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Ex-McDonald’s exec John Upton takes ‘Ronseal’ approach to unlocking sustainable growth

Ex-McDonald’s exec John Upton takes ‘Ronseal’ approach to unlocking sustainable growth

Industry veteran John Upton says it is vital for operators to be able to build a brand with sustainable growth potential – and that means being candid about the strengths and weaknesses associated with their business.   Upton, now the chairman of food-to-go brands Mother Clucker and The Naked Deli, said how experience working as managing

Former Leon chief joins expansion-hungry chain after it secures £2.5m in private equity capital

The Naked Deli, a Newcastle-based healthy eating chain, is poised to expand its operations after securing a bumper injection of funds. The health-conscious and clean-eating dining experience operator has received £2.5m worth of investment from the Foresight Group, a private equity firm based in London. The company will use the investment from Foresight to bolster

POWER LIST 2017, BUSINESS LEADERS: John Upton, Managing Director, Leon

With a focus on seasonal, fresh and natural ingredients, highly successful grab-and-go chain Leon Restaurants has emphatically proved that fast food doesn’t have to be bad food. Managing director John Upton is certainly a convert having joined the business from McDonald’s and he is using his expertise of the quick-service environment to further the group’s

Leon bags £25m investment for overseas expansion

Healthy fast-food chain Leon has secured a £25m cash boost from Swiss investors which it will use to expand into international markets. The investment came from Spice Private Equity and will help to company to build on its international portfolio which already includes two stores in the Netherlands. Now, co-founder John Vincent has indicated that

KING OF LEON: John Upton on fast food, fluid kitchens and fighting inflation

With a focus on seasonal, fresh and natural ingredients, highly successful foodservice chain Leon Restaurants has emphatically proved that fast food doesn’t have to be bad food. But what sort of kitchen model is harnessed behind the scenes to power this rapidly-growing operation? FEJ caught up with managing director John Upton, who joined the company

Linear designs and martial arts principles keep Leon’s kitchens in overdrive

Healthy restaurant chain Leon has revealed that kitchens in some of its busiest sites are equipped to deal with up to 500 orders an hour to meet consumer expectations on wait-times. And the firm even employs a Wing Tsun martial arts expert to promote techniques that improve performance and staff wellbeing. Leon has invested heavily

EXCLUSIVE: Leon working with suppliers to reduce kitchen costs

The growing cost of equipping kitchens and securing new sites is forcing restaurant chains such as Leon to work more smartly, the boss of the healthy fast food chain has said. John Upton, who joined Leon last year from McDonald’s, said there was no doubt that operators are facing enormous cost pressures from all sides

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