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SFTF gears up for Campaign Day on 6 November 
The Scottish Fair Trade Forum is heading to Paisley for a packed day of ethical events.

At the charity’s yearly Campaign Day -hosted this year by Renfrewshire Council- people dedicated to the  Fair  Trade movement will meet members of the public at a selection of stalls, workshops and speeches designed to promote the campaign to make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation.

In Paisley Town Hall from 10:30, local advocates of Fair Trade will speak about what SFTF has achieved, while looking to the future and the challenges faced by the movement. Throughout the day organisations will be present to sell a wide range of Fairtrade products, while anyone interested in the initiative will be able to learn more at a number of special sessions.

The event will also host a very special guest- a producer from Malawi who will talk on how the Fair Trade movement has changed the lives of both himself and those around him. As the day celebrates
 the fifth anniversary of the Scotland-Malawi Co-operation Agreement, the talk will provide a chance to reflect on what has been accomplished and inform people about what still has to be done.

Martin Rhodes, director of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, said:
 “This promises to be an exciting opportunity for campaigners from across Scotland to come together and plan for the final push to make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation. Scotland really can lead the way in its commitment to trade justice.”

The free event is open to anyone and includes lunch, but places need to be booked in advance.

To reserve a place, email, and for more information call 0141 840 3213 or log on to


Fair Trade thrives in Renfrewshire

Maintaining its commitment to ethical exchange since declaring itself a Fairtrade Zone in 2009, Renfrewshire is one of Scotland’s success stories. From local schools to places of worship, Fairtrade products can be found throughout the area, with tea, coffee, chocolate and more available everywhere from Renfew to Ralston.

The area’s Fairtrade Steering Group is always active, supporting organisations of all kinds to reach or maintain Fair Trade status or to maintain it. Thanks to the work of this group, Renfrewshire is regularly able to lead campaigns about the movement, and to fire the interest of people and organisations both in the area and beyond.

Thanks to the commitment shown by the Council, people and organisations of Renfrewshire, there now exists a strong network of knowledge in the area that can be of great use to other parts of Scotland as the country aspires to Fair Trade Nation status. As such it is an ideal place for SFTF to hold its 2010 Campaign Day, and the organisation is confident that -thanks to the work of those throughout Renfrewshire- this will prove another success story for the area.
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