UK – Yum! Brands A World with More Yum! Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:42:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 KFC UK’s Recruitment Team Prepares York Road Project Residents To Enter Job Market Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:37:41 +0000 ... Read more »]]> Friday, July 24, 2015

The KFC UK Recruitment team recently visited the York Road Project homeless shelter to help prepare clients to enter the job market. The team spent several hours with the shelter’s clients hosting workshops on CV writing, interview skills, and team building. The Recruitment team spent their time teaching the homeless adults “the skills to go back out into the world and hopefully find themselves employment, on a more long term basis,” said Louise Norris, a member of the KFC UK team.

Since the KFC team visited the shelter multiple York Road clients have received job offers. In fact, two of the shelter’s clients have received offers to join KFC as full-time team members in local restaurants.

Louise Norris noted that the volunteering is a two way street. “Not only does our support provide the clients with skills – volunteering has a long term effect on us as volunteers. It has made us more open minded and aware of community issues. It has provided us with skills of dealing with a group of the community with whom we might not otherwise interact… raising their self-confidence and self-worth, which ultimately makes their chances of finding employment much better.” said Louise Norris, noting that volunteering is a two way street.

The York Road Project provides the homeless community with “emergency and longer term” accommodation. The York Road Project was formed in 2001 and has been providing lodging for those in need ever since. The organization can accommodate up to 25 persons between its main emergency accommodation property and its three move-on properties.

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Sleek, Open Concept the Future for KFC UK Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:53:29 +0000 ... Read more »]]> Thursday, November 20, 2014

Customers in Bracknell, England are the first to experience KFC UK’s new restaurant design concept, one that’s as cutting-edge as the Original Recipe is classic.The brand unveiled the fresh interior makeover Nov. 4. The new style features exposed ceilings and textured walls, along with photographs and artwork reflecting the ingredients used across KFC’s menu. Butcher block and timber plank kitchen tables, copper light fixtures, and loose furniture lend an informal, stylish feeling to the space.

The changes aren’t just aesthetic: back of house upgrades will create faster speed of service, and a semi open-plan kitchen will allow diners to watch as their meals are prepared.

KFC Creative Design Manager Jade Swaby said the new design was inspired by families and friends coming together around the kitchen table to share fresh food. “We wanted the design to reflect the fact that, unlike many ‘fast food’ restaurants, at KFC cooks prepare and make fresh food, from scratch, every day – so the sense of the kitchen being the heart of the home really influenced the authentic, inviting design,” explained Swaby.

Two additional restaurants are currently undergoing a similar redesign, with plans for the concept to roll out nationwide starting in March 2015.

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KFC UK Shows Belief in All People with Barnardo’s Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:06:05 +0000 ... Read more »]]> Tuesday, April 17, 2014

More than 60 young adults now have the job training needed to be financially independent, thanks to KFC UK’s 2013 work training and placement program. Of those who participated, nine were offered permanent team member roles with KFC.

The program is a joint effort between KFC and non-profit organization Barnardo’s, which provides resources and support for disadvantaged young adults. KFC teamed up with Barnardo’s in 2011 after Great Place to Work Survey results showed team members were eager to support a local charity.

Barnardo’s and KFC jointly developed an in-store work program for participants to learn transferrable skills such as food preparation, customer service and team-building in a fast-paced environment. Since its 2011 start in North West England, the program has now expanded to franchised and company-owned restaurants in Scotland, London, Wales and the Midlands.

Although recruitment into KFC roles for trainees was not the objective of the program, it has been one of the positive outcomes. Moving forward, KFC hopes to expand the program to provide mentoring and volunteering opportunities.

“We hope our partnership will encourage more businesses to follow suit, opening doors to more young people who lack opportunities,” said James Watts, Vice President, Human Resources, KFC UK and Ireland. “The impact on our teams in the restaurants taking part in the scheme has been profound: they have literally contributed to turning around the lives of young people.”

To learn more about KFC’s community initiatives across the UK as well as its commitments within the areas of food, people and environment, check out the brand’s 2013 CSR Update, which was released earlier this month.

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KFC UK Time-Lapse Video Documents Restaurant Construction From The Ground Up Thu, 02 Jan 2014 14:36:13 +0000 ... Read more »]]> Thursday, January 2, 2014

In the north of England, near the city of Manchester, stands a 60-foot-tall tower known to locals as “Denton Rock.” This commanding landmark, which can be seen for miles around, served as inspiration for a unique time-lapse video that documents construction of a KFC restaurant from the ground up.

Graham Brindle, project manager, KFC UKI, climbed the tower each week to photograph the construction process. “The video was created to show the journey of a KFC restaurant from the initial acquisition, through the development and construction process to the final handover to operations,” said Ian Hagg, Head of Communications and CSR, KFC UKI.

The video project not only shows how a KFC goes from blueprint to completion of construction but also how the brand is incorporating eco-friendly features into each new restaurant it builds.

Since 2010, the brand has worked to construct new locations in a manner that incorporates standards set out by LEED and BREEAM, two councils that certify sustainability standards. Additional green features found in the Denton KFC, as well as other new locations include:

  • Solar panels for water heating
  • LED lighting, including signage
  • Low water bathroom fixtures
  • Front entrance door automatic closure
  • Heat recovery system from HVAC units
  • Thaw cabinets for chicken
  • FSC timbers
  • Membership of the Considerate Contractors Scheme and generation of less that 5 percent waste during construction

View the KFC Denton construction process from start to finish.

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