Hear what it’s like to be a Franchisee, from the individuals that know best.
We do so much within our local community; this could be anything from litter-picks to fundraising for local charities. We do a lot with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) and we've recently committed to sponsoring a room in the RMHC House at Birmingham children's hospital.
For the short period of time I've been a McDonald's Franchisee we'e grown our town centre business and opened a new drive-thru restaurant. I've also worked with the local community up here to get people into employment and to support some of their community projects for people locally.
There is a big emphasis on building trust between McDonald's and the local community. During my training programme I have been involved in RMHC fundraisers, Love Where You Live anti-litter campaigns and sponsoring local football teams.
It's really important to be part of the community; I live there, my crew live there and all of our customers live there, so being able to give back is a great thing.
I like McDonald's values, tenacity, and vision. McDonald's has given me the opportunity to be part of a global industry leader, but at the same time make an impact at a local level, contributing towards the communities I serve - this was a huge appeal for me.
Working a corporate, 9 to 5 job, it's difficult to shape your own schedule. You can't just get out or, if travelling abroad, come home. I've missed school plays. Sports days. Something had to change. As a Franchisee, I can now make time for my family in the way I couldn't as an employee in the corporate world.
You need to be prepared to work very hard. My restaurants are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and typically we are busy when other people are on holiday. So socially, it can be a constraint. Having said that the rewards you get and the success of your people is fantastic.