This brand new McDonald’s has opened offering table service

February 17, 2019

A new McDonald’s franchise has opened in Walsall creating 110 new jobs.

The two-storey fast-food restaurant is loaded with new technology including self-order kiosks, table service and the chance to order on your phone then ‘click and collect’ from store.

Local franchisee Doug Wright is the owner of the new Black Country chain which officially opened at the Littleton Centre on Wednesday, January 6.

The launch is part of a re-generation of the area which also includes a new Travelodge.

Mr Wright, said: “We’re thrilled to be bringing a brand-new restaurant to Walsall. It’s fantastic to be able to offer more jobs within the local area with great training opportunities for everyone.

“I’m proud to employ a great range of people, from students, to graduates, to those looking after a family or interested in a change of career, my business employs people with a variety of demands on their time and with differing family or study commitments.

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“What’s more, the new digital kiosks and table service have been designed to make our customers’ experience as positive as possible and we hope to see a fantastic response to these features.

We are very excited to open our doors to customers and we look forward to seeing customers and staff embracing the new features in this busy part of the town”.

There are still jobs available at the Walsall McDonald’s , more information can be found on the recruitment team’s website.

Source: Birmingham Mail

McDonald’s adds bacon to the Big Mac for first time in UK history

January 28, 2019

McDonald’s will add bacon to its famous Big Mac burger recipe for the first time ever in the UK.

Until now, the brand’s star sandwich has consisted of two beef patties, Big Mac sauce, lettuce, a slice of cheese, pickles and onions.

This is the first time since the Big Mac was launched in the UK in 1968 that the fast food chain has changed its statement recipe.

Thanks to popular demand, the fast food giant is also bringing back two more burgers – the Grand Big Mac and the Mac Junior – with added bacon.

The Big Mac variants were originally released as part of a limited-edition offer by the fast food chain when it celebrated the Big Mac’s 50th birthday last year.

So, how much will these bacon-filled burgers set you back?

The Big Mac with bacon costs £3.09 and will include two slices of streaky bacon (the original Big Mac without bacon is still available).

As you might have guessed, the Grand Big Mac is a bigger version of the Big Mac.

It consists of sesame topped buns, two beef patties, two slices of cheese, lettuce, onions, Big Mac sauce and bacon and costs £4.08.

Meanwhile, the Mac Junior is a small version of the Big Mac and is made up of just one beef patty, a slice of cheese, lettuce, onion, pickles and Big Mac sauce, sandwiched together in a sesame topped bun. It is priced at £2.29.

The bacon-filled Big Mac, Grand Mac and the Mac Junior will only be available in restaurants nationwide until 19 March, so you’ll want to get your greasy mitts on the limited-edition burgers pronto.

Michelle Graham-Clare, head of marketing at McDonald’s UK & Ireland, said: “The customer reaction to our Grand Big Mac and Mac Jr last year was phenomenal, the love for the iconic Big Mac surpassed all expectations.

“Which is why I am delighted to introduce bacon to the Big Mac range, a twist on a classic.”

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On 29 January, participating McDonald’s restaurants in US will also offer customers free bacon in a launch dubbed “Bacon Hour”.

Diners will be able to add bacon, without charge, on the side with any menu item for one full hour from 4-5pm, local time.

The Big Mac was created by Jim Delligatti, a Pennsylvania McDonald’s franchise owner, who wanted to create a hamburger big enough to feed hungry steel workers who arrived at his restaurant after work.

Delligatti came up with the burger – that included two beef patties – and served it for the first time in his Uniontown, Pennsylvania, McDonald’s in 1967.

In 1968, the new burger was introduced to McDonald’s throughout the United States and went on to be known as the Big Mac.

News of McDonald’s adding bacon to its Big Macs comes a week after the good chain offered its customers free cheeseburgers for Blue Monday.

Source: Independent

McDonald’s criticised for not paying UK staff extra on Christmas Day

December 28, 2018

McDonald’s has been criticised by pay campaigners for its policy not to give staff more money for working on Christmas Day.

McDonald’s UK does not have a standard hourly wage for staff, with hourly pay ranging between £5.50 and £10 an hour depending on age and experience.

