Delegates urged: Make Fairtrade your business

The Major and a representative of the Fair Trade Forum

Published Tuesday, 30 June 2015

THE first Fairtrade Conference to be held in Hinckley & Bosworth Borough was opened by the Mayor, Councillor Mrs Janice Richards.

The conference was organised by members of the Hinckley and Bosworth Fairtrade Forum, a group of volunteers from local churches and other organisations who support the promotion of Fairtrade goods.  Supported by the Borough Council, the Forum has enabled the borough to retain Fairtrade Borough status since 2007.

More than 60 people, comprising local businesses and a host of other Fairtrade supporters, joined the Mayor and members of the forum at the conference that was hosted in the Atkins Building.

Entitled “Make Fairtrade Your Business”, the conference offered delegates the chance to learn more about the different types of enterprises that sell Fairtrade as well as practical advice and tips to those interested in setting up businesses and selling Fairtrade themselves.

Delegates were also treated to a presentation from Redmoor Academy students who had been tasked with setting up a social enterprise producing promotional materials to raise the profile of Fairtrade. Students who took part were awarded with certificates. 

The Mayor said:  "I was proud to be invited to open this first event of its kind for Hinckley and Bosworth. I learned a great deal about Fairtrade, which was enlightening.  I was inspired by the way Fairtrade helps people to earn a decent wage. I'm grateful to the volunteers from the Fairtrade Forum for all of their hard work in putting this event together and the work they do to promote this valuable initiative across the borough.”

Mathew Hulbert, who was the event's Master of Ceremonies, said: ''It was a fantastic day and a genuine first of its kind in the Borough. I'd like to thank all of our speakers, volunteers and all those who came along to find out more about this important cause.

By buying Fairtrade products we ensure the original farmer/grower in the developing world gets paid a fairer, more decent wage.''
Last updated: 30/06/2015 14:06