A REPORT commissioned by McDonald’s to mark its 40th anniversary in the UK reveals the business and its suppliers make a combined annual contribution of £7.6 million to the Portsmouth economy.
The chain opened its first Portsmouth restaurant in Commercial Road in November 1982.
There are now five restaurants in the area, employing almost 500 people.
The research was put together to assess the overall contribution McDonald’s has made to the UK economy.
Portsmouth franchisee, Grant Copper, began his McDonald’s career 30 years ago and now runs 17 restaurants across Hampshire and Sussex.
His restaurants contribute £16 million to the local economy and he employs almost 1, 300 people.
Grant said: ‘Being part of the Portsmouth community is hugely important to me, and I’m thrilled to see the impact our jobs contribution in particular has made to the local area.
‘I am firm a believer that you need to be part of a community to be successful, and as such I am passionate about giving young people especially the chance to get workplace experience.’