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McDonalds’s franchisee celebrates tenth anniversary and new restaurant

Anne Wainwright

McDonald’s franchisee Anne Wainwright is celebrating ten years as a franchisee this month and will take over the running of her seventh restaurant in Cathedral Retail Park in Wakefield, which will be her third in the area.

Anne started her career as a McDonald’s franchisee in 2008 when she took over the running over the Colton Mill restaurant in Leeds. Since then she has grown her restaurant group to seven restaurants across Wakefield and Leeds, employing 700 people.

Prior to becoming a McDonald’s franchisee Anne had enjoyed a successful career in corporate IT and operated a property business. But with big ambitions to grow her own business and develop a large team, she embarked on her journey to becoming a McDonald’s franchisee, which included a rigorous selection process and a nine month restaurant training programme.

Over the last ten years, Anne has been involved in various community projects throughout Wakefield and Leeds, including supporting Thorne Juniors FC through McDonald’s Grassroots Football Programme and her restaurants are involved in McDonald’s Love Where You live initiative every year to help improve the environment and tackle litter in the area.

Anne Wainwright, said:“I am proud to reach this milestone of ten years as a McDonald’s franchisee in West Yorkshire, particularly as a woman in business. Taking on the restaurant in Cathedral Retail Park means I can continue to invest in the local area and people, and grow the restaurant group across Wakefield and Leeds.

“Over the past ten years, I have enjoyed getting to know and giving back to the local community and I look forward to getting to know the community around Ings Road. I became a franchisee as I am passionate about business leadership and motivating teams and am excited to be welcoming the staff from the restaurant into my business.”

There are over 1,270 McDonald’s restaurants in the UK and over 80 per cent of these are franchised. McDonald’s franchisees are committed to contributing to their local communities in a range of different ways; from getting involved in community regeneration projects to fundraising for local charities and sponsoring grassroots sports teams.


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