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Thursday, 26 March 2015

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McDonald's worth £10m a year to Cumbria's economy

The fast-food chain McDonald’s is worth £10.3 million a year to the Cumbrian economy, an independent report says.

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Chris Nicholls

The American giant commissioned the research to mark its 40th anniversary in the UK.

The first Cumbrian outlet was in Kendal in 1986. It now has eight – two each in Carlisle and Barrow, plus Penrith, Workington, Whitehaven and the original restaurant in Kendal – employing more than 550 people.

The report, Serving the UK: McDonald’s at 40, calculates that the business and its supply chain is worth £2.5bn to the economy annually.

Chris Nicholls, of Moorhouse, near Carlisle, is franchisee for the eight in Cumbria outlets through his company HBN Restaurants.

A former senior manager with McDonald’s he left in 2001 to set up his own firm with wife Susan.

The report estimates that his restaurants contribute £9m to the local economy directly, with a further £1.3m coming indirectly through the supply chain. Suppliers include the Lakes Free Range Egg company, at Stainton, near Penrith.

Mr Nicholls said: “All of my management teams started on the bottom rung of the ladder and through hard work and dedication have progressed.”

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