SEFTON has retained its Fairtrade borough status.
Members in Sefton agreed to back the idea to support the Fairtrade Foundation in 2005 and a Fairtrade steering group was set up.
This was made up of councillors from all three political parties, council officers, enthusiastic supporters and was Šchaired byŠReverend Canon, Roger Driver.
The authority first achieved Fairtrade status back in 2010 and recently had to apply to the Fairtrade Foundation for renewal.
In order to achieve this,ŠSefton had to show a number of Fairtrade outlets within the borough and provide evidence of community involvement Šwith Fairtrade products.
There are now more than 73 retail outlets in Sefton selling Fairtrade products and more than 35 catering outlets using Fairtrade foods.
Official confirmation has now been received from the Fairtrade FoundationŠ whichŠ means that Sefton will be a Fairtrade borough for the next two years and joins more than 500 other towns, villages and boroughs which enjoy Šsuch status.Š
Paul Wolfenden, owner of The Fair Trade Store, said: “The business is three and a half years old now and sales are definitely increasing which is great news.
“I have been on the Sefton Council Fairtrade steering group for probably about three years now.
“I am obviously delighted that this Fairtrade foundation has renewed our accreditation.
“It is something that the council can use to help spread the message about Fairtrade and that it is about trade not aid for help people in poverty in the developing world.”
Cllr Peter Dowd, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “Fairtrade is all about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.Š
“Fairtrade standards also ensure that sustainable environmental projects and practices are supported, such as reforestation and reduction in the use of chemicals.”
ŠThe Sefton Fairtrade Directory, which is available on www.sefton.gov.uk/fairtrade has been updated and lists retail and catering outlets selling Fairtrade products across the borough.
Businesses or catering outlets not mentioned can email firstname.lastname@example.org