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Fair trade organisation honoured by Queen's Award
2:42pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Business
FAIR trade finance organisation Shared Interest has been recognised for its strong track record in sustainable development by receiving a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
It is the second time that the not-for-profit organisation has received the coveted Queen’s Award in the Sustainable Development category.
Nigel Sherlock, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Tyne & Wear made the formal presentation to the Newcastle-based business which uses investment from UK residents to finance fair trade businesses worldwide.
Patricia Alexander, the managing director of Shared Interest, said: “Being awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for the second time running makes this a very special honour.
“As an organisation we talk about trade not aid; we are about building sustainable livelihoods so that is why to receive such a significant accolade in the sustainable development category is so important to us.
“Since winning the Award for the first time in 2008, we have increased our overseas offices to four; adding one in Peru and another in West Africa.
“We hope being a second-time Queen’s Award winner proves to be a driving force in achieving our vision of a world where justice is at the heart of trade finance.”
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