Business right at the heart of Falkirk community

McDonalds' franchisee Elliot Jardine
McDonalds' franchisee Elliot Jardine

A burger company which has been around for over 25 years is serving up a boost to the area’s economy.

McDonald’s opened its first Forth Valley restaurant in Falkirk’s High Street in August 1988.

An independent commission has now revealed the five restaurants and its suppliers make a combined annual contribution of £9.9 million to the region’s economy.

‘Serving the UK: McDonald’s at 40 Report’, researched by Development Economics, has assessed the overall contribution the burger giant has made to the UK economy, local economies, its employees, customers and suppliers since it first started operating in the UK in 1974.

The company’s first Scottish restaurant opened in Dundee in November 1987. Scotland now has 94 restaurants, employing 6900 people with a further 2200 jobs supported through the supply chain.

Franchisee Elliot Jardine began his McDonald’s career over 28 years ago as a trainee manager and now owns the restaurants in Falkirk, Grangemouth, Stirling and Alloa.

They contribute £7 million to the local economy and he employs over 500 people.He said: “As a local businessman I am proud to play a part in a number of communities across the Forth Valley. From supporting local young people into employment to offering a ladder of learning to all of my staff, I believe that you only get out of a community what you put in.

“Whether leading environmental initiatives, supporting Falkirk Football Club or encouraging the growth of the next generation of young entrepreneurs, by supporting the vital work of Young Enterprise Scotland, my team and I work hard to ensure that our neighbours and other businesses benefit from our presence in the area.”