McDonald’s ‘contributes £19.8m to Newport’

South Wales Argus: McDonald’s ‘contributes £19.8m to Newport’ McDonald’s ‘contributes £19.8m to Newport’

A REPORT has revealed fast-food giant McDonald’s contributes £19.8m a year to the Newport economy.

The independent economic report, Serving the UK: McDonald’s at 40 Report’ commissioned by McDonald’s to mark its 40th anniversary in the UK, says the business and its suppliers make a combined annual contribution of £19.8 million to the city’s economy.

In July, 1987, McDonald’s opened its first Newport restaurant on the High Street; the area now has seven restaurants, employing 700 people.

The report finds that overall the business and its supply chain is estimated to be worth £2.5 billion annually to the UK economy.

Katy Beale, 28, is a restaurant manager in Cwmbran.

She said: “I first joined McDonald’s when I was 16 and studying for my A-Levels.

“I’ve always had aspirations to work in the catering industry so when I graduated in hospitality management from university, I went full-time because I knew that if you’re willing to work hard, you can achieve a huge amount.

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3:24pm Mon 30 Jun 14

pds says...

"The independent economic report, commissioned by McDonald’s"

Nice bit of in-depth reporting by the Argus there. If you are given a ready-written story by a multi-national's PR department, at least take a few moments to consider its basis in truth.

Maybe even ask a few questions, like;
What is the cost to taxpayers of clearing up McDonalds litter?
What is the cost of Mcdonalds contrribution to obesity problems?

For the record I don't have a particular problem with McDonalds, but it would be nice to see some reporting here rather than lazy disguised PR.
"The independent economic report, commissioned by McDonald’s" Nice bit of in-depth reporting by the Argus there. If you are given a ready-written story by a multi-national's PR department, at least take a few moments to consider its basis in truth. Maybe even ask a few questions, like; What is the cost to taxpayers of clearing up McDonalds litter? What is the cost of Mcdonalds contrribution to obesity problems? For the record I don't have a particular problem with McDonalds, but it would be nice to see some reporting here rather than lazy disguised PR. pds
  • Score: 41

3:47pm Mon 30 Jun 14

paddyparry says...

How do they make a £19.5m annual contribution? Most of their suppliers have no relationship with Newport, or pay Business rates there. What costs are associated with McD being in Newport? As PDS says, this is not reporting but publicity for a report commissioned by McD's themselves. What else would the report say?
How do they make a £19.5m annual contribution? Most of their suppliers have no relationship with Newport, or pay Business rates there. What costs are associated with McD being in Newport? As PDS says, this is not reporting but publicity for a report commissioned by McD's themselves. What else would the report say? paddyparry
  • Score: 31

4:04pm Mon 30 Jun 14

welshmen says...

And all it's customers eat Halal.....
And all it's customers eat Halal..... welshmen
  • Score: -10

4:32pm Mon 30 Jun 14

p stani says...

Is that pounds in money or extra lbs on the people of Newport.
Is that pounds in money or extra lbs on the people of Newport. p stani
  • Score: 15

6:05pm Mon 30 Jun 14

KarloMarko says...

The French government are currently auditing them for the millions of French tax they have hidden and diverted thro shell companies in Switzerland. "You want extra fries with that?"
The French government are currently auditing them for the millions of French tax they have hidden and diverted thro shell companies in Switzerland. "You want extra fries with that?" KarloMarko
  • Score: 9

7:02pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Jinxey says...

KarloMarko wrote:
The French government are currently auditing them for the millions of French tax they have hidden and diverted thro shell companies in Switzerland. "You want extra fries with that?"
McDonald's UK has nothing to do with France.
[quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: The French government are currently auditing them for the millions of French tax they have hidden and diverted thro shell companies in Switzerland. "You want extra fries with that?"[/p][/quote]McDonald's UK has nothing to do with France. Jinxey
  • Score: 3

7:27pm Mon 30 Jun 14

scraptheWAG says...

people use it and enjoy it and choose to spend their money there
people use it and enjoy it and choose to spend their money there scraptheWAG
  • Score: 1

8:23pm Mon 30 Jun 14

VoiceOfDaPort says...

I can think of 5 McDonalds in Newport (High St, Spytty, Cardiff Rd, Coldra, Lyne Rd) I wonder where the other two are, still more Greggs though.

