Wigan borough – A Fairtrade Town
In June 2006 the Council passed a resolution formally pledging to offer Fairtrade tea and coffee in its own meetings and restaurants, and to work with the Wigan Borough Co-operative Members’ Fairtrade Group (external link) to promote Fairtrade in the borough. Thanks to the efforts of this local voluntary group, Wigan borough was officially designated a Fairtrade Town in January 2007 and now Fairtrade Fortnight events are held every February and regular tastings and talks are held throughout the year.
This presentation 'Wigan is now a Fairtrade town' (.pdf, 611Kb) highlights some of the reasons why the Fairtrade group and Wigan Council believe that this issue is so important and why we are committed to maintaining our status as a Fairtrade Town. This means increasing the proportion of Fairtrade outlets and products which are sold in the borough. If your organisation uses, stocks or sells two or more Fairtrade products you can be listed in the local Fairtrade Directory. Let the Fairtrade group know if you would like to see a copy of the Directory or if you would like to have your business, workplace, school, college or place of worship listed.
Don’t forget there’s more to the Fairtrade range than just tea and coffee. Over 3000 different products are available now : flowers, footballs, handbags, clothing, fruit and veg, cakes and chocolate, cereal bars and sauces, chutney and jam, herbs and spices, wine and beer. For more information visit the Fairtrade Foundation web site (external link).