Cardiff Companies Join Forces to Promote Fair Trade

A Cardiff company has given its backing to Fairtrade with the movement’s annual fortnight of awareness kicking-off this month.

Industrial Training Services, which specialises in Fork Truck and other forms of industrial training, has taken the step to supply visitors, staff and trainees to its premises with Fairtrade products in conjunction with another local business.

ITS have teamed up with the established store Fair Do’s, who have been selling Fairtrade products from its Canton base for over 13 years, as Fairtrade Fortnight begins on February 27 and lasts until March 13.

They have purchased large quantities of tea and coffee which is free to consume at their Training Centre on Tremorfa Industrial Estate.

ITS have been active since 1992 and offer training at their Centre or on site at clients’ own venues. They offer courses for Fork Lift Truck operators and instructors, while other such practices involving manual handling, welding, lifting and crane operation are examples of the services they provide.

The company also works closely with the Welsh Government and its ReAct scheme which provides funding for redundant workers looking to add new skills to their CV.

Derek Hill – Managing Director of Industrial Training Services

“We are very proud to be associated with Fairtrade and also to help another local organisation in Fair Do’s.

“It is a very important movement and if the opportunity is available then I encourage other businesses to follow in the same footsteps.

“We already provide free refreshments to staff and trainees and to be able to do so and spread the good word of Fairtrade makes it more worthwhile.

“A business like Fair Do’s operates to excellent environmental standards and it’s a pleasure to work with them and make a difference at the same time.”

Jan Tucker – Owner of Fair Do’s

“I think it’s important for the producers. Normally the tea and coffee producers don’t get a good deal in the market but through Fairtrade it offers a better way of life, good wages and the life benefits are huge.

“It is important to make ethical choices in terms of social justice and Industrial Training Services is a great model for other businesses in the locality.

“Fairtrade is something simple and obvious we can all do to make the world a better place, and businesses can also make that step very easily.

“We are delighted that Industrial Training Services wanted to make this move and were very happy to be of assistance.”

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