McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd

Established Member
– Joined 1997

McDonald’s is proud to be one of the most recognised brands in the world, with restaurants in over 100 countries and serving billions of customers each year. As the global leader in the food and service industry, we have a legacy of innovation and hard work that continues to drive us not just on a global level, but also here locally within the UK and Ireland.

Our Franchisees

We are proud to work with our dedicated Franchisees, who make up 90% of restaurant ownership in the UK and Ireland.  Their passion for people, ability to adapt in diverse, fast paced environments and love for delivering quality food day-in-day-out is what sets our Franchisees apart from other business owners.

We are always looking for new Franchisees from a variety of backgrounds to join the McDonald’s family, with a long-term commitment to run successful businesses. We understand career changes can be both an exciting and daunting prospect, which is why we offer comprehensive support and training for our successful applicants, in order to assist them on their new business journey.

What do I need to know?

There is important information for you to take on board before applying to become a McDonald’s Franchisee. We encourage anyone who is interested, to look at the resources available on our website to understand more about the role, the financial commitment involved and whether this fits with your long-term aspirations of running your own business. You will also have the opportunity to read about our existing Franchisees, their stories and experiences.

We run various Franchising Events throughout the year, which you can register your interest for on our website here. These provide valuable industry insights and allow you to ask any questions you may have with respect to Franchising at McDonald’s.  Our events page also provides you with an easy link to submit your application to become a McDonald’s Franchisee.

Celebration and Innovation

McDonald’s loves to be ahead of the game with innovation in business and supporting Franchisees throughout this process. It is for this reason we are very proud of the milestones we have achieved over the last five years, which includes industry recognition from the British Franchise Association (BFA) for the following awards:

  • 2019 – Award for Leadership and Culture
  • 2018 – Franchisor of the Year Award
  • 2017 – Franchise Support Award
  • 2016 – Innovation Award

For more information on joining the McDonald’s family as a Franchisee, please visit our website here.

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.

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

Key Information

Start-Up Cost:


Franchise Type:

Premises based

Sector Type:

Food & Drink

Investment Type:

Investment Franchise



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