£19.5m sounds somewhat exaggerated, as does 100 staff per restaurant
I can think of 5 McDonalds in Newport (High St, Spytty, Cardiff Rd, Coldra, Lyne Rd) I wonder where the other two are, still more Greggs though. £19.5m sounds somewhat exaggerated, as does 100 staff per restaurant VoiceOfDaPort
  • Score: 14

9:04pm Mon 30 Jun 14

andrew_in_wales says...

VoiceOfDaPort wrote:
I can think of 5 McDonalds in Newport (High St, Spytty, Cardiff Rd, Coldra, Lyne Rd) I wonder where the other two are, still more Greggs though.

£19.5m sounds somewhat exaggerated, as does 100 staff per restaurant
Inside Asda at Duffryn and close to Morrisons at Rogerstone.
[quote][p][bold]VoiceOfDaPort[/bold] wrote: I can think of 5 McDonalds in Newport (High St, Spytty, Cardiff Rd, Coldra, Lyne Rd) I wonder where the other two are, still more Greggs though. £19.5m sounds somewhat exaggerated, as does 100 staff per restaurant[/p][/quote]Inside Asda at Duffryn and close to Morrisons at Rogerstone. andrew_in_wales
  • Score: 9

9:49pm Mon 30 Jun 14

stevey says...

probably costing twice that for medical treatment to lower cholesterol etc.
probably costing twice that for medical treatment to lower cholesterol etc. stevey
  • Score: 12

9:51pm Mon 30 Jun 14

bugsy93 says...

It must cost that to clean up the litter they create.
It must cost that to clean up the litter they create. bugsy93
  • Score: 14

10:50pm Mon 30 Jun 14

angry_man says...

So, a McDonalds commissioned report on how great McDonalds is, and the fact that the argus regard this as news aside.

My maths is prob way out here, but they contribute 19.8 million to Newport. Just newport.

The 7 stores have a total of 700 staff (really???!?!?!?!)

So each worker is on just over £28k per annum.

I'm out on a limb here, but I doubt that McDonalds buy stocks for the stores from Newport. eggs, burgers, potatoes and the like, so that figure must just be on people wages?

Jesus Argus, get a grip and read these stories before you post them.
So, a McDonalds commissioned report on how great McDonalds is, and the fact that the argus regard this as news aside. My maths is prob way out here, but they contribute 19.8 million to Newport. Just newport. The 7 stores have a total of 700 staff (really???!?!?!?!) So each worker is on just over £28k per annum. I'm out on a limb here, but I doubt that McDonalds buy stocks for the stores from Newport. eggs, burgers, potatoes and the like, so that figure must just be on people wages? Jesus Argus, get a grip and read these stories before you post them. angry_man
  • Score: 18

7:36am Tue 1 Jul 14

charlie, newport says...

Slight reality check needed?

McDonalds food does not cause obesity.
Too much McDonalds food and an unhealthy lifestyle cause obesity. Both of which are (in the majority of cases) in the individual's control.

McDonalds restaurants do not create a litter problem for their surroundings.
Customers who somehow think it is acceptable to wind down their windows and just chuck the litter out, rather than put it in the bins provided or take it home - they cause the litter problem. Another one that is within the control and the responsibility of the individuals.
Slight reality check needed? McDonalds food does not cause obesity. Too much McDonalds food and an unhealthy lifestyle cause obesity. Both of which are (in the majority of cases) in the individual's control. McDonalds restaurants do not create a litter problem for their surroundings. Customers who somehow think it is acceptable to wind down their windows and just chuck the litter out, rather than put it in the bins provided or take it home - they cause the litter problem. Another one that is within the control and the responsibility of the individuals. charlie, newport
  • Score: 17

7:40am Tue 1 Jul 14

hamiltonman85 says...

The two main points people on here have raised are the litter costs, and health costs. Both of which fall on the shoulders of the customer. You can't tar MacDonalds because people in general just don't care and dump their rubbish, and make themselves fat. I've seen macdonalds staff picking up rubbish a good distance away from their stores so can't fault their efforts.
The two main points people on here have raised are the litter costs, and health costs. Both of which fall on the shoulders of the customer. You can't tar MacDonalds because people in general just don't care and dump their rubbish, and make themselves fat. I've seen macdonalds staff picking up rubbish a good distance away from their stores so can't fault their efforts. hamiltonman85
  • Score: 10

8:34am Tue 1 Jul 14

Woodgnome says...

