McDonald’s claims to contribute over £3 million a year to Halifax economy

McDonalds, Salterhebble.
McDonalds, Salterhebble.

McDonald’s make a combined annual contribution of £3.3 million to the Halifax economy, a report commissioned by the fast food company claims.

McDonald’, which opened its first Halifax restaurant in 1987, employs 250 people in the area.

The company commissioned the report to celebrate its 40th anniversary in the UK

The ‘Serving the UK: McDonald’s at 40 Report’ was researched by Development Economics to assess the overall contribution McDonald’s has made to the UK economy, local communities, its employees, customers and suppliers since it first started operating in the UK in November 1974.

The report finds that overall the business and its supply chain is estimated to be worth £2.5 billion annually to the UK economy - and that over the past 40 years, the total economic contribution is £40 billion.

Halifax franchisee Pritpal Singh, who began his McDonald’s career over 30 years ago and now runs 24 restaurants across West Yorkshire, said: “Being part of the Halifax community is hugely important to me, and I’m thrilled to see the impact our jobs contribution in particular has made to the local area.

“I am firm a believer that you need to be part of a community to be successful in that community, and as such I am passionate about giving young people especially the chance to get workplace experience.

“We have a fantastic education programme in place that we have worked hard to build, meaning that all of my people, from a crew member starting out in their first job, to a restaurant manager have the chance to learn whilst they earn.

“My ambition is to continue the great work that my teams are already doing in Halifax and the surrounding areas from daily litter patrols to supporting larger scale community events for many more years to come.”