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Fairtrade Foundation senior manager to speak as part of Fairtrade Fortnight at Glyndŵr University


25 February 2013

The man responsible for helping to increase the range and availability of Fairtrade products in UK stores will be keynote speaker at an event in Wrexham to mark Fairtrade Fortnight.

Martin Hill, Executive Commercial Officer of Fairtrade International, is speaking at a business breakfast at Glyndŵr University on Monday 4 March.

Before joining Fairtrade, Martin gained 25 years of retail experience working with the ethically orientated UK Co-operative Group.

He will discuss the future of Fairtrade, expansion of Fairtrade product lines, controlling costs, and addressing barriers to purchasing, and why businesses should sign up to join Fairtrade.

Later in the day, Martin will lead a lecture in room B26 at the university’s Wrexham campus.

Martin will explain the background to the Fairtrade Foundation, talk about his role and trips around the world to meet suppliers, the ‘good and bad’ elements of Fairtrade, success stories with communities in the developing world, what the foundation has achieved, how they tackle negative press, where they are now, and where they are going.

Lynda Powell, director of campus management and commercial services and chair of Glyndŵr University’s sustainability group, said: “The University is committed to sustainability and is proud to support Fairtrade through our status as an accredited Fairtrade University.

"We are delighted to welcome Martin to the university. He will provide a unique opportunity for our staff, students and members of the public to get an inside view on Fairtrade and why it’s so important.”

To book a space at one of the events contact Lynne Moth on l.moth@glyndwr.ac.uk or 01978 293106.
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