10 Years of Rutland’s Fairtrade Status

Fairtrade Fortnight this year marked Rutland’s 10th anniversary of gaining its Fairtrade status.

If you are interested in learning more about Fairtrade Rutland you can contact us by emailing


If you would like to join our Steering Group please email us or contact 01572 771082

Our next Steering Group meeting is scheduled for 20th June at Oakham Methodist Church

We held our Annual General Meeting on 25th April, news from that to follow…..


We held our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 12th April.  The steering group remains unchanged for the next year, chaired by David Lewis.

The theme for Fairtrade Fortnight 29th February – 13th March 2016 was BREAKFAST and as part of this year’s campaign we again held a Big Brew.  This time on Saturday 5th March 10-12 at Oakham Methodist Church, Northgate, Oakham.  It was very well attended and thank you again for all your support!

Christmas Market

A total of 717 people visited our event at Oakham Castle and we were blessed with very good weather.  Thanks to everyone who helped make this such a successful event.


The annual Rutland Fairtrade Market was held on Saturday 14 November 2015 at Victoria Hall on Oakham High Street. Thank you to everybody that was able to come along.

Through buying Fairtrade products, visitors to the market were able to help producers in some of the world’s poorest countries to use trade as a means of improving their living standards. These producers receive a guaranteed price for their produce plus a Fairtrade premium which is invested in social or environmental projects in their wider communities.

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A World of Fair Trade Producers

Video from World Fair Trade Organization

The County of Rutland was granted Fairtrade Status in March 2007.  This means that a certain level of support has been reached in the promotion and use of Fairtrade marked products in all sectors of the community – local authorities, retail outlets, restaurants, cafés, businesses, clubs and associations, schools and churches.  Rutland County Council and the Town Councils of  Oakham and Uppingham have all resolved to support and promote this initiative.

Receiving the Fairtrade County certificate

Receiving the Fairtrade County certificate, Dr Laurence Howard, Lord Lieutenant of Rutland with Sher Ghazi, manager of a dried fruit co-operative in Pakistan, at a ceremony in Oakham Castle

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