Aramark Appoints Louise Phillips as Managing Director of Property

Aramark, one of Europe’s largest award-winning companies in property management, facilities, and food services, has appointed Louise Phillips as Managing Director of Property.  Her appointment comes as Aramark implements ambitious plans for continued growth in Ireland, the UK, and Northern Europe.

 Louise Phillips 2 (1)Aramark Property is the largest dedicated property management provider in Ireland, with over 40 years’ experience of office, retail, residential, leisure, industrial, and mixed use developments.

Louise leads a team of 120 people with responsibility for the management of over 28m sq. feet of buildings, with a combined rent roll of €325m p.a. This includes retail schemes ranging from Dundrum Town Centre to the English Market in Cork, major office developments such as Georges Quay, the Irish Life Centre, and various parts of the IFSC in Dublin, all IDA estates throughout Ireland, as well as large residential and mixed use developments .Also managed are a range of smaller district retail centres, business/ industrial parks and residential developments. In retail alone, members of the team have managed or led the development of over 50 shopping schemes in Ireland, and have managed the only three Irish centres to have won European Shopping Centre of the year.

Louise has worked in commercial property and asset management for over 25 years in Ireland and the UK. She also has wide ranging experience in property development, lease re-gears, service charge analysis and challenge, and in dealing with all aspects of landlord and tenant relationships.

“I’m delighted to be appointed as MD of Aramark Property at a time of expansion across Northern Europe” Phillips said. “We have an unusually diverse skill set, as key members of our team have not only managed large property schemes but have also led major development projects from inception. They have also been responsible for decision making and strategy on complex asset portfolios. This gives us a different perspective to the norm.  The other key factor is that we have constantly evolved and improved over recent years, something which has been key to strong business retention as well as growth prospects.

Phillips said that one of the Aramark Group’s key strengths was its multi-services ability which reduces the day-to-day stress of managing property and other non-core services for many different types of companies, allowing them to instead focus on core activities -“We are seeing a rise in clients looking for this type of one-stop-shop, with a desire to outsource a range of services to a single operator – from property management, managing the sourcing and divesting of properties, facilities management, project management through to being the food services provider.  Whilst Aramark obviously has competitors across individual business operations in Ireland, there are few, if any, able to offer this sheer scope of services from one company”.


Lyon’s Tea ‘Time To Talk’ Campaign Raises €30,000 For Pieta House

Lyons Tea “Time To Talk” nationwide campaign has raised €30,000 for Pieta House, the non-profit Suicide and Self Harm Crisis Centres. The campaign by Ireland’s favourite tea launched last October and comprised of special Pieta House takeover packs of Lyons Original and Gold Blend 80s boxes.


The “Time To Talk” campaign was launched to raise awareness as well as funds for the charity and the vital services it provides free of charge across the country. Each special Pieta House pack had information on the box to help raise awareness around mental health issues in Ireland as well as including contact information for anyone who feels they need to talk with Pieta House.

Speaking about the initiative, Pauline Browne, Marketing Director of Lyons Tea said: “The campaign has been a very special partnership for us and we are delighted to be able to help Pieta House. We know many a conversation has been shared in households around the country with a cup of Lyons Tea. I hope that the ‘Time To Talk’ campaign has gone someway into helping others open up about whatever might be on their minds and reminded anyone in need that Pieta House is there to offer help and support.”

Brian Higgins, CEO of Pieta House said: “Any initiative that encourages more people to talk and seek help has to be welcomed. It’s devastating that we see so many people in Ireland taking their lives by suicide each year because they feel they have no-one to turn to.

“We were delighted to partner with Lyons Tea on the ‘Time To Talk’ initiative. Since we first opened our doors eleven years ago, Pieta House has helped over 27,500 people free of charge thanks to the generosity of people and companies throughout the years. The awareness and funds raised through this campaign ensures that more people are aware of our work and that we are here to help them.”

Adding to this sentiment, Jim Reeves, Customer Director at Unilever Food Solutions said: “Pieta House is at the forefront of the Irish mental health conversation. All of us at Unilever have been humbled to see the work and positive impact that Pieta House has on Irish communities. We would like to thank all of our foodservice customers who supported the campaign.”

Lyons Tea will again support Pieta House in 2017 with some new campaigns to help generate funds and awareness for the charity.

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1.3 Million Britons Read About Connemara and the Wild Atlantic Way

An article showcasing the Wild Atlantic Way appeared in the travel section of The Sun newspaper in Britain over the weekend, profiling Connemara and the Wild Atlantic Way to more than 1.3 million readers – or potential British holidaymakers for Ireland.


