20 October, 2017

Leon’s John Vincent goes head-to-head for Peach 2020

Leon co-founder John Vincent MBE, winner of the Individual of the Year title at last year’s Peach Hero & Icon Awards, takes to the stage again for a head-to-head interview with CGA’s Peter Martin at the Peach 2020 conference in London on November 22.

Vincent has helped guide what was once seen as a quirky, London-centric, healthy fast-food operation into a still-expanding international business – and one of the hottest brands in the marketplace. But it hasn’t been a straightforward or easy route. Peter Martin will talk with him about the problems and the successes, the people who have made it possible, changing customer attitudes and the lessons for the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Last year, Vincent made an impassioned acceptance speech about the future of the industry, and having worked with government on improving school meals, will also give his insight on the political scene.

Also speaking at Peach 2020 this year are pop-up retail and brands entrepreneur Roger Wade, the founder of London’s Boxpark, and Laura Harper-Hinton, creative director at Caravan and one of the founding forces behind the iconic and growing coffee and all-day restaurant and bar concept.

ALMR’s Kate Nicholls will lead the political discussion on the day, while CGA’s own team will present the latest thinking on consumer trends and habits, with We Are Spectacular’s Mark McCulloch suggesting different ways of engaging with an ever experimental public.

The exclusive, invitation-only event for the sector’s top executives and entrepreneurs – run by CGA, the sector’s leading research and insight consultancy – is being held at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, on Wednesday, November 22. It will be followed in the evening by the annual Peach Hero & Icon Awards dinner, honouring the best in the industry.

“We will be presenting and debating the latest views on both consumer and business confidence within the eating and drinking-out market, as well as mapping out the shifting geography of the sector and examining the impact of technology on the sector,” said Peter Martin, CGA vice president and host of the 2017 conference.

“We’ll be hearing from investors and business leaders on where they think the out-of-home market is heading and the challenges it faces. We’ll also be looking at the political outlook, as well as practical issues of how brands and companies can stand-out in an increasingly competitive marketplace, be clever with pricing and picking the latest hotspots to trade in,” added Martin.

More speakers will be announced shortly.


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