Uppingham recognised for sale of Fairtrade items

Uppingham Fairtrade coordinator Marc Oxley and mayor David Casewell with the fairtrade certificate.
Uppingham Fairtrade coordinator Marc Oxley and mayor David Casewell with the fairtrade certificate.
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A town’s commitment to promoting ethical products has been recognised after it was awarded Faitrade Town status.

The Fairtrade Foundation bestowed the honour upon Uppingham following hard work by the town partnership and its traders.

The certificate was presented to Uppingham Town Council by Uppingham Fairtrade co-ordinator Marc Oxley.

Mr Oxley, also an Uppingham town councillor, said: “This is quite an accolade and reflects the commitment to promoting Fairtrade to the wider community by shops and most especially the churches and schools in the town.

“We hope to build on that commitment and continue to promote Fairtrade initiatives in the town.”

Rutland already has Fairtrade status as a county, and it is unusual for a town within a Fairtrade county to be recognised independently.

There are 573 places in the UK which have been awarded Fairtrade status, including counties, districts, cities, towns and villages.

Uppingham is one of the smallest and joins its Northamptonshire neighbour Oundle.

To qualify to become a Fairtrade town, traders need to demonstrate a strong commitment to promoting Fairtrade goods to the wider community.

The Fairtrade Foundation works to ensure a fair price is paid to farmers in the developing world. The foundation has successfully lobbied Parliament for a Supermarket Ombudsman to be created, which has had the knock-on effect of helping farmers in the UK.

Mr Oxley added: “The more people who make a conscious choice to buy goods marked with the Fairtrade logo, the better it will be for the communities within the developing world who benefit from selling their produce on a Fairtrade basis.

“As well as giving the farmer a fair price for his coffee, tea, cotton, cocoa beans and so on, money is also paid into a community fund, so that the community in which the farmer lives is given a dividend which can be used as they like.

“This has helped many different communities across the globe by paying for teachers and schools, building roads and other
 projects.”