MCA’s June edition coincides with venues being able to serve customers indoors for the first time since December 2020, albeit with restrictions.

In this issue we explore why this is a major step forward, as well as the growing anxiety that the Indian variant could delay the next phase of the roadmap. In a number of flagship features, we delve into how the new owners of Leon, EG Group’s Issa brothers, will maintain the magic of the healthy fast-food brand after the departure of talismanic co-founder John Vincent.

In property, we examine whether there is a race for space in the suburbs and countryside, and how long the appeal of these destinations will last as we emerge from lockdown.

In the first of a series of feature interviews in the wake our Retailers Retailer Awards, we speak to BrewDog president David McDowall, who discusses how the craft company has kept its independent spirit, despite becoming a well-established brand.

Elsewhere we have our regular columns from Dominic Walsh, Peter Martin and David Read, coverage from our weekly talk show The Conversation, as well as a round-up of all the essential news, people and openings. We hope you enjoy the edition.