In that case they can contribute some funds to the sea of litter their customers create on roads leading away from all their outlets. At the moment the taxpayers of Newport pay the Council to clear it up. Disgraceful.
In that case they can contribute some funds to the sea of litter their customers create on roads leading away from all their outlets. At the moment the taxpayers of Newport pay the Council to clear it up. Disgraceful. Woodgnome
  • Score: 2

8:40am Tue 1 Jul 14

mrleebob says...

Woodgnome wrote:
In that case they can contribute some funds to the sea of litter their customers create on roads leading away from all their outlets. At the moment the taxpayers of Newport pay the Council to clear it up. Disgraceful.
As other people have said, litter is not the fault of McDonalds who provide many bins but the fault of the customers who have no issue with throwing it onto the street. Fine those who are guilty with large fines. They'd soon stop.
[quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: In that case they can contribute some funds to the sea of litter their customers create on roads leading away from all their outlets. At the moment the taxpayers of Newport pay the Council to clear it up. Disgraceful.[/p][/quote]As other people have said, litter is not the fault of McDonalds who provide many bins but the fault of the customers who have no issue with throwing it onto the street. Fine those who are guilty with large fines. They'd soon stop. mrleebob
  • Score: 12

8:46am Tue 1 Jul 14

Woodgnome says...

mrleebob wrote:
Woodgnome wrote:
In that case they can contribute some funds to the sea of litter their customers create on roads leading away from all their outlets. At the moment the taxpayers of Newport pay the Council to clear it up. Disgraceful.
As other people have said, litter is not the fault of McDonalds who provide many bins but the fault of the customers who have no issue with throwing it onto the street. Fine those who are guilty with large fines. They'd soon stop.
Ok, they should pay for litter wardens that so many commentators on the SWA object to. Those who make our city an eyesore, especially those who chuck their McDonalds wrappers out of cars, should be fined heavily.
[quote][p][bold]mrleebob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: In that case they can contribute some funds to the sea of litter their customers create on roads leading away from all their outlets. At the moment the taxpayers of Newport pay the Council to clear it up. Disgraceful.[/p][/quote]As other people have said, litter is not the fault of McDonalds who provide many bins but the fault of the customers who have no issue with throwing it onto the street. Fine those who are guilty with large fines. They'd soon stop.[/p][/quote]Ok, they should pay for litter wardens that so many commentators on the SWA object to. Those who make our city an eyesore, especially those who chuck their McDonalds wrappers out of cars, should be fined heavily. Woodgnome
  • Score: 4

8:50am Tue 1 Jul 14

Woodgnome says...

charlie, newport wrote:
Slight reality check needed?

McDonalds food does not cause obesity.
Too much McDonalds food and an unhealthy lifestyle cause obesity. Both of which are (in the majority of cases) in the individual's control.

McDonalds restaurants do not create a litter problem for their surroundings.
Customers who somehow think it is acceptable to wind down their windows and just chuck the litter out, rather than put it in the bins provided or take it home - they cause the litter problem. Another one that is within the control and the responsibility of the individuals.
That's like saying booze hasn't created a national booze problem - which of course it has. The reality check is looking at reality.
[quote][p][bold]charlie, newport[/bold] wrote: Slight reality check needed? McDonalds food does not cause obesity. Too much McDonalds food and an unhealthy lifestyle cause obesity. Both of which are (in the majority of cases) in the individual's control. McDonalds restaurants do not create a litter problem for their surroundings. Customers who somehow think it is acceptable to wind down their windows and just chuck the litter out, rather than put it in the bins provided or take it home - they cause the litter problem. Another one that is within the control and the responsibility of the individuals.[/p][/quote]That's like saying booze hasn't created a national booze problem - which of course it has. The reality check is looking at reality. Woodgnome
  • Score: 1

9:10am Tue 1 Jul 14

inkyskin says...

if Newport had a Burger King it would kick Maccy D's butt!
if Newport had a Burger King it would kick Maccy D's butt! inkyskin
  • Score: 14

9:31am Tue 1 Jul 14

regaturn says...

Even if these figures are true, Their windows will still be smashed during the NATO summit
Even if these figures are true, Their windows will still be smashed during the NATO summit regaturn
  • Score: -1

10:52am Tue 1 Jul 14

KarloMarko says...

Do they source their horsemeat locally?
Do they source their horsemeat locally? KarloMarko
  • Score: 3

3:37pm Tue 1 Jul 14

DavidMclean says...

Seven restaurants, employing 700 people?