Tourism Ireland in London, in conjunction with Fáilte Ir;eland, invited journalist Andrew Parker from the newspaper to visit last August. The resulting article appeared in The Sun yesterday (Sunday, 19 February), describing the “rugged beauty of Connemara National Park” and featuring beautiful photos of Kylemore Abbey and Diamond Hill in Connemara. The author described Connemara National Park as “one of the most beautiful places on earth” with its “mesmerising 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bog, heaths, grasslands and woodlands”.

David Boyce, Tourism Ireland’s Deputy Head of Great Britain, said: “We are really pleased with the excellent coverage in the travel section of The Sun. It’s a really good way of showcasing the Wild Atlantic Way to a large audience of potential British visitors for Ireland. Publicity is an important element of Tourism Ireland’s overall promotional programme, helping to raise awareness through the British media of the many things to see and do on a holiday on the island of Ireland.

“Great Britain is our largest tourism market and 2016 was a very good year for visitor numbers to Ireland from Britain, with the most recent CSO figures showing an increase of almost +11% over 2015. Since the UK referendum on Brexit, Tourism Ireland has been closely monitoring developments in the British outbound travel market. As our nearest neighbour and our largest market for overseas tourism, Britain will remain a priority for us. The depreciation of sterling against the euro since the referendum means that value for money will be a key message for us in Britain this year. In 2017, Tourism Ireland will continue to work with our industry partners to highlight the ease of getting to the island of Ireland.”


Febvre Wine Showcasing the Latest System for the Preservation of Wine & Champagne

Febvre Wine Company showcasing Bermar’s latest system of choice for the preservation of Wine and Champagne: Le Verre de Vin Tower! The latest offering is novel in that it the most versatile model yet; it can be placed anywhere in the bar or restaurant; is a stylish and compact counter-top unit and still offers the 21st century’s answer to the serving of wine by the glass.

Le Verre de Vin preserves any open bottle of wine or Champagne for 21 days in perfect serving conditions. Visit Febvre at the Chef Network Hub at Catex during 21 -23 February for a full demonstration. David Boxall from Bermar will be on hand to demonstrate the unit and answer any questions you may have.
image013The Bermar Le Verre de Vin system was developed with the assistance and input of many global wine makers. Where the latest model scores is that it does not need any installation – a customer can just plug it in and go. It is so flexible that it can be added and placed in any space to a bar; does not take up much room and can also be taken to outside catering jobs such as race-meetings, weddings, launches, pop-up restaurants etc. to serve the wine by the glass in perfect condition. Most importantly, with the growing market for good wine by the glass, any hotel or bar using the Bermar Tower will increase the value of wine sales by an average of 25% because of no wastage and increase the volume of sales by 12%. And, they avoid the question: “How long has that bottle been open?”.
The system works by removing oxygen from the open bottle of wine to a precisely controlled level and so preserves wine without any risk to its subtle structure. It prevents the release of the naturally occurring CO2 in Champagnes and Sparkling wines ensuring that the fizz stays locked in and any issue of oxidisation is eliminated. Its proven preservation technology has interactive resealing preservation with illuminated nozzles that are amber to start the resealing and turn green when completed. The systems are fully guaranteed and any bar person can be fully confident of serving wines exactly as they should be.

The Verre de Vin Tower is destined to become the system of choice for many hotels and bars around the world. The “Portable Tower” is available in two colours – satin black and classic stainless steel. It is available in three models – one has a dual system for both still and sparkling wines and there are two individual Towers that work for still wine only or Champagne and Sparkling wines only. The Verre de Vin wine preservation system is used by 45,000 hotels and bars around the world. For more details on the full Le Verre de Vin range visit: Focus On Energy Workshops

The Programme ( is the Hospitality, Travel & Tourism Resource for Sustainable and Responsible Tourism in Ireland. It is running it’s Nationwide Spring Workshop Series 7th – 30th March 2017. These workshop will focus on energy and will show hotels and hospitality businesses how they can reduce their costs through better measurement, securing grant aid, avoiding poor supplier offers.

Who should Attend? Hotel and Hospitality Managers, Accountants and Financial Controllers, Green Team leaders – anyone interested in reducing their energy costs! These are FREE events and are  supported by REPAK and ENPROVA

Workshops Outline:
Avoiding the Get-Rich-Quick Lighting Upgrade offers
Energy Credits – what are they?, how can I get “grant aid” from them, what’s the catch?
Understanding consumption – Benchmarking, metering, monitoring, taking control of your energy spend
Good Practice – what are businesses doing
Procurement – some practical advice – who are the brokers working for?

The workshops are designed to be inter-active so participants are encouraged to bring copies of their most recent Energy Invoices and prepare any questions that they would like answered.

Workshop Locations:
Venues will be announced as soon as they are confirmed
7th March – Co Limerick
8th March – Galway City
15th March – Sligo Town – Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo
16th March – Letterkenny Town
28th March – Kilkenny City
29th March – Tullamore Town – Tullamore Court Hotel
30th March – Dublin City

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