Folly Farm wins Fairtrade Gold Award!

Folly Farm Centre has received a Gold Award at the South West Fairtrade Business Awards, in a packed ceremony on Friday 6 March at the Watershed in Bristol. Leading Bristol business Aardman Animations partnered with the Fairtrade heroes at Divine Chocolate to present the awards, concluding a Fairtrade Fortnight in the region.

The 150 business leaders who attended thoroughly enjoyed hearing from Sophi Trancell, Managing Director of Divine Chocolate and Laura Daniel, Licensing Manager at Aardman on their business collaboration on the Shaun the Sheep Fairtrade Easter Egg, demonstrating how incorporating Fairtrade into a business has massive impacts on farmers in developing countries. Many were seen sporting their Shaun the Sheep headbands as they left the event!

Folly Farm’s conference centre supports Fairtrade, not only to show commitment to fairness by ensuring a fair price is paid to producers but also to strengthen the Centre’s commitment to the natural environment. When producers receive a fair price for their goods their income increases meaning they can afford to consider environmental farming methods. Being managed by Avon Wildlife Trust, environmental sustainability is an important factor to the Centre. As well as a range of eco features at the venue, all profits from conferences are gift-aided back to the Trust, to protect local wildlife. 

Centre Director Andrew Lund-Yates said: “We are delighted to be awarded gold. We proudly support Fairtrade by using Fairtrade products in our conference centre. It promotes fair business and helps the environment too, which is fundamental to our ethos." 

Now in their third year, the Awards reward businesses that demonstrate commitment to using and promoting Fairtrade. This year there was a 40% increase in applications and a 100% increase in Gold Award winners, demonstrating an impressive level of commitment amongst South West businesses to fair and ethical trade.

Image credit: Jon Craig

Dylan Channon