Vincent McKevitt: Tossed
Focus: Salad bars
Vincent McKevitt, 29
London needs another salad bar chain like Madonna needs a pay rise. But McKevitt has proved that, with the right offering and know-how, you can thrive in even the most crowded of markets. Launched in 2005, Tossed serves über healthy salads and already employs more than 70 staff across five London sites. Expect this to rise to eight by the end of the year as he adds Harrods102 and the new Westfield shopping centre to the mix.
Unlike many competing chains, this growth has been funded through debt and cashflow alone, and Tossed hit profit in its first year. McKevitt opened his first franchise site this year and expects to open another seven to 10 stores next year. This year’s turnover will be in the region of £2.3m.