Posted on Tuesday 1 May 2012 by Ulster Business

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Trevor Annon toasts the deal with Exeter Airport's Matt Roach 

Northern Ireland company The Mount Charles Group has confirmed the expansion of its retail brand into Great Britain in an investment worth more than £250,000.

Exeter Airport is the location of the third Fed & Watered bistro opened by the group in the last 12 months. It is the first outlet outside of Northern Ireland and follows those already established at Belfast International Airport and the Obel building in 2011.

Mount Charles is best known for its catering business but the company also has business divisions operating in the health, vending, retail, cleaning and education sectors. It employs close to 1,000 people, depending on seasonality.

Owner and founder of The Mount Charles Group Trevor Annon told Ulster Business in January that the company planned to take its Fed & Watered brand to regional airports in Great Britain.

Confirming the move, he said: “It was always an important part of our strategic plan to diversify into new markets and Exeter offers us huge potential in terms of growing the Fed & Watered brand. This tremendous gain will now open up opportunities for us to develop services within the regional airport market throughout the UK.”

The Exeter deal is expected to generate a total turnover in excess of £10m for the Group, which said it won the contract to be the airport's exclusive provider of food and beverage services against stiff competition from several multinational organisations.

“I am very proud, but not surprised, that we are competing and winning contracts against some of the biggest names in the industry,” said Mr Annon. “Such success is a reflection of the hard work, commitment and drive of all our employees who continually demand excellence of themselves.”

Matt Roach, Managing Director of Exeter Airport added: “I have been very impressed with the enthusiasm shown by the new Mount Charles team and we are looking forward to a very successful long term relationship.”

Mr Annon added that it was the Group’s intention to have ten Fed & Watered outlets operational within the next two years and that it remained committed to enter the Republic of Ireland market in the near future.

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