Accolade recognises the efforts of the Cheshire West and Chester Council Fairtrade Steering group

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Cheshire West and Chester has been granted Fairtrade Borough status by the Fairtrade Foundation.

The accolade recognises the efforts of the Cheshire West and Chester Council Fairtrade Steering group, 111 schools and educational establishments, 101 faith organisations, 63 retailers, 52 caterers, 48 community groups, 17 workplaces, one flagship employer (Cheshire Constabulary), and Cheshire West and Chester Council who have all come together to support, promote and serve Fairtrade products.

Cheshire West and Chester Council submitted an application to the Fairtrade Foundation with evidence of the activities undertaken towards achieving the required five goals. These were:

1. The passing of a resolution at full Council in December 2009 committing the authority to support Fairtrade and using Fairtrade tea and coffee at its meetings. It also established a role for a Member Champion for Fairtrade which is currently held by Councillor Julia Tickridge.

2. Help to support local businesses selling and promoting Fairtrade products and a Fairtrade Directory for Cheshire West and Chester was produced.

3. The local community, workplaces, schools and faith organisations were supported and encouraged to use Fairtrade products. Due to the large population of the Borough a Flagship Fairtrade employer also needed to be recruited. Cheshire Constabulary stepped into this role, with its Catering provider - Catering Academy Ltd and their suppliers Peros – undertaking a range of promotions and awareness raising events to boost the profile of its Fairtrade range.

4. Numerous events have been organised to raise the profile of Fairtrade across the Borough including a Fairtrade Tea Dance, Fairtrade Wine Tasting and the colourful Fairtrade Bunting event that attempted to encircle the ancient walls of the City of Chester – the world's first Fairtrade city – with hand-designed bunting, which was supported by more than 100 community and educational groups from across the Borough.

5. The establishment of a Steering group to co-ordinate and collect the evidence of all the initiatives undertaken.

Councillor Julia Tickridge, Member Champion for Fairtrade, said: “I am delighted that the enthusiasm and dedication of all the supporters within workplaces, schools and community groups has been deservedly recognised by the Fairtrade Foundation.”

“It is important to remember that these activities have directly benefited some of the world’s poorest farmers and workers through increasing awareness and sales of Fairtrade in the area.”

“Fairtrade Borough status provides an invaluable platform for the Council to further the principles and values which underpin the ethos of Fairtrade.”

The steering group is now arranging a number of celebration activities to take place across the borough to thank the wide range of organisations that have helped raise awareness and support the principles of Fairtrade.

It is also beginning to look ahead to plan further Fairtrade events because Fairtrade Status is renewed every two years.

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Lord Mayor Councillor Eleanor Johnson, Councillor Julia Tickridge (Member Champion for Fairtrade)
Back row: L to R – Kate Birtwistle (former Member Champion, Northwich volunteer) Sue Atkinson, (Catering Academy) Peter Linsey, (Churches Together Chester and Treasurer of Fairtrade Steering group) Catherine Brookes (Catering Academy) Heather Staniland (Methodist Churches) Bridget Dimbleby (Northwich volunteer) Merilyn Holroyd (Chester Fair Trading) and Stefania Isbell (Cheshire West and Chester Council Sustainability Officer).

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