EG Group, the owner of UK fast-food chain Leon, has announced plans to create more than 32,000 jobs across the globe over the next five years by making sustained investments in its foodservice business.

In the UK, the company plans to deliver these employment opportunities by bolstering the footprint of Leon and Cooplands, its bakery chain, across its forecourt network, new-to-industry (NTI) sites and EG foodservice concessions at Asda stores.

The company also intends to create jobs by speeding up openings for its current third-party brand partners, such as Starbucks and KFC, which will include drive-thrus at its UK forecourts and in Asda car parks.

Between January 2022 and December 2026, EG Group plans to create nearly 22,700 employment opportunities in the UK.

It also intends to create around 9,700 jobs across nine overseas locations, namely the Netherlands, Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Australia and the US, over the same five-year period.

Through 2026, EG Group plans to open 50 Leon restaurants a year, mainly in the UK, as well as start a wider expansion in Europe with ten locations in the Netherlands.

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Furthermore, it plans to open 30 Cooplands outlets a year through 2026. These include cafés inside NTI sites and convenience stores on EG forecourts.

In addition to the new job opportunities, EG Group has also announced a pay hike and increased benefits for UK employees.  

EG Group co-founders and co-CEOs Mohsin Issa and Zuber Issa said: “As EG continues to go from strength to strength, we will be creating a large number of new jobs over the coming years, particularly in our successful foodservice business – which remains a significant growth opportunity globally.

“We are proud to be a business founded in Britain that invests in job creation worldwide while focusing heavily on the training and development of colleagues.”