Dounne Alexander was born in Trinidad, and immigrated with her parents to Britain in 1962. For 22 years she worked as a Chemical/Bacteriological technician and housing officer. She became a single parent in 1986, and embarked on a new career.
She was aware that everyone was getting into health foods, and went to her kitchen and cooked up a batch of concentrated hot pepper herbal sauce using a recipe created by her herbalist/spiritualist grandmother, who swore it could improve your health. She gave it to some friends to try, and they loved it.
With no formal business training or experience, she established her herbal food manufacturing business 'GRAMMAS', named in memory of her grandmother.
Within three months she had convinced Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum and Mason to sell her sauces. She also got her products onto the shelves of the 7 top supermarket chains - among them Safeway, Tesco and Waitrose.
Today, Dounne includes herbal seasonings and a selection of herbal teas and drinks in her range, all available by mail order. Dounne has won 7 national awards, including 'Women Mean Business' - most outstanding British small business and 'Black Businesswoman of the Millennium'.