An independent economic report commissioned by McDonald’s to mark its 40th anniversary in the UK, reveals the business and its suppliers make a combined annual contribution of £9.2 million to the Doncaster economy.
McDonald’s opened its first Doncaster-based restaurant in the town centre in October 1988; there are now six restaurants in the local area, employing over 500 people.
The ‘Serving the UK: McDonald’s at 40 Report’ was researched by Development Economics to assess the overall contribution McDonald’s has made to the UK economy, local communities, its employees, customers and suppliers since it first started operating in the UK in November 1974.
The report finds that overall the business and its supply chain is estimated to be worth £2.5 billion annually to the UK economy - and that over the past 40 years, the total economic contribution is £40 billion.
Doncaster franchisee, Mark Clapham began his McDonald’s career over 25 years ago and now runs five restaurants across Doncaster. His restaurants contribute £4 million to the local economy and he employs over 300 people.
He said: “ As a local businessman in Doncaster it’s important for me to be able to invest in the area and provide a significant number of jobs to local people.
“I am firm a believer that you need to be part of a community to be successful in that community, and I am passionate about giving young people the chance to get workplace experience.
“We have a fantastic education programme in place, meaning that all of my people from a crew member starting out in their first job, to a restaurant manager has the chance to learn whilst they earn. My ambition is to continue the great work that my teams are already doing including tackling litter across Doncaster.”
Toni Marshall, 35, currently works as a People Manager for all the restaurants across Doncaster. She said: “I originally began working at McDonald’s as both my sister and brother were working for the company and thoroughly loved their jobs. I am a real people person so my current role, helping recruit and train the teams across Doncaster, is perfect for me.
“As a single mother the flexibility that the job offers me is hugely beneficial. It means I can balance my busy home life with a job I love.”
Jill McDonald, North West Division President and Chief Executive Officer, McDonald’s UK, said: “To mark our 40 years in the UK we wanted to take a close look at our economic and community impact, from the jobs we have created to the world leading supply chain we have built. I’m incredibly proud of the investments we have been able to make and how our franchisees and employees are at the heart of hundreds of communities across the UK.
“By taking a responsible and long-term approach we have been able to support jobs for local people and create opportunities for UK-based businesses. Our continued growth will enable us to further expand our workforce with 8000 new jobs created over the next three years, and in many cases give thousands of young people a valuable opportunity to start building their careers.
“The foundations we have laid will help us make the right decisions for the future whether it’s continuing to invest in the customer experience, leading the way on support for British Farming, or employing and training even more people.”
Today, McDonald’s offers all its employees access to nationally-recognised qualifications as a benefit of working for the company. Employees have the opportunity to gain a range of nationally-recognised qualifications from adult certificates in Maths and English to apprenticeships and a Foundation Degree for restaurant managers.