The Mount Charles Group, Northern Ireland’s largest independent catering and support services provider, has secured a five-year deal to become the exclusive provider of all in-house catering services at the University of Ulster.
This contract has created up to 30 new jobs, bringing the total number of people employed by the company to approximately 1,300 across five divisions.
The group has worked closely with the University of Ulster to oversee a complete refresh of the current campus refectories at Coleraine, Jordanstown and Magee, transforming the foodservice to a more customer orientated, contemporary offering including the introduction of four dynamic new high-street themed brands - U:EAT, Pango, Moka independent coffee and crEATe.
The Mount Charles Group invested heavily in the creation and set up of the diverse new brands such as U:EAT and Pango.
Cathal Geoghegan, Managing Director of the Mount Charles Group said: “We are delighted to be given this opportunity to work with the University of Ulster, with whom we have a longstanding relationship. We have been working closely with the University to redesign the facilities and develop a range of modern food offerings, all of which are a world away from traditional canteen style service. We’re confident we will provide students with the variety, convenience and value that they need.”
“This contract is another part of our diversification strategy. The third level education sector is a key growth area for us and we are looking forward to further developing our presence in this market over the next few years,” Mr Geoghegan added.
Judith Hamilton, Head of Catering and Conference Services at the University of Ulster said: “We are very pleased to welcome The Mount Charles Group on board. The new catering outlets have rejuvenated the campuses, are customer focused and bring a level of professionalism and presentation that the modern day student expects.”