Cheshire West and Chester is a Fairtrade Borough.
The borough was first awarded this status by the Fairtrade Foundation in July 2011. At its meeting in October 2018, the Council unanimously agreed to continue to support Fairtrade across the Borough through a Notice of Motion, and to support the work of the independent Steering Group. The Council – along with the local community of Cheshire West and Chester – regularly organises a variety of events and promotions to raise awareness of Fairtrade. As well as the Local Authority, there are now hundreds of educational establishments, faith organisations, retailers, caterers, community groups and workplaces involved within the Borough that support, promote and deliver Fairtrade products.
The Steering Group has successful in renewed its accreditation up to December 2020, and is now preparing events and activities for Fairtrade Fortnight - from 25 February to 10 March 2019. Fairtrade Fortnight is a highlight of the year, when volunteers, campaigners, businesses, schools and places of worship show their support for the Fairtrade producers. During the Fortnight, the Steering Group wants to celebrate Fairtrade across the Borough, if you belong to a group that's involved or know about one, send the details to:
In December 2009, the Council unanimously voted to pass the Fairtrade Resolution and remain committed to its objectives.
Fairtrade Steering Group
The local community of Cheshire West and Chester along with the Authority regularly organise a variety of events and promotions to raise awareness of Fairtrade within the borough. These are organised and co-ordinated through the Fairtrade Steering Group which is made up of community volunteers, supporters and local campaigners.
A Fairtrade Directory was developed in 2010 to support the local businesses that supply Fairtrade products and promote Fairtrade throughout the Borough. While this is now out of date, it still does provide a useful list of Fairtrade outlets. The Steering Group unfortunately does not have the resources to update this directory and it is included here in good faith. The inclusion of any outlets does not imply that there is any endorsement or recommendation by Cheshire West and Chester Council or the Fairtrade Steering group.
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