Schools score for Fairtrade

Gooooooal!! Pupils from across Leeds and Wakefield put Fairtrade in the back of the net!

Friday 22nd June saw schools from across Leeds and Wakefield come together to celebrate Fairtrade and learn about the people who make footballs at Leeds Civic Hall.

This annual event, run in partnership with Leeds Development Education Centre (DEC) and Fairtrade Leeds for the 8th year, featured special guest Angus Coull from Bala Fairtrade Sports balls. Pupils had a go at making their own footballs and learnt about how Fairtrade means that football workers in Pakistan can now benefit from free eye care and subsidised glasses and free school books and backpacks for workers’ children. The Fairtrade Premium also part funds projects such as water purification plants located just outside the factory gates so that anyone in the community can take advantage of free, safe drinking water.

“It is particularly important that we focus on the people who create the footballs during this World Cup, who often are paid low wages for the hours of work they put into stitching the balls together” said Hannah Langdana, from Leeds DEC.

Pupils from Brownhill Primary School commented “We loved the event. We all got to learn something new about Fairtrade!”

The Coop sponsored the event and provided real life case studies of how Fairtrade can change the lives of the farmers and their communities.

Other special guests included Hilary Benn MP who said it was a “Fantastic event” and the Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr Graham Latty. Stalls were run by The Beehive Fairtrade shop, Europe Direct and Leeds DEC.

Posted on July 2nd, 2018 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

20 years of Namaste

Sam and Rachel Brummitt of Namaste and Jhaindra Ghimire (centre).

This year the Fair Trade wholesaler and retailer, Namaste are celebrating 20 years in business.  On 17th July an event was held at the company’s Skipton head office and show rooms.  Staff, customers, Fair Trade supporters and Namaste well-wishers were all invited.  Guest of honour was the long-standing clothing supplier from Nepal, Jhaindra Ghimire.  Jhaindra is from Sujha Traders and Exports and is a member of Fair Trade Group Nepal.

The Chief Executive of Child Rescue Nepal, Jo Bego also attended and gave a presentation on the work of the charity, which Namaste has supported for over 15 years.  Child Rescue frees children from slavery.  In Nepal there are 100,000 children who are working in extremely hazardous situations and suffer frequent physical and emotional abuse.  The charity works with local police to free children from the workplaces where they are being held captive and then supports those children, where possible reuniting them with their families.

Rachel Brummitt, owner and a company director talked of the history of Namaste:

“Namaste, simply translated as ‘Welcome’ in Nepal, was the result of an inspirational year of travel to Nepal & India.  The idea for the business developed through meeting people making crafts for a living.   We still remember our first products arriving on the farm where we had our first barn warehouse, complete with chickens and wellies.  Development from then on has been organic growth over the years.

Our philosophy is simple, fairly traded products which celebrate the very best of traditional handmade skills.   We offer an extensive range including gifts, home accessories, furnishings, furniture, clothing & accessories, jewellery and incense, fairly traded from the far corners of the world.

Back row from left: Alan Hickman (Fairtrade Skipton), Rachel Brummitt, Marie Hickman (Fairtrade Skipton), Susan Radford (director), Jhaindra Ghimire and Jo Bego. Front: Sam and John Brummitt (directors).


We are a small company with a strong ethical policy based upon the belief that the best way to reduce poverty in the developing world is through trade.  We have helped over 100 producers to grow and develop with us since we started trading 20 years ago.  Namaste is recognised by BAFTS, the British Association of Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers as a Fair Trade importer.”

Following the presentations guests could browse the vast range of Namaste products and help the company celebrate by joining in the feast, which included Nepalese curries and a traditional Yorkshire high tea.

Namaste have a large showroom in Skipton or you can visit them online

Posted on July 28th, 2017 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Gold: always believe in your soul

Bradford and bling came together with a presentation on Fairtrade gold at Bradford Cathedral on 12th September.

Dan Omondi Odida, a gold miner from Kenya, came to speak to a crowd of seventy Fairtrade supporters, including attendees from the University of Bradford.

Karen Palframan (Fairtrade Yorkshire and Fairtrade Bradford Zone) and Dan Omondi Odida Photo credit: John Sargent

Karen Palframan (Fairtrade Yorkshire and Fairtrade Bradford Zone) and Dan Omondi Odida Photo credit: John Sargent

The Dean welcomed everyone to the Cathedral and ethical jewellers Rory McQuaid (the Ethical Jeweller, Otley) and Caroline Kindy (Element Jewellery, Hebden Bridge) supported Dan in the presentation, alongside Adam Gardner from the national Fairtrade Foundation and Mark Dawson and Karen Palframan of Fairtrade Yorkshire.

