Fairtrade fortnight begins next Monday (25 February) with a special launch at North Herts College in Stevenage to introduce the Fairtrade concept and brand to students. One of the main highlights of the Fortnight will be the Stevenage Fairtrade Challenge which challenges a wide range of individuals and organisations to show what they are doing to promote Fairtrade in the town.   The Challenge is split into a number of categories –
  • Retailer's Challenge – for best instore promotion for Fairtrade Fortnight
    Two categories: Supermarkets, and Shops
  • Caterer's Challenge – for best menu/meal using Fairtrade products
    Open to: Restaurants, Pubs, Clubs, Cafes, Staff Canteens
  • Organisation's Challenge – for best promotion/event for Fairtrade Fortnight
    Three Categories: Senior Schools, Junior Schools, other organisations
  • User's Challenge – best Fairtrade promotion for their staff/customers
    Open to: F.E. Colleges, Uniformed Organisations, Estate Agents, Hairdressers etc.,
  • Individuals Challenge – best individual’s idea for promoting Fairtrade in Stevenage
  • Best Overall – winners of above Challenges will automatically go forward to this Category.

The winners in each category will be announced on Wednesday 7 March.  In addition, Stevenage Fairtrade Steering Group are hosting a charity screening of the award winning film “Black Gold” at the Gordon Craig Theatre on Thursday 6th March at 7.45pm.  The film tells the David and Goliath story of an Ethiopian coffee farmer who takes on the giant coffee companies of the world in an effort to get a better deal for coffee producers. 

For further information on events in Stevenage during Fairtrade Fortnight, contact fairtrade@stevenage.gov.uk.