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27Oct 2018

Left to right: Raymond Donnelly, St James Hospital, Dublin. Sinead Grogan, Momentum Support Healthcare Manager & Matthew Houlihan Momentum Support Cleaning Operative, St James Hospital, Misa Building, Dublin.

Left to Right: Momentum Support Alana Dunican, HR Director and Geraldine Monaghan, Account Manager.

Left to Right: Momentum Support Alana Dunican, HR Director and Geraldine Monaghan, Account Manager.

On Friday 19th October 2018, the Irish Contract Cleaning Association Awards 2018 was held in the Mansion House, Dublin.  This prestigious event highlighted standards of quality and professionalism within the Cleaning Industry.

We are delighted to announce that all Momentum Support submissions were chosen as Finalists

The Finalist were:

  • Hospitality Residential Leisure Buildings: Puregym Bangor, Belfast.
  • Educational Buildings: Strathearn School, Belfast.
  • Offices Greater than 50,000 sq ft.: Google, Dublin.
  • Retail Buildings: Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin
  • Retail Buildings Supervisor: Tomasz Ptak, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin
  • Healthcare Acute: St James Hospital, Dublin, MISA Building
  • Healthcare Acute Cleaning Operative: Matthew Houlihan, St James Hospital, Dublin, MISA Building
  • Training & Innovation Award

Matthew Houlihan, Cleaning Operative, St James Hospital, Misa Building, won overall Cleaning Operative for Healthcare Acute. 

The highlights of the event for Momentum Support was when it was announced firstly that Matthew Houlihan, Cleaning Operative, St James Hospital, Misa Building, won overall Cleaning Operative for Healthcare Acute.

“Congratulations to Matthew Houlihan and all employees who deliver quality standards daily, this is very much appreciated thank you”.

Sinead Woods, Momentum Support Learning & Development Manager

Sinead Woods, Momentum Support Learning & Development Manager

ICCA Training & Innovation Award

We would like to take this opportunity to also extend congratulations to the Human Resources Department. Hats off to Sinead Woods, Learning and Development Manager for presenting the Momentum Support submission to the judge with the support of Geraldine Monaghan, Account Manager.  We are delighted to announce we successfully secured the ICCA Training & Innovation Award for excellence for the Internal Induction Training & Appraisal System. 

“Congratulations to Sinead and all our people who have made this happen. Your contribution is greatly appreciated as this is key to our overall business success”.  

25Oct 2018

Group photo of company representatives with Leo Varadkar

Momentum Support are proud to be one of the 14 founding member companies of Open Doors.

Open Doors is a cross sector initiative to promote greater inclusion, diversity in the workplace, training and employment opportunities for marginalised groups in Irish Society.

The Open Doors Initiative aims to provide opportunities to some of the marginalised members of our society that face higher barriers to employment than most do.

Today, people with disabilities are only half as likely to be in employment as others of working age. The youth unemployment rate tends to be double the general unemployment rate. And until recently, most refugees and asylum seekers were unable to access the labour market.

Alana Dunican (HR Director) meeting Leo Varadkar from #OpenDoorsLaunch

Alana Dunican (HR Director) meeting Leo Varadkar from #OpenDoorsLaunch

Together, as 14 Irish Employers, we want to address this and support people who face barriers into employment. The benefits will be two-fold – open up the labour market to some of those who have been unable to access it; and attract and retain our future workforces.

At the event were Momentum Support’s Trevor Carney, BITCI Ready for work,  Alana Dunican (HR Director), Sinead Grogan (Healthcare Manager) and Matthew Houlihan (Jobplus).

Pictured here is Leo Varadkar in attendance for the Open Doors official launch, alongside representatives from the 14 participating companies.

To learn more about the Open Doors Initiative, visit opendoorsinitiative.ie or follow the hashtag #OpenDoorsLaunch

18Oct 2018

Dr Noreen Gleeson receiving the proceeds with Momentum Support’s Sinead Grogan. More photos of the event can be found on the ‘Run the Liberties’ Facebook page.

Momentum Support is proud to report that €43,955 was raised for GynaeCancerCare at St James’s Hospital for the 10th Anniversary of the Liberties Fun Run.

The proceeds were presented to Dr Noreen Gleeson, and all of the proceeds from the this year’s fun run will go towards an Ambulatory Care Unit at St James’s Hospital.

