Happy staff secret to rapid growth at healthy fast food store Leon
Healthy fast food chain LEON has reported that their earnings have reached £2.26million this year (a 46% increase), according to the annual report.
The chain – which has taken the high street by storm with its fish finger sandwich, sweet potato falafels and superfood salads – says the increase was down to their good relations with staff.
Founder John Vincent says good relations with its 600 staff was the basis of the success; for example they received the National Living Wage three months before legislation made it compulsory.
“Our own team members are like family to us,” he said, “that is why we have maintained benefits like free meals, paid breaks, and, in addition, significantly increased the discount on meals when not on shift.”
LEON has established a £600,000 programme of wellbeing and development events and training, equating to almost £1,000 per employee, which has seen employees receive massages and mindfulness classes.
As part of this, Leon is set to offer a Wing Tsun programme to half of its workforce including barista, kitchen and head office staff.
Julian Hitch, a world renowned instructor in Wing Tsun and new business advisor for LEON, is helping to design a “kung fu barista” professional qualification, according to The Telegraph.
LEON increased its number of outlets from 23 to 35, hiring another 235 staff.
The firm is set to branch out into Europe, with its first outlet being placed in Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. The company also has plans to expand into America by next spring.