

On Thursday 28th February, Belfast Chamber Networking Evening will be taking place at Mount Charles Head Office. Join Belfast Chamber and Other Local Businesses at Annon House and hear Guest Speaker Gavin Annon, our Head of Sales and Marketing, share his own experiences in growing a family business into what Mount Charles is today.

RSVP to info@belfastchamber.com. This is a free event open to members and non-member from 5.30pm – 8.30pm, refreshments will be provided.

Mount Charles launch Vending initiative!

Posted on: September 9th, 2019 by Andrew

Here at Mount Charles, we recently launched a vending initiative to Win an iPad in co-operation with our client Translink. We placed 500 QR code stickers on confectionery items within machines across a number of our client’s sites. In order for customers to be in with a chance of winning, they must first purchase an item within the machine and following that scan the code via their phone.

Our aim at Mount Charles is to continually engage with our clients and their customers through innovation and show them we appreciate their support.

We will be selecting a winner at random from the list of entries we have received. Chris Annon, our Group Logistics and Vending Development Manager, will then be awarding the lucky winner an I-Pad on behalf of Mount Charles Group.

For more information on our Vending Services see sales@mountcharles.com