YORK has had its Fairtrade City status renewed for another two years.

The city’s Fairtrade Steering Group revealed its plans to promote Fairtrade to more community groups and businesses in the area by taking part in campaigns, including the UK-wide Fairtrade Fortnight at the end of February.

The group have achieved a number of successes during the last two years, notably releasing a Fairtrade trail of cafés and shops in York, and publishing ‘All’s Fair’, a book which profiles pioneers of Fairtrade.

York was first awarded the Fairtrade status in 2004 in recognition of the strong support for Fairtrade within the city and the achievement of five qualifying goals, such as a wide availability of Fairtrade products in local shops and catering outlets, high levels of support from local people, businesses, the council, faith groups and schools.

Fairtrade helps small-scale farmers ensure they earn stable incomes and have long-term contracts with companies. To get involved in the Fairtrade campaign in York, visit www.fairtradeyork.com