That's not a very efficient business model. I have to say,

That figure is dodgy as hell. 100 people employed by each McDonalds? I don't think so.
Seven restaurants, employing 700 people? That's not a very efficient business model. I have to say, That figure is dodgy as hell. 100 people employed by each McDonalds? I don't think so. DavidMclean
  • Score: 4

3:42pm Tue 1 Jul 14

DavidMclean says...

pds wrote:
"The independent economic report, commissioned by McDonald’s"

Nice bit of in-depth reporting by the Argus there. If you are given a ready-written story by a multi-national's PR department, at least take a few moments to consider its basis in truth.

Maybe even ask a few questions, like;
What is the cost to taxpayers of clearing up McDonalds litter?
What is the cost of Mcdonalds contrribution to obesity problems?

For the record I don't have a particular problem with McDonalds, but it would be nice to see some reporting here rather than lazy disguised PR.
I wouldn't call it lazy PR. I'd call it highly insulting PR. Do they really think we are so stupid we'd believe these figures?
[quote][p][bold]pds[/bold] wrote: "The independent economic report, commissioned by McDonald’s" Nice bit of in-depth reporting by the Argus there. If you are given a ready-written story by a multi-national's PR department, at least take a few moments to consider its basis in truth. Maybe even ask a few questions, like; What is the cost to taxpayers of clearing up McDonalds litter? What is the cost of Mcdonalds contrribution to obesity problems? For the record I don't have a particular problem with McDonalds, but it would be nice to see some reporting here rather than lazy disguised PR.[/p][/quote]I wouldn't call it lazy PR. I'd call it highly insulting PR. Do they really think we are so stupid we'd believe these figures? DavidMclean
  • Score: 3

6:25pm Tue 1 Jul 14

LondonWelsh63 says...

“I’ve always had aspirations to work in the catering industry so when I graduated in hospitality management from university, I went full time..'

No - you are in the fast fod industry- it is not catering and it is not hospitality.

You coul dhave save money and just worked your way up through the company

Because you are now stuck in that fast food branded industry- you wil never get a job where they do real cooking,
“I’ve always had aspirations to work in the catering industry so when I graduated in hospitality management from university, I went full time..' No - you are in the fast fod industry- it is not catering and it is not hospitality. You coul dhave save money and just worked your way up through the company Because you are now stuck in that fast food branded industry- you wil never get a job where they do real cooking, LondonWelsh63
  • Score: 6

10:02pm Tue 1 Jul 14

pbhj says...

DavidMclean wrote:
Seven restaurants, employing 700 people?

That's not a very efficient business model. I have to say,

That figure is dodgy as hell. 100 people employed by each McDonalds? I don't think so.
If they have lots of people on low hours contracts they don't have to pay so much or give so much time for statutory breaks, etc.. Of course there are extra training costs, employment admin, but for McD those will be quite small. Other benefits, as an example, employ 7 people for 1 day a week each and you have 6 other to call on when there are sick days.
[quote][p][bold]DavidMclean[/bold] wrote: Seven restaurants, employing 700 people? That's not a very efficient business model. I have to say, That figure is dodgy as hell. 100 people employed by each McDonalds? I don't think so.[/p][/quote]If they have lots of people on low hours contracts they don't have to pay so much or give so much time for statutory breaks, etc.. Of course there are extra training costs, employment admin, but for McD those will be quite small. Other benefits, as an example, employ 7 people for 1 day a week each and you have 6 other to call on when there are sick days. pbhj
  • Score: 2

10:10pm Tue 1 Jul 14

pbhj says...

Now imagine that those 7 burger restaurants were local businesses (with a local focus).

Including the current input of wages there would be employment of local people in the immediate supply chain. The revenue that goes as profits would go to local (probably rich) people who would spend it (given their local focus) on local goods and services. The local economy would be vastly better off if the top-wages and profits didn't get creamed off elsewhere.

The downside would be poorer stock-traders, poorer share-holders and an ever so slight reduction in efficiency of the whole system.

