London is 'woefully underprepared' for Brexit, Yo! Sushi boss warns

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London is not yet prepared to exit the European Union, the boss of a major restaurant chain has warned.

Robin Rowland, CEO of Japanese chain Yo! Sushi, said he believes the capital is “woefully underprepared” for Brexit.

He said he fears ministers are not aware of the challenges they face while implementing Britain’s Exit from the European Union. 

Mr Rowland said: “There will be a huge scramble for people who are qualified to do jobs, unskilled work is also going to be desperately in demand. 

“I think we have a major problem that I’m not sure the Government has a clue about how to face.”

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Yo! Sushi CEO Robin Rowland

Mr Rowland was speaking to business interviewer and debate host Michael Hayman on London Live’s Capital Conversation – a new series starting on Tuesday, August 1 at 7pm.

Anchored by Mr Hayman, who has interviewed business leaders from around the world and chaired London’s mayoral debate for the tech industry, the show aims to “showcase the best in business and convene leaders at the heart of London’s most exciting success stories.”

Mr Hayman is also the co-founder of campaigns firm Seven Hills and the national initiative for early-stage firms StartUp Britain. He is also the co-author of Penguin Business best seller, Mission: How the Best in Business Break Through.

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Yo! Sushi CEO Robin Rowland is interviewed by Michael Hayman for new London Live series The Capital Conversation

The show will host a variety of guests from London’s business scene including hoteliers, restaurateurs and rising tech stars.

London Live Head of News and Current Affairs, Jim Grice, said: “The Capital Conversation is London Live’s new flagship business show and we’re thrilled to welcome Michael Hayman as the host.

“We have an exciting line-up of brilliant guests that reflects the energy of London’s business scene and the show will provide a strong forum to debate issues that really matter.” 

Speaking of his appointment Mr Hayman said: “The Capital Conversation will be a home for the very best in business and will offer a dedicated show for London’s fantastic businesses. I’m looking forward to exploring their stories and the issues that make the difference for business in London.”


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