Mount Charles flying high with new contract

Mount Charles chairman Trevor Annon (right) and its head of sales and marketing Gavin Annon (second left) are joined by Flybe's chief commercial officer Roy Kinnear (left) and chief strategy officer Vincent Holder at The Hub at the Hangar cafe in Flybe's wew Walker hanger in Exeter

FOOD service giant Mount Charles has secured a five-year contract with Europe's largest regional airline Flybe to provide a combination of facilities management and catering services to its Exeter-based training academy and new Walker hangar.

The Belfast-based company will be responsible for the daily operations of the Flybe training academy, which includes event management and hospitality, as well as for cleaning and onsite technical services.

Mount Charles has opened two new food and beverage outlets for Flybe at both its new Walker hangar headquarters as well as the Sky Café at the training academy.

Trevor Annon, chairman at Mount Charles (, said: “This is an incredibly exciting partnership for us and one we are looking forward to developing.

“For the last six years, Mount Charles has firmly established itself as the exclusive food and beverage partner for Exeter Airport, with our Fed & Watered catering outlet, and I'm delighted we are continuing to expand here.”

Flybe's chief strategy officer Vincent Hodder added: “We're thrilled to welcome Mount Charles on board to manage the conference facilities at our training academy.

"The new cafeteria services have been particularly well received by all who have visited them to date. Both the new Sky Café and Hub at the Hangar areas have created the much-needed informal meeting and contemporary eating space for staff and visitors alike offering high quality, healthy food prepared freshly on site.”

Mount Charles works with more than 400 customers across the UK and Ireland, and this latest contract following gains totalling £8m in the Republic of Ireland, as well as a franchise agreement with Ireland's leading and original healthy fast food retailer Freshly Chopped.

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