Fair Trade

Banchory is going Fairtrade!

Fairtrade in Banchory

Banchory is going Fairtrade!  Many individuals and groups in the community have supported Fairtrade for years.  Now it is time to expand on this and for Banchory to work towards being awarded a place on the growing list of Fairtrade Towns.  So find out more and TAKE A STEP!

Latest News

We have submitted our application for Fairtrade Town status!

Thanks to all the Fairtrade activities from many local groups – schools, churches, and businesses – we decided that there was enough support and work on Fairtrade to fulfil the requirements (see below) and get us on the Fairtrade map.

A response should be received in June.  Watch this space!

Fairtrade Fortnight: Monday 25th February – Sunday 10 March 2013

We hope you managed to get to some of the many activities taking place locally during Fairtrade Fortnight.  There were special stalls in the supermarkets, at the Farmers’ Market and a display in the library.  The film night at Woodend Barn ‘The World on your Plate’ was a great opportunity for inspiration and discussion.  The local schools were making models and food, and many of the local cafes were highlighting their Fairtrade products.

Buying Fairtrade in Banchory

Look out for the Fairtrade sticker in the window of shops and cafes.  This means that they sell Fairtrade items.  Give them support and ASK for Fairtrade!

Buy Fairtrade chocolate, tea, coffee, cocoa, cakes, bananas, sugar, wine, or other Fairtrade products in

The Co-op

Deeside Drinks Emporium



Raemoir Garden Centre (deli)




Monthly stalls at various local churches

Enjoy having Fairtrade drinks and food in

Buchanan’s Bistro at Woodend Barn



Raemoir Garden Centre


Friday community coffees in the West Church Hall

The ‘support Fairtrade’ sticker means that the establishment uses Fairtrade, for example in staff kitchens.  You can buy these stickers from the Banchory Fairtrade Steering Group and show your support at home!

What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.  Support your local farmers by buying their produce.  However, many things cannot be grown in the UK and we import them, often from developing countries.  It the developing country producers which the Fairtrade movement is aiming to support.

Look out for the logo!

If an item carries the official Fairtrade mark, it means that it has passed the official certification process and the following applies:

  • A minimum price is paid to the producers, covering their costs of production
  • The producers receive an additional Fairtrade premium to invest in their communities on social, economic or environmental projects.
  • Workers on farms get rights, such as decent wages and joining a union.
  • Producers in Fairtrade co-operatives have a democratic say in decision-making.

Sometimes an item may claim to be ‘Fair trade’ but not carry the official mark.  Always check the background to establish that the item comes from a trusted supplier.  It may be going through the process of certification, or it might just be using the term without making any changes to the local workers’ lives.

What is a Fairtrade town?

A Fairtrade Town is a community that supports Fairtrade and widens the knowledge of the benefits which Fairtrade brings.  It chooses Fairtrade products whenever possible and encourages other to do likewise.  It achieves and continues to take action on the five Fairtrade Town goals set by the Fairtrade Foundation.  These five goals are:

  1. Local council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade, and agrees to serve Fairtrade products (eg in meetings and offices)
  2. A range of Fairtrade products is readily available in the area’s retail outlets and served in local catering outlets.
  3. Local workplaces and community organisations (places of worship, schools, community groups) support Fairtrade and use Fairtrade products whenever possible.
  4. Media coverage and events raise awareness and understanding of Fairtrade across the community.
  5. A local Fairtrade steering group is convened to ensure the Fairtrade Town campaign continues to develop and gain new support.

Banchory Fairtrade Group

Banchory Fairtrade Group was started in 2012 to promote and encourage Fairtrade in the area, and to help achieve Fairtrade Town status for Banchory.  There is a small steering group, and meetings are open to all.

What have we done so far?

  • Received the endorsement of the Community Council;
  • Had a stall at the farmers’ market in February 2012 and 2013;
  • Held meetings in May and September 2012, January and April 2013;
  • Set up an email mailing list, keeping all interested people informed of events and news;
  • Had a number of articles in the Deeside Piper;
  • Publicity and stalls marking World Fairtrade Day in May, including wonderful posters made by pupils at Hill of Banchory and Strachan Primary Schools;
  • Organised a gift sale with refreshments in November.
  • A survey of shops, catering establishments to check the existing support for Fairtrade and provide information on how Fairtrade can be included or extended;
  • Have window stickers to demonstrate local support for Fairtrade;
  • Received formal endorsement by the Marr area committee of Aberdeenshire Council;
  • Promoted activities and awareness in Fairtrade Fortnight 2013;
  • Applied for Fairtrade Town status!

What are we planning?

  • Extend our survey to new establishments, to B&Bs, and to workplaces;
  • Get more window stickers on view;
  • Repeat the successful gift sale in November;
  • Extend the range of Fairtrade items available locally;
  • Work on events for Fairtrade Fortnight 2014;
  • Continue to be a source of support and information on Fairtrade.


If you are interested in any of these activities, or would like more information or to be put on the mailing list, please contact Fiona Graham fgkiloran@btinternet.com, or come along to a meeting or event.  All steps are very welcome!

What you can do

  • Look out for Fairtrade items locally and buy them! See below for places.
  • Use your consumer power!  Ask for other Fairtrade items so that we can have a wider range in the local shops.
  • Get your workplace and local groups to use Fairtrade items.  Organise an event – Fairtrade Fortnight is a good time to make a start.
  • Arrange a talk to find out more about Fairtrade.
  • Join the Banchory Fairtrade Group.  Sign up for the email mailing list.  Ask for support.  Put forward some suggestions.  Come along to an event or meeting.

Find out more

There is a wealth of information and resources on the Fairtrade Foundation website:

www.fairtrade.org.uk There are specific resources to help and inspire you at home, school, workplace, church and groups.  There are downloadable items for free, and a shop for purchasing Fairtrade logo items.

In Scotland there is additional support available from the Scottish Fairtrade Forum:

www.sftf.org.uk.  You can sign up for their electronic newsletter for updates on what is happening around Scotland.