McDonald’s is a quick service restaurant company, serving over 37,000 restaurants serve 70 million people across the globe, every single day. In the UK & Ireland alone we serve 3.6 million customers at over 1,300 restaurants daily. The Golden Arches are universally recognised the world over.
It’s a tried and tested model: you can be part of our recognised brand, and we have smart, passionate people just like you by our side, helping to build McDonald’s business.
We’re always looking for hands-on, ambitious people who are ready to make a long-term commitment to our business. As a franchisee, you’ll need to make a significant up-front financial investment, which means having at least £100,000 in unencumbered funds. You’ll also be ready to lead from the front and work within our framework to give yourself the greatest chance of success.
A franchise at McDonald’s is an appealing investment, but it’s also a big ask. We look for dedicated individuals who are willing to work hard and we have a rigorous selection process to ensure we choose the right people. If you’re up to the challenge, the rewards can be worth it – the typical* annual cash flow after the first year is between £100,000 – £550,000.
Before we accept an application, we’ll want you to understand exactly what we offer. To that end, we host insight days for potential franchisees at locations all over the UK. Please visit our website to register your interest.
We also attend exhibitions and industry events to give you the chance to meet our people and hear about what being part of the McDonald’s story has meant to them.
The time taken to select a Registered Applicant (a franchisee in training) varies considerably. The speed of the process depends on both your availability and that of our Operations and Senior Management Team. While it’s an extensive selection process, we work hard to be as transparent as possible to ensure we make the right decision for both of us.
Add a minimum of 26 weeks training and handover of the restaurant and you can see why we only want to hear from people who share our passion, dedication and long-term goals.
New for 2019 we’ve introduced an educational bursary which will be accessible to all franchisees in training.
We are very proud to be the current bfa/HSBC Franchisor of the year
When it comes to training and support, our franchisees receive some of the best in the industry. That’s because we believe that our success starts with yours. So you can look forward to support from a Franchisee Consultant as soon as you start your training programme. They’ll help you to optimise sales and profitability while keeping quality, service and cleanliness standards high.
In 2017 we were awarded the bfa/HSBC award for Franchise Support
Franchisee Consultants usually work with four franchisees in total and have many years of experience in our industry. Their operational knowledge is second to none. They really know our business, inside out, from the top down.
And because they’ve run restaurants they know how to get the best out of a restaurant team
Kate Walker had never worked for McDonald's before she secured her franchise in 2004 at Bellshill near Glasgow. She and her husband, who helps to run her franchise, did have plenty of business experience - in advertising and utility cost management.
Kate feels the big advantage she had was seeing the business from a consumer's point of view. She's a mum with three kids, so she had visited McDonald's plenty of times. "There's always a danger that you get caught up in the processes and overlook the effect on the customer," she says. "I think I'm less likely to do that."
As a result, sales have gone up substantially ahead of the market and employee motivation is high, with a lot of staff wanting to take training courses and progress up the career ladder. "People development is really important in this business," says Kate. "Instilling pride in what you do so that people take responsibility for their role - that's absolutely key."
I could see the opportunities within the company when I was doing my A-levels and decided to stay on.
A part-time job at McDonald's turned into a career for Grant Copper, who dreamed of being master of his own destiny. "I could see the opportunities within the Company when I was doing my A-levels and decided to stay on," said Grant, who is a franchisee of restaurants in the south.
Before he moved into self-employment, Grant held several positions with McDonald's, including running Company-owned restaurants and a two-year stint in Slovenia as a project manager, growing the number of restaurants there from two to nine.
In June 2002 Grant became a McDonald's franchisee. "It felt very different operating my own restaurant - it was stuff like writing your own cheques and making decisions that directly impact your business," said Grant.
People were happy to give their money to McDonald's to forward to this appeal, which I think demonstrates a great deal of trust in the Company. Getting involved with the community.
Zulfikar Somji believes working with the community and building local contacts makes a winning difference to McDonald's image. McDonald's 'Just Bin It' litter-busting campaign had been a part of his community activity calendar for four years before he won the national 'Just Bin It' title. He won the prize for the many links he forged with local councillors, editors and community partnerships.
But what stands out for Zulfikar are the links with the local schools, and the sense of pride his management and staff get from what they have achieved within the local community. He and his managers get involved with education at many levels, talking to business students about franchising and self-employment, and helping with interview techniques. They also volunteer as reading partners for local children with reading difficulties. Their award from the local borough for their commitment to Work Related Learning takes pride of place in the restaurant.
In a community with many friends and family affected by the Asian tsunami, Zulfikar's Forest Gate restaurant in east London quickly became a focal point for fundraising efforts. Says Zulfikar: "People were happy to give their money to McDonald's to forward to this appeal, which I think demonstrates a great deal of trust in the Company."
You really do have an effect. You're involved all the way, from coming up with ideas, to approving campaigns and budgets.
Paul Crocker had run a number of successful petrol station businesses before taking on a McDonald's franchise in 1995. He now operates five restaurants in Kent with the help of his wife. He has consistently outperformed the national average for sales growth.
"The secret," says Paul, "is a combination of fine tuning operational performance and enticing new customers into the restaurant." He does this by getting out into the community, and seizing every opportunity there is to sponsor events and distribute vouchers so that people have an incentive to visit.
"McDonald's is great if you're competitive," Paul adds. "There are lots of measures to show you how you're performing regionally and nationally - as well as your own figures for last week and last year. I just like to beat targets. It gives me a buzz."
Paul was on the McMarCo committee for several years. It's made up of franchisees and senior people from Head Office who jointly decide the Company's marketing activity and spend for the following year. "It's amazing the influence you, just one individual, can have on the decisions of a big company," says Paul. "You really do have an effect. You're involved all the way, from coming up with ideas, to approving campaigns and budgets."