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2016 Fairtrade Business Awards Open for Applications!


The South West Fairtrade Business Awards are now open for applications to all businesses in the south west region.

Fair Trade Business Awards 2015

Fair Trade Business Awards 2015

Now in their fourth year, the Awards reward businesses that demonstrate commitment to using and promoting Fairtrade. They are free to enter and declare a fair and ethical business ethos for all businesses that meet the criteria, who are rewarded with an e-logo, certificate and seats at the Awards ceremony – hosted in 2016 by Liz Earle MBE. Winners of each category receive a unique trophy designed by Bristol Blue Glass.

Winning a Fairtrade Business Awards identifies your business as Fair and Ethical and is a great motivator to staff and customers.

In 2015, 76 businesses in the region achieved bronze, silver and gold Awards.

How Green is Fairtrade

Fairtrade sales have doubled year on year since 2003, and recognition of the Fairtrade Mark is higher than any other consumer mark at 90%.

Fairtrade guarantees a fair and living wage for small scale farmers in developing countries, as well as a social premium to benefit the wider community, to be spent on healthcare, education, clean water and more. Fairtrade standards also guarantee environmental protection of local ecosystems and rainforests, as well as strict controls on waste, carbon emissions and water use. Fairtrade is an excellent anti-poverty tool as well as supporting sustainable farming methods across the globe.

How to Apply

Fairtrade-Awards-Web-MedalThere are 7 categories:

  • Best Fairtrade Office
  • Best Fairtrade Retailer –single product
  • Best Fairtrade Retailer – multiple products
  • Best Fairtrade Café or Restaurant
  • Best Fairtrade Accommodation or Conference Centre, sponsored by Sawdays
  • Best Fairtrade University or College
  • Best Fairtrade Advocate Award, sponsored by SWTUC

The best Fairtrade Business 2016 is selected from the winners of these categories.

Winner of the 2015 Best Fairtrade Business Award, Koolskools, said:

 “We’re humbled and delighted to have won the Best Fairtrade Business in the South West Award. We had a fantastic and inspiring day at the Awards ceremony and will do all we can to support Fairtrade in the future”.

Liz Earle Fair Trade Jewellery

Liz Earle Fair Trade Jewellery

The Awards Ceremony in 2016 will take place on Friday 11th March 11.30am-2pm at the At-Bristol Science Centre.

The host is ethical beauty and wellbeing guru, Liz Earle MBE, who has recently launched a range of Fairtrade Gold jewellery in association with Cred Jewellery.

The Fairtrade Brunch and business to business Networking at the Ceremony is sponsored by Shared Interest Foundation.

To enter the Awards go to:

Business, Opportunities, Fairtrade
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