Holmfirth community shop to give village fair deal
Dec 2 2009 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
VILLAGERS are to start their own fair trade community shop.
The Fair Traders Cooperative, of Holmfirth, held its inaugural meeting at The Huntsman pub, Greenfield Road.
The cooperative, founded by Elisabeth Bounds, Helen Robinson, Mark Lewis, Peter Beetlestone and Stephen Sheard, plans to open a shop selling fair trade goods – from food to footballs – at the Toll House, Huddersfield Road, by spring.
Every product sold will be traceable from the source and must be fair trade all along the production and supply chain, the cooperative says.
And the organisation, which is linked to anti-Tesco protest group Keep Holmfirth Special, will publicise positive stories surround the products it sells.
The cooperative, which has already gained support from famous figures including Fairtrade Foundation founder Harriet Lamb, will strengthen links with other fair trade groups, locally and nationally, to source further products and offer mutual support.
The organisation already has direct links with producers in Tanzania, India, Malawi and Kenya.
But the organisation needs to raise £100,000 in shares and is looking for new shareholders.
Co-founder/director Elisabeth Bounds said: “Holmfirth became a fair trade town a couple of years ago and some people had a vision of having a fair trade shop.
“Everything in its will be fair trade from the ingredients to every element in the chain.
“One thing we are interested in is fair trade footballs made from fair trade rubber. But we also want to get our local football and rugby clubs to start links with projects in South Africa and Lesotho.
“It’s grown out of like-minded people. We like the campaign not to have Tesco (in Holmfirth) but we wanted to have something positive. We don’t want just to say no to Tesco.
“We think this could be a nice focus for the town.”
Shares, priced £20 each, are on sale until February 1.
For more information visit: www.thefairtraderscooperative.co.uk .