UWE Bristol and The Students' Union record best ever results at SW Fairtrade Business Awards

Issue date: 14 March 2017

UWE Bristol has won four awards, its best ever tally at the annual South West Fairtrade Business Awards. The awards were held at Bristol Cathedral on Friday 10 March 2017 and hosted by Helen Cooper, Managing Director of Neal's Yard Remedies.

The University was named Best Fairtrade University, a joint winner with Bristol University.

The Full of Beans coffee cart - a joint venture between UWE Bristol and The Students' Union at UWE Bristol, beat off stiff competition to pick up the award for Best Fairtrade Café or restaurant alongside Frenchay Campus's Phaz Café which also won a Gold award in this category. The Student Union shop also was awarded silver in the Best Fairtrade Retailer category.

The fifth annual celebration of ethical business in the region, the ceremony brings together prominent members of the South West business community, to celebrate the achievements of more than 50 organisations and individuals from across the region who embrace Fairtrade in the workplace.

The ceremony takes place each year during Fairtrade Fortnight – a campaign spearheaded by the Fairtrade Foundation. Delegates to the awards were addressed by Maura Jarquín Blandón, a Fairtrade coffee and cocoa producer from Nicaragua, highlighting the significant impact that businesses can have on the lives of small producers in developing countries. Between them, entrants to this year's awards spend well over £3 million on Fairtrade products each year.

The assessment criteria for the awards range from the University's Fairtrade policy and stakeholder group representation, to the products available in cafes and shops and awareness raising work with students, staff and members of the public. The continued success in these awards is credited to true partnership working across the University involving UWE Hospitality, The Students' Union, Procurement, Academics, Volunteering and the Sustainability team.

Professor James Longhurst, Assistant Vice-Chancellor at UWE Bristol, said, “UWE Bristol is proud to be a Fairtrade University and I am delighted that UWE and the Students' Union's commitment to Fairtrade has been so handsomely recognised in the South West Fairtrade Business awards. We have a student and staff community of over 30,000 consumers and by developing the ethos of fair trade and providing opportunities to purchase fairly traded goods, we can make our contribution to the development of a fairer global society.”

To find out more about Fairtrade at UWE Bristol, visit the Sustainability web pages.

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