The 2014 regional Fairtrade Business Awards are open for applications
for all businesses in the South West region that support Fairtrade.
The Awards ceremony will be held at City Hall Bristol on Thursday 6th March 2014 as the major event in the region for Fairtrade Fortnight. The Awards will be presented by ethical expert at The Observer and The Guardian, Lucy Siegle
The 2013 Bristol Fairtrade Business Awards were a huge success attracting 160 business people to the Awards ceremony. The Best Fairtrade Business in the South West 2013, Easy Bean, said “So proud and privileged to have carried away the best Fairtrade Business Award for the South West in 2013….it has given the team a boost of confidence and is a useful way of raising our profile with current and future customers.”
The 2014 Awards will generate a high profile in the international Fairtrade community as Bristol has won the bid to host the International Fairtrade Towns Conference in 2015, as part of the city’s European Green Capital celebrations. The organisers, Bristol Fairtrade, won the Highly Commended Award at this year’s national Fairtrade Fortnight Awards partly due to the success of the Fairtrade Business Awards.
The aim of the Awards is to increase sales of and support for Fairtrade amongst local businesses, by promoting businesses that support Fairtrade and encouraging others to do more.
The Awards scheme this year will have 6 categories:
1. Best Fairtrade Office, sponsored by Burges Salmon
2. Best Fairtrade Retailer –single product
3. Best Fairtrade Retailer – multiple products
4. Best Fairtrade Food Outlet
5. Best Fairtrade Accommodation
6. Best Fairtrade University or College
The Best Fairtrade Business 2014 will be selected from the entries in the categories above.
The Awards are free to enter and open to businesses of all sizes in the South West region.
To enter, go to http://southwestfairtrade.eventbrite.co.uk/