This is the first year that the event completely sold out, with 1,500 people participating in the run.

St. James’s Hospital Gynaecological Cancer Care Centre is the largest provider in the Republic of Ireland of treatment for malignancy of the reproductive organs, with over 300 women being referred to the centre annually.

Momentum Support were proud to sponsor the work of the clinic and were delighted at the response to the event. Momentum Support has been a consistent support of the Liberty Fun Run and would like to congratulate all of the participants and organisers of the 2018 Fun Run for their hard work and dedication.

We look forward to seeing you all at the starting line next year!

Further donations can be made at the www.supportstjames.ie website.

To learn more about the St. James’ Hospital Foundation, GynaeCancerCare, and future events, please visit www.supportstjames.ie

18Oct 2018

Pictured from Left to Right: Verona Pentony (Head of Governance & Social Responsibility, Ian Dempsey (Today FM), Rebecha McAuley (SO Athlete), Zach Corbett (Governance & Social Responsibility Officer and Matt English (SO Ireland CEO)

South Offaly Special Olympics Team

South Offaly Special Olympics Team

The Special Olympics, CEO Matt English expressed his sincere thanks to Momentum Support for the generous donation of cleaning products and other supports for the 2018 Ireland Games. The donation allowed The Special Olympics to significantly reduce the cost of the Summer Ireland Games, in which 1,600 athletes participated in 13 official sports, over three days of competition.

The games were the largest sporting event to take place in Ireland this year with 1600 athletes taking part. The Ireland Games took place in Dublin, June 14th – 17th, primarily in the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown, as well as various venues throughout the greater Dublin area. Four days of sports took take place across 13 disciplines, with over 2,500 volunteers helping to make the event happen.

Nikita Dunican being presented the Bronze Medal by Momentum's Verona Pentony

Nikita Dunican being presented the Bronze Medal by Momentum’s Verona Pentony

Momentum Support also sponsored the South Offaly Bowling Team. Team Member, Nikita Dunican, received a Bronze Medal which was presented by Momentum  representative Verona Pentony at the Special Olympics Medal ceremony.

Momentum supported the Special Olympics in the following ways:

  • Direct sponsorship of Athlete Nikita Dunican from the South Offaly Region via sponsorship card
  • Supplier, Sanserv, partnered with Momentum to support the event
  • Sponsorship the supply of waste bins (100 x 40litre),
  • Momentum Support donated €1,000 towards the South Offaly Bowling Team,
  •  40,000 units of fruit, valued at €15,000
Just some of the sponsorship support organised by Momentum Support

Just some of the sponsorship support organised by Momentum Support

The idea for Momentum Support sponsoring the Special Olympics came from Momentum’s Willie Dunne who highlighted the Special Olympics as a worthwhile cause and Momentum’s Patricia Seery organised the support of Nikita Dunican via sponsorship card.

Momentum Support is delighted to have been a part of this high-profile, emotional and worthwhile event and is proud to have been able to support the athletes and organisers in all their hard work in preparing for and taking part in the Games.

17Oct 2018

Momentum Support are pleased to announce success at the Irish Hospitality Awards 2018.

The second annual Irish Hospitality Awards took place at Crowne Plaza in the Dublin Airport on May 1st. The awards celebrate everything in the Irish hospitality industry by recognising and rewarding the best in the business.

This year’s black-tie event hosted 200 guests. The nominees and winners, who are chosen by members of the general public, are a true reflection of high standards and customer service.

Momentum is excited to announce that the Blanchardstown Centre won Shopping Complex of the Year at the 2018 awards. This is a great achievement for Paula Gaspari (Housekeeping Manager) and her team.

Irfan Younis, the CEO of Creative Oceanic (who host the event) said that the awards “were a true reflection of the talent in Ireland and we will continue delivering such awards ceremonies to make sure that the hospitality professionals in Ireland get the recognition they deserve.”

Momentum Support congratulates all nominees and winners for delivering service excellence.

12Sep 2018

Members of the Security Team at the Farnborough Airshow. From left to right, starting with the back row — Gary Hodgson, David Bruce, Peter Fleming (Bombardier Manager), Gerald Crumley, Neil Stanfield, Frank Moorcroft, Gareth Edwards, Heather Floyd (Senior Guard), Paul Bright. Daniel Hill is not pictured as he was on duty when the photo was taken.

