Ken Tompkins, owner of six local McDonalds franchises, addressed an audience of local businesses, parents, teachers and students at our latest Business Breakfast. Ken took on his first two stores in November 2011; he now operates six stores in the local area and is one of the largest employers in the city. Ken worked for McDonald’s at an executive level for 25 years before becoming a franchisee in his home town.
Ken took the opportunity to explain the responsibility McDonalds feels for the local community it services. He detailed six different programmes his stores support. For the last seven years Ken and his team have organised the award winning 'Love Where You Live' litter picking programme across the city, while contributing to several other high community and charity initiatives in the local area. As part of 'Love Where You Live' Ken galvanises his workforce and representatives from other businesses into a 24 hour litter pick during the summer.
As well as the corporate social responsibility programmes, the audience heard about the various career pathways McDonalds can offer including their new apprenticeship programme. This was particularly relevant for a group of Year 10 students, fresh from their two weeks work placement, who shared their experiences and reflected on the impact their placement had made. Chair of Governors, Philip Smith MBE, thanked Ken and the students for their contributions and stated The Milton Keynes Academy's unique relationships with local businesses meant that students were thoroughly prepared for their next steps whether this be higher or further education or employment with training.