Lauren LeFranc, a Jamaican entrepreneur residing in the United Kingdom, has won a graduate award from City University of London to expand her already established coffee business, J.A. Island Roasters.
As part of her award package, LeFranc also secured a location for her business at the university's Cass Business School, and she is looking at commencing operations in the upcoming weeks.
LeFranc, a qualified barrister of England and Wales who first set up the company in Jamaica in 2011 while completing her legal education, has been focused on selling roasted coffee through J.A. Island Roasters under the brand True Blue 100% Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee.
With this award, she is looking forward to importing organic and non-organic Jamaican green beans to the U.K. from the world-famous Blue Mountains.