Hot 100 2013 – 33: Wasabi

The basics

Company name: Wasabi
What they do: Sushi bar takeaway outlets
Headquarters: London
The Boss: Dong Kim

The financials

Latest turnover (£,000): 32,594
Four-year compound sales growth (%): 38
Latest Ebitda (£,000): 2,565

The details

Wasabi was the first UK business to sell individually-wrapped pieces of sushi when its founder Dong Kim opened his first Wasabi store by Embankment in London in 2003, Britain’s appetite for sushi has continued to grow. In the last four years, Wasabi has seen seen sales grow from £12m to £32.6m last year, with pre-tax profits of £2.6m.

Nearly 1,000 employees now serve at 29 sushi and bento outlets dotted around central London. Sushi is freshly prepared every morning and nothing – whether sushi or hot food – is held over until the next day, assuring that all food is at its prime. Itadakimasu!

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