Momentum Security Staff proudly supported the Farnborough Airshow, which took place from July 16 to July 22, 2018.

The public side of the event included static and flying displays, featuring 150 aircraft and 5 hours of flying. Everything from vintage and fast jets to commercial airliners were on display for 80,000 visitors. The trade side included 1,500 exhibitors from 52 countries, spread across 70,000 square meters of exhibition space. The event showcased new technology and facilitated major trade deals within the industry.

The Momentum Security Team supported the event and provided a safe and secure working environment. They prepared areas throughout the venue beforehand and controlled access points, maintaining a 24-hour presence throughout the duration of the Airshow. They also helped intake guests and directed visitors with questions to Media reception, helping the event flow smoothly.

The Farnborough Airshow was a great event and a success overall and Momentum Support is proud to have been involved.

27Feb 2018

(L-R: Gabby Marai, Bloomfield Site Manager, Laura Whelan, Client Services Manager, Ian Huntley, Client Services Manager, Zahoor Ullaq, Royal Hospital Donnybrook Site Manager, Sharon McNally, Operations Manager, David Ferguson, Operations Director, Mary Patterson, Operations Director, James Mahon, Client Services Manager, Zach Corbett, Governance and Social Responsibility Officer, Verona Pentony, Head of Governance & Social Responsibility, Shahzad Sattar, Client Services Manager, Sinead Grogan, Healthcare Operations Manager).

Momentum Support has yet again swept to victory in the 2018 IASI awards and is delighted to have won the overall Healthcare Supreme Awards amongst eight other awards.

The annual Irish Accommodation Service Institute Awards (IASI) 2018 took place on the 27th January 2018 in the Carlton Hotel, Blanchardstown, and the Momentum teams were awarded nine separate awards.

The awards are renowned in the industry as the gold-standard for Accommodation Services and the Momentum teams were delighted to have their great work recognised across a number of teams and  locations around Ireland.

First up, Paul Whelan’s team at the South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital in Cork won the overall Healthcare Supreme Awards as well as the Gold Category for the same location.

James Mahon’s team went on to win two Gold awards for LIT Thurles Sport and LIT Clonmel. In addition, to this the team received the Colleges Supreme Award for LIT Clonmel and came runner up in the Colleges Supreme Award with LIT Thurles Sport Lab.

Here’s a breakdown of all the awards Momentum teams won on the big night:

SUPREME AWARDS

Healthcare Supreme Awards 

  1. South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital, Cork

Colleges Supreme Awards 

  1. LIT Thurles Sports Lab

Runner up Colleges Supreme Awards

  1. LIT Clonmel

GOLD CATEGORY – Teams that achieve 95.51% and above

Congratulations to the following teams which achieved Gold Awards:

  1. St James Hospital, Dublin
  2. Bloomfield Health Services
  3. South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital, Cork
  4. Tallaght Hospital
  5. The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin
  6. LIT Thurles Sports Lab
  7. LIT Clonmel

Silver Category – Teams that achieve 90.38%

Congratulations to the following team which achieved a Silver Award

Royal Hospital, Donnybrook

Bronze category – Teams that achieve 85% and above

Congratulations to the following team which achieved a Bronze Award:
Holywell Educate Together School, Swords

Momentum is delighted to yet again congratulate all teams on their hard work, dedication, and excellent achievements.

29Nov 2017

The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) Carpark team has recently set up a ‘Go Beyond’ Partner Program which recognises excellent service from its key vendors and their staff working on behalf of DAA.

The first recipient of this award is Momentum Support’s Security Officer John Coffey, who has been working at DAA Carparks since June 2015. He received a €100 One-for-All Voucher from DAA, which was matched by Momentum Support.

John is on-site with the rest of his team to provide support to weary travellers searching for their cars after a long and sometimes arduous journey. Locating their car after their time away is one of the most common problems these travellers face, but sometimes they can find things have got worse, such as a dead battery, or flat tyre – the last thing you want to be dealing with at 2am in the morning after a flight.

John is available to help in these situations and has had multiple glowing emails sent to DAA for his excellent help and manner since he joined the team. Such as this from one happy customer:

“Tonight in the Red Carpark…I couldn’t find my car. After a few minutes of looking John from Security offered help and assisted us in an incredible way:

-He called to find out what zone were based on the time we parked

-Moreover, the key was out of battery so we had to manually find the car.

-He helped us open the car and showed us how to do it for future times.

