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Frome businesses take silver!

Jo Harrington (centre) who runs the Coffee Station with Amber Wagstaff-Summer (right) receiving the award from Lucy Siegle.

Jo Harrington (centre) who runs the Coffee Station with Amber Wagstaff-Summer (right) receiving the award from Lucy Siegle.

TW Frome businesses have won silver awards in this year’s South West Fairtrade Business Awards. 

The awards were presented in Bristol City Hall by The Guardian ethical expert Lucy Siegle.

Coffee Station, situated right next to Frome railway station uses coffee from Easy Jose that is ethically sourced and fair-trade. All their teas, sugar, bananas and nuts are Fairtrade, the hot chocolate is single estate sourced and all the chocolate, cocoa powder and molasses used in the cooking are also Fairtrade.

Jo Harrington who runs the Coffee Station is also well known for her founding of the annual Chocolate Festival in Frome, which also strongly encourages Fairtrade.

Jeweller, Christina Oswin, was the other Frome business to win a silver award. Christina has been ethical from the outset of her business, beginning by using recycled silver and gold and ensuring that rubies and spinel are ‘fairmined’. Then, in 2013, she was accredited with a full licence to offer jewellery made from Fairtrade and Fairmined gold.  Christina now has a Fairtrade collection called ‘Treasured’.

Fairtrade Frome is over the moon to have two independent businesses from Frome recognised in the awards that attract nominations from all over the south West from Cornwall up to Gloucestershire.  It was a fitting celebration of Fairtrade Fortnight.

 

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