Find out who and what will be at the latest installment of the bi-annual Fairtrade Fair

Fairtrade Fortnight Craft Fair at the University of Leeds

Where: Parkinson Court

When: Tuesday 27th February 2018, 11:00 – 15:00

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. 

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 runs from 26 February to 11 March 2018, and this year it is focused on supporting the farmers and workers who grow our food.

As part of this commitment The University of Leeds hold a bi-annual Fairtrade & Craft 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.

Ketra Kyosiimire, who is partner in a coffee cooperative in Uganda, will give a presentation about how Fairtrade helps farmers and communities at 12:30 in the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery. 

Ketra will show the history of how her group came to become Fairtrade certified, what life was like before and the differences it has made to the lives of the community. This is open to everyone so please feel free to come along!

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 27th February 2018. 

Leeds Fairtrade Group


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.

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!



Because life’s too short for boring candles…

Elegant and stylish but colourful, fun and with a sprinkling of glitter. Lubylu handmade home fragrance products not only smell incredible but they don’t cost the earth in more ways than one.  Feel good about your luxury gift choices.

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 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.

Leeds Vegetarian & Vegan Society


Meet the friendly team offering free vegetarian and vegan recipes, along with information on healthy eating.

Find out how eating vegetarian and vegan is a sustainable, environmentally-friendly, cruelty-free diet and lifestyle for the benefit of people, animals and the planet.



An original range of resin handmade pendants, earrings, bracelets and rings.

Each piece created within a shaped bezel using a variety of colours and techniques from pressed flowers and collages to colourful blended resins allowing differing patterns to emerge as the resin solidifies.

Appeals to all ages, with each piece being unique, vibrant and works whether you want to dress up or down.

Abu Bakr Scholarship Fund


“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 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.

Global Village Shop


Global Village Shop ethically trades with small companies and individual craftspeople, maintaining and encouraging traditional skills and small-scale enterprise across the globe.

The business combines passion and experience gained from years of working with local communities and trading with handicrafts and textiles around the world.

The products are beautiful and unique gifts, home accessories and furnishings that are handmade, eco-friendly, and sustainably sourced from rural artisans.