John is absolutely amazing and has helped us go home quickly and with a smile. Incredible!!”

Manager Mark Conlan said this about John:

“John arrived around June 2015… He’s very diligent, very good work ethic, extremely punctual and always in control of what’s happening.”

John’s knowledge of the parking system means he’s indispensable to DAA – working out from when the customers parked their cars where they should be. In addition, he goes above and beyond helping the customers if they have additional problems.

Mark continued:

“What brought John to my attention when I started as manager of the Carpark were all the emails coming in from DAA and customers who had to tell somebody about the excellent care they had received…”

It’s thanks to these multiple  glowing emails and reports about John, that DAA awarded him the first ‘Go Beyond’ Partner Program Award. Momentum Support then matched the prize as a measure of their equal appreciation and support of Coffey.  

Congrats John!

23May 2017

“The Black Panthers” stand together for a group photo. From left to right – Emma McGrath, Tommy O’Dwyer, Rachel Ryan, Breda Meares, Mark Meares ( CBRE), Michelle Ryan, Michael Murphy (Site Manager), Paul McGrath, Siobhan McGrath – Assoc. Dir, HR Business Partner, MSD, Ballydine.

Staff at Momentum Support took part in a fitness event competing against other companies inspired by the television program “Operation Transformation,” similar to the American show “The Biggest Loser.” While the competition was independent of the weight loss television program itself, the goal was the same: to collectively be the fittest, healthiest team still standing. The company’s fitness event started on 4th January 2016 and ended on 7th February 2017. The team members, who called themselves “The Black Panthers,” were Emma McGrath, Tommy O’Dwyer, Rachel Ryan, Breda Meares, Mark Meares (CBRE), Michelle Ryan, Michael Murphy (site manager), Paul McGrath, and Associate Director Siobhan McGrath. After 8 weeks of following a strict daily fitness regimen, “The Black Panthers” won the competition!

“The Black Panthers” followed “Operation Transformation” fitness methods, meaning daily weigh-ins and weekly health discussions from dieticians and trainers about nutrition and exercise. The total amount lost was 43 kg and Tommy O’Dwyer lost the most at 1.5 stone.

The team members motivated each other every day, and the company provided support, serving specific “Operation Transformation” foods appropriate for their diet plan in the canteen, says Murphy. “Momentum staffers are a hardworking bunch, recently celebrating achievements like winning multiple awards at the IASI Awards. They put the same dedication into their fitness,” said Tommy O’Dwyer,there is no I in team.”

Staff members who were not on the team also encouraged The Black Panthers to success.These programmes can only have a positive effect,” said Site Manager Michael Murphy, who constantly saw the encouragement, the team believes that it gave them a focus and determination to eat healthy and exercise more regularly.”

22Mar 2017

Participants in the Republic of Ireland and UK training sessions celebrating successful training completion.

Verona Pentony, Training QSHE Manager of the Momentum Support Group celebrated the successful completion of the conversion in cleaning standards from the British Institute of Cleaning Science COPC to the Cleaning Professionals Skills Suite 2.0 CPSS with different Momentum teams in Dublin, Belfast and London.

Many thanks are due to the teams’ and the trainers’ hard work & commitment during the transitional period as they succeeded in training all operatives on sites throughout the company.  It was a proud moment as trainers & assessors were presented with the first BIC SC CPSS and assessor cards.

At the Belfast training day Bridghe Grimes, Thomas Sweeney, Margaret McBride, John McCarron, Trevor Keith, Donna Sharp, Chrissie Cooke, Alison Walker, Verona Pentony & Patricia Mooney

At the Belfast training day Bridghe Grimes, Thomas Sweeney, Margaret McBride, John McCarron, Trevor Keith, Donna Sharp, Chrissie Cooke, Alison Walker, Verona Pentony & Patricia Mooney

“Working with the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BIC SC) allows Momentum Support to develop BIC SC accredited Trainers capable of delivering training in practical skills. These skills include mandatory units such as chemical competence, safe assembly and care of equipment, and storage of equipment and materials”, said Momentum Training QSHE Manager Verona Pentony. “It also includes a selection of basic/additional skills to suit the specific site requirements needed to work safely in the cleaning industry.”

Successful candidates were also presented with Certificates in FETAC Level 6 manual handling instruction, Momentum Support “Train the trainer” and risk assessment training.