Atul Pathak was presented with British Airways’ Community Champion award at the Houses of Parliament.
Virendra Sharma, MP for Ealing Southall, nominated Atul Pathak for the award which recognises individuals for their outstanding contribution to their local community. Atul was joined by 37 other community champions from across the UK, each nominated by their local MP, to receive the award from Denise Lewis OBE, Olympic gold medallist, and Keith Williams, British Airways chief executive.
Since establishing his first McDonald’s restaurant in Southall in 2003, Atul has been committed to operating his business in a socially responsible manner by helping a number of local community groups, and undertaking his own initiatives to give something back to the community. Over the past four years Atul has chaired Southall’s Safer Neighbourhood Team, where he is able to contribute to enhancing the area so that it is a good place to live and to do business.
[pullquote]I believe it is my duty as a responsible business owner to give something back to the local community and, as such, I am humbled to receive this award.[/pullquote]With his employees, Atul supports a number of local schools across the borough, helping students to gain a practical understanding of the world of business by presenting at careers days and hosting interview skills workshops. He has organised a number of cleanup campaigns to boost the local environment, galvanising his employees, police officers, councillors and community groups to collect litter and remove graffiti. Atul’s staff training centre at Hanwell is also available, free of charge, for community groups to host meetings.
Atul is equally dedicated to giving back to his 1,500 employees, by helping them to maximise their career opportunities. At his Hanwell restaurant, Atul invested £300,000 in a state-of-the-art training centre, which is also an accredited examination centre, to provide an opportunity for his staff to complete a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Multi-Skilled Hospitality and gain GCSE equivalent qualifications in Maths and English.
Speaking about his award, Atul Pathak said: “I believe it is my duty as a responsible business owner to give something back to the local community and, as such, I am humbled to receive this award.”
Virendra Sharma, MP for Ealing Southall, commented: “Atul is an inspirational and generous individual and is held in high esteem by many, including the local police, schools and charities. His philosophy of giving back to the community is evident in the valuable work he does, and I am delighted that he has been recognised as a community champion.”