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Talking to... Yo! Sushi's Robin Rowland

Rich Lee 12/03/2015 Staff Writer After a chance meeting with founder of Yo! Sushi, Simon Woodroffe, Robin joined YO! Sushi as Operations Director in July 1999 and took over as CEO in September 2000. In 2003, he led a management buy-out and has since taken the brand from a niche Japanese ‘kaiten’ dining concept, serving fresh sushi delivered by conveyor belt, into an award-winning, internationally recognised brand with over 100 restaurants worldwide serving more than 7million customers a year…     Firstly, you’re a resident of Surrey are you not? Yes, we bought an old farm house in Mitcham near Leatherhead. We chose Surrey for the quality of life, great schools, somewhere nice for our children to grow up in. I literally walk across fields to get to the station to go to work every day. So I leave my boots at the station and head off to London.   So what drew you to the hospitality sector? I was one of the lucky ones who were offered a job straight out of university with companies like Marks & Spencer and Whitbread. And then I ran a business called Old...

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