Monthly Archives: October 2011

River Cottage and our Fairtrade and Organic Aprons

I expect you have heard of River Cottage and Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall?  Fabulous food, organic and Fairtrade ingredients, cookery schools and campaigning for ethically produced seasonal food.

During River Cottage Spring (2008) Hugh helped a group of Bristol families start a smallholding on derelict council land. he experience was so inspiring he decided to see if it would work nationwide, and Land share was created to bring keen growers and landowners together. The movement now includes more than 50,000 people.

Well we were very pleased when they selected our top quality Fairtrade certified organic aprons for their staff.  They really are beautifully made and they were sewn and dyed in a special colour just for River Cottage.  Our aprons are made in India by a cop-operative and you would be hard pushed to find any other aprons as well made.  Their construction is really “old fashioned” in the most beautiful way that we in the west don’t often see.  That is probably why they were selected for River Cottage.

You can see our Fairtrade and organic aprons here and out more about River Cottage here.

Finalists in Northamptonshire Excellence in Business Awards

Yes we have gone it!  We have been shortlisted for the Northampton Business Excellence Awards in TWO categories.

1. Northamptonshire Most Enterprising Business


2. Environmental Award

We have visitors galore coming along to see us. Well I say visitors I mean judges.  Two judges from the Northampton Enterprise Partnership on Friday, another judge from LLoyds bank on Monday morning, filming in the afternoon, and the photographer in the afternoon.  PHEW!

Just writing the entry made me realise all that everyone does here at Cotton Roots and Impact Trading.  Little things like sorting the recycled paper through to bigger things like purchasing only biodegradable bags.  We are the only company in our industry I know that do this.

Enterprising because we have won major contracts this year against much larger organisation, developed new products and lead the industry with our new ethical products.  You can already watch us on the BBC when we featured on Working Lunch with Declan Murphy.

Now these awards! We will go along to an awards ceremony where the winners will be unveiled and Tom O’Connor is the celebrity host.  We hope we win. Yes we do. Exciting.

SO watch this space 🙂

Channel Island District Guild of Bell Ringers Win

The Channel Island District of the Winchester & Portsmouth Guild was formed back in 1980 and their first striking competition in 198 in Alderney.  Alderney won in 81,82,84 and 87.  However recently the Channel Island have an unbeaten record since 1987. They recently purchased embroidered polo shirts from us here at Impact Trading and it brought them luck they says Helen their organiser.  They beat off stiff competition from four Guernsey teams and one Jersey team to win.