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Thornbury has successfully renewed Fairtrade TOWN status for two years, following its ongoing commitment to promoting Fairtrade principles. 

The Thornbury Fairtrade Steering Group revealed its plans to promote Fairtrade to more community groups and businesses in the area by taking part in campaigns, including the nationwide Fairtrade Fortnight at the end of February. The steering group will be encouraging local café restaurants and bars to host various breakfast’s using fairtrade and local produce.

Thornbury was first awarded the Fairtrade status in 2004 in recognition of the strong support for Fairtrade within the town, and the achievement of five qualifying goals, such as a wide availability of Fairtrade products in local shops and catering outlets, high levels of support from local people, businesses, the council, faith groups and schools.

Spokesperson for the Town Gail Whitehead, “The support for Fairtrade in town has been very strong over the last 10 years, I aim to support the community to help celebrate the town’s new status and deliver our 5 action plans over next 2 years”, we have just renewed our towns status in October 2015.

Adam Gardner, Communities Campaigns Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “We’re so pleased that Thornbury town has renewed their Fairtrade status and laid out clear exciting goals to take Fairtrade further.”

“Thanks to the ongoing support of the public and campaigners, an increasing number of farmers in developing countries are now selling their products on Fairtrade terms, bringing them a stable income, and the chance to trade their way out of poverty.”

Fairtrade helps small-scale farmers ensure they earn stable incomes and have long-term contracts with companies. In addition, they earn the Fairtrade Premium, which they invest as the farmer-owned co-operative democratically chooses, in projects that will benefit their business or community.

The FAIRTRADE Mark independently certifies that products meet economic, social and environmental standards. As such, it is the most widely recognised ethical mark worldwide.
For more information about the FAIRTRADE Mark and how to apply for Fairtrade status, visit

To get involved in the Fairtrade campaign in Thornbury town, email or go to our Facebook page “Thornbury Fairtrade” and find out more what’s going on in the world and the town



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