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€1 million bounce for Irish companies as Center Parcs awards bed and beverage contracts for Center Parcs Longford Forest

Press release   •   May 11, 2018 09:00 GMT

  • Java Republic to provide bespoke coffee and tea offering across the resort
  • Meath based Briody Bedding secures contract for handmade bed and mattresses

Sunday, 11th May 2018: Center Parcs today announces the awarding of the first tranche of large scale supplier contracts worth over €1 million to Irish companies as the development of its’ first Center Parcs forest resort in Longford continues at pace.Java Republic has been awarded a significant six figure contract for the provision of premium coffee and tea across the resort’s cafes and bars.

Meath headquartered family business Briody Bedding has also secured a six-figure contract to supply bespoke beds and top-quality mattresses for the 466 lodges and 30 apartments at the forest resort which will see 2,500 guests enjoy a tranquil slumber in the Irish forest when the resort opens next year.In addition, local Ballymahon based O’Haire Bus Hire has secured the contract to transport the Center Parcs housekeeping staff to and from the surrounding area to the forest resort when operational.

Commenting on the announcement, Managing Director of Java Republic, the independent Irish owned food service partner for premium tea and coffee, Grace O’Shaughnessy, said:

“The entire team at Java Republic is delighted to have been awarded this high-profile and valuable contract from Center Parcs. As a business, we are very much aligned to what Center Parcs offers in terms of a premium, high-quality product. At Java Republic, we are looking forward to working with Center Parcstooffer a bespoke coffee and tea experience that guests will thoroughly enjoy.”

Based in Oldcastle, Co Meath Briody Bedding Ltd, established in 1974, is a family run business employing 100 people.Commenting on the announcement, David Briody, Director said the awarding of the contract has put a spring in their step.

The securing of this valuable contract is testament to the dedication and hard work of our experienced team who have perfected their craft over the past 40 years. Our aim is to supply bespoke beds and top-quality mattresses to ensure the 2,500 guests sleep soundly while they visit Center Parcs Longford Forest.With the vast range of activities available to visitors, guests will need a good night’s sleep and the team at Briody Bedding are 100% committed to ensuring they start the day well rested and full of energy to make the most of their Center Parcs break!”

Martin Dalby, Managing Director of Center Parcs said: “We are thrilled to announce additional suppliers from across Ireland to Center Parcs Longford Forest ahead of our opening in summer 2019.On day one of the project we outlined our commitment to working with Irish suppliers across all aspects of the development. From working with Sisk and Roadbridge during construction, it is fantastic to continue this support for independent Irish businesses as we move into signing up suppliers in preparation for our village becoming operational next year.We look forward to working with each supplier to ensure we deliver the ultimate Center Parcs experience to our 2,500 guests.”

Center Parcs also highlighted that competitive tender processes are underway for the provision of a host of other goods and services and encouraged interested businesses to log on to the website www.centerparcs.ie/suppliers to find out more information.

When complete next year, the €233m Center Parcs resort will offer 466 lodges and 30 apartments to accommodate 2,500 guests.During a Center Parcs short break, guests can enjoy more than 100 indoor and outdoor family activities, including the legendary Subtropical Swimming Paradise, and a range of restaurants and shops.The development will create approximately 750 jobs during the construction phase and when operational, the village will employ up to 1,000 people in permanent jobs and provide a €32m boost to the economy.

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Center Parcs Press Office

Tel: 0044 (0)1623 821733, Email: simon.kay@centerparcs.co.uk

Murray, Dublin:

Tel: 00353 (0)1 498 0300 / 086 396 4368 (Avril), Email: acollins@murraygroup.ie / dwalsh@murraygroup.ie

Notes to editors

About Java Republic

Founded by David McKernan in 1999, Java Republic set about putting an end to unethically sourced beans, low-quality roasting and inferior blends. In the last 20 years, Java Republic has gone from strength to strength, with over 1,200 venues across Ireland serving over 100,000 cups of Java Republic product daily. Today it is an independent, Irish-owned company offering Ireland’s most exceptional coffee and an incredible selection of 46 organic teas.

As it approaches 20 years in business, Java Republic has recently undertaken a €500,000 brand refresh that saw the business rededicated itself to its foodservice clients – providing expertise, insights and passion to help the businesses that serve its coffee and teas.

