Find out who and what will be at the latest installment of the Fairtrade Fair!

Fairtrade Fortnight Fair 2019

Where: Parkinson Courtclick here for map

When: Tuesday 5th March 2019, 11:00 – 15:30

Everyone is welcome to join us for the annual Fairtrade Fortnight Fair. This year 30 stalls will be offering Fairtrade goods, jewellery, art & crafts and much more… perfect gifts to welcome Spring!

The University of Leeds has held Fairtrade University status since 2005.  Awarded by the Fairtrade Foundation, this reflects the Universities commitment to promoting and supporting Fairtrade.

As part of this commitment The University of Leeds hold a bi-annual Fairtrade Fair, with stalls operated by Fairtrade approved groups, staff, and local companies. The stallholders attending the Fair will be offering a wide spectrum of Fairtrade and Homemade Crafts, perfect for gifts or a treat for yourself!

Great Food at Leeds will be there with competitions, refreshments and cakes made from the finest ingredients by our expert chefs, as well as information on how the University contributes to Fairtrade and our commitment to ethically sourced ingredients.

Below are just a few of the people and companies that will be attending this year, but there are many more, so come and join us at Parkinson Court on Tuesday 5th March 2019. 

Leeds Fairtrade Group

Fairtrade poster


Fairtrade Leeds is a group of volunteers who work to maintain Leeds status as a Fairtrade City and to promote understanding of Fairtrade to different groups in the city. 

Fairtrade Leeds is run by the Leeds Fairtrade City Steering Group. The Steering Group is composed of representatives of the different sectors and communities of Leeds, and their mission is to work together to promote Fairtrade within the city. This work includes coordinating a city-wide program for Fairtrade Fortnight, preparing the city’s annual report to the Fairtrade Foundation, and campaigning for more individuals and organisations to support Fairtrade.


Candlelighters logo


Every year the Facilities Directorate at the University of Leeds, which includes MEETinLEEDS and many other teams, choose a local charity to support. This year the team chose Candlelighters, a children’s cancer charity based in Leeds and supporting families throughout Yorkshire.

They support families financially, emotionally and practically whether on treatment, post treatment or sadly bereaved. At the fair they will be selling grand raffle tickets, of which the first prize is a holiday!  There will also be Christmas cards and wrapping for sale.

So far the teams have raised over £12,900 for Candlelighters. This amount can be put to use in a number of amazing ways by the charity, including:

  • It could run the Candlelighters bus for 35 days. The bus travels across Yorkshire ensuring all families have access to the same support they offer at the Support Centre, which provides counselling, massages and wellbeing therapies, and a tea and a chat when they need it most.
  • It could pay for 12 families to go on a much needed break in the UK, such as to a holiday village or a caravan by the sea.
  • It could fund 3449 ‘favourite snacks’ that the Candlelighters provide for the children after an operation, or to encourage appetite through their treatment.
  • It could pay for 325 days of outside entertainment for the oncology ward, ensuring children in hospital are able to play music, or make balloons, or have their faces painted.
  • It could pay for 12 children to spend a day making memories with their family, when they are receiving end of life care.

Candlelighters needs to raise £1.6 million a year to operate, so all donations are hugely valued.

Brown & Blond

Brown and Blond


Creating new and exciting flavours to tickle the taste-buds of brownie and blondie lovers all over the UK is at the heart of Brown & Blond’s success.

Using only the finest ingredients coupled with an uncompromising attitude to quality drives young artisan baker, George Welton, and his team forward to deliver over fifty mouth-watering flavour combinations – from Banoffee to Black Forest, Peanut Butter to Praline and Salted Caramel to Stem Ginger!

This small bakery, which started out on a small holding in North Yorkshire in 2010, is now firmly embedded in the heart of Leeds and supplies cafes, restaurants and delicatessens throughout the region and beyond. You can now order the delectable online to be delivered right to your door!

Bewley’s Tea & Coffee



Founded in 1840, Bewley’s is Ireland’s leading coffee and tea company and have been trading in the UK since 2011.

They’ve been perfecting the craft of tea and coffee making for many generations, from humble beginnings in a little shop on Sycamore Alley in Dublin, Ireland, to the home and heart of their brand, othe Grafton Street Café, right through to present day operations across the globe in Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Their Quaker origins are at the heart of our company, guiding our business practices and the development of long-term sustainable supply relationships with the world’s best tea and coffee producers. From five star hotels to independent coffee shops, they serve over 600 million cups of tea and coffee worldwide every year, and so know a thing or two about crafting the perfect taste for even the pickiest of palettes. 177 years on from their beginnings they still love tea and coffee. It’s a passion they want to share with you.

From the Source

From The Source


From The Source is an independent shop based in Skipton working directly with producers in some of the poorest countries in the world. 

Set up in 2007 when, whilst living and working in Laos, Paul and Fiona were inspired by the rich heritage of traditional crafts, particularly textile production.

