Popular fast-food giant's contribution to Wigan's economy revealed in report

McDonald's franchisee Craig Renilson doing a community litter pick
McDonald's franchisee Craig Renilson doing a community litter pick

An independent economic report commissioned by McDonald’s to mark 45 years of operating in the UK, reveals the business and its suppliers have made a combined contribution of £13 million annually to the Wigan area.

Despite numerous high-street businesses in decline across the UK, McDonald’s continues to invest in and grow both its High Street and Drive-Thru operations, many of which are located in town centre locations.

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Without including its supply chain, in 2017 alone, McDonald’s directly generated more than £11m in the town, employing 767.

The ‘Serving the UK: McDonald’s at 45’, was researched by Development Economics to understand the value McDonald’s has made to the UK economy, local communities, its employees, customers and suppliers since it first started operating in the UK.

The new report builds on the economic data McDonald’s published five years ago to mark its 40th anniversary in the UK.

The report looks at McDonald’s significant contribution to UK’s cities, through jobs created in restaurants and the wider economic impact through its supply chain. The study details the many changes the business has undergone to meet customer needs and the key challenges it faces as it heads towards its 50th year in 2024.

Local franchisee, Craig Renilson, runs and operates three restaurants in Wigan.

He said: “Creating and sustaining jobs across Wigan is of huge importance to me, and the fact that we have been able to make a significant financial contribution to the area is something my team and I are very proud of.

“We employ people based on their qualities not their qualifications but, as the worlds of business and education move closer, there’s no longer a need to decide between learning and earning.

“We employ people based on their qualities not their qualifications but, as the worlds of business and education move closer, there’s no longer a need to decide between learning and earning.

“We know that people take a job with McDonald’s for all sorts of reasons, from wanting to earn some extra cash while studying at colleges, to needing a flexible job that fits around childcare. That’s why it’s so important to us that we offer our employees flexible working options.”

Most recently Craig and his team have been involved in supporting Wigan Youth Zone.

On a corporate level this entails raising funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities, participating in the company-wide Keep Up The Clean Up anti-litter campaign or sponsoring a local grassroots football club.