McDONALD’s is contributing £12m annually to the Ealing economy, according to an independent report to mark the brand’s 45 years in the UK. 

Without including its supply chain, McDonald's is said to have directly generated more than £10m in the area, employing 613 people, in 2017.

Serving the UK: McDonald’s at 45 was prepared by Development Economics and looks at the chain’s contribution to UK towns through jobs created and the wider impact from its supply chain.

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Ealing franchisee Atul Pathak, who operates 41 restaurants in London and Berkshire, said: “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.

“There’s also no such thing as a typical 9-5 at my restaurants. 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  college needing a flexible job that fits around childcare.”

Mr Pathak was made an OBE for Services to Entrepreneurship in the Birthday Honours of 2015.

His teams regularly undertake litter patrols surrounding restaurants and support charities through fund-raising events.