Welcome to our newsletter for March.
This month we’re celebrating women and ethical business practices with International Women’s Day on the 8th March and Fairtrade Fortnight in full swing (read more about this below). Our language of the month for March is Welsh, and we’ve all got our leeks at the ready…
2019 is continuing to be an exciting year for the business. We’re continuing to develop our brand by working with the Humber Business Growth Hub and developments are underway for some exciting new projects. Thank you again for taking the time to read this month’s newsletter and we hope you find something interesting.
Fairtrade Fortnight: 25 February – 10 March
Fairtrade products are those which ensure that the people in developing countries who make them are paid fairly and treated ethically. The end of February marked the start of the annual ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’, and we’ve been trying to do our bit by sourcing our sugar, tea and (dearest to our hearts) coffee from Fairtrade accredited sources.
Hull has been an accredited Fairtrade City since 2005 and we are proud to be one of the businesses supporting this nearly fifteen years on. A lot of work still needs to be done to ensure that all producers across the developing world are treated with respect, given fair pay for their work and a voice in their workplace. For example, in West Africa, labourers are more often than not earning less than £1 a day, around a third of what they need for a living wage.
This year’s campaign has a particular focus on women, who often see even less for their work than men. This is despite the fact that they are often balancing other responsibilities (for example childcare) alongside long and grueling working hours, where at the end of the day they haven’t even made enough to feed their family.
This is quite rightly the focus of the campaign, especially with International Women’s Day falling on 8th March. This isn’t to suggest for a minute that the widespread social and economic problems in West Africa are going to be solved by saying no to Nescafe or a Kit Kat, but the more awareness is raised, the more we can do to make our small contribution.
Language of the Month: Welsh
With March bringing St David’s Day, St Patrick’s Day and the climax of the Six Nations, it seems a good opportunity to celebrate Welsh. It’s probably the most commonly spoken of the languages of our Celtic/Gaelic neighbours and is advocated throughout Wales especially by national party Plaid Cymru.
Welsh is the official language of Wales (along with English) and has over 700,000 speakers across the UK, as well a couple of thousand speakers spread throughout both USA and Canada. St David is the patron saint of both Wales and poets, something Welsh poet Dylan Thomas may not have been thinking about when he famously declared ‘I’ve had 18 straight whiskies, I think that’s the record!’.
We completed 2 Welsh translations in February, but we’re yet to hear from anyone living in the little village in Anglesey called Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
Did you know?
There are also nearly 50,000 people of Welsh descent living in Argentina, descended from emigres who arrived in Patagonia in 1865.
About 5,000 of these speak Welsh, and ‘Torta Galesa’ (Welsh Cake) is enjoyed throughout Patagonia.
Any Other Business
Last month we mentioned our general manager Chelsea’s nomination for the Hull and Humber 30 under 30 Business award, and this week we had a very patient cameraman in to take some promotional videos of her and the office.
Once we’d found the right number of blue M&Ms and all the mirrors in the office had been moved to the right angle, Chelsea emerged from her trailer and will be starring in the promotional video across the campaign to raises awareness of the awards. It’s really a shame the Oscars have already been and gone…
Thanks again for taking the time to read this, we’ll be back in April.