Signs that ethical trade is growing in Hull as fair trade shop moves to larger retail space

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The Lord Mayor of Hull, Cllr Steve Wilson, opens the larger retail space for ethical trade business Near & Fair.

A popular fair trade shop has moved to larger retail space, as demand for ethically produced and traded products continues to grow.

On Saturday, 25th July, Julie and Richard of the fair trade shop ​Near & Fair​ were joined by the Lord Mayor of Hull to cut the ribbon to their shop’s much larger home in one of Trinity Market’s​ biggest non-food retail units.

Julie said: “Social distancing rules dictated that a large crowd could not gather in the space outside the retail unit which is close to the Lowgate entrance inside Trinity Market Arcade, so only a small number of guests from Fair Trade organisations were invited to the opening, but the event was live-streamed to Facebook to allow supporters to watch at home.”

As the new shop opened Julie reminded those attending that Hull holds ​Fair Trade City status​. After explaining how she was introduced to fair trade by her former employers, Julie explained how every individual who buys ethically makes a difference.

“It might only be a small difference, but when added to other ethical shoppers’ small differences it really adds up to something significant and even life-changing for the people who produce the things we buy,” she said.

Cutting the ribbon to mark the opening of the new larger store, Lord Mayor Cllr Steve Wilson reminisced about former fair trade events he had attended, including the ​creating of the Fair Trade logo in Trinity Square last year by human mosaic, an event in which his husband had participated.

The Lord Mayor praised Hull’s network of fair trade partners, listing the Fair Trade Partnership, the local churches, Faith in Fair Trade group, Hull City Council, and the Fair Trade Champions, before explaining what fair trade means to him.

“It’s about fair pay for goods made by workers”, he said, adding that “they worked in safe conditions, and also free from any child or exploitative labour. Fair Trade is about people, it’s about communities, and also about environment”.

Shoppers can now visit the larger Near & Fair retail space in Trinity Market. Currently, additional social distancing measures ensure visitors’ safety.

Near & Fair also promotes the ethical trade message on social media, follow them here:

Facebook: Near and Fair

Instagram: NearNFair

[edited Jerome Whittingham – editor HULL IS THIS]