Woon Wing Yip OBE

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Woon Wing Yip is a Chinese-born British entrepreneur, best known for having started the Wing Yip supermarket chain. His Chinese and oriental superstores supply more than 2000 Chinese restaurants throughout the UK.

Yip arrived in Birmingham, United Kingdom from Hong Kong in 1959 at the age of 19. He later started his own restaurants in the East Anglia region of England.

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He founded the Wing Yip supermarket in the UK. The Wing Yip business has also branched out into property development, management and investment. The property portfolio is worth around £23 million. With an annual turnover of 80 million pounds, he became the first Anglo-Chinese tycoon in the UK.

Wing Yip have been supplying Chinese Restaurants and Takeaways and food enthusiasts with Chinese groceries and other products for more than 40 years.

Yip is also a philanthropist. He has endowed several scholarships for students from both the UK and China, administered through the W Wing Yip and Brothers Charitable Trust. He is passionate about education and sees it as the secret of his own success.

Woon Wing Yip’s first Chinese grocers shop opened in Digbeth, Birmingham in 1970, employing just 10 people. Now his food empire turns over more than £100 million a year, employs 400 people and supplies more than 2000 restaurants nationwide.

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