How McDonald’s burger-flipper became millionaire boss who employs 1,000 people

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A former burger-flipper has revealed the secrets to how he clawed his way to the top of business to now own the McDonald’s he once worked in.

David Wynne started out as a humble burger chef in a branch of Maccy D’s – but worked his way up the ladder before opening his own company which now owns all McDonald’s restaurants in Cornwall and Devon.

The 59-year-old businessman is director of White Rose UK Ltd which works with McDonald’s across the South West of England – and turns over £31 million per year.

He now employs almost 1,000 employees himself – and has shared anecdotes about how he went from restaurant manager, to area manager, to business success.

Cornwall Live has recounted how Mr Wynne, from Birmingham, was McDonald’s youngest UK restaurant manager at the age of 21 before progressing to area manager for the South West and Wales, and then the West Midlands.

After 19 years, he asked to become a franchisee before leading his Birmingham business to become top performer among 185 franchises.

It is reported 70% of McDonald’s UK outlets are franchises – which is where third party companies take over the running of day-to-day business.

Subsequently, Mr Wynne acquired five outlets in 2008 – Plymstock, Plympton, Derriford and two in the city centre – employing 400 people, with business going from strength to strength since.

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The businessman has since spearheaded a renovation of restaurants and changed menus to be healthier at McDonald's outlets he commands.

He told Cornwall Live in 2008: “I’m very excited to be taking ownership of the Plymouth restaurants, particularly given my connections with the city.

“It’s a great place to live and work and I’m looking forward to meeting people here to ensure we provide the best possible experience for our customers.

“Not many people realise that a high proportion of McDonald’s restaurants are franchised and represent local businesses in their own right.

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“I’m responsible for everything from customer service and food hygiene to staff development. I relish the variety this provides, as well as the opportunity for investment in the community.”

Mr Wynne has shared success with his employees – who he lifted to become the best in the Mcdonald’s world as noted by the fact that his employees were selected to work at the 2012 Olympic Games due to their excellence.

The proud boss gushed: “McDonald’s was looking for its very best people. I’m delighted that staff from across Plymouth have been chosen to take part in this fantastic opportunity.”

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