FOR ARAMARK Northern Ireland’s facilities and property management

service provider, Aramark, has taken home three coveted awards at the BICSc NI Nation Awards 2019.

The awards ceremony was held at Belfast City Hall on 6 September 2019.

Haley McKeeman, who works with the Bushmills Visitors Centre, took home the top prize in the ‘Retail’ category, while Rhonda Smyth claimed the top prize in the ‘Office’ category and the overall prize of ‘Cleaning Operative of the Year’. Rhonda works with Ulster Bank DSE Belfast.

Aramark personnel were nominated in six of the seven categories, including securing all three of the shortlisted nominations in the ‘Office’ category. The news comes off the back of a very strong showing at the 2018 awards, where Aramark cleaning operatives took home top prizes in the ‘Office Space’ category and Alison Bell, Aramark Supervisor, was bestowed with the honour of the inaugural ‘Supervisor Recognition’ award.

Shane Flynn, Managing Director for Food Services and Facilities Management at Aramark Ireland, commented: “Congratulations to both Haley and Rhonda for their consistent hard work and dedication. We are delighted to receive this fantastic accolade. By winning three awards, the team clearly demonstrates the commitment of Aramark employees and the high standards they uphold throughout all our client facilities. This is an industry which holds itself to the very highest of standards, so it is wonderful to receive this recognition.”


Aisling Ryan has been announced as General Manager, Ireland, UK and Europe at Ryans Cleaning, through internal promotion.

Aisling takes over at the helm from Pat Ryan, who will continue to serve as CEO while Aisling runs

the business, manages their core team of more than 90 employees and all client accounts on a day-to-day basis.

Since 2006, Aisling has worked in various roles within the company, building her experience in all departments. Over the last three years, Aisling has focused on shadowing the company CEO, her father Pat, while continuing her studies at University of Limerick.

Pat Ryan said: “Aisling is more than ready for this position, her appointment is part of our overall strategic plan for Ryans Cleaning and, on a personal note, I am delighted to see the next generation leading our home-grown, family- run company to the next level. I look forward to seeing Aisling driving on now and delivering on many of our key objectives; maintaining our position as the market leader in Ireland, continuing the acceleration of our market share growth in the UK and overseeing even further expansion into mainland Europe.”

Commenting on the company’s focus on sustainability, Aisling said: “At Ryans Cleaning we work with our clients to find better long-term solutions for dealing with waste for their business. I believe if companies put simple infrastructure and sustainable practices in place with our expertise it would make a remarkable difference to the environment and they would save a lot of money in the long run.

“This is an issue very close to my heart and I will be proposing a customised model similar to the one we put in place at Dublin Zoo last year to many of our event clients over the coming months.”

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