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Fairtrade status

PUBLISHED: 11:49 13 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:37 03 July 2010

Campaigners are hoping to apply at the start of next year for Great Yarmouth to be officially recognised for helping third world producers.

The steering committee involved with getting Fairtrade status for the town has met many of the criteria to secure the title bestowed by the Fairtrade Foundation.

Campaigners are hoping to apply at the start of next year for Great Yarmouth to be officially recognised for helping third world producers.

The steering committee involved with getting Fairtrade status for the town has met many of the criteria to secure the title bestowed by the Fairtrade Foundation.

Committee chairman Mark Llewellyn hoped an application could be sent in time for the start of Fairtrade Fortnight on February 22.

He said: “It has been fairly slow progress, but it has been positive progress nonetheless.

To gain the status the borough has to meet five goals, including a resolution that the borough council serves Fairtrade coffee and tea at its meetings, Fairtrade products are sold in the area's shops, cafés and catering establishments and Fairtrade products are used in workplaces.

Mr Llewellyn estimated 30 retailers had agreed to sell Fairtrade products and was hopeful more firms, including the town's Sainsbury's branch would come forward to promote the campaign.

For more information on Great Yarmouth's campaign visit www.fairtradegy.btik.com. Any businesses which would like to get involved should

call Mr Llewellyn on 07780 866394.


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