Janet Sawyer received the BEM award for services to Employment and Culture in East Devon.
Posted on: 10 October 2012
Janet Sawyer is Managing Director of LittlePod. She is passionate about everything she does and the people she meets and it is through that genuine sense of community that her business was born. LittlePod has a unique ethos – as well as creating great products, it is committed to help the communities which rely on vanilla cultivation and conserve the fragile ecosystems where it is grown.
Janet’s strong sense of community runs through the company. She also founded the Farringdon Society of Arts in 2000. She has mentored young people through internships or work experience and has given them the opportunity to use either the FSA or LittlePod for experience to launch their careers and has taken one on as a fulltime employee.
Janet has achieved phenomenal success in a short time including a Taste of the West Award in 2010 and being featured as 1 of 10 upcoming brands in the book The Best of British commissioned by the Army and Navy Club in celebration of their 175th Anniversary, which has been presented to their patron, The Queen, for her Diamond Jubilee.
LittlePod’s products are now being sold in Singapore, Portugal, Kuwait, Germany, Austria and Finland. Janet rents the newly refurbished village hall kitchen as a production facility, thus putting money back into the community.
Janet has contributed greatly to the FSA including making a film, staging many plays and events, and a pop up art gallery all in aid of charity.