About Briody Bedding

Briody is one of the largest and most comprehensive bedding and furniture manufacturers in Ireland and produces a diversified line of mattress and foundation products. Briody is one of the largest employers in the wider Meath area with a workforce of over 100 people dedicated to providing customers with the highest quality service and bedding products and were recently announced as the overall winner of the 2018 Small Firms Association Awards. They are also among an elite group of companies who were accredited All-Star at the All-Ireland Business Summit 2018 and are leading the way in their sector.

About O’Haire’s

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About Center Parcs Longford Forest – Opening in 2019

  1. Center Parcs is the leading provider of high quality family short breaks in the UK, offering weekend or midweek breaks in a secluded and natural woodland setting.
  2. Center Parcs Longford Forest in Ireland is expected to open to guests in 2019.
  3. The company currently operates five short break destinations across the UK*: Whinfell Forest, Cumbria; Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire; Elveden Forest, Suffolk; Woburn Forest, Bedfordshire and Longleat Forest, Wiltshire.
  4. Center Parcs regularly achieves average annual occupancy rates in excess of 97% and welcomed two million guests last year.
  5. Following an announcement in 2016 of its intention to develop a forest resort in Ireland, Center Parcs successfully secured planning approval to invest €233m in the development of a forest resort on a 400-acre site in Newcastle Wood, five kilometres from Ballymahon in County Longford.
  6. The development will create approximately 750 jobs during the construction phase.
  7. When operational, the village will employ up to 1,000 people in permanent jobs, with the majority of employees likely to live locally.
  8. Center Parcs Longford Forest will have capacity for up to 2,500 guests.
  9. Center Parcs estimates that, when operational in 2019, the new forest resort will add approximately €32million to Irish GDP per annum and €1bn over the next 20 years.
  10. The construction phase is likely to last up to two years and the village is expected to open in 2019.
  11. Center Parcs awarded its first major contract in Ireland to Limerick based Roadbridge Civil Engineering & Building Contractors in March 2018 to undertake key infrastructural development works. The infrastructure contract comprised the earthworks, road and path networks, utilities, drainage system, the lake and building platforms.
  12. In December 2017, Dublin based construction firm John Sisk & Son was awarded the contracts for the construction of the 466 lodges and 30 apartments as well as the state-of-the-art centre buildings – housing the iconic Center Parcs Subtropical Swimming Paradise, restaurants, bars and shops and moved on site in January 2018.
  13. The proposed new development at Newcastle Wood will bring together the high quality features for which Center Parcs is renowned, including:
  • up to 466 Lodges and 30 apartments, designed with families and the environment in mind
  • more than 100 indoor and outdoor activities
  • a spa
  • a range of restaurants, cafés and shops
  • the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, with water rides and fun for all ages.
  1. Over the last 30 years, Center Parcs has exhibited a proven track record of taking commercial woodlands and, through careful forest management, transforming them into areas rich in biodiversity.Center Parcs Longford Forest will have a dedicated team of Conservation Rangers who will protect and nurture this beautiful woodland.
  2. The vast majority of the woodland on all Center Parcs sites remain untouched, with only 10% of the total area being built on. Retaining and encouraging a vibrant and thriving forest environment is central to Center Parcs’ environmental ethos and is a core part of the offering at every Center Parcs Village.

*Please be advised that while Center Parcs UK and Ireland and Center Parcs Europe, share the same name and logo, they are two separate companies.

Our vision to bring new and unique family breaks to Ireland is now becoming a reality, with Longford Forest set to open its doors in summer 2019. Our forest resort, at just under 400 acres in Longford Forest will include 470 luxury lodges and 30 stylish apartments which will accommodate up to 2,500 guests in a safe, peaceful, and car-free environment. Our guests will be able to enjoy more than 100 family activities – both indoors and out – a range of restaurants and shops, and our famous Subtropical Swimming Paradise, which will be Ireland’s biggest and most impressive water park ever. Something to do for everyone in the family, whatever the weather. With miles of beautiful forest to explore, guests will choose how to spend their time – filled with activities or simply taking life slowly and soaking up the beautiful surroundings.

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