Jasmin Robertson director of Roza’s Gourmet has been named a finalist for the Singapore Airlines award for young business person of the year in the 2018 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards. Returning for the 13th time The Lord Mayor’s Business Awards recognises Brisbane businesses and entrepreneurs who have made outstanding contributions to the continued growth of the city’s economy to apply.

Roza’s Gourmet was founded by Jasmin’s parents, and 25 years after its inception Jasmin took over directorship. “It was never really something that I planned to do. I remember when my dad said that he was going to retire, that I should run the sauce business,” she said While originally feeling out of her depth with time and experience, Jasmin found herself understanding how the position could put her in a place of creativity and empowerment, allowing her to act on her own ideas and creations.

Under Jasmin’s direction, Roza’s Gourmet has grown far beyond its humble beginnings in her family home. “It’s just so impossible to compare mum making them in our home kitchen and mum and dad selling maybe a thousand products a week to now, us selling 30,000 products a week. Back then, it wasn’t really a company, it was Mum and Dad, as a hobby that turned into a home business,” she said. Jasmin has also been recognised as a winner of Brisbane Young Entrepreneur of the Year and finalist for the Women in Brisbane Business Achiever Awards. Winners of the 2018 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards will be announced at a gala dinner on 19 October.

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