Promoting a fair deal

Market Harborough Fair Trade Town Steering Group promote fairtrade fortnight last year
Market Harborough Fair Trade Town Steering Group promote fairtrade fortnight last year

Harborough’s commitment to Fairtrade products was reaffirmed this week when plans to renew the Fairtrade Town status were backed by the district council.

Harborough won Fairtrade Town status in 2006 after a steering group of committed individuals was set up.

However, the group is required to apply to the Fairtrade Foundation every two years to renew its commitment to the Fairtrade movement.

On Tuesday, Harborough District Council agreed to back the movement for another two years.

In a letter to councillors, Anita Beer, secretary for the Harborough Fairtrade Town Steering Group, said: “The process requires the steering group to make a plan to further encourage the awareness and involvement of our town in Fair Trade.

“Crucial to this is the council’s endorsement.”

A spokesman for Harborough District Council said: “Market Harborough Fair Trade Town Group promotes Fairtrade throughout the year. There is a particular focus on Fairtrade Fortnight from the end of February to the Middle of March.

“Fairtrade is well supported in the town, with a large number of cafes and retailers selling fair trade produce and advertising the fact with window stickers.

“Food, clothes, craft items and homewares are available in about 32 shops, with 13 cafes and restaurants offering fairtrade refreshments. There is also a local company, Lanka Kade, which imports traditional toys from Sri Lanka .”