A fast food franchisee with 20 McDonald's restaurants across west and north-west London is up for a business award.
Atul Pathak, who runs Appt Corporation, based at the burger chain's branch in Uxbridge Road, Hanwell, has been shortlisted for the Santander Corporate Citizenship Award as part of the 2014 National Business Awards.
He said: "I am honoured to have been chosen as a finalist for such a prestigious business award. My restaurants serve their local community. They are staffed mainly with members of the local community. It is only natural that we go that bit further to help out wherever possible as it is the right thing to do. However to be recognized by my peers alongside a number of household names for this work is uplifting for both me and my 2,000 staff members.”
Caroline Diehl, chief executive of The Media Trust and judge for the category said: “Appt Corporation's passionate leader has created a financially successful business that values its staff and apprentices, as well as its customers, to ensure high levels of profitability. The new Atul Pathak Community Awards will provide further evidence of top level commitment.”
Appt Corporation manages the McDonald's outlets in Acton, Ealing Broadway, Hammersmith Broadway, Hanwell, Hayes town centre, Kilburn, Neasden, Shepherds Bush, Southall, and Wembley among others.
Mr Pathak's first restaurant was the drive-thru McDonald's in Southall, which he took over in 2003. He will find out if he has won at the prize-giving gala on November 11.