Being a Fairtrade Flagship Employer status means that Middleport Pottery is considered to be a major local workplace that uses and sells Fairtrade products and promotes Fairtrade principles to staff, customers and contacts.
One of the UK’s last working Victorian potteries, Middleport was granted its new Fairtrade status by Fairtrade Action in Stoke-on-Trent (FAST), of which it has now become a member.
A steering group made up of volunteers that is supported by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, FAST works to maintain Stoke-on-Trent’s status as a Fairtrade City, which it has held since 2004.
FAST campaigns to promote Fairtrade throughout the city and encourages residents and businesses to use, sell or serve Fairtrade products at workplaces, schools, places of worship, and at home.
Middleport Pottery has been selling Fairtrade products, such as tea and coffee, in its canal-side café and promoting the Fairtrade cause through posters since it opened last summer following a major three-year restoration by The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT).
The Fairtrade movement promotes better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for the poorest farmers and workers in the developing world and, by doing so, helping to improve their lives.
Ann Worthington, Chair of FAST, said: “As a high-profile employer strongly associated with the local area, Middleport Pottery’s support will have a great impact in terms of influence on the community.
“We hope the Pottery will act as an ambassador for the Fairtrade cause throughout Stoke-on-Trent.”
FAST is looking for more volunteers to join the team. If you would like to find out more, the next meeting will be held at Middleport Pottery, Port Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 3PE on Monday 20th July at 6pm.
For more information on FAST, go to www.facebook.com/pages/FAST-Fairtrade-Action-in-Stoke-on-Trent/1583765001839242