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Echo: Southend franchisee Mark Bartrip Southend franchisee Mark Bartrip

THE golden arches of McDonald’s are never far away. It’s a staple of our High Streets and retail parks.

Now an independent report released to mark McDonald’s 40th birthday shows just how much of a contribution the retail giant makes to the Essex economy.

There are 36 restaurants in Essex, employing 3,890 people and contributing a staggering £71.1million to the county’s economy.

McDonald’s opened its first Essex fast-food restaurant on Southend High Street in July 1978. There are now four in the town, employing more than 290 people.

Southend franchisee, Mark Bartrip, started working for the company in 1978 and now runs and owns four restaurants across Southend.

His restaurants alone contribute £5million to the south Essex economy every year.

He said: “I’ve lived in Southend for more than 40 years so it’s important for me to be able to invest in the area and provide a significant number of jobs to local people.

“I am firm a believer you need to be part of a community to be successful in that community.

So I am passionate about giving young people the chance to get workplace experience.”

Mr Bartrip added: “We have a fantastic education programme, meaning all my staff – from someone starting out in their first job to a restaurant manager – has the chance to learn while they earn.

“My ambition is to continue the great work my teams are already doing, from daily litter patrols to supporting larger scale litter events for many more years to come.”

Paul Dickinson, 42, works as an area supervisor across Mr Bartip’s restaurants in Southend.

He said: “I first joined McDonald’s part-time 26 years ago while still at sixth form.

I’ve since completed a number of different training courses worked my way up to a senior management position.

“One of the things I love about my job is the fact no two days are ever the same.

“I also get real satisfaction from seeing people I have trained progress through the business. It feels great to be able to give young people the same opportunities I got to work their way up.”

The business and its suppliers also boost the Castle Point, Rayleigh and Basildon economy.

Franchisee, Peter Tassell’s four restaurants contribute £5million to the local economy and he employs more than 370 people.

He said: “Creating and sustaining jobs in the local area is of huge importance to me, and the fact 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.

“As such, I’m thrilled to be able to offer all my employees the chance to gain on-the-job qualifications – be it an apprenticeship or a foundation degree in managing business operations for restaurant managers.

“As a member of the Castle Point community, I’m dedicated to continuing the work my teams are already doing, from sponsoring grassroots football teams such as Canvey Island and Bowers and Pitsea FCs, through to organising community litter picking events.”

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 £2.5billion annually to the UK economy. It estimates that over the past 40 years, the company’s total economic contribution is £40billion.

Today, McDonald’s offers all employees nationally-recognised qualifications as a benefit of working for the firm.

Employees have the opportunity to gain a range of nationally-recognised qualifications, from adult certificates in maths and English to apprenticeships and a foundation degree

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4:44pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Leighdweller says...

Is today a MacDonalds love in day in the Echo? Am I missing something?
Is today a MacDonalds love in day in the Echo? Am I missing something? Leighdweller
  • Score: 1

4:48pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Mattster says...

"There are now four in the town, employing more than 290 people" Really? Thats a fact to be ashamed of rather than proud of, the vast majority of those employees will no doubt be part time which saves McDonalds ££££ in national insurance payments.
"There are now four in the town, employing more than 290 people" Really? Thats a fact to be ashamed of rather than proud of, the vast majority of those employees will no doubt be part time which saves McDonalds ££££ in national insurance payments. Mattster
  • Score: 12

5:06pm Tue 24 Jun 14

jayman says...

Mattster wrote:
"There are now four in the town, employing more than 290 people" Really? Thats a fact to be ashamed of rather than proud of, the vast majority of those employees will no doubt be part time which saves McDonalds ££££ in national insurance payments.
McDonnalds also do not pay the living wage.
[quote][p][bold]Mattster[/bold] wrote: "There are now four in the town, employing more than 290 people" Really? Thats a fact to be ashamed of rather than proud of, the vast majority of those employees will no doubt be part time which saves McDonalds ££££ in national insurance payments.[/p][/quote]McDonnalds also do not pay the living wage. jayman
  • Score: 13

5:06pm Tue 24 Jun 14

jayman says...

