Healthy fast food outfit Leon has been on a major expansion drive during the past 12 to 18 months and with site number 38 opening at the Brunswick Centre in London and a store in Brighton on its way, it surely won’t be long before the chain is celebrating a milestone of the golden kind.
John Vincent, who founded the business 12 years ago alongside Henry Dimbleby and chef Allegra McEvedy, actually only took over day-to-day running two years ago, but everything he does is geared towards the company’s mission of making it easier for everyone to eat well.
As well as being responsible for innovation at Leon, he personally tastes every dish before it makes it on to the menu and has co-authored three of the Leon cookbooks. Away from the customer-facing side of the business, John has been hard at work this year attracting fresh investment to grow the business.
With Brexit putting a squeeze on corporate loans, Leon has reportedly secured £19m worth of funding from alternative lender OakNorth to open a raft of new stores and create an extra 1,000 jobs.
It also struck a five-year deal with SSP, the specialist operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, to bring its concept to a number of rail stations across the UK.
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