Photo: Sharron Lipscombe-Manley and Scott Manley at Delight 2 Bite in Cross Street, Camborne
Four businesses in Camborne have been presented with SW Fairtrade Business Awards. Fresh food takeaway Delight2Bite in Cross Street and DVD rental and computer repair business One Vision, which has a shop in Trelowarren Street, have both received silver awards, whilst Chapel Street Boutique and Sands Boutique have both been awarded bronze.
A prestigious accolade that has to be renewed every two years, Camborne first achieved official Fairtrade status in 2011. It is one of only two towns in Cornwall to have that recognition and is amongst around 500 worldwide.
‘As the BID (Business Improvement District) team, we really value the town’s Fairtrade status and have included the businesses who have earned the classification in our latest town guide,” said BID Manager Mel Martin. “Fairtrade will also feature prominently in the website update we’ve currently got underway.”
Silver award winner Jenny Lessiter, who runs One Vision with her husband John, says ethical buying is vital.
“We believe it’s really important to try and ensure people working in countries less well-off than our own get adequately rewarded for their labour,” she said. “Our churches and St John’s Primary School are very proactive when it comes to Fairtrade too so there’s real support for the scheme in the whole community.”
Brian Terry is Camborne’s Fairtrade Coordinator.
“We’re very proud of having just had our status renewed – making it six years since we first got it,” he said.” St John’s RC Primary School is particularly worthy of note as they achieved the highest level of Fairtrade School – Fairtrade Achiever.
“Fairtrade retailers have to sell a minimum of five Fairtrade products which can be anything from clothes and food to crafts. Restaurants have to serve a minimum of three Fairtrade items – usually tea, coffee, sugar and hot chocolate – and offices have to provide Fairtrade refreshments to their staff or clients.”
Fairtrade designated organisations in Camborne are Camborne Parish Church, Wesley Church, Centenary Church, Camborne Town Council and St John’s Primary School. Businesses selling at least five Fairtrade items are Tesco, Aldi and One Vision and Fairtrade restaurants or cafes are Scallywags, Delight2Bite, Trevithick’s Café, Wilson’s Café and Take Away, Tyacks Hotel, Café Soul and Julia’s Café at the train station.