Mattster wrote:
"There are now four in the town, employing more than 290 people" Really? Thats a fact to be ashamed of rather than proud of, the vast majority of those employees will no doubt be part time which saves McDonalds ££££ in national insurance payments.
McDonnalds also do not pay the living wage.
[quote][p][bold]Mattster[/bold] wrote: "There are now four in the town, employing more than 290 people" Really? Thats a fact to be ashamed of rather than proud of, the vast majority of those employees will no doubt be part time which saves McDonalds ££££ in national insurance payments.[/p][/quote]McDonnalds also do not pay the living wage. jayman
  • Score: 4

6:52pm Tue 24 Jun 14

sesibollox says...

jayman wrote:
Mattster wrote:
"There are now four in the town, employing more than 290 people" Really? Thats a fact to be ashamed of rather than proud of, the vast majority of those employees will no doubt be part time which saves McDonalds ££££ in national insurance payments.
McDonnalds also do not pay the living wage.
A job paying any wage, is better than no job at all.
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mattster[/bold] wrote: "There are now four in the town, employing more than 290 people" Really? Thats a fact to be ashamed of rather than proud of, the vast majority of those employees will no doubt be part time which saves McDonalds ££££ in national insurance payments.[/p][/quote]McDonnalds also do not pay the living wage.[/p][/quote]A job paying any wage, is better than no job at all. sesibollox
  • Score: 2

7:02pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Robin Reliant says...

i am sure thats actually Hamburglar without his mask and hat on in the photo.
i am sure thats actually Hamburglar without his mask and hat on in the photo. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 8

7:52pm Tue 24 Jun 14

jayman says...

sesibollox wrote:
jayman wrote:
Mattster wrote:
"There are now four in the town, employing more than 290 people" Really? Thats a fact to be ashamed of rather than proud of, the vast majority of those employees will no doubt be part time which saves McDonalds ££££ in national insurance payments.
McDonnalds also do not pay the living wage.
A job paying any wage, is better than no job at all.
Tell that to the factory workers of china and India...
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mattster[/bold] wrote: "There are now four in the town, employing more than 290 people" Really? Thats a fact to be ashamed of rather than proud of, the vast majority of those employees will no doubt be part time which saves McDonalds ££££ in national insurance payments.[/p][/quote]McDonnalds also do not pay the living wage.[/p][/quote]A job paying any wage, is better than no job at all.[/p][/quote]Tell that to the factory workers of china and India... jayman
  • Score: 8

8:27pm Tue 24 Jun 14

heartbeat says...

jayman wrote:
sesibollox wrote:
jayman wrote:
Mattster wrote:
"There are now four in the town, employing more than 290 people" Really? Thats a fact to be ashamed of rather than proud of, the vast majority of those employees will no doubt be part time which saves McDonalds ££££ in national insurance payments.
McDonnalds also do not pay the living wage.
A job paying any wage, is better than no job at all.
Tell that to the factory workers of china and India...
"A job paying any wage is better than no job at all….Not if the low-paid job means people don't qualify for benefits - they may prefer to work but how are they supposed to live if the wages don't even pay their fares to work, let alone give them enough to support themselves with somewhere to live!
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mattster[/bold] wrote: "There are now four in the town, employing more than 290 people" Really? Thats a fact to be ashamed of rather than proud of, the vast majority of those employees will no doubt be part time which saves McDonalds ££££ in national insurance payments.[/p][/quote]McDonnalds also do not pay the living wage.[/p][/quote]A job paying any wage, is better than no job at all.[/p][/quote]Tell that to the factory workers of china and India...[/p][/quote]"A job paying any wage is better than no job at all….Not if the low-paid job means people don't qualify for benefits - they may prefer to work but how are they supposed to live if the wages don't even pay their fares to work, let alone give them enough to support themselves with somewhere to live! heartbeat
  • Score: 9

