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Franchise Focus


I am a franchisee & this is my McDonald’s


Make the life-changing decision to become a McDonald’s franchisee INVESTMENT LEVEL: FROM £150,000*


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eing a McDonald’s franchisee means being part of one of the world’s biggest brands. It means the freedom to operate your own business


and reap the rewards, with the support of McDonald’s behind you. You’re working for yourself, but not by yourself. You need well-developed business acumen to succeed, which is why so many franchisees are able to demonstrate strong track records of success in their previous careers. So what does it feel like to swap the corporate life for a franchise? Two McDonald’s franchisees tell their stories. “McDonald’s support you all the


way,” says Taimoor Sheikh, who started operating a McDonald’s restaurant seven years ago and now operates four franchises in South East London. “The training is exceptional, so by the time you start operating your fi rst restaurant, you’re equipped with the right skills to stand on your own two feet. Plus there are so many resources to draw on, such as the national marketing campaigns and working with a franchisee consultant who has vast experience of running restaurants. You can bounce ideas off them, get


their input on new


promotional activities and make full use of their experience. McDonald’s is a great business to work with.”


Taimoor’s career journey originally took a very diff erent direction to what he does now. “Initially I went into fi nancial services, working for a stockbroking fi rm. I like a fast-paced work environment. “But when I read about McDonald’s, I became intrigued by the global brand. I always knew how good the McDonald’s franchising model was, and so I achieved a long-held ambition when I took on my fi rst restaurant.”


“I’d achieved most of my goals, I wanted something new... I also realised that becoming a franchisee would offer me a better work-life balance.”


“Running a franchise really is all about people. Being responsible for a large labour force means you get to see your people develop and grow. That means everyone from local school leavers in their fi rst jobs to helping people back into work who never thought they could succeed. You give them a chance. You’re giving local people an opportunity.”


“The beauty of the McDonald’s franchising model is that you can operate your own business, but with the support of a global brand,” says Dave Padmore, who has been a franchisee for 10 years and runs seven stores in East Sussex. He came to franchising after a long and very successful career in the McDonald’s UK business. “I’d achieved most of my goals and I wanted something new, something fresh. I also realised that becoming a franchisee would off er me a better work-life balance. All the stores I operate are close to each other, so I’m not travelling all over the country anymore.”


What does it take to be a franchisee?


“It’s all about your mindset. You need to be a self-starter, fully committed, and have a willingness to learn from the bottom up. Not just the management side, everything from the processes in the kitchen to recruiting and retaining excellent people – I have a team of 650 across the restaurants I operate. “You also need to be ready to take part in your local community. For example, I was chair of town centre management for around four years, and a governor of Bexhill College for eight years. “As a franchisee, I have a truly collaborative relationship with McDonald’s. They’ve helped me to achieve both personal and business goals. With such a strong support framework, I feel that McDonald’s off ers one of the best franchising opportunities out there.”


What’s your McDonald’s? As a McDonald’s franchisee, you’re in charge of your own business. So whether it’s building your business by delivering an excellent customer experience, or investing in your people and the community, your McDonald’s story will be entirely what you make it.


McDonald’s Quick service restaurant


www.mcdonalds.co.uk/franchising Taimoor Sheikh Dave Padmore June 2016 | BusinessFranchise.com | 73


*of which 25 per cent must be in unencumbered funds.


Investment:£100k+


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