South West Fair Trade Business Awards
The South West Fair Trade Business Awards will be back on Friday 7th May 2021.
We're so looking forward to working with local organisations that support Fair Trade through their business, throughout the year and into the next!
We're keeping applications from the cancelled 2020 awards open all year, meaning you can apply at any time, and amend your application nearer the time if needed.
As well as allowing us to plan with more certainty, the delay of the Awards until 2021 recognises that our applicants—many of whom represent independent businesses—are facing tremendous challenges this year, and will have unforeseen priorities. Our support of local, independent businesses at this time is vital and when they do return, the Awards will be a louder voice than ever for local organisations with an ethical outlook.
The South West Fair Trade Business Awards celebrate organisations – no matter their size or industry – that are leading the way in championing Fair Trade in the workplace.
Our award-winners use, sell or manufacture Fair Trade certified products, or support Fair Trade through policy, staff and public engagement. They prioritise fair supply chains and so doing demonstrate their commitment to ethical business to their customers and peers. Scroll down for more information...
Read about the 2019 Awards with Nick Hewer on our blog.
Find our all you need to know about the Awards here
How do the Awards work?
Organisations from the South West of England are invited to submit an application form detailing how they support Fair Trade in their workplace. The criteria look at the purchase of Fair Trade products, how Fair Trade is embodied in the management of the organisation, how Fair Trade is communicated, activities in the community and innovation. The Awards set a framework that enables organisations to show continued development each year.
Our panel of judges assess the entries and agree whether Bronze, Silver or Gold level has been reached, and certificates are awarded accordingly. One winner from each category will be selected to receive a Bristol Blue Glass Trophy, and one overall winner will also receive a trophy for Best Fair Trade Business. Those not meeting the criteria for Bronze will be contacted, and suggestions made for how they can make improvements in order to reach Bronze level.
There is also a category for Fair Trade Champion that has no level attributed to the award and can be self-nominated or nominated by a third party.
If your application has been successful, you will be invited to attend the Awards Ceremony (one free ticket per entry and supplementary tickets available to purchase). All tickets must be booked online. You won’t be told what level you have achieved until we reveal the winners on the day!
What do winners receive?
All winners of a South West Fair Trade Business Award receive:
- A free ticket to the Award Ceremony
- A high-quality personalised certificate
- Access to award e-logos to use freely on their online and print material
- Access to professional photographs from the ceremony
- A listing in our Local Fair Traders online directory
- A press release template to help you communicate the news of your win
- In addition, category winners and the overall winner will receive an exclusive personalised Bristol Blue Glass trophy
How do I enter the Awards?
Entering the Awards is easy - just fill out an online form. You'll find application forms and criteria for each category here. Applications will be open throughout 2020 and into 2021, in light of the cancellation of the 2020 awards.
What are the Award categories?
Best South West Fair Trade Office
Best South West Fair Trade Retailer
Best South West Fair Trade Café or Restaurant
Best South West Fair Trade Accommodation
Best South West Fair Trade Conference Centre or Visitor Attraction
Best South West Fair Trade Caterer
Best South West Fair Trade Manufacturer
Best South West Fair Trade Product
Best South West Fair Trade University or College
Best South West Fair Trade Champion
Sponsor the South West Fair Trade Business Awards
The South West Fair Trade Business Awards attract ethically-focussed organisations from across the South West who share common values. The Awards are non-profit making, with the sole purpose of raising the profile of Fair Trade in the region.
The Awards are paused for 2020, but we'll be back in 2021 with the eighth ceremony. The Awards have been successful in highlighting organisations who play their part in supply chains that are fair to small-scale farmers across the world. They have also directly increased sales of Fair Trade products in the region as businesses strive to reach a higher award level, directly impacting communities in producer nations.
Previous years have seen publicity in dozens of regional online and print publications, including regional newspapers, business magazines and networks, regional tourist and visitor websites and cultural listing guides, with reach across the whole of the South West.
Book your place at the South West Fair Trade Business Awards Ceremony
Tickets for the 2021 Awards aren't on sale just yet! You can express your interest in the Awards to be kept updated and receive a notification when tickets are on sale. You can read about the 2019 Awards ceremony here.
Application forms and criteria
You'll find application forms and criteria for each category here. Applications will be open throughout 2020 and into 2021, in light of the cancellation of the 2020 awards.
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For all queries relating to the South West Fair Trade Business Awards, please contact the Awards Team.