Fair trade duo open new shop

Martin and Frances Turner in their new shop That Fair Trade Shop.
Martin and Frances Turner in their new shop That Fair Trade Shop.

A Ripley husband and wife team have opened a new shop in the town in a bid to promote fair trade.

Entrepreneurs Martin and Frances Turner opened That Fair Trade shop in Church Street after seeing a gap in the market for a shop which offers products to shoppers while helping to alleviate poverty in developing countries.

Martin and Frances took on the challenge after moving to Ripley in January. Martin said: “After moving to Ripley we realised there was a gap in the market in the town and surrounding area for a dedicated fair trade shop.

“We also wanted to give people a greater opportunity to buy products that are fairly traded and affordable. The idea became a reality when the shop premises became available right opposite our church, at an affordable rent.

“From the outset, we wanted this to be more than just a shop, but a place where people can come, talk and find out more.

“We sell beautiful and unique handicrafts and top quality foods, made by happy producers because they are paid fairly and looked after. Our aim is to sell as much as we can because unless people buy the goods, these producers cannot trade themselves out of poverty.

“We hope people pop down, have a look around and become part of bringing about a fairer, better and just world.”

The shop, which is open Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm, sell a wide range of fairly traded foods and handmade items from Africa, Asia and South America.