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Entrepreneur: Leanne Talbot
|Meet the Maker:
When Leanne Talbot moved to Jamaica from the
UK at the age of 11, she knew she wanted to be
an entrepreneur. This belief was first born out
of frustration at what she perceived to be a lack
of choices but it soon turned into a realisation
that, in a developing country, there are many
entrepreneurial business opportunities.
Now 24 and in her final year at the University of
the West Indies where she is studying business
management, Leanne is always thinking of new
business ideas. She has decided to go with one
of them – getting her recycling business off the
ground in Jamaica and turning it into a Caribbeanwide
|The golden opportunity:
With increasing energy costs and depleting
natural resources, recycling is a growing – and
vital – industry.
In Jamaica, a well-structured and sustained
recycling system has not yet been established.
With her business partner Xavier Bedasee,
Leanne wants to set up Island Cycle to provide
new and exciting ways to recycle and educate
people about the importance of taking care of our
The aim is to make recycling the norm in the
|The business in a nutshell:
Island Cycle will help turn waste in the Caribbean
into new products through recycling.
The business will make money by selling
recyclable materials to manufacturers overseas
who will use the shredded or compressed matter
as part of their production process to make new
Island Cycle will be able to offer them large
quantities of recycled materials on a regular basis
at competitive rates.
They’ll also sell advertising on recycling bins, and
create recycled plastic rooms for hire, such as
recycled floating bars.
||I believe that to be
successful in any business it is
important to create a balance
||- Leanne Talbot
How it’s helping the community:
One of Island Cycle’s main goals is to reduce the
Caribbean’s carbon footprint.
It will offer a cheap and easy way for individuals
to contribute to a healthier and cleaner
environment, for themselves and future
“Whilst working towards achieving this goal we
hope to provide jobs and opportunities to localsalong with enhancing tourism,” says Leanne.
“We can work to raise the awareness of
Jamaicans and people living in the wider
Caribbean, on the subject of recycling.”
“Simultaneously, we will be contributing to
economic growth and improving the level of
development in the Caribbean region.”
|The future looks bright:
Leanne wants Island Cycle to start business in
Jamaica and expand across the Caribbean region.
Eventually, rather than selling materials to
overseas manufacturers, she aims to open a plant
in the Caribbean where the recycled materials
can be used to produce new products.
“I have never seen my future as anything other
than living the life of a successful entrepreneur,
owning multiple businesses,” says Leanne. “I have
taken steps throughout my life to prepare for the
moment when I feel ready and confident to take
on the business world – that moment is now.”
- Current number of employees: One
- Expected number of employees in three
years’ time: 35 to 45
- Current annual turnover: Zero
- Expected annual turnover in three years’
time: $800,000 (US)
- Location of headquarters: 15 Mayfair Crescent, Forest Hills, Kingston 19, Jamaica