Fair Trade Blackpool

Fair Trade Blackpool

Fairtrade Fortnight 23rd February – 8th March 2015

Organisations across Blackpool are preparing to celebrate the international Fairtrade Fortnight, which begins next week.

A plethora of events including Fairtrade restaurant menus, taste tests and coffee mornings will promote the Fairtrade message to the general public, explaining the importance of buying Fairtrade products such as coffee, fruit and chocolate.

The events are being co-ordinated by Blackpool’s Fairness Commission.

Local schools, libraries, churches and private businesses have all got involved in organising the events, which will help the town as it applies for Fairtrade status.

In order to get local people involved in the campaign, schools and businesses are being asked to create their own ‘Fairtrade photo’ as part of a special competition.

People are asked to create their own photo depicting the importance of using Fairtrade products and send them to the Blackpool Fairtrade campaign, with the winners getting a free food hamper full of Fairtrade prizes.

As well as the photography competition, a number of extra events are being held around the town. There’s a full list of events at the left.

Cllr Martin Mitchell, who campaigned for Blackpool to become a Fairtrade town, is looking for more organisations to get on board. He said: “We know that some businesses in Blackpool are already in support of Fairtrade and we are looking for more of them to get on board in helping us to become a Fairtrade town and make Blackpool a fairer place to live and work.

“Being a Fairtrade business is a bigger gesture than just stocking a couple of products – adopting Fairtrade status will help businesses motivate employees, stand out from the crowd and, of course, keep customers happy.

“It’s great to see so many people active in the Fairtrade movement and I’d encourage everybody to get involved.”

Blackpool Fairtrade Competition

The Blackpool Fairtrade campaign is running a competition this Fairtrade Fortnight… and it’s really quick and easy to get involved!!

All we are asking is for you to send us a photo (or video if you are feeling particularly creative!) of the most interesting, intriguing and creative way to show your support for Fairtrade.

It can be as simple as a photo of someone holding a banana in-place of their mouth or a photo of a wall display, or as big as an ‘Art Attack’ type display. You could take the picture at home, at the top of the Tower, in a supermarket… anywhere you like so long as it is in Blackpool.

The entrant who sends in the most interesting photo will get a certificate and win a Fairtrade prize (a Fairtrade hamper full of great Fairtrade products).

Their photo will also be shared on social media and in the local press highlighting their support for Fairtrade in Blackpool.

The rules:

1. The photo / video must be taken somewhere in Blackpool
2. The competition is open to EVERYONE in Blackpool
3. The deadline for all competition entries will be on Friday 6th March.
4. Photos can be sent via either Twitter, Facebook or Email (see below)
5. Please make sure you also give your name and either a phone number or email address

Twitter: @bpl_fairtrade
Facebook: BlackpoolFairtrade
Email: blackpool_fairtrade@outlook.com


Week of activities for Blackpool’s Fairtrade Week (Published 26.7.14)

Monday 28 July – Friday 1 August, 2014

Bruce Crowther, founder of the first Fairtrade Town, will visit Blackpool to deliver a free seminar for residents and local entrepreneurs in an attempt to encourage more support for Fairtrade in Blackpool.

The seminar, taking place at St John’s Conference Centre, St. John’s Square, is being hosted by Blackpool Fairness Commission and Blackpool Council in the quest to gain official Fairtrade status for the town.

Cllr Martin Mitchell, who campaigned for Blackpool to become a Fairtrade town, is looking for businesses to get on board: “We know that some businesses in Blackpool are already in support of Fairtrade and we are looking for more of them to get on board in helping us to become a Fairtrade town and make Blackpool a fairer place to live and work.

“Being a Fairtrade business is a bigger gesture than just stocking a couple of products – adopting Fairtrade status will help motivate employees, stand out from the crowd and, of course, keep customers happy.”

Blackpool residents and businesses are invited to attend the FREE seminar on Wednesday 30 July, from 6.30-8.30pm, where the founder of the first Fairtrade Town in Garstang, Bruce Crowther, and the manager of Sainsbury’s new flagship store on Talbot Rd will talk about how supporting Fairtrade can boost sales and increase customer loyalty.

Blackpool Fairtrade Week 2014 events include:

Monday 28 July, ‘Un-fair’ Tug-of-war on the beach opposite Comedy Carpet at 4pm, to highlight the unfairness facing many of the world’s poorer countries who have the odds stacked against them when competing on the global market for trade.

Wednesday 30 July, Fairtrade Event at St John’s Conference Centre at 6.30pm-8:30pm, seminar delivered by Bruce Crowther.

