Northern Ireland catering equipment spend revealed

Northern Ireland’s Education Minister John O’Dowd has revealed the main beneficiaries of over £2m worth of catering and catering equipment contracts in the Western Education and Library Board (WELB), the local authority for Northern Ireland, over the past 5 years.

The Minister detailed the amount spent across the five Northern Ireland education authorities was £2,468,897.

Antrim-based Stephens Catering Equipment was the main beneficiary, receiving £1,075,010 for the catering services it provided.

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The amounts spent on catering contracts rose from £301,996 in 2010/11; to £490,376 in 2011/12; to £508,604 in 2012/13; falling back to £416,095 in 2013/14; before rising to a 5 year high of £751,826 in 2014/15.

The seven other firms that provided catering equipment contracts were: Cunningham ACR received £278,180; McKenna Catering received £205,987; Thomas McLaughlin received £111,274; Alpha Marketing received £90,529; Caterquip received £76,143; Galgorm Hygiene received £54,406; and CRB Solutions received £21,521.

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