9:10pm Tue 24 Jun 14

sosad 1 says...

im glad he got all that dough because he must of needed it to cream the planning committees of the council two macs both on busy roundabouts in southend as ive said before sbc voted by private eye mag in 1981 as the most corrupt council in Britain nothings changed so come on sbc take me to court
im glad he got all that dough because he must of needed it to cream the planning committees of the council two macs both on busy roundabouts in southend as ive said before sbc voted by private eye mag in 1981 as the most corrupt council in Britain nothings changed so come on sbc take me to court sosad 1
  • Score: 6

9:22pm Tue 24 Jun 14

rob-wos says...

The question to ask is how many of his 'customers' are now over Southend Hospital with illnesses related to his wonderful franchise!

Also it's nice to see the face of the guy who runs the 2 restaurants in the high street, who at one time had a bad reputations of picking off food off floors and putting it back into the food chain. Also selling a burger with the managers key in it.

Those incidents put me off ever buying a meal in any MacDonalds anywhere.
The question to ask is how many of his 'customers' are now over Southend Hospital with illnesses related to his wonderful franchise! Also it's nice to see the face of the guy who runs the 2 restaurants in the high street, who at one time had a bad reputations of picking off food off floors and putting it back into the food chain. Also selling a burger with the managers key in it. Those incidents put me off ever buying a meal in any MacDonalds anywhere. rob-wos
  • Score: 7

7:14am Wed 25 Jun 14

whateverhappened says...

jayman wrote:
sesibollox wrote:
jayman wrote:
Mattster wrote: "There are now four in the town, employing more than 290 people" Really? Thats a fact to be ashamed of rather than proud of, the vast majority of those employees will no doubt be part time which saves McDonalds ££££ in national insurance payments.
McDonnalds also do not pay the living wage.
A job paying any wage, is better than no job at all.
Tell that to the factory workers of china and India...
tell THAT to the factory workers in Britain who no longer have jobs , because of the factory workers in china and India
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mattster[/bold] wrote: "There are now four in the town, employing more than 290 people" Really? Thats a fact to be ashamed of rather than proud of, the vast majority of those employees will no doubt be part time which saves McDonalds ££££ in national insurance payments.[/p][/quote]McDonnalds also do not pay the living wage.[/p][/quote]A job paying any wage, is better than no job at all.[/p][/quote]Tell that to the factory workers of china and India...[/p][/quote]tell THAT to the factory workers in Britain who no longer have jobs , because of the factory workers in china and India whateverhappened
  • Score: 3

7:43am Wed 25 Jun 14

gingerfox says...

Burger King has much better burgers
Burger King has much better burgers gingerfox
  • Score: 9

9:47am Wed 25 Jun 14

Happy Chickie says...

"the retail giant makes to the Essex economy"

Does this include the rubbish they generate on the roads and street?
"the retail giant makes to the Essex economy" Does this include the rubbish they generate on the roads and street? Happy Chickie
  • Score: 8

10:16am Wed 25 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

The only reason to go into a MacDonalds is to use the bog.
The only reason to go into a MacDonalds is to use the bog. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 9

2:07pm Wed 25 Jun 14

ekcoanarak says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
The only reason to go into a MacDonalds is to use the bog.
Known as a Mac Pi55 with lies!
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: The only reason to go into a MacDonalds is to use the bog.[/p][/quote]Known as a Mac Pi55 with lies! ekcoanarak
  • Score: 3

2:55pm Wed 25 Jun 14

I care about rayleigh says...

