British Association For Fair Trade Shops
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BAFTS member wins Fairtrade Gold Award
Kerala Crafts was presented with a Gold Award for 'Best Fairtrade Retailer - Multiple Products' at the South West Fairtrade Business Awards recently. The winners of the 2014 regional Fairtrade Business Awards, sponsored by The Co-operative, were announced at a ceremony at Bristol's City Hall on 6th March.
The Awards were presented by ethical expert at The Observer and The Guardian, Lucy Siegle.
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.
Kerala Crafts works to help alleviate poverty in southern India by supporting women's welfare centres, who create ethically produced bags, homeware and lingerie.
BAFTS members at ACE Convention 2014
Best Years Ltd (stall 24)
Just Trade- Fair Trade Jewellery and Accessories (stall 1)
Fair to Trade Ltd. (stall 53) and Fair Grounds on stall 3. Best wishes to all our exhibitors!!
Disclaimer re Fair trade supplier members
30 years of One World Shop Edinburgh
other of our BAFTS' shops is celebrating an anniversary of longevity soon: One World Shop In Edinburgh will be 30 years old soon. Well done One World Shop! Please see the shortened Press Release from Rachel Farey, Business Manager, below.
FAIR TRADE SHOP CELEBRATES 30 YEARS IN EDINBURGH
Edinburgh's first fair trade enterprise celebrates its 30th birthday this week. The One World Shop, based under St John's Church at the West End, is celebrating 30 years of fair trade in Edinburgh by designing and commissioning a bespoke jute bag from one of the original suppliers to the shop; Action Bag of Bangladesh.
The pioneering fair trade shop, which was set up by a group of volunteers has helped over 7 million people to be lifted out of poverty in the last 30 years. During the last three decades fair trade has become mainstream with the introduction of the Fairtrade mark, Fairtrade Fortnight and Scotland's new found status as a Fair Trade Nation. Although all the main supermarkets now stock items like coffee, tea, chocolate and bananas, the One World Shop remains one of only a few specialist fair trade shops in Edinburgh supplying a wide range of handmade crafts, jewellery, textiles and stationery.
Rachel Farey, Business Manager at the One World Shop said:
"We'd like to thank all our customers over the past three decades for supporting the shop and the producers in the developing world that we source our goods from. We'd like to encourage all of you to pop into the shop before Christmas to help us continue our fair trade work into the future."
Despite recent difficulties to traders with the closure of traffic in the West End, the One World Shop remains a thriving social enterprise that is supported by 25 volunteers a year in Edinburgh. For more information please contact: