East Lothian Council

East Lothian retains Fairtrade status

Published Tuesday 9th October 12

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County successfully retains Fairtrade status

East Lothian has successfully retained its status as a Fairtrade county in recognition of the work done throughout the area by groups and individuals to promote the sale of products at fair prices which benefit producers in the developing world.

Depute Provost, Jim Gillies who is a member of the Fairtrade community steering group and Co-operative representative, said:

"I've had the pleasure or working with many local people and groups who are extremely committed to promoting the aims of Fairtrade in East Lothian. From individual traders to schools, villages and towns Fairtrade principles have been adopted across East Lothian which I believe reflects positively on the county."

The Fairtrade Foundation in their letter of confirmation renewing the county's Fairtrade status stated:

"It is wonderful to see the council take such an active role in the campaign. The East Lothian Small Grant Scheme is an excellent idea and it has clearly been a resounding success and you've been able to help so many small groups get started."

The East Lothian Fairtrade Network aims to promote awareness of Fairtrade in East Lothian.  The Network originally achieved Fairtrade County status for East Lothian in April 2011.  There are many groups, schools, churches and businesses already promoting Fairtrade in East Lothian but further help is always appreciated.

There are village and town steering groups in Longniddry, Prestonpans, North Berwick, Dunbar and Musselburgh which can be supported.  Anyone wishing to be involved in these or to create your own group, please contact economicdevelopment@eastlothian.gov.uk or telephone 01620 827282.

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