Atul was presented with the Parvasi Award by the Non-Resident Indian Institute (NRI) at their celebration event which took place at Hotel Le Meridien in New Delhi, last week.
Established in 1989, the NRI hosts an annual awards celebration to recognise 20 people of Indian origin living in India and abroad for their outstanding achievements in their chosen field of activities, and for their contribution to the socio-economic development of India and the country of their adoption. The award was presented to Atul by Dr Iqbal Singh, the Governor of Puducherry. Also in attendance at the event were General JJ Singh, Governor of Arunachal Pradesh; H.E Nimisha Madhvani, High Commissioner of Uganda to India; Joginder Singh, former Director of the CBI, India; and Tarlochan Singh MP.
Atul arrived in the UK from India in 1984 to become an entrepreneur, but established his first McDonald’s restaurant relatively recently in 2003. Ironically, his first restaurant opened in Southall, which has one of the largest Indian communities in the UK. As an entrepreneur, Atul remains committed to the values and ethics which were instilled in him since childhood, which focuses on a collective approach to community responsibility. He believes in giving something back to the communities in which his restaurants operate and dedicates a significant amount of his personal time to community and charity based organisations. Through his 20 McDonald’s restaurants, Atul also supports numerous community groups, which in turn support the education and development of young and vulnerable people, foster community cohesion, and enhance the local environment where his restaurants operate.
The Parvasi Award, was also given in recognition of Atul’s commitment to the training and development of his 1,500 employees, which in turn helps them to enhance their long-term career prospects and boost their ambition. Atul was also praised for his work in helping to foster tolerance and understanding of all cultures and religions, particularly as a Hindu who sits on the executive committee of the British Sikh Association.
Speaking about his award, Atul Pathak said: “It is an honour for me to be recognised in India for my business operation as a McDonald’s franchisee in the UK. This year, my aim is to continue developing my business and to support the communities where I operate. As McDonald’s founder, Ray Kroc, once said: ‘The more I help others to succeed, the more I succeed.’”