Why choose KFC?

KFC has more than 13,900 restaurants in 112 countries, excluding the Yum! China and India divisions, and every day serves 8 million customers around the world. KFC's menu includes Original Recipe Chicken - made with the same great taste Colonel Harland Sanders created more than half a century ago. Customers around the globe also enjoy more than 300 products - from Chunky Chicken Pot Pie in the United States to a Salmon Sandwich in Japan. KFC (GB) Ltd is 100% owned by YUM!

The Kentucky Fried Chicken concept was introduced to Britain in 1965 when the first store opened in Preston. Since then KFC (GB) has expanded its UK & Ireland restaurant network to its current level of over 850 locations, some company operated and some franchised. The achievement of excellent restaurant standards has resulted in the British operation acting as a training base for many of the new KFC restaurants operating throughout Europe. In 2012, 2013 and 2014 KFC (GB) won the Top Employer award from the Top Employers Institute, becoming the first company to receive the acolade three years running. In 2013, KFC, also appeared in the Top 25 UK Best Workplaces list for the fifth year in a row.

UK Restaurant Ownership

Flexible process

  • Transparent process
  • Flexible layout and designs
  • Freehold or leasehold
  • We can carry the shell works
  • We can run the planning application
  • Experienced team of professionals
  • We are hungry for more sites
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KFC in the UK and Ireland

KFC UK continues to grow as a brand, with strong sales and an expanding estate.  Over the Past 10 years our total sales have almost doubled, in 2004, our annual sales were just over £500m, now  we are close to a £Billion brand.

We’ve increased by 120 stores net since 2009 and in 2014 we are investing £21m to open 32 stores, creating 1,300 new jobs, and investing £40m to refurbish over 220 restaurants.

In 2004 we sold 379m pieces of chicken, this year we expect to sell 690m. The Mini Fillet didn’t even exist in 2004, now it’s one of our most popular menu items. We were the first fast food chain to launch a salad in 2004 - now everybody does it.

We were the first fast food restaurant to stop salting our fries in 2005, we eliminated trans fats from our menu in 2007 and in 2011 changed our cooking oil from Palm Oil to Rapeseed Oil, cutting sat fat by 25%. We also Introduced calorie counts on menus in 2011 and launched our first ever non-fried range and our ongoing salt reduction programme has cut salt by up to 50% across the menu.

The Colonel

Yum! Worldwide

Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 40,000 restaurants in more than 125 countries and territories. Yum! is ranked #216 on the Fortune 500 List with revenues of over $13 billion and in 2014 was named among the top 100 Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. The Company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Outside the United States, the Yum! Brands system opened over five new restaurants per day, making it a leader in international retail development. 

Local action at home and around the world

Training and skills development is one of our greatest strengths and we use this expertise to help build future talent in the community.


In partnership with Barnardo’s since 2011 we offer disadvantaged young adults across the UK, the opportunity to participate in a four-week work placement in a KFC restaurant, learning valuable team-working and employability skills. We are very proud that our employees have literally contributed to turning around the lives of young people.


We provide accredited training at every stage for our restaurant teams and in 2013 we enrolled our 1,000th apprentice. Team leaders can train for an Advanced NVQ Apprenticeship in hospitality management and from 2013 team members can train for a level-two apprenticeship. We expect 1,200 apprentices will go through the programme annually. We also recently introduced a BA (Hons) Business Management degree with De Montfort University for our restaurant managers, 22 are currently studying for this.

World Food Programme

We contribute to the global community by supporting the UN World Food Programme (WFP). In the UK and Ireland our employees have raised over £3.5 million pounds since 2007, over £1,000,000 last year alone! enough to pay for six million meals for children in some of the poorest parts of the world. Yum! as a whole has raised over US $115m.

Project Testimonials

  • Sean Robinson
    Sean Robinson Managing Director Park Lane, Project managers for Turnberry Commercial Limited

    Turnberry Commercial Limited sold a site to KFC for a new drive-thru at Junction 26 M8 Braehead, Glasgow. The KFC team are knowledgeable and professional and fully understood that working jointly ensured project milestones were met. KFC worked very well with our master plan infrastructure contractor during site development challenges to coordinate effort before, during and after site handover. Turnberry Commercial Limited wishes KFC success with its knew Braehead unit and would not hesitate to develop other sites with KFC.

  • Chris Grocock
    Chris Grocock Employer Hub Coordinator Nottingham City Council

    KFC worked with Nottingham City Council to address local unemployment and ensure the economic impact of their investment in new restaurants was maximised for local residents. Their approach to this was highly commendable and an example how dedicating a little time to public / private partnership can work to the mutual benefit of both organisations, makes commercial sense, and delivers a laudable social impact, which helps to address unemployment in neighbouring communities.

  • David Thomas
    David Thomas Construction Director Trojan Construction Management Ltd

    Trojan Construction Management have worked successfully with KFC since January 2012. Our excellent working relationship has resulted in the successful completion of the projects undertaken, either on time or ahead of schedule.The pro-active approach undertaken by the "Team" ensures that the project runs smoothly from start to finish. As an employer, KFC are contributing greatly to the construction industry, as well as providing long term jobs when the store is completed. The support given by KFC as a client is second to none. As a company we are extremely proud to be involved with KFC's Development Team and their consultants.


We constantly strive to reduce our direct carbon footprint in our restaurant by investing in resource-efficient technologies to reduce waste and minimise energy, water and packaging usage. We also work with suppliers to ensure our products are sustainably sourced. For example, our aim is for 100% of KFC UK and Ireland's packaging to be from either recycled or sustainable sources.

KFC and the environment

Eco-Store Programme

In 2009, we began a programme to pilot energy saving measures in two eco stores. Technologies successfully tested in these restaurants are now standard in major refurbishments, and include energy efficient LED lighting, voltage optimisation and energy management systems.

Energy and Carbon

We're training our employees and investing in resource-effecient technologies to reduce waste and to minimise our energy, water and packaging usage. We have a new target to reduce energy use by 20% by 2020 on 2012 levels and to once again achieve Carbon Trust certification.

Water Conservation

Water conservation schemes in our restaurants include dual-flush cistyerns and waterless urinals, saving some 200,000 litres of water per year in each restaurant. During construction, by implementing green technologies we have reduced CO2 from construction materials by 25% per tonne. All our contractors must also be members of the 'Considerate Constructors'.(http://www.ccscheme.org.uk/)

Minimising Waste

We have set a new target to recycle at least 80% of our own waste by 2015 and for zero waste to be sent to landfill by the end of 2015. All our waste cooking oil is recycled into biodiesel, some 7.75m litres per year!  In 2014 we are piloting a food re-use scheme in some restaurants to safely distribute unused cooked food to local charities which we hope to roll-out widely this year.