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Leon opens 30th site amid £11.5m HSBC funding boost

30 October 2015 by

Leon, the ‘naturally fast food' group, has opened its 30th restaurant, in High Street Kensington, London, amid a £11.5m funding package from HSBC.

This marks the group's eighth site opening this year, as part of its plans to expand further in the near future. It is planning another three locations before the end of 2015, including a flagship site in Hammersmith's Broadway centre, in December.

Based mainly in London, Leon has sites across the city including King's Cross, South Kensington, Victoria Place, Farringdon, Euston and Heathrow airport, plus non-London sites such as East Midlands airport, the Eurotunnel in Folkestone and Stansted airport.

Its most recent opening was in Jubilee Place - its second site in Canary Wharf - on 22 October.

Commenting on the latest opening, chief executive John Vincent said: "More restaurants means we can reach more people and employ more people. Each new restaurant makes it possible to give greater responsibility and greater chances to my fantastic colleagues."

Founded by Vincent and Henry Dimbleby, Leon first opened in Carnaby Street in 2004, aiming to offer fast food that was also healthy. The duo have since helped spearhead the School Food Plan campaign for healthy school meals, and are also set to introduce a 10p drinks levy on all Leon's added-sugar drinks from September.

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