Bury St Edmunds is close to becoming a Fairtrade Town.
The Bury St Edmunds Partnership is working to achieve the five goals needed to qualify for Fairtrade status and says they are almost there,
To qulalify the town must have support from the local council and show that Fairtrade products are available in the town. Bury needs nine retail outlets, five catering outlets and community organisations providing Fairtrade items.
Bury Town council gave its support to the bid at its November meeting.
Fairtrade is a global movement to secure a better deal for farmers and workers. Penny Bentley, a partnership member, said: “We believe that by becoming a Fairtrade Town more local people will realise the need to support this vital work and will not only gain understanding of Fairtrade but will be supporting it when they buy locally.”
The status will promote Bury as an ethical town and enable the partnership to promote the ethos among young people,