Who We Are
Fairness is at the very heart of our organisation. It’s why we started over thirty years ago and why we’re still here. It means putting people first, treating them with respect and giving them a chance in life. Our membership of BAFTS, an active network of fair trade shops and suppliers, means we can say, “we know the person who knows the person who made that!” Our products are borne out of longstanding collaborations across continents that change lives and benefit communities. Everything we sell has a story behind it: when you buy something from us, you’re part of that story too.
We’re passionate about the products we sell, and we love to try out a new and exciting range or trial our very own bespoke designs. We buy from over 30 suppliers within our network, who work with producer groups worldwide. As a result, you’ll find stylish and contemporary accessories, delightful toys, unusual gifts and homewares, and a range of the best quality foods, all packed into our little shop.
Fairness also means saving the one beautiful planet we live on. The farmers who grow our food and many of the artisans who make our products are already suffering from the effects of climate change. We are dedicated to reducing the impact we have: for them and for us. This means sustainable materials, handmade, shipping, not flying, reducing plastics. It means beautiful things made from waste; it means products that are built to last.
What We Believe In
What is fair trade? It’s a worldwide movement that started with a simple idea: that everyone should be able to earn a decent living and live with dignity. It’s about fair pay, good working conditions, helping communities to help themselves and being there to support them when things go wrong.
Why do we need it? The people who make most of the things we buy in the UK, from our cups of coffee to our clothes, our phones to our footballs, work long hours and earn very little. There’s often no money left for medical bills or school fees, and sometimes children have to work to support the family instead of going to school. When things go wrong - a natural disaster, an illness or a pandemic, there is very little help available, and people can easily get into debt. When profit comes first, people suffer.
How does it work? Fair trade organisations work with the people who most need help, whether skilled artisans and experienced farmers or a group with nothing but enthusiasm and the desire to work. Fair trade companies provide money upfront for materials, so workers don’t get into debt just to get started. They pay them on time for the goods rather than the usual two or three months later. They share expertise on everything from sustainable farming practices to design, so that products will sell well over here. And finally, they get the products into the shops where you can buy them, for a fair price.
We think all trade should be like this, don’t you?
We couldn’t staff our shop without volunteers and we always welcome new people who share our vision and are enthusiastic about what we do. If you enjoy chatting to people and would be happy to help customers and even tell them a bit about fair trade, do get in touch. You don’t need to have worked in a shop before as we’ll give you training.
If you have specific skills we’d love to hear from you. From marketing and social media to storeroom organisation to serving on our board of trustees, there are many ways you can help us out.
BAFTS Fair Trade Network UK
BAFTS Fair Trade Network UK is a network of independent shops and suppliers dedicated to promoting Fair Trade retail in the UK. BAFTS provides a structure of accountability to its members who adhere to the 10 Principles of Fair Trade as set out by the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO). BAFTS works with UK-based independent shops and suppliers who partner with disadvantaged producer groups. BAFTS offers a way that they can have their commitment to Fair Trade recognised and be a part of the wider Fair Trade movement and community. Membership is determined by peer-to-peer assessment which takes place annually and ensures that members can provide evidence of their fulfilment of the 10 Principles of Fair Trade.