Backing Fairtrade Yorkshire

Harrogate celebrates

The snowy weather didn’t stop members of the Harrogate Borough, and Ripon Fairtrade Groups celebrating the successful achievement of Yorkshire becoming the first Fairtrade Region in the UK.  In fact the deep layer of snow was most helpful in chilling the Fairtrade champagne with which the group toasted the success of the campaign!

The group chose to raise their glasses outside Harrogate Pump Room as one of Yorkshire’s iconic landmarks.


Carmen Sawers, Chair of Harrogate Borough Fairtrade Group, said “We are delighted to celebrate this achievement.  Harrogate has been known for the health-giving qualities of its spa water for nearly two centuries, despite the interesting taste!  The Fairtrade champagne leaves a better taste in your mouth, not just the obvious one but because of the life-changing result brought to the producers by receiving the benefits of a Fairtrade price.  Fairtrade products definitely include a health-giving quality.”

The official declaration on 18th January this year marked the culmination of three years’ work by campaigners and traders across Yorkshire, and recognised the enormous support for Fairtrade across the region. The campaign received the support of Yorkshire bishops, sportsmen and sportswomen, schools, universities, faith groups, MEPs, Councils and artists including Ian McMillan, the Bard of Barnsley. Support came from MPs including George Galloway, Hilary Benn, Rachel Reeves and Greg Mulholland, who tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament supporting the campaign. This has so far received the signatures of 27 MPs including the York-born David Davis.

The group included Harrogate & Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, who said: “Becoming the first certified Fairtrade Region is a fantastic achievement. Everyone who’s bought, sold or supported Fairtrade anywhere in Yorkshire has contributed to this – the support really has been amazing, from Harrogate to Hull, Ripon to Rotherham.  It just shows how caring Yorkshire folk are.”

Harrogate 2

The success of Fairtrade products has been a phenomenon, defying the downturn and growing to sales worth £1.32bn across the UK in 2011. By providing a guaranteed minimum price for products, Fairtrade provides dignity and security to producers and helps communities lift themselves out of poverty all over the developing world. Over 4,500 products are now bear the Fairtrade Mark, which is certified by an international network of foundations.


Posted on March 17th, 2013 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Schools Celebrate Yorkshire’s Fair Success

Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr Ann Castle and children from local schools showing their support for Fairtrade Yorkshire

Children from 14 schools across Leeds gathered together at the Civic Hall to celebrate their fair trade work and pledge their support for Fairtrade Yorkshire. The Fair trade School Celebration was opened by the Lord Mayor Cllr Ann Castle and attended by visiting teachers from Germany, Austria and Leeds’ partner city Brno in the Czech Republic.

Hannah Dalrymple, organiser of the event and Chair of Fairtrade Yorkshire said “Yorkshire is well on its way to becoming the first region in the UK to attain Fairtrade status. It’s really exciting to see so much excellent and creative work going on in Leeds schools to raise awareness about fair trade issues, and so inspiring to hear from teachers across Europe who are pioneering similar work in their own countries.”

The event was organised to help schools share good ideas about teaching and learning about fair trade issues and celebrate their achievements. Activities included presentations from schools, animation workshops and Fairtrade Yorkshire rosette making.

Schools that attended were Adel Primary, Ireland Wood, Otley All Saints, Bankside Primary, St Marys Menston, Wykebeck Primary School, Southroyd Primary, St. Chad’s Primary School, Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Allerton C of E Primary, NWSILC, Harehills Primary.

Posted on October 23rd, 2012 by Fairtrade Yorkshire


Mo Zafir of Fairtrade wholesalers, Premcrest, who are pleased to give their backing to the campaign for Yorkshire to be the UK’s first Fairtrade region.  Premcrest supply across the UK from their base in Bradford.

Posted on October 7th, 2012 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

University of Hull

The University of Hull has a new Fairtrade Steering Group.  Chris King from the group is keen to support the campaign for Fairtrade Yorkshire.

Posted on October 7th, 2012 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Julian Smith MP

Julian Smith, Member of Parliament for Skipton and Ripon, gives his support to Fairtrade Yorkshire, saying:

“I have been pleased to support the excellent efforts of campaigners in Ripon who achieved Fairtrade status for the City and am pleased to be asked to support the Fairtrade Yorkshire initiative. The principles of fair trade – to support farmers and workers in the developing world – are ones I would encourage people to get behind”

Posted on October 7th, 2012 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Cooperative backs us

The Cooperative, one of the great pioneers of Fairtrade retailing, have given their backing to the Campaign for Fairtrade Yorkshire.  We wholeheartedly thank Cooperative Membership for their support and sponsorship.

Dashing Chris Forrest of Cooperative Membership shows his support

Posted on September 30th, 2012 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Leeds Uni Oxfam support us

The Oxfam Campaigns Group at the University of Leeds are backing Fairtrade Yorkshire.

Sean & Soo from Leeds Uni Oxfam

Posted on September 30th, 2012 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Yorkshire Oxfamers back Fairtrade Yorkshire

Key Oxfam activists from across Yorkshire have given their backing to the campaign to make Yorkshire the UK’s first Fairtrade Region.

Pictured here are Oxfam Campaigns representatives from Todmorden, Leeds, Halifax, Huddersfield, Sheffield and York.


Posted on September 30th, 2012 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Ian McMillan’s poem for Fairtrade Yorkshire

Ian McMillan supports Fairtrade Yorkshire

Ian McMillan lends his support to the campaign

Yorkshire poet and national treasure Ian McMillan, the Bard of Barnsley, has leant his support to the campaign to make Yorkshire a Fairtrade Region.

The presenter of BBC Radio 3’s “The Verb” and poet-in-residence at Barnsley FC has penned an ode to the campaign called simply “Fairtrade Region”:

Let’s make Yorkshire a Fairtrade place,
Put a Fairtrade smile on a trader’s face;
From the northern dales to the steel-built south,
Let’s bring a grin to a trader’s mouth;
From the Western Moors to the East Coast ships,
Let’s raise a cheer from a trader’s lips.
Let’s make a Fairtrade county – make it fair,
Show that we’re Yorkshire and show we care!

Hear Ian McMillan reading the poem – we’ll be uploading a video soon!

Many thanks, Ian!

Posted on September 19th, 2012 by Fairtrade Yorkshire

Robert Goodwill MP

Fairtrade Yorkshire has received this endorsement from Robert, who is the MP for Scarborough and Whitby:

“I am delighted to support the Fairtrade Yorkshire campaign.  People in Yorkshire are well aware how their purchasing decisions can affect farmers in the developing world and ensure that these farmers receive a fair price for the produce they sell.  Fairtrade labelling ensures that people can easily identify which foods to buy.  Also I believe it is important that we support our own local farmers here in the County by purchasing locally produced produce as well.  Recent publicity surrounding the price of milk and the power of the supermarkets and processors has brought this into the news and similarly those working hard on moor land to produce beef and lamb also deserve our support.  Fairtrade extends, not just to food produced in developing countries, but also to food produced closer to home.  I am delighted to support this campaign.”

Posted on September 9th, 2012 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News