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Newcastle’s Fairtrade City Renewal

February 10, 2014

In an economy driven by growth and greed where some organisations seem to be obsessed with squeezing as much profit for as little compensation as possible, it is refreshing to find people who believe in a different way of doing things.

People like John Marshall, former Lord Mayor of Newcastle and his wife Margaret who in 2003 brought about Newcastle’s Fairtrade City status through passionate commitment to a fair deal for people in the developing world. Over a decade later, the Fairtrade Partnership is still working hard to keep Fairtrade principles going strong in the city. Even young people are getting involved, as Sacred Heart Primary School’s Work of Hearts Fairtrade Club showed when they came to the City Council to tell us all about the work they’ve been doing to support education in India and Fairtrade industry in Mexico.

The City Council remain the Flagship employer and we have made a commitment to use our buying power as a large organisation to support Fairtrade. We are supported in Fairtrade work by Newcastle University whose Director of Hospitality and Catering, Margaret Hunter, chairs the Partnership. Everyone can do their bit to help the developing world, though. Why not replace your tea or sugar with Fairtrade products? Or why not Stick with Foncho to support struggling banana farmers?

To learn more about how to get involved, head over to

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Marion Talbot permalink
    February 10, 2014 2:07 pm

    The mayor’s name was John Marshall.

    Regards Marion 07941044513


    • Cllr Louise Sutcliffe permalink
      February 10, 2014 3:01 pm

      Apologies, now updated. Thanks!

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