Hamilton Fair Trade Launch

Plans discussed to make Hamilton Scotland’s leading ‘Fairtrade town’


Hamilton Fairtrade Town Committee relaunched this week as the association kicked off ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’ in style.

The committee, who achieved Hamilton’s Fairtrade Town status in 2005, planned the relaunch to attract fresh involvement from the local community. The relaunch event in St. Mary’s Church attracted volunteers from across the town, including politicians, church volunteers and local Fairtrade activists.

The relaunch, which coincides with ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’, aiming to promote fair trade, better working conditions and better pay for farmers and producers, was attended by local MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie.

Commenting on the relaunch, SNP MSP Christina McKelvie said:

“It was great to attend another fantastic event within my constituency and all thanks and congratulations must go towards the Hamilton Fairtrade Town Committee for their relaunch.

“The relaunch gives an ideal platform for the committee to quite rightly spread the news about Hamilton being one of the leading Fairtrade towns in Scotland.

“In addition, the relaunch comes during ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’, which gives us all an opportunity to reflect how Fairtrade improves working conditions, pay and trade for the producers and farmers of produce.

“It was heartening to see such a great involvement from the local community, including several representatives from the SNP.

“This shows that throughout South Lanarkshire, the SNP are behind the Fairtrade agenda and will continue to support great local organisations such as the vital Hamilton Fairtrade Town Committee”