2010 has been a successful year for leading Oriental grocer Wing Yip. The year commenced with Mr Wing Yip being awarded an OBE for services to the Oriental food industry in the New Year Honours List, shortly followed by Brian Yip winning the Young Wholesaler of the Year and culminating in Mr Wing Yip receiving a lifetime achievement award at the World Food Awards.
Mr Wing Yip said: “2010 has been a rewarding year for the Wing Yip Company. It has been fulfilling to watch the business grow and I would like to thank my brothers Sammy and Lee and my family, who have provided me with their support. The success of Wing Yip is made possible because of the dedication and loyalty shown by our staff and customers.”
Woon Wing Yip, arrived in the UK by boat from Hong Kong in 1959. He worked as a waiter and eighteen months later Wing and business partners opened their first Chinese restaurant in Clacton-on-Sea. Eventually, Wing and his brothers, Sammy and Lee, opened shops in Digbeth, Birmingham, in 1970 and another store in Manchester. The company now employs approximately 400 people and the food empire turns over approximately £100 million a year.
Future plans for Wing Yip include doubling the size of the Birmingham store, developing a superstore in Nottingham, and another opening planned in Cardiff, making it Wing Yip’s sixth store. The company is now widely recognised as the UK’s leading Oriental grocer with existing superstores in Birmingham, Manchester, Cricklewood and Croydon.