The fast food chain said there is no pay enhancement for employees who work on a bank holiday or Sundays, and that this policy also applies to staff working on Christmas Day.

A spokesman said: “Very few of our restaurants are actually open on Christmas Day, and we do not change our rate of pay.”

There are 1,261 McDonalds branches in the UK, and up to 100 will stay open on Christmas Day. These include branches in Haringey, north London; Small Heath, Birmingham; and Dunstable, Bedfordshire. Matthew Bolton, executive director of Citizens UK, which campaigns for higher wages, said: “It is disappointing that a global food chain that makes billions a year can’t find the extra money for the Christmas Day shift.”

How McDonald’s compares to other restaurants McDonald’s Christmas Day pay policy contrasts starkly with the policies of several other major high-street fast food chains.

A spokesman for Pret A Manger said that, while the majority of its outlets will be closed on Christmas Day, staff will be paid double if they do work. Workers at pub chain JD Wetherspoon will also receive double pay, while staff at the Slug and Lettuce pub chain will be paid time-and-a-half.

There is no legal requirement for UK workers to receive extra pay on bank holidays, and therefore UK workers are not entitled to receive a bonus for working on Christmas Day.

The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union, which represents workers in the fast food industry and argues all workers should be paid double on Christmas Day, said: “Global corporations like McDonalds who pay no extra for bank holidays or anti-social hours should recognise the sacrifices that their workers are making.”

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Rights: Bank Holiday pay While there is no legal requirement for companies to pay staff extra for working a Bank Holiday, workers do have some rights when it comes to negotiating their pay.

The job advice organisation Work-Smart – backed by the TUC – says any extra payment is up to your employer, and must state this in your contract when you agree to take the job.

“If your employer has regularly offered you double pay in the past, such that it has become ‘custom and practice’, and they are now refusing to honour that norm, it could count as a breach of contract,” it said.

If you suspect a breach, WorkSmart recommends consulting your union representative or seeking legal advice. McDonald’s rival, Burger King, did not comment on its Christmas Day pay policy while coffee giants Starbucks and Costa did not respond to requests for comment.

KFC, Nando’s and Caffè Nero do not open any of their UK branches on Christmas Day. McDonald’s UK operates on a franchise model, meaning most of its branches are run by independent owners. A restaurants costs between £400,000 and £800,000 to buy.

Source: iNews

5 famous franchises shutting down all over the world

November 20, 2018

From fast food to fast fashion, franchises have always been a cash cow. Whether it’s Bulgari or Burger King, brands have helped defined the way we live our lives. However, it’s not an easy time some of the biggest brands around the world.

Before you dream up your business idea to make you the next king (or queen) of the franchise game, consider why some of these popular franchises are shutting down stores.

Famous Brands in South Africa

Wimpy lovers might be shaking in their boots following the news of Famous Brands closing some of its outlets around the world. Earlier this year, BusinessLIVE reported that the conglomerate – parent to SA brands such as Debonairs, Steers and Tashas – was closing dozens of outlets in Britain and elsewhere in Africa and in the Middle East.

KFC in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean news website Pindula recently reported that some KFC stores would shut in that country due to economic pressures. A notice issued by one of the outlets explained that because it could no longer buy chickens from the US, it was unable to run its business.

Capcom in Canada    

Gaming giant Capcom expects to report a loss of more than $40m after it closed one of its offices in Vancouver. According to US gaming news website Polygon, the move comes after the Vancouver team created only one mobile game, Puzzle Fighter, but the app did not perform well and was shut down only months after its release. One of Capcom’s biggest franchises is Dead Rising, for which a sequel is in the works.

McDonald’s in Vietnam

It has a mass following worldwide with more than 36,000 stores in 100-plus nations, but the one place McDonald’s just can’t seem to penetrate is Vietnam. In a CNBC news report, consumers said they remained loyal to street vendors’ affordable sandwiches. According to CNBC, McDonald’s had planned to launch 100 stores in that country within a decade after 2014. However, it has opened only 17 so far.

