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    Leon considers CVA


    Healthy fast-food concept Leon has become the latest chain to consider a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) in a bid to cut its rent bill. The business appointed consultancy firm Quantuma in June to advise it on seeking new rent terms, but is now said to be drawing up CVA proposals as a result of pressures caused by the second national lockdown. According to Sky News, plans are at an early stage and the implications for store closures and jobs are yet to be disclosed.

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    Leon appoints Ayerst MD


    Leon has appointed Nick Ayerst, former MD of TRG Concessions, as managing director.

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    Leon announces ‘unlimited’ coffee offer


    Leon has followed Pret’s lead with an ‘unlimited’ coffee offer of £15 for 30 days, which aims to get office workers back into the city.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Large majority feel safe in pubs and restaurants


    An overwhelming number of consumers (94%) who have visited pubs, restaurants and bars in England in the two weeks since reopening were satisfied with the safety steps in venues they visited, with 96% being likely to recommend a visit to friends and family.

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    Leon to open four new motorway sites


    Leon has announced the opening of four new restaurants at motorway services in the next few months.

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    AlixPartners: Necessity is the mother of invention


    Relief, excitement and anxiety seem to be the overriding emotions emanating from hospitality operators since the government finally confirmed that 4 July is the date pubs and restaurants bring up the shutters after three months of inactivity. According to the latest weekly Hospitality Leaders Poll by MCA/HIM, exactly 50% of respondents are set to grasp that opportunity and reopen this coming weekend. The pent-up demand that exists from the public to eat and drink out has been highlighted by the volume of bookings many operators have already taken.

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    Leon makes sector-first environmental commitments


    Leon has become the first eating out business to sign up to all 14 commitments put forward by the Council for Sustainable Business’ (CSB) to protect and improve the environment.

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    Operators continue to reopen for takeaway and delivery


    Starbucks, Subway, Chipotle, Caffe Nero and Loungers are among the latest operators to reopen sites for delivery and takeaway services this week.

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    Leon expands Feed Britain delivery service


    Leon has expanded its online delivery service, Feed Britain, with a larger menu and delivery capacity.

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    Vita Mojo: Helping Leon, Farmer J and Bone Daddies build a post-covid world


    The shutdown of restaurants has ushered in five years of digital innovation in the industry within just a few months, Vita Mojo CEO Nick Popovici has told MCA.

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    Downey’s nine-month rent free proposal backed by industry leaders


    Jonathan Downey’s nine-month rent time out proposal will be put to Government this week, backed by a number of industry leaders.

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    Editor’s Opinion: Hang tight and plan your return


    The coronavirus continues to wreak havoc. It’s claimed hundreds of thousands of lives around the world and numbers continue to rise. As dreadful as that is, the long term socio-economic impact is more disturbing. The virus has created a level of disruption to health, society, and the economy that’s never happened before, outside of wartime. And while there is plenty of speculation on how life in general may get back to normal post-lockdown, with vaguely optimistic or pessimistic dates floating around, there is no clarity on how or when this might end.

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    Timeline: How the coronavirus crisis unfolded


    Here are just some of the twists and turns over the last few weeks. If you want to read all the MCA coverage of the coronavirus crisis click here.

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    FeedNHS goes nationwide


    FeedNHS, the not-for-profit campaign launched by Leon founder John Vincent, has announced that it will be going nationwide next week.

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    Peter Martin: If there’s one debt you do need to pay


    So the waiting game begins. After the last weeks of frenetic activity as the hospitality sector lobbied hard for Government lifelines, most companies are locking themselves into survival mode.

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    Honest, Creams and The Antonio Carluccio Foundation launch support schemes


    Honest Burgers and Creams are the latest operators to launch NHS and community support initiatives in response to the coronavirus pandemic, whilst industry charity The Antonio Carluccio Foundation has extended its funding.

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    ​Leon: ‘So many people are saying they can’t get food’


    Leon managing director Shereen Ritchie has told MCA of the brand’s ambition to reach the vulnerable and elderly as it launches a new grocery and ready meal delivery service today.

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    ​Steve Gotham: Contrasting coronavirus communications


    MCA’s Operator Data Index includes over 350 eating & drinking out chains with five outlets or more. We estimate these businesses generated a combined turnover of almost £27bn in 2019 – quite what this comparative will equate to in 2020 when the coronavirus dust eventually settles is a scary prospect. Many of these businesses have temporarily closed all operations, while a number are gallantly soldiering on with delivery or takeaway from selected locations only. Of those businesses still trading in some form, it is useful to review their online messages on how they are dealing with the coronavirus. Certainly, there are differences in how they are looking to both inform and reassure consumers.

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    Leon readies new delivery service, Feed Britain


    Leon is to launch an online delivery service, Feed Britain, offering grocery boxes and ready meals.

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    Deliveroo, Leon, Yard Sale Pizza and Pizza Punks lead the way on NHS fundraisers


    Over the weekend, operators including Deliveroo, Leon Yard Sale Pizza and Pizza Punks launched fundraising campaigns to support NHS staff and frontline workers.