Dan spoke of the need for Fairtrade gold in order to address injustice in the gold trade.  This includes the lack of a fair price, child labour, ill health as a result of processing the gold, and environmental  damage caused by gold mining.

Fairtrade gold guarantees a fair price and a Fairtrade premium in addition (which can be spent by gold mining cooperatives to improve life in their communities).  The Fairtrade gold scheme includes safety and environmental standards.

Photo credit: John Sargent

Photo credit: John Sargent

You can check out Fairtrade gold jewellery for sale on these websites:

The Ethical Jeweller

Element Jewellery

Fairtrade gold rings will also be available from Argos.


Find out more about Fairtrade gold at the new ‘discover gold’ site:

Posted on September 26th, 2016 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Selby joins the fold

Hot on the heels of the launch of Fairtrade Halifax, a campaign for Fairtrade Town status has been launched in Selby.  A launch event was held at the ‘All’s Fair’ Fair Trade shop in Selby’s historic Counting House on 19th November.  Students from Cawood School gave an impressive presentation detailing the work that the school has done to promote Fair Trade; the school’s Fairtrade Steering Group was the first organisation to call for Selby to become a Fairtrade Town.Selby 1

The ‘All’s Fair’ shop was packed for the event and the campaign for Fairtrade Town status was officially launched by Yorkshire Euro MEP, Linda McAvan.  Joanna Pollard, owner of ‘All’s Fair’, and the Coordinator of Fairtrade Selby, gave a rousing speech to kickstart the campaign and everyone in attendance was invited to sign the petition calling on Selby Town Council to support the Fairtrade Town status.  The petition has been endorsed by the Bishop of Selby.

‘All’s Fair’ will give Selby shoppers the chance to purchase a wide range of Fairtrade and fairly traded goods, including beautiful craft products from around the globe.  Councillor Eva Lambert, of Selby Town Council, welcomed the campaign and also the opening of ‘All’s Fair’ in the historic Counting House.  The building is part of the medieval Abbot’s Staithe complex which local people hope will be restored to its former glory.

Joanna Pollard and Councillor Eva Lambert

Joanna Pollard and Councillor Eva Lambert at All’s Fair

Linda McAvan MEP stated “Having a Fairtrade centre in the community helps promote the principles of Fairtrade and encourages a different attitude regarding ethically sourced products. Joanna has worked extremely hard to bridge two Fairtrade events- the opening of All’s Fair -Selby’s first Fairtrade shop and the launch of Selby’s bid for Faitrade Town status.”

Coordinator of Fairtrade Yorkshire, Mark Dawson also attended the launch and commented ‘Selby is a fantastic place and I wholeheartedly welcome their campaign to become a Fairtrade Town.  All’s Fair provides the people of Selby with a convenient and exciting way to buy products that offer producers a fair deal.’

Visit All’s Fair at the Counting House, 79 Micklegate, Selby and pick up the perfect gift for Christmas.

See the All’s Fair website.

Photos courtesy of Robin Stokes.



Posted on December 4th, 2015 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Shared Interest

Shared Interest



Shared Interest Society is an ethical investment organisation, using investment from people living in the UK to provide fair finance to small holder farmers and handcraft makers in 65 countries.

We are owned and controlled by 8,940 members who collectively invest over £31 million. Together we form the vital link between UK social investors and fair trade organisations needing finance to improve their livelihoods.

In 2013, our finance reached 375 fair trade organisations globally and we made payments of £46.8m to fair trade producers and buyers across the world. As one loan is repaid, these funds are lent out again to another organisation seeking fair finance.

Shared Interest have been financing Kenyan women’s handcraft producers Namayiana for six years now. The group began over 20 years ago. Most women could not read or write, but wished to use the skills they had to care for their children and the community around them. Starting with just 16 members, they have grown their membership to 112. Patterns in their beautiful, traditional beadwork tell a story about a person’s life.Shared Interest (2)

Shared Interest Society is supporting them in their journey by providing much-needed finance to bring this beadwork to customers around the world. The biggest impact of their finance has been a loan which enabled the group to install electricity in the village for the whole community.

