Belfast International Airport has awarded a substantial three-year cleaning contract for the terminal building to the Mount Charles Group.
The contract, which is valued at £500,000, is effective from December 1st. It will see the transfer of thirty staff which will bring the total employed by Mount Charles Group at the airport to over seventy.
Mount Charles, which operates catering, cleaning, vending and facilities management services from its Belfast base, says the airport cleaning contract is ‘a significant boost for the business’.
Belfast International Airport Managing Director, Graham Keddie, said: “Mount Charles saw off the competition to win this contract. Given the size of the facility, it’s important we have a service provider who understands our customer-focused approach and has the ability to deliver all we want.
“Where we can do it, we will always support local companies and local jobs, which is why we’re delighted that this considerable contract has gone to Mount Charles.”
Mount Charles Group Managing Director, Cathal Geoghegan, said: “Our relationship with the International Airport goes back to the launch of our Fed & Watered café bar in 2008. Fed & Watered recently underwent a refurbishment that included the expansion of its floor space and seating area airside in line with impressive passenger growth. The Group is also responsible for the Business Lounge.
“The success of our Cleaning Division in winning this contract is another boost for Mount Charles in what has been a sterling year of growth across the business. It’s a significant contract gain for the Group, and encompasses not only the cleaning and hygiene requirements of the airport, but also waste management and pest control at the facility.
“As part of the contract, Mount Charles will introduce innovative technology which will provide real-time information on cleaning performance and enable the management team to focus on customer service, staff training and development.”