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In September 2019, McDonald’s celebrated 54 consecutive quarters of growth in the UK and Ireland. Hungry for more growth, and with significant franchising opportunities up and down the UK and Ireland, McDonald’s provides an appetising opportunity for the right people to operate their own business supported by one of the world’s most iconic brands.

The business has evolved significantly in recent years, including the rollout of its ‘Experience of the Future’ restaurant modernisation programme. The focus on innovation and investment in tech is evident in the restaurants, whether via self-order screens, in-restaurant table service, or the mobile ordering click-and-collect service. Alternatively, customers can order using McDelivery via Uber Eats. McDonald’s continues to innovate in this area, to ensure it is upgrading the customer experience and offering convenience.

Much of the business’s success is down to the hard work of franchisees, the people who believe in the brand enough to take on their own slice of it. McDonald’s goal is to work closely with its franchisees, and in 2019 it was recognised with the bfa HSBC award for Leadership and Culture.

With over 30 years of franchising experience in the UK, and with just over 90 per cent of the UK network operated by franchisees, McDonald’s knows a thing or two about franchising. Its franchisees come from diverse backgrounds, but have in common a drive and passion for the brand and its people. Becoming a McDonald’s franchisee gives you the opportunity to start your own business, and for those with the ambition, commitment and talent to make it work, owning a franchise is the perfect way to be your own boss while avoiding many of the risks associated with starting a business.

Being a McDonald’s franchisee is a 20-year commitment, which is one of the reasons the business is so selective about its franchisee recruitment – McDonald’s wants to work with the right people. Running a successful restaurant business demands a particular set of skills, and while you don’t need experience in the food industry, it’s important to have the ability, passion and determination to lead your business and your team from the front. As a franchisee, you’re building your own business – and taking McDonald’s to a whole new level.

In 2019, McDonald’s introduced an educational bursary programme to help sustain prospective franchisees during the restaurant training programme which is currently a minimum of 16 weeks, followed by a business immersion and handover process.

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