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Fairtrade 2011 Award Bristol

Bristol has won the Outstanding Achievement Award in this year's Fairtrade Fortnight Awards. We came top in all 3 categories we entered and the judges said we were head and shoulders above other towns and cities in the way we strategically targeted our audience, brought together such a range of partners and attracted huge amounts of media coverage.

Bristol Fairtrade Co-ordinator, Jenny Foster, and other members of the Bristol Fairtrade Network plus students from St Mary Redcliffe Sixth Form accepted the Award on Saturday at the National Fairtrade Conference in Birmingham. Renwick Rose, Co-ordinator of the Windward Islands Farmers Association, presented them with the Award, as well as £700 prize money (see photo).

The Award confirms Bristol as the leading Fairtrade City in the UK, with events such as the Fairwear Fashion Show and Cotton On, and the Fairtrade Purchasing Guide being replicated by other Fairtrade groups around the world.

Harriet Lamb, The Executive Director of the Fairtrade Foundation congratulated Bristol on getting the award. ‘Once again Bristol showed that what a great Fairtrade City they are by organising a range of exciting and innovative activities during Fairtrade Fortnight. They thoroughly deserve this award as they are a wonderful example of how people coming to together to show their support for trade justice can make a real difference in the communities where they live,’

Bristol Fairtrade Co-ordinator, Jenny Foster, is delighted by this recognition of Bristol’s Fairtrade Fortnight output and commented ‘Our events are successful because we partner with so many different organisations and companies around the City. Fairtrade is becoming embedded into Bristol schools, businesses and community groups because it is not only ethical and sustainable but makes good sense. People in Bristol want to trade fairly and to see the difference their purchasing choices can make.’

The Awards, sponsored by the Co-operative Group, celebrate the achievements and creativity of Fairtrade campaigners and supporters during the annual two-week Fairtrade Fortnight campaign, this year held from 28th February – 13th March 2011.

Fairtrade Fortnight is promoted by networks around the country including businesses, charities, student groups, churches and other faith-based organisations to raise awareness of Fairtrade, and the impact choosing products with the FAIRTRADE Mark has on farming communities in less developed countries.

For more information on Fairtrade in Bristol visit: www.bristolfairtrade.org.uk

Jenny Foster, Bristol Fairtrade Co-ordinator 07970-878337

Christine Storry, Bristol City Council, 0117-922-4336

Adam Gardner, Fairtrade Foundation