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Fairtrade Fortnight 2014

When: Monday 24th February to Sunday 9th March 2014
Where: Various locations throughout Bristol (
For details of all events :

An exciting range of events are planned in Bristol to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight 2014. Fairtrade is the most recognised ethical mark in the UK, by 78% of consumers and the most trusted, at 90% of these consumers. Fairtrade plays a crucial role in ensuring sustainable food production for a growing global population, as well as providing a fair and stable income to producers in developing countries.

Margarita Espinoza, Fairtrade coffee producer from Soppexcca Co-operative in Nicaragua, will be in Bristol for the Fortnight and will be speaking to around 2000 children in local schools, as well as at events. Margarita is hosted by Bristol Link with Nicaragua and Bristol and South Gloucestershire Fairtrade groups, and the visit is sponsored by the Co-operative Membership .

Fairtrade Fortnight will be launched at a Media and Business Fairtrade Breakfast at Burges Salmon on Monday 24th February 7.45-9am (For more event details: Click Here) . Business and Community leaders will hear from Margarita Espinoza and the Burges Salmon Procurement team, and be asked to pledge support to Fairtrade.

SGS College in Filton will host a regional Fairtrade Schools Conference on 26th February (For more event details: Click Here), where 100 children and teachers will learn about Fairtrade, meet Margarita, and Skype call workers at a Fairtrade school uniform factory in India!

The South West Fairtrade Business Awards ceremony will take place at City Hall on Thursday 6th March 12-2pm, sponsored by the Co-operative Membership (For more event details: Click Here). The Awards recognise businesses in the region that use and promote Fairtrade; entries close on 31st January. The ceremony will be hosted by ‘The Observer’s ethical correspondent, Lucy Siegle, and will be followed by a business networking lunch sponsored by Shared Interest Foundation.

Details and tickets: http://swftbusinessawards.eventbrite.co.uk

The Fortnight will conclude by a celebration of International Women’s Day at the M Shed on Saturday 8th March 7.30-10.30pm (For more event details: Click Here). ‘Changing the World for Women and Girls’ will include a film screening of ‘In the House, In Bed and in the Street’, a panel debate and music from The Cat’s Pyjamas and Mykala Cheung, as well as Fairtrade refreshments. Tickets from M Shed http://mshed.org/whats-on/events/international-women's-day/

For details of all events : www.bristolfairtrade.org.uk