Mount Charles Ireland are delighted to announce a new catering 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.
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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.”
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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.”
Last week Mount Charles erected a series of ‘tongue and cheek’ facilities management themed billboards. The billboards being erected around Dublin City Centre were filmed as part of a campaign to drive expansion in the greater Dublin area. As part of the planned growth, the oranisation will continue to offer specialist services including catering, cleaning, vending, security and event support. The video content shared across Mount Charles social media had a viral impact with a number of famed Dublin landmarks featuring within the content. We look forward to embarking on a period of growth in the Dublin market and building on on our roster of existing valued clients in the near future.
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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”.