McDonalds my contribute lots to the county's income, but I reckon they contribute more to the county's waistlines and inability to use a knife and fork!
McDonalds my contribute lots to the county's income, but I reckon they contribute more to the county's waistlines and inability to use a knife and fork! I care about rayleigh
  • Score: 2

3:52pm Wed 25 Jun 14

jayman says...

whateverhappened wrote:
jayman wrote:
sesibollox wrote:
jayman wrote:
Mattster wrote: "There are now four in the town, employing more than 290 people" Really? Thats a fact to be ashamed of rather than proud of, the vast majority of those employees will no doubt be part time which saves McDonalds ££££ in national insurance payments.
McDonnalds also do not pay the living wage.
A job paying any wage, is better than no job at all.
Tell that to the factory workers of china and India...
tell THAT to the factory workers in Britain who no longer have jobs , because of the factory workers in china and India
outsourced slave labour?
[quote][p][bold]whateverhappened[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mattster[/bold] wrote: "There are now four in the town, employing more than 290 people" Really? Thats a fact to be ashamed of rather than proud of, the vast majority of those employees will no doubt be part time which saves McDonalds ££££ in national insurance payments.[/p][/quote]McDonnalds also do not pay the living wage.[/p][/quote]A job paying any wage, is better than no job at all.[/p][/quote]Tell that to the factory workers of china and India...[/p][/quote]tell THAT to the factory workers in Britain who no longer have jobs , because of the factory workers in china and India[/p][/quote]outsourced slave labour? jayman
  • Score: 1

12:52am Fri 27 Jun 14

smiffy22 says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
The only reason to go into a MacDonalds is to use the bog.
Or the internet :-)
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: The only reason to go into a MacDonalds is to use the bog.[/p][/quote]Or the internet :-) smiffy22
  • Score: 0

2:53pm Fri 27 Jun 14

1nails says...

This man talks about how proud he is of the people he has trained.............
What training do you need to serve burgers and chips.???........All these junk food shops should be banned,(MacPukes, Burgers king and queen, KFC, etc,.) Let women learn to cook and let kids learn to use a knife and fork. No wonder we are a nation of unhealthy fatties. The young women of today are just too lazy to cook.
This man talks about how proud he is of the people he has trained............. What training do you need to serve burgers and chips.???........All these junk food shops should be banned,(MacPukes, Burgers king and queen, KFC, etc,.) Let women learn to cook and let kids learn to use a knife and fork. No wonder we are a nation of unhealthy fatties. The young women of today are just too lazy to cook. 1nails
  • Score: -1

11:34am Sat 28 Jun 14

jayman says...

1nails wrote:
This man talks about how proud he is of the people he has trained.............

What training do you need to serve burgers and chips.???........All these junk food shops should be banned,(MacPukes, Burgers king and queen, KFC, etc,.) Let women learn to cook and let kids learn to use a knife and fork. No wonder we are a nation of unhealthy fatties. The young women of today are just too lazy to cook.
I think your presenting a deep, dark and wildly inaccurate social observation? perhaps your making a skills and nutrition observation? I'm struggling to see this because the information regarding aggressive marketing campaigns aimed at children. Use of addictive hydrogenated fats, trans fats and salt and sugar and unethical use of coded consumer psychology, seem lost your visceral use of the word 'fatties' which seems to be the only indication of what limited understanding you may have regarding the above factors...
[quote][p][bold]1nails[/bold] wrote: This man talks about how proud he is of the people he has trained............. What training do you need to serve burgers and chips.???........All these junk food shops should be banned,(MacPukes, Burgers king and queen, KFC, etc,.) Let women learn to cook and let kids learn to use a knife and fork. No wonder we are a nation of unhealthy fatties. The young women of today are just too lazy to cook.[/p][/quote]I think your presenting a deep, dark and wildly inaccurate social observation? perhaps your making a skills and nutrition observation? I'm struggling to see this because the information regarding aggressive marketing campaigns aimed at children. Use of addictive hydrogenated fats, trans fats and salt and sugar and unethical use of coded consumer psychology, seem lost your visceral use of the word 'fatties' which seems to be the only indication of what limited understanding you may have regarding the above factors... jayman
  • Score: 0

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