Catherine Mututua, Project Manager, said: “Maasai women face many challenges, generally brought about by lack of education. The women are proud they have their own project. They can earn a living and take care of their families.”

Investing in Shared Interest is easy. Anyone over the age of 16 with a UK bank account can open a Share Account with us for as little as £100. You can find out more about investing at:

Shared Interest relies on a network of volunteers who promote the organisation at events across the UK. If you would like to invite an ambassador to talk at a meeting, hold a Shared Interest stall, or answer any questions you might have please contact us at or call us on 0191 233 9103

Posted on February 1st, 2015 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News


Based in Holmfirth, fairandfunky is a Community Interest Company with the mission statement: “empowering people to take their own little steps to change the world”.

fairandfunky-imagefairandfunky deliver a range of creative and interactive workshops on Fairtrade, recycling and the environment, with schools and community groups across Yorkshire. Each fairandfunky workshop uses practical role-play to empower participants to think about their sense of place in the world. A range of activities maintain a engaging pace throughout the workshops, with debate, video presentations, practical tasks and creativity.

Do get in touch with fairandfunky for more information and to book a fairandfunky workshop for your school or community group. Alongside schools across Yorkshire fairandfunky have also led workshops with Fairtrade Keighley, The Fairtrade Foundation, Holmfirth Arts Festival, Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival and The Co-operative Group.

fairandfunky also sell a range of Fairtrade, recycled and organic products via their website and pop-up at a range of events.

Keep up to date with news from fairandfunky on their facebook: and twitter:

Posted on January 10th, 2015 by Fairtrade Yorkshire

Fare’s Fair at the Beehive

beehiveThe Beehive in Chapel Allerton, Leeds, is a small business run by volunteers selling Fair Trade products to our local communities and providing information on Fair Trade and related issues.

The shop runs on a not for profit basis. Any surplus money is given to fair trade charities – mainly Traidcraft Exchange. The shop aims to run with consideration for the environment and in an ethical manner.

They sell tea, coffee, cocoa, chocolate (lots!), rice, pasta, sugar, dried fruit, nuts, muesli, preserves, biscuits, cards, crafts, jewellery, gifts, and much more.

They also provide customised packs for stalls on a Sale or Return basis for coffee mornings, fairs, church or school events – this means you can have a fair trade stall without having to pay for goods upfront and what you don’t sell they will take back. They may also be available to run a stall at an event you have.

Find out more and get in touch with them at

Posted on October 24th, 2014 by Fairtrade Yorkshire

Food Matters – Fairtrade and beyond

A group of organisations including the The Holmfirth Fair Traders Co-operative have produced a pamphlet  entitled “Food Chain Issues”. It’s a good in-depth introduction to the huge subject of the ethics of food – from buying and growing local, to animal welfare and of course Fair Trade. It’s focussed on the Holme Valley but sets out some challenges for us all to think about and proposes a number of promises we could make, for a more positive impact on our planet and society.

Read the document in PDF form below:


Posted on October 15th, 2014 by Fairtrade Yorkshire

New Fair Trade shop for Sheffield

Aimeth (centre) with Ian and Judy at Fair Grounds.

Aimeth (centre) with Ian and Judy at Fair Grounds.

Sheffield has gained a dedicated Fair Trade shop in the shape of Fair Grounds at 195 Whitham Road, close to the University and hospital.

Fair Grounds sells a wide range of Fairtrade foodstuffs and fairly traded crafts,  toys, jewellery and accessories.

The new shop opened just in time for Fairtrade Fortnight and the visit of Columbian banana farmer, Aimeth Angulo, who enjoyed a long browse and a chat with staff members, Ian and Judy.

Fair Grounds website

Fair Grounds on Facebook

Postcode: S10 2SN

Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.

Posted on March 23rd, 2014 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Fair makeover

Charlie Bridge of Fairer World in the new look shop

Charlie Bridge of Fairer World in the new look shop

Fairer World, the renowned Fair Trade shop at 84 Gillygate, in the centre of York, has a bright new look.  Following a refurb earlier in the year, the emporium is sporting a fresh, modern style worthy of a TV makeover.

Fairer World has York’s largest range of Fairtrade and fairly traded products including: food, beverages, crafts, gifts, jewellery, clothing and accessories.  Well worth a visit next time you’re in York.

Read more on Fairer World’s website,

Posted on August 9th, 2013 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News