Becoming a Franchisee is a long-term commitment. Which is why it’s beneficial that the application journey is a thorough and carefully thought-out process. The application process will move at a pace which is right for you, so take your time reviewing the resources below. Attending a Franchising Event or viewing our Webcast is not a prerequisite to complete your application, but highly recommended to assist you throughout this process.

If successful, you’ll then undertake an immersive training programme, to help you prepare to become a Franchisee.


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Upcoming Franchising Events

  Virtual Exhibitions 2020

Virtual Exhibitions are a great way to explore new opportunities in franchising, without the difficulties surrounding travel and social distancing, all within the convenience of your own home or office.

McDonald’s are delighted to be a part of the National Franchise Exhibition and the Women in Business Exhibition for 2020.

To find out more and to register for these Virtual Exhibitions, click the links below.

  Virtual National Franchise Exhibition

At this event, you will be able to visit the McDonald’s virtual stand, have access to useful resources and be able to chat with the recruitment team and business representatives, whilst having the opportunity to meet our guest Franchisees.

Our Franchisees will be available for Q&A at the following times. To register for this two-day event, please click below.

2 October 2020 Virtual Exhibition 10:45 am – 11:15 am REGISTER
3 October 2020 Virtual Exhibition 11:15 am – 11:45 am  REGISTER
  Women in Business Virtual Exhibition

At this event, you will have the opportunity to hear from a wide range of amazing guest speakers, including our very own Jane Blackwell and Shafali Shown-Keen, who will be sharing their journey with McDonald’s.

This is a great opportunity for women interested in pursuing new business opportunities in franchising, whilst covering topic areas such as imposter syndrome, community/family life balance and the pursuit of business goals. 

Our Franchisees will be sharing their stories and be available for Q&A at the following times. To register for this two-day event, please click register below.


14 October 2020 Jane Blackwell 10:40 am – 11:10 am REGISTER
15 October 2020 Shafali Shown-Keen 10:40 am – 11:10 am REGISTER
  McDonald’s Webinars 2020
  A Webinar is a great way to discover more about our culture and the attributes you will need to become a McDonald’s Franchisee. In the sessions below, you will have the opportunity to hear from company representatives about how the Franchising model operates, listen to current Franchisees sharing their experiences, meet our banking partners and ask any questions you might have before submitting an Application. 
24th September  Webinar 10.00 am - 11.30 am FULL
6th October  Webinar 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm REGISTER
24th October  Webinar 8:30 am - 10:00 am REGISTER

If you are unable to attend one of the sessions, we have a Webcast option available too which contains essential information you should know before submitting an Application. To watch the Webcast click here.

Please note: the Webcast does not contain content from our existing Franchisees and banking partners.

If you have any further questions, please email us at:




Application process - 3 to 6 months


Make an application


Are you ready? Making an Application to become a McDonald’s Franchisee is an exciting journey to take, so please make sure you have viewed the information available at our Franchising Events to ensure you put everything we need to know about you as an eligible candidate.

We look forward to receiving your Application.


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First Interview


This is our chance to get to know each other better and discover why you think you’d be a great Franchisee and a good fit for McDonald’s. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask us a few questions too.


Restaurant Experience


This stage of the process will see you spend five days in a restaurant. It’s a fantastic chance for you to see how restaurants operate and start thinking about how you might run yours. You’ll get to see our operating systems, and have the chance to engage with an established team.


Second Interview


We’ll further explore your suitability to be a Franchisee in this interview with the McDonald’s Regional VP and Head of Franchising. You’ll also be asked about your experience at the 5 day restaurant experience and have the chance to ask questions


Panel Interview


A panel interview will be held following a successful second interview.


At this stage, you’ll have a final interview with three senior Vice Presidents from the company.

Next steps - Full-time training




Following a successful panel interview you’re now ready to start training. You’ll be given enough time and notice before you start. We will work round your availability but the training will require your dedication and commitment. The training combines theory and practice, giving you both practical restaurant experience and classroom learning for a minimum of 26 weeks, followed by a business immersion and handover process.
We have also introduced an educational bursary to help you financially during your training period.




The restaurant offer


During your training you may be presented with an offer to purchase the right to run a restaurant. If you accept, we’ll start the handover process.


The handover


The big day. You’ll receive the keys and the day-to-day running of the restaurant is over to you – but you won’t be left to go it alone. Our Franchisee Consultant will be on hand to give you expert advice and look to support you as you transition into the restaurant.


Ready to apply

Take your first step towards becoming a Franchise with McDonald's.

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