South West Fairtrade Business Awards deadline extended to February 10th

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Bristol firms that put ethical responsibilities at the heart of their business are being urged to enter the South West Fairtrade Business Awards.

Now in their fifth year, the coveted awards champion businesses that demonstrate commitment to using and promoting fairtrade and supporting fair and ethical business practices.

Bristol organisations have traditionally been among the winners of the prestigious awards. Last year guest houses, cafes, printers and retailers based in the city were among the winners at this year’s South West Fairtrade Business Awards.

Minuteman Press Bristol won the Best Fairtrade Office category, UWE’s Full of Beans cafe walked away with the title of Best Fairtrade Cafe or Restaurant and Sophie Luxton from Computershare was presented with the Best Fairtrade Advocate Award.

The awards are free to enter. Applications close on February 10th. All businesses that meet the fair and ethical criteria are rewarded with an e-logo, certificate and seats at the awards ceremony. Winners of each category receive a unique trophy designed by Bristol Blue Glass.

In total 68 businesses from across the South West achieved bronze, silver and gold awards last year.

There are seven categories:

There are 7 categories:Best Fairtrade Office sponsored by LCSW members Burges Salmon LLP
Best Fairtrade Retailer – single product
Best Fairtrade Retailer – multiple products
Best Fairtrade Café or Restaurant
Best Fairtrade Accommodation or Conference Centre
Best Fairtrade University or College sponsored by LCSW members Triodos Bank
Best Fairtrade Advocate sponsored by South West TUC
The best Fairtrade Business 2017 is selected from the winners of these categories.

The awards ceremony will take place on Friday March 10 between 11.30am and 2pm at Bristol Cathedral.

The Fairtrade Brunch at the ceremony will be provided by Zaytoun, which specialise in fairly traded products from Palestine, and there will also be an opportunity for business-to-business networking. Bristol Business News will again be media partner of these prestigious awards.

A spokesman for last year’s winner of the Best Fairtrade Office Award, Minuteman Press, said: “Winning the award was the most wonderful way for the team to be recognised and meant so very much to all of us personally.

“Our association with Fairtrade has drawn positive comments, clients and suppliers expressing the desire to work with us having recognised our deliberate actions in choosing to work with and promote Fairtrade. The award has attracted additional business, which is a delightful bonus.”

Fairtrade guarantees a fair and living wage for small scale farmers in developing countries, as well as a social premium to benefit the wider community, to be spent on healthcare, education, clean water and more.

Fairtrade standards also guarantee environmental protection of local ecosystems and rainforests, as well as strict controls on waste, carbon emissions and water use. Fairtrade is an excellent anti-poverty tool as well as supporting sustainable farming methods across the globe.

To enter visit: http://www. bristolfairtrade.org.uk/ftba17