In short, one has to ask, of course, what the revenue of those 7 restaurants was too - assuming it was greater than twice £19.8M more money was almost certainly extracted from the locality by McD's as a whole.
Now imagine that those 7 burger restaurants were local businesses (with a local focus). Including the current input of wages there would be employment of local people in the immediate supply chain. The revenue that goes as profits would go to local (probably rich) people who would spend it (given their local focus) on local goods and services. The local economy would be vastly better off if the top-wages and profits didn't get creamed off elsewhere. The downside would be poorer stock-traders, poorer share-holders and an ever so slight reduction in efficiency of the whole system. In short, one has to ask, of course, what the revenue of those 7 restaurants was too - assuming it was greater than twice £19.8M more money was almost certainly extracted from the locality by McD's as a whole. pbhj
  • Score: 4

6:28pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Independentvoter says...

hamiltonman85 wrote:
The two main points people on here have raised are the litter costs, and health costs. Both of which fall on the shoulders of the customer. You can't tar MacDonalds because people in general just don't care and dump their rubbish, and make themselves fat. I've seen macdonalds staff picking up rubbish a good distance away from their stores so can't fault their efforts.
Total trash - if they don't pick the litter up from my street I will dump it in their drive though one day !!!! Watch me !!!
[quote][p][bold]hamiltonman85[/bold] wrote: The two main points people on here have raised are the litter costs, and health costs. Both of which fall on the shoulders of the customer. You can't tar MacDonalds because people in general just don't care and dump their rubbish, and make themselves fat. I've seen macdonalds staff picking up rubbish a good distance away from their stores so can't fault their efforts.[/p][/quote]Total trash - if they don't pick the litter up from my street I will dump it in their drive though one day !!!! Watch me !!! Independentvoter
  • Score: -2

11:59am Thu 3 Jul 14

Danfoss says...

These figures definitely don't add up. How can a national company who source their supplies and services from companies outside Newport say they contribute so much to the Newport economy. It would be nice to see how this is calculated.
It is the same with the 5p charge for bags, they have posted in their restaurants a breakdown of the monies collected and only 50% of the money goes to charity , the rest goes on the administration of advertising the 5p bag scheme and the cost of the bags.
Never believe what these large national companies say, they should be politicians.
These figures definitely don't add up. How can a national company who source their supplies and services from companies outside Newport say they contribute so much to the Newport economy. It would be nice to see how this is calculated. It is the same with the 5p charge for bags, they have posted in their restaurants a breakdown of the monies collected and only 50% of the money goes to charity , the rest goes on the administration of advertising the 5p bag scheme and the cost of the bags. Never believe what these large national companies say, they should be politicians. Danfoss
  • Score: 2

12:26pm Thu 3 Jul 14

throwy1 says...

charlie, newport wrote:
Slight reality check needed?

McDonalds food does not cause obesity.
Too much McDonalds food and an unhealthy lifestyle cause obesity. Both of which are (in the majority of cases) in the individual's control.

McDonalds restaurants do not create a litter problem for their surroundings.
Customers who somehow think it is acceptable to wind down their windows and just chuck the litter out, rather than put it in the bins provided or take it home - they cause the litter problem. Another one that is within the control and the responsibility of the individuals.
McDonalds used to sponser athletics for U13 - U17 athletes. It stopped when U.K.A. found out how unhealthy McDonalds products were
[quote][p][bold]charlie, newport[/bold] wrote: Slight reality check needed? McDonalds food does not cause obesity. Too much McDonalds food and an unhealthy lifestyle cause obesity. Both of which are (in the majority of cases) in the individual's control. McDonalds restaurants do not create a litter problem for their surroundings. Customers who somehow think it is acceptable to wind down their windows and just chuck the litter out, rather than put it in the bins provided or take it home - they cause the litter problem. Another one that is within the control and the responsibility of the individuals.[/p][/quote]McDonalds used to sponser athletics for U13 - U17 athletes. It stopped when U.K.A. found out how unhealthy McDonalds products were throwy1
  • Score: -2

8:38pm Thu 3 Jul 14

endthelies says...

I used to be a regular at McDonalds. Nowadays I'm more of a large :)
I used to be a regular at McDonalds. Nowadays I'm more of a large :) endthelies
  • Score: 2

3:35pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Mervyn James says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
people use it and enjoy it and choose to spend their money there
Usually the obese......
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: people use it and enjoy it and choose to spend their money there[/p][/quote]Usually the obese...... Mervyn James
  • Score: -1

9:53am Mon 7 Jul 14

endthelies says...

Of course people don't get fat from eating the cream cakes and pies from greggs, or from the chip shops. Its all McDonalds fault.
Of course people don't get fat from eating the cream cakes and pies from greggs, or from the chip shops. Its all McDonalds fault. endthelies
  • Score: 1

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