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Toys R Us franchises in the UK and the US

The closure of toy shop Reggies broke hearts in SA, but more tears may flow as Toys R Us may be no more too. The franchise filed for bankruptcy last year, facing debt of $6.6m, and is expected to sell or shut down all of its stores in the US. In the UK, the closure of 100 stories will leave 3,000 workers without jobs. Stores in France, Australia, Spain and Poland are set to go into liquidation.

Source: Sowetan Live

New McDonald’s to open in Port Glasgow creating 100 new jobs as seven other Scots branches get high-tech £4m makeover

October 16, 2018

A NEW McDonald’s is to open in Port Glasgow and create around 100 new jobs.

Seven other central-belt branches of the popular burger chain are also earmarked for a major face-lift as part of a massive £4m makeover.

Steve Tomlin runs the  popular franchise is expanding across the central belt.

Restaurants in Clydebank, Balloch, Anniesland in Glasgow, and Greenock are all being revamped with updates to their technology.

This includes touchscreens, self-order machines and other updates that have been added under the brand’s new enhanced customer experience.

The restaurants will also have improved kitchen layouts and a larger menu range introduced over the course of the next few years.

The expansion and improvements programme follows the opening of a new McDonald’s at the Great Western Road Retail Park on the A82 last year which created 90 new jobs.

Branches are set for a makeover

Branches are set for a makeover

Leven Vale Restaurants, a successful Clydebank-based franchise business run by Steve Tomlin, has secured nearly £4m of funding from HSBC to improve its McDonald’s restaurants.

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The deal will see the new restaurant open in Port Glasgow at the end of October and the refurbishment of several other diners.

Grant Bett, Relationship Director at HSBC in Scotland, said: “Steve has exciting plans for his business as he looks to add to his portfolio and improve the restaurants he currently has, to the benefit of the local economies.

“We’re thrilled to be able to support this growth through a loan and debt refinance package and look forward to seeing where it helps take the business next.”

Steve Tomlin added: “The package HSBC put together was fantastic.

“It was more than just financial support, they offered well-being seminars for staff and group meetings throughout the process.

“The ambition of the bank overall matched our own and we’re thrilled with the support we’ve had from Grant and his team to date.”

Source: The Scottish Sun

McDonald’s and Costa Coffee shortlisted for the British Franchise Association awards

June 28, 2018

McDonald’s and Costa Coffee are among the finalists involved in the annual British Franchise Association (bfa) HSBC Awards.

The HSBC Franchise Awards acknowledge franchisees who show ‘outstanding business acumen, innovation and achievement’, with the finals being held today (28 June) in Birmingham.

Global fast food chain McDonald’s and coffee chain Costa are both in the running for the same title, Franchisor of the Year, as well as three other companies. McDonald’s has franchised in the UK and Ireland for over 30 years, recruiting 20 new franchisees from over 650 applicants within three years.

The bfa notes that McDonald’s has a strong engagement with each of its franchisees, organising meetings to pinpoint its priorities, while Costa Coffee has been successful in growth and innovation.

Costa opened its 1,000th franchise-owned store with one of its first franchisee partners and has introduced online tools, brand standards, store design innovation and more to assist its partners.

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Costa Coffee director of partnerships Jim Attwood said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the bfa Franchisor of the Year Award, which recognises above all, the contribution all our franchise partners, who have helped to build one of the UK’s most successful consumer brands and franchise networks.”

McDonald’s has seen 48 quarters of growth in a row, with 85% of its new restaurants being franchised to its existing partners.

McDonald’s head of franchising and field services Abel Campos said: “We are honoured to be shortlisted for the bfa’s Franchisor of The Year Award. We take great pride in the close working relationships we have developed with our franchisees and are delighted to receive recognition for this approach.”

Shortlisted for the Brand Awareness category is Riverford Organic Farmers, an organic vegetable box scheme delivering 50,000 orders every week.

Andrew Brattesani, the UK head of franchising for award sponsor HSBC said: “Franchise businesses are often the hidden engine of business growth in the UK and it is essential to highlight the important contribution both large and small businesses make to our economy.

“It is also important to showcase to people that they can run their own businesses and if you don’t want to go it alone, or haven’t got a strong business idea of your own, you can still be successful and become your own boss.”

Source: Verdict Food Service