On returning to the UK, they started to import textiles and crafts, providing an opportunity for a range of producers to get their products into international markets.  Since then, new relationships have been forged with producers in Afghanistan, Nepal and India.

Abu Bakr Scholarship Fund

Abu Bakr Scholarship


“We are in our fourth year of the Abu Bakr Scholarship Fund. We started as a small group of friends to do something in the memory of our good friend Abu Bakr Rauf from Bradford, who passed away suddenly aged just 28, leaving a widow and their one-year old daughter, Arabiya.

“We work with the University of Applied Sciences (UCAS) in Gaza to provide small scholarships to students on a variety of courses, from nursing and allied health subjects to electronics, accounting and media and communications. The scholarships cover a proportion of the fees and a small bursary towards travel, books etc. We have supported 18 students so far in this secular university and the scholarships are open to males and females.

“Most of our money is raised through regular donors taking out a standing order for a small amount each month, and we also have a stall selling ceramics and textiles, sometimes olive oil and dates and occasionally other hand-made crafts. Most produce comes from Palestine – textiles from Dheisheh Refugee Camp in Bethlehem and ceramics from Hebron. We buy these products at fair trade prices and any profits we make are sent back to Palestine in the form of a scholarship. We take no money for expenses and we all volunteer to run the stall. We also have a sponsored walk each year, where supporters from the local area get together to challenge themselves in the hills and dales.

“Our ceramics are colourful and practical and come in traditional colours and designs as well as some more modern takes on the use of colour and design. Textiles – from bags and cushions to phone covers, purses and pencil cases – are decorated with traditional Palestinian embroidery designs from the towns and villages of Palestine.

“We do not yet sell on line or to order, so when that special piece catches your eye, don’t let it get away.”

Absolutely Blendid

Absolutely Blendid


Absolutely Blendid make natural beauty products with no parabens or preservatives.  Everything in the products is good for your skin! 

Using a blend of butters, oils and essential oils, they have created a range for the whole body that even children can use.

Shea Alchemy

Shea Alchemy


Shea Alchemy is a tiny, handmade company set up by two best friends, Emma and Sally, based in York and London.

“In our kitchens we make over 35 different products selling online and at markets and festivals. This way we can keep our prices down and our batches small and genuinely hand made. We’ve been going now for over ten years – our customers just keep coming back!

We use organic, fair-trade shea butter from Ghana which we mix with organic apricot, olive, thistle, argan, olive and avocado oils, spring water and aloe vera, organic cocoa butter and all sorts of other organic goodies. Naturally no nasty stuff and no animal testing. We package our creams in funky colourful tins with prices ranging from £4.50 to £30.”

So whether you want a luxury face oil in a little glass bottle with a dropper, a cream for your ‘cyclists’ sore bits (!), a seriously nourishing natural hand cream or an organic lip balm, the Shea Alchemy stall is the place to go!

Calverley Beekeepers

Calverley Beekeepers


Calverley Beekeepers are dedicated to providing quality products and service. Their honey is is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it’s a natural sweetener and can be used as it is to spread on bread or toast, or added to sweet and savoury dishes.

“Honey produced by our own bees undoubtedly tastes far superior to almost any that can be found in the supermarket. With over 35 years experience and friendships grown from the Calverley allotments, four Beekeepers have bonded in both life and business and are the heart of the Calverley Beekeepers.

The queen of our famous four is Anne Taylor who ensures the recipes are tried and tested before they arrive on the many market stalls in and around the Calverley area.

Our most experienced beekeeper and one of the founder members is Peter Hoskins who brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. Before moving up to Yorkshire in 1999 Peter was a policeman for the Metropolitan police mainly in Westminster and the Greater London area.

We also have a former Naval service man and chef in the civil service, Paul Lawrence (Chicken Paul) who not only provides valuable assistance to the team but is the chicken whisperer which is another  outlet the team are specialising in.

Our final member and the youngest member of the group is Michael Taylor. Michael has study the bees now for some time and is a calm and gentle beekeeper. Michael’s knowledge is already vast and continues to grow. His dedication to the cause is commendable as he is also undergoing a course of bee sting injections; this is to alleviate his allergic reaction to the bee stings.”

Shuttles and Bobbins

Shuttles and Bobbins


Pure New Wool throws and blankets, cosy and soft in a great choice of colours, all made in Yorkshire the old fashioned way!

Shuttles and Bobbins came from an idea of Laurie Briggs, who’s Grandma worked On the Shuttles and Bobbins section in an old wool mill in Farsley, Leeds in the 1840’s.  “Nana Alice” often spoke of how hard the work was, but always found time to have fun on the production line!

The blankets are all made locally, the colours, wool  and designs are all hand chosen by Laurie. Alongside the throws and blankets, Laurie has a great selection of pure new wool flat caps, all handmade in Yorkshire. Perfect for staying warm this winter!