One of America’s biggest fast-food operators is looking to recruit more people to own and run its restaurants.

Wendy’s has announced a new scheme called Own Your Opportunity, which will create ways for entrepreneurs who want to become franchisees.

The company is looking to increase restaurant ownership and is particularly keen to offer opportunities among under-represented populations, in particular women and people of color.

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Wendy’s President and CEO Todd Penegor said: “To be the best Wendy’s we can be, we must make available opportunities for everyone who wants to grow with us.

“The Wendy’s brand truly thrives when our System reflects the diversity of our customers and restaurant teams, and when our franchisees are highly engaged and growing together with us.”

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Last year Wendy’s launched the Good Done Right scheme, which aimed to improve the diversity of company management and leadership.

Abigail Pringle, Wendy’s President, International and Chief Development Officer, added: “We believe that increasing diversity of thought and experience will bring new ideas and innovations to Wendy’s, which will help us continue to grow together for decades to come.

“When you become a Wendy’s franchisee, you own more than a great restaurant – you Own Your Opportunity, with a path to prosper and the prospect to lead within a thriving and beloved restaurant brand.”

More information on the project can be found here.

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