Outstanding Entrepreneurs of Jamaican Heritage Honoured in the UK


Three entrepreneurs of Jamaican heritage were recently honoured by the United Kingdom-based (UK) Growing Aspiring People (GAP) Network, for outstanding contribution to their communities.
At the ceremony held at the Jamaican High Commission in London, awards were presented to farmer Wilfred Emanuel Jones; sauce maker Levi Roots; and Tim Campbell, who owns a business support company.
High Commissioner to the UK, Burchell Whiteman, commended the three men for being positive role models, through their involvement in a variety of youth mentoring and community development programmes.
“You have succeeded beyond expectations and you are showing (young people) an alternative way to success but at the same time, you are all giving back to the community, motivating others and making a difference, ” he said.
He noted that the achievements of the men, who have their roots in Clarendon, are in keeping with the Jamaican Government’s policy of growing the economy through business and enterprise.
Mr. Whiteman also lauded the GAP network, which provides support and promotes the development of black and minority ethnic businesses and enterprise.
Mr. Jones, one of a few black farmers in Britain, produces a range of sausages and sauces under the ‘Black Farmer’ brand. Last year, he established the Black Farmer rural scholarship, which was the subject of a televised documentary. The scholarship exposes black and other inner-city youth to agriculture.
Levi Roots produces a Reggae jerk/barbecue sauce, made from his grandmother’s secret recipe, which is sold in the Sainsbury supermarket chain.
A musician and chef, he gained widespread fame after appearing on the UK television programme ‘Dragons’ Den’ to seek funding for his sauce making business.
A former London Underground employee, Mr. Campbell was selected as Sir Alan Sugar’s first apprentice in the BBC Television programme of the same name in 2005. Mr. Campbell has since left Sir Alan’s electronic manufacturing company ‘Amstrad’ and founded ‘The Bright Ideas Trust’ which supports young entrepreneurs.

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