McDonald's is one of the world’s most widely recognisable mega-brands and most popular fast food franchise
Food & Drink, Fast Food, Restaurant, Take-away, Retail
£ 40,000 - £ 80,000
McDonald’s UK is part of one of the most well-known brands in the world, and globally, one of the most successful and visible franchises around.
With over 35,000 restaurants in over 100 countries, the iconic brand is instantly recognisable, and highly valued and respected among customers of all backgrounds.
The company began franchising in the UK in 1974, with over 1,200 restaurants now in operation across the country. While the McDonald’s brand is highly selective in taking on new franchisees, for those that make the grade, it can be a fantastic opportunity to run your own business.
The headquarters for the McDonalds UK franchise is located in London.
Depending on the size and location of the franchise, you will typically need to invest between £400,000 to £800,000. You will also need to pay £750 towards your training programme, with a refundable £5,000 deposit.
Once you have established your franchise, you will need to pay monthly fees and service fees for use of the brand and its system. Monthly rent fees are calculated based on sales and profitability, and average between 10 per cent to 18 per cent. A service fee of 5 per cent of your sales is also charged.
You will also have to contribute to their national marketing costs – this is charged at 4.5 per cent of sales.
As the franchise requires a significant investment, McDonald’s franchisees would be expected to commit to working in the business full time, and agree to divest yourself from any other business interests during the 20-year term of the lease.
There are a select number of franchise territories available across the country - get in touch with the McDonald’s franchise team by clicking the enquiry button now.
It is possible to get funding support from McDonalds UK’s own banking partners, however, you will need to have at least £110,000 in capital available to invest.
You do not need previous restaurant experience before starting a franchise with McDonald’s UK, but you should have an excellent track record of either running a business, or managing a team successfully. As you will be involved closely in running the business, you should be committed to working alongside your team, and be able to motivate, inspire and lead them with confidence.
McDonald’s UK provides all of its franchisees with an extensive nine-month training programme, which covers all aspects of running the business in depth. Franchisees should be aware that the cost of training is additional to the main franchise fee, and the nine-month programme is unpaid, so they should have the funds available to support themselves during this period.
The McDonald’s franchisee training includes both practical on-site training and classroom study, and will help you understand all aspects of running a QSR business, as well as a detailed insight into the brand’s own operational values and principles.
Once training is complete, the business team is always on-hand with regular support for franchisees, to answer queries, help resolve any issues, and ensure you can continue growing your business to its fullest potential. You will also have input from a regular franchisee consultant throughout the different stages of your business – providing a familiar face who is on hand to guide you in all aspects of the role.
Working with McDonald’s UK as a franchise owner can be a fantastic opportunity to start a successful business, as it gives you the chance to be a part of a world-renowned and globally-recognised brand. While profits can vary according to the level of experience, size of the restaurant and many other factors, existing McDonald’s franchisees have found the business to be a financially and personally rewarding one.
Who can I contact to find out more about starting McDonald’s franchise, or finding a McDonald’s franchise for sale near me?
The best way to contact McDonald’s UK to find out more information about starting a franchise is through the online enquiry form found on this page.
The process for becoming a franchisee with McDonald’s can be a complex and lengthy one, as they aim to take on only the right candidates for the opportunity. Only a handful of new franchises are offered each year, and candidates will need to be prepared to go through several stages.
To begin, you can first make an application online with the company – before doing so, please check all the information that is required and make sure that you have all your correct details to complete the form. After this is submitted, McDonald’s UK will carry out a security check to verify your details.
If your initial application is successful, you will then be invited to a preliminary interview, which allows you to find out more about the franchise opportunity, and for the company to assess your suitability. You will also have a chance to spend some hands-on time in an existing franchise, with five days alongside a business manager. Not only is this a great insight into how the business operates and speak to existing franchisees about their experience – it is also an important part of the selection process, and a chance to make a great impression on them.
If you have been successful, you will then be invited to a second interview, and a panel interview to review your application. If you are then offered a franchise opportunity, you can begin your training and complete the franchise agreement.
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