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Jamaican woman gets Queen’s Award for enterprise promotion

Published:Thursday | May 5, 2016 | 12:09 PM
Dorothy Francis ... I consider myself fortunate to be awarded for doing a job that I love.

A Jamaica-born woman, Dorothy Francis, has been given the Queen’s Award for enterprise promotion.

Francis, the chief executive of the Co-operative and Social Enterprise Agency (CASE) is one of eight people in the United Kingdom to receive the enterprise promotion award but was the only one granted a lifetime achievement award.

The award is made to people who have played an outstanding role in promoting enterprise skills and attitudes by giving time, effort and advice.

Francis received the lifetime achievement award for enterprise promotion for over 30 years of supporting the establishment and growth of co-operatively run businesses primarily through her service at CASE as the chief executive since 2000.

"I consider myself fortunate to be awarded for doing a job that I love," Francis said.

CASE specialises in delivering advice, training and business growth for co-operatives and social enterprises in Leicestershire and the East Midlands in the United Kingdom. 

Francis has directly supported more than 200 enterprises to start and develop and has worked with many more.

A number of these businesses have been trading for 25 years.