Busi­ness-friendly Mc­don­ald’s opens

A NEW, fresh and modern look to Mc­don­ald’s greets cus­tomers as they re­turn to the re­opened premises in Boon­gate, Peter­bor­ough.

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Etbusiness - By JOHN KRALEVICH john.kralevich@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

Fol­low­ing in­vest­ment of more than £735,000 by fran­chisee Martin Cuth­bert and Mc­don­ald’s Restau­rants Ltd, the fully-re­fur­bished store now pro­vides a “fab­u­lous” new seat­ing scheme and decor – an ex­tra one third in seat­ing mak­ing this the big­gest Mc­don­ald’s restau­rant in the re­gion – and Wifi fa­cil­i­ties which should en­hance its ap­peal for busi­ness meet­ings.

Changes to the fast food out­let also in­clude the ad­di­tion of out­door fur­ni­ture and a “dig­i­tal play” area for chil­dren where they will be able to play in­ter­ac­tive games.

In ad­di­tion, the Boon­gate out­let has an en­hanced drive-through fa­cil­ity, a side-by-side or­der­ing sys­tem in­cor­po­rat­ing cam­era recog­ni­tion to ac­com­mo­date greater cus­tomer traf­fic.

The re­fur­bish­ment project is part of Martin’s on­go­ing in­vest­ment in his Mc­don­ald’s fran­chises which, in Peter­bor­ough, has seen busi­ness grow nine per cent in Queens­gate and 7.5 per cent in Boon­gate.

But it is not only build­ings that are be­ing in­vested in, as the busi­ness is fully com­mit­ted to up­skilling its staff via a Govern­ment-recog­nised ap­pren­tice­ship scheme.

Martin said: “We are proud of the fact that in our two Peter­bor­ough stores we have taken on 15 ap­pren­tices so far in 2011 and are on tar­get to get 20 by year end.

“Our ap­pren­tices are on full pay and re­ceive in-house train­ing. The train­ing ac­tu­ally com­prises three stages, study­ing GCSE English and Maths online, the in-house train­ing and key skills train­ing. It all adds up to Level II multi skill hos­pi­tal­ity qual­i­fi­ca­tion. Up­skilling our staff leads to the man­age­ment of the fu­ture.”

Martin started out in fran­chis­ing more than 16 years ago dur­ing which time he has bought and de­vel­oped four other Mc­don­ald’s fran­chises – all drive-throughs and based in Mel­ton Mow­bray, Gran­tham, Sleaford and Bos­ton.

RE­FRESHED: Fran­chise owner Martin Cuth­bert, seated right, and his team at the re­fur­bished Mc­don­ald’s in Boon­gate, and the en­hanced drive-through fa­cil­ity.

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