McDonald’s contributes £10.6 million a year to the Tower Hamlets economy


An independent economic report commissioned by McDonald’s to mark its 40th anniversary in the UK, reveals the business and its suppliers make a combined annual contribution of £10.6 million to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets’ economy.

McDonald’s opened its first Tower Hamlets-based restaurant in 1985. There are now five restaurants in the area, employing more than 500 people.

Local McDonald’s franchisee, in Tower Hamlets, Tariq Hussain, took over his first McDonald’s restaurant in Tower Hamlets 9 years ago. He said: “These financial contributions we have made is just one part of us giving back to the local community. I believe that every business has a duty to give back to the communities that they trade in, which is why my restaurants and I do the most we can for the local area and community. Some of the ways we give back to the community is by having the three minimum litter patrols, which we conduct every single day in every single restaurant. On top of this we hold our quarterly and annual litter pick events where we alongside the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, clean up and make good any areas within the community that need our help and support.”

Jill McDonald, North West Division President and Chief Executive Officer, McDonald’s UK, said: “To mark our 40 years in the UK we wanted to take a close look at our economic and community impact, from the jobs we have created to the world leading supply chain we have built. I’m incredibly proud of the investments we have been able to make and how our franchisees and employees are at the heart of hundreds of communities across the UK.”

“By taking a responsible and long-term approach we have been able to support jobs for local people and create opportunities for UK-based businesses. Our continued growth will enable us to further expand our workforce with 8000 new jobs created over the next three years, and in many cases give thousands of young people a valuable opportunity to start building their careers.”

“The foundations we have laid will help us make the right decisions for the future whether it’s continuing to invest in the customer experience, leading the way on support for British Farming, or employing and training even more people.”

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