New user? Register here:
Email Address:
Password:
Retype Password:
First Name:
Last Name:
Existing user? Login here:
 
 
News >

Fairtrade body sells itself

CAFEDIRECT, the fairtrade hot-drinks company, is launching a public share issue in the hope of raising £5 million for business growth. It will also offer producers and customers the opportunity to buy a stake in the company.

The share issue is being managed by Triodos Bank, an independent social bank that finances only enterprises designed to create social, environmental or cultural added value.

Cafédirect is one of the great successes in the fairtrade movement. Launched in 1991, the company offers a range of ground and instant coffees, tea and cocoa, which are available in most large supermarket chains in the UK. Figures from November 2003 show that retail sales have now reached £18.4 million.

The minimum number of shares that can be bought is 300, at £1 each. For details on how to invest in Cafédirect, phone 0845 600 9662 or visit www.cafedirect.co.uk.

Coffee breakthrough
A fair-trade coffee campaigner from Wales who has persuaded Westminster Abbey to revise its coffee policy is now ambitious that Wales should become the first fairtrade province in the Anglican Communion.

The campaigner, Lis Perkins, who comes from Anglesey, wrote to the Dean of Westminster, Dr Wesley Carr, to express her disappointment that there was no fairly traded coffee or tea for sale when she visited the cloister café. The Abbey has agreed to look into the possibility of stocking fairly traded tea and coffee.

Mrs Perkins says she is “very pleased”. Many people were involved in the campaign to ensure that churches used only fairtrade goods, she said. “We have passed a resolution in Bangor Synod to make Bangor a fairtrade diocese. We have contacted all the churches with a pledge form. We hope other dioceses will also aim for the fairtrade status. We could become the first fairtrade province in the Anglican Communion.”
Job of the week

Reporter

London and Home Counties

REPORTER Salary range: £21,000 to £27,000, depending on experience Closing date for applications: 1 June Interviews: Friday 12 June A full-time reporter is sought to work in the Church Times's ...  Read More

Signup for job alerts
Top feature

Grey beard — but no loon

Grey beard — but no loon

A study day on The Rime of the Ancient Mariner taught Malcolm Doney the link between poetry and theology  Read More

Question of the week
Does your church engage in this level of social action?

To prevent multiple voting, we now ask readers to be logged in. This is free, quick and easy, honestly. Click here to login or register

Top comment

How about trying the politics of love?

Relationships, not strong leadership, should be at the heart of political life, argues Justin Lewis-Anthony  Read More

Mon 25 May 15 @ 10:23
'As exciting as Christmas' - the Whit Walks then and now http://t.co/FZp59c1hqP http://t.co/OUdyNsXLr1

Sun 24 May 15 @ 19:36
Former Environment Secretary & Tearfund vice chair is new Second Church Estates Commissioner http://t.co/hpsrUo11h9 http://t.co/pH5tSTul5o