Featured in the Sunday Times, Fraser Doherty, Scotland’s pride and joy, boasts an arresting smile and friendly charm to top off the fairytale of entrepreneurship and drive, which culminated in one of the UK’s most successful businesses, and defied the economic pessimism of this generation.
It takes a special person with a unique drive to successfully battle the symptoms of the worst economic climate in which to start a business in most people’s living memory. Fraser started a chicken farm in his front room at the age of 9 – whether his parents were impressed or not, this was definitely an indication of an exceptional entrepreneurial spirit.
As talent is turned away by companies in employment freezes, the young and ambitious are setting up shop alone.
Fraser was watching his gran in Glasgow making jam in her kitchen and began to wonder why jam sales had declined – when he realised there was too much added sugar for today’s health conscious consumer, he declared that there must be a way of making jam without adding sugar.
Fraser’s 100% fruit Superjam, with an annual turnover of £1million, is now stocked in most leading supermarkets. He has taken his jam (jam, not jelly!) to the States, and is now developing a sustainable honey business.
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