NORTH EASTERN and Cumbrian Co-op has been recognised for its work in promoting Fairtrade.
The Hartlepool Global Peace and Justice Group has presented the business with a certificate marking its contribution in raising awareness of the issue.
Group representative Sheila Deacon said: "Our group is very supportive of Fairtrade and we are doing what we can to promote it.
"We felt that the Co-op, through a number of its initiatives, is leading the field and we are pleased to give the business our first award."
The Hartlepool group was set up two years ago and takes an active role campaigning for trading justice.
In our picture, Lesley Davidson, manager of the Elwick Road Co-op store in Hartlepool, accepts the certificate from Chris Eddowes of the town's Global Peace & Justice Group.