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Bristol wins bid to host International Fairtrade Towns Conference 2015fairtrade city


Bristol has won the bid to host the International Fairtrade Towns Conference in 2015. The result was announced yesterday in Oslo.

Bristol gained overwhelming support from Fairtrade Co-ordinators from around the world for our bid, due to the international reputation of our Fairtrade campaigning and enthusiasm for linking the Conference to our European Green Capital events and celebrations in 2015.


The Conference will take place in a weekend in July and will involve approximately 300 delegates from around the world, many of whom will extend their visit to explore the city further. Hosting this Conference will enhance Bristol’s reputation as a green and ethical city and leading tourist destination.

2015 will mark 10 years since Bristol became a Fairtrade City, and hosting this Conference is a perfect way to celebrate what has been achieved in this time.

Bristol’s Mayor, George Ferguson said:

“I am absolutely delighted that Bristol has been chosen to host the International Fairtrade Towns Conference in 2015. The city has a long history of supporting ethical and sustainable trade; something I am very proud of. Our continued support for social enterprise and ethical business means we lead the way when it comes to working for more than just financial gain. Trading fairly is closely linked to this and something which I fervently support.

Bristol is a particularly fitting host for 2015 as this will complement our year as European Green Capital. This will be one of many events which will demonstrate to the world that Bristol is a true leader on ethical business, green issues and sustainability.”