Businesswomen Sarah Halstead and Helen Parnell are on an upward spiral after restoration of their Hebden Bridge premises was finally finished.
Their Market Street shop Spirals has now been fully refurbished almost 18 months after the summer floods that devastated parts of the town, plunging many business owners into turmoil.
Now Helen and Sarah, who launched their business eight years ago, are hoping increased awareness of Fairtrade products and locally made and sourced goods will inspire customers to support them and the producers whose goods they stock.
Last month Spirals was part of a successful BAFTS (British Association for Fair Trade Shops) Week. The association seeks to create opportunities for disadvantaged producers, making sure there is payment of fair wages, no child or forced labour, respect for the environment and good working conditions .
Helen said: “We also stock products made in the UK which are Earth friendly, many of them made in or near Hebden Bridge.
“This includes items made using reclaimed timber, natural skincare products and work by local designers using recycled materials.
“As a company we try and do what we can to be ‘green’ and also to contribute to our local community as well as the wider world. We only use recycled packaging and paper, and are working to reduce our usage.
“We are proud to be part of our community and work with local groups and schools to promote Fairtrade and ‘green’ issues whenever we can.”