Winners of South West Fairtrade Business Awards Announced!
The winner of the first ever regional Fairtrade Business Awards, sponsored by The Co-operative, is Easy Bean from Yeovil.
The ready meals provider impressed the judges : ‘A focussed company who clearly knows where it’s going and has worked with the Fairtrade Foundation to expand the range of Fairtrade products in a new area without becoming all 'worthy'. It has a sense of informative fun around its’ ethos and packaging which is a brilliant way to engage customers with Fairtrade. ‘
The Awards were presented by entrepreneur and chef, Levi Roots, at a ceremony at the Colston Hall on Friday 8th March, attended by 160 business leaders in the region. Levi has recently visited Fairtrade cocoa farmers in Ghana and told the audience how inspired he was by the difference Fairtrade makes to communities.
The ceremony was opened by the Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson.
The winners of the individual awards were from across the region:
Best Fairtrade Accommodation : Greenhouse B&B in Bristol
Best Fairtrade Food Outlet: UWE Coffee Cart in Bristol
Best Fairtrade Office, sponsored by Burges Salmon: City College Plymouth
Best Fairtrade Retailer: Lee Abbey in Devon
Best Fairtrade Supplier: Essential in Bristol and Koolskools in Lyndhurst.
The aim of the Awards is to increase sales of, and support for, Fairtrade amongst businesses in the region, by promoting those businesses that support Fairtrade and encouraging others to do more. Increasing sales of Fairtrade products enables more small producers in the developing world to make a sustainable living.
46 businesses across the region have achieved bronze, silver and gold Awards.
For more details and photos, contact Jenny Foster, Bristol and Southwest Fairtrade co-ordinator
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