YO! Sushi’s Robin Rowland picked up the ultimate ‘power’ accolade earlier this year when he was awarded an OBE for services to the restaurant and hospitality industry.
“This is a huge honour, but also a major recognition for our amazing UK hospitality industry, which now leads the world in everything from innovation and operational excellence to service and professional development,” he said upon receiving the title.
Robin has been a leading player in the UK restaurant market for more than 30 years, working within some of the industry’s top operators including Whitbread, Scottish & Newcastle and The Restaurant Group before joining YO! Sushi in 1999.
He has led the business through a management buyout, sale to private equity, grown the estate to almost 100 restaurants and helped nurture the careers of many successful individuals across the sector. YO! Sushi was the first to bring the concept of a Japanese ‘kaiten’ sushi bar that delivered food via a conveyor belt to the UK and today it serves more than six million customers a year.
It received plaudits for introducing the National Living Wage to all 1,800 employees across the UK, regardless of age. “For us, it is the fair and right thing to do,” insists Robin.
Company: YO! Sushi
Address: 95 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3BT
Tel: 020 7841 0700
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