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John
Kiely

I am a franchisee & this is my McDonald’s

Before I became a franchisee, I worked in civil engineering manufacturing. My role meant that I travelled all over the world building sales teams. However, I was bringing up a young family and being away so much wasn’t fair on them. I also wanted to start up my own business and create my own legacy.

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‘You're given the training to walk in the door and make a big impact in developing that restaurant and the people around you.’

Support

One of the positives of choosing McDonald’s was the support on offer. If I need the support it’s always there, in many different areas. For example, I’ve worked alongside the same Franchisee Consultant since day one. In fact, he’s become a friend – we share the same high standards and we bounce off each other. It’s fantastic.

A perfect match

I looked at other businesses as well as McDonald’s, including construction start-ups. I chose McDonald’s because there was a system already in place, and they were looking for people who could develop the business. So it wasn’t about working in retail or food, but coming in and developing people and growing a business. It was about working in the community and running a really high standard of restaurant. The skills I could bring to the table were exactly what they were looking for. It was a very clear choice.

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