Thanking Scotland This World Fair Trade Day
On the eve of World Fair Trade Day 2012, the Shared Interest
team travelled up to Edinburgh to meet with investors and their
guests at the Royal College of Physicians.
We wanted to thank our investors in the region personally for
their continued support and also tell their guests a little more
about what we do.
Director of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum
Martin Rhodes gave an update on the nation's campaign for Fair
Scotland promises to be the second country in the world to gain
Fair Trade Nation status, following in the footsteps of the Welsh
Fair Trade Forum who announced their status in 2008.
Martin gave examples of some of their inspirational activities,
such as schools hosting visits from fair trade producers from as
far as Malawi and Uganda.
Our Managing Director Patricia Alexander stressed the
effectiveness and importance of 'word of mouth' promotion as she
thanked supporters in helping to promote Shared Interest in their
Several people there have been involved with Shared Interest
since the early nineties. As a co-operative, I think we are
lucky to have such a dedicated membership. However, we are
always looking to grow our number of investors so we can lend more
money in the developing world.
Marketing and Relationships Manager Kerrey Baker thanked our
volunteers (and Ambassadors) for the work they have done over the
years. Tracy, Stephen, Jan and Pat spoke to the audience
about the Ambassador scheme and how people can invest their time as
well as, or instead of, their spare money.
At lunchtime guests enjoyed browsing the busy fair trade
marketplace with fair trade stalls and we were even treated to some
coffee tasting, which created a bit of a buzz and debate amongst
This was our very first supporter event in Edinburgh and, with
our space at the venue at maximum capacity, we really enjoyed
dedicated followers of fair trade.