Friday 1 August, Fairtrade Picnic at Stanley Park, on the field at the side of the children’s play area at the park from 1pm – 3pm.


Did you Know?

More than 500 towns have official Fairtrade status
UK sales of Fairtrade in 2013 were up 14% on the previous year
Over £32M generated from Fairtrade sales in the UK
More than 1.4 million famers and workers in Fairtrade
There are 500 Fairtrade towns across the country – this number is growing every year

Fairtrade Fortnight
23rd February – 8th March 2015

Monday 23rd February
Blackpool and the Fylde College (University Campus Gallery) – Fairtrade Photograph Exhibition

Anchorsholme Library – Fairtrade Tea and Coffee Afternoon – 2pm – 4pm

Tuesday 24th February
Blackpool and the Fylde College (University Campus Gallery) – Fairtrade Photograph Exhibition

Blackpool and the Fylde College (Bispham Campus) – Fairtrade themed menu at Blackpool and The Fylde College’s Level 6 Restaurant. To view the menu visit www.blackpool.ac.uk/level6 or to book, call 01253 504157 – open to the public

Blackpool and the Fylde College (Bispham Campus) – Fairtrade and Green Week Fair – Celebrating Fairtrade and all things green including Fairtrade and Traidcraft stalls, Fairtrade bake sale and Smoothie Bike challenge

Moor Park Library – Fairtrade Tea and Coffee Morning – 10am – 12noon

Wednesday 25th February
Blackpool and the Fylde College (University Campus Gallery) – Fairtrade Photograph Exhibition

Victoria Hospital (Main entrance) – Fairtrade display and promotions

Thursday 26th February
Blackpool and the Fylde College (University Campus Gallery) – Fairtrade Photograph Exhibition

Sainsbury’s (Talbot Road) – Fairtrade Taste Test in the main foyer 12pm – 4pm

Blackpool and the Fylde College (University Campus) – Fairtrade and Green Week Fair – Celebrating Fairtrade and all things green including Fairtrade and Traidcraft stalls, Fairtrade bake sale and Smoothie Bike challenge

Friday 27th February
Sainsbury’s (Talbot Road) – Fairtrade Taste Test in the main foyer 12pm – 4pm

Blackpool and the Fylde College (Bispham Campus) – Fairtrade tea, coffee and chocolate tasting sessions

Saturday 28th February
Sainsbury’s (Talbot Road) – Fairtrade Taste Test in the main foyer 12pm – 4pm

Sunday 1st March
Sainsbury’s (Talbot Road) – Fairtrade Taste Test in the main foyer 12pm – 4pm

St Paul’s Church (Marton) – Fairtrade Tea and Coffee Morning 11.30am

Monday 2nd March
Central Library – Fairtrade Tea and Coffee Day between 10am – 4pm

Café Chicco (Solaris Centre) – Fairtrade Tea and Coffee Day between 9am – 5pm

Tuesday 3rd March
Palatine Library – Fairtrade Tea and Coffee Morning – 2pm – 4pm

Wednesday 4th March
Victoria Hospital (Main entrance) – Fairtrade display and promotions

Thursday 5th March
Sainsbury’s (Talbot Road) – Fairtrade Taste Test in the main foyer 12pm – 4pm

Victoria Hospital (Main entrance) – Fairtrade display and promotions

Friday 6th March
Sainsbury’s (Talbot Road) – Fairtrade Taste Test in the main foyer 12pm – 4pm

Layton Library – Fairtrade Tea and Coffee Morning – 10am – 12noon

Holy Trinity Church (Dean Street) – Fairtrade Tea and Coffee Morning – 10.30am

Saturday 7th March
Sainsbury’s (Talbot Road) – Fairtrade Taste Test in the main foyer 12pm – 4pm

All Saints Church (Anchorsholme) – Fairtrade Tea and Coffee Morning between 10am – 12noon

Anchorsholme Methodist Church (North Road) – Fairtrade tea and Coffee Morning 10.30am

Sunday 8th March
Sainsbury’s (Talbot Road) – Fairtrade Taste Test in the main foyer 12pm – 4pm

In addition to these events the following retailers will also be displaying their support for Fairtrade throughout Fairtrade fortnight…

Booker’s Cash and Carry
The Co-operative (Birley Street)
Marks and Spencer (Church Street)
Blackpool and The Fylde College –Starbucks and catering outlets
Sainsbury’s

The following schools will be promoting and learning about Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight…

Devonshire Road Primary School
Revoe Primary School
Aspire Academy
St Mary’s Catholic Academy
St Teresa’s Primary School
Baines Endowed Primary School


Fairtrade in 2014

Blackpool Fairtrade Week

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