Invest NI helps Mooney Group Hotels save £200k

Oct 29, 2009

A local hotel group has cut annual running costs by over £200,000 thanks to its participation in an Invest Northern Ireland supply chain initiative.

The Mooney Group, comprising the Armagh City Hotel, Dunadry Hotel and Country Club and the Wellington Park Hotel, received expert consultancy advice facilitated by Invest NI. This enabled the group to standardise and consolidate purchasing procedures across all three establishments with the implementation of more cost effective tendering and contracting methods.

The business has also invested in its IT infrastructure and strengthened its management team following investments totalling over £200,000. Invest NI has offered over £55,000, part financed by the European Regional Development Fund, in support of the investments.

As a result, the three hotels have each reduced operating costs, delivering significantly improved profitability and enabling the Group to gain even more value from this year’s peak summer season.

Kevin McCann, Invest NI’s Director of Transport, Construction and Tourism, said: “Tourist accommodation businesses, can realise significant savings by strengthening the relationships with their supply chain and seeking out the best deals.

“The Mooney Group has successfully implemented an improved purchasing system across its three sites. This, along with increased computerisation, has helped the owners better monitor stock levels and maximise the availability of food, drink and other consumables for their customers. In turn, overall service quality in the hotels has increased whilst costs have come down during what has been a difficult period for all companies.”

Robert Mooney, a Director of the Mooney Group, says: “We are always seeking to become more efficient in our operations whilst maintaining our well-known high standards of hospitality.

“This initiative from Invest NI delivered expert advice that has made a real difference to our businesses. By examining the purchasing practices across all our sites and implementing a standard system, we have generated financial savings by reducing both the amount of stock ordered and the time spent on monitoring our stores.

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