KoolKompany was established by Hampshire businessmen Mike Trodd and Andy Ashcroft
Mike and Andy share the same business values, and are passionate that KoolKompany should bring benefits to both clients and producers/manufacturers alike:
Look for the FAIRTRADE Mark on cotton products. www.fairtrade.org.uk
They strongly believe in fair trading. They are both committed to providing good, honest service and quality at a competitive price. While wanting to offer schools and parents, colleges, charities, corporates and the market at large a wider choice, Mike and Andy also want to support the workers' communities where the clothing is being manufactured.
KoolKompany are delighted to be a registered licensee of the Fairtrade Foundation, which means that we can supply products made with Fairtrade certified cotton. This is a significant boost to the company's unstinting efforts to be fair and ethical in all we do, meaning that the small-scale cotton farmers in developing countries who grow our cotton are getting a better deal from trade.
Mike has been involved with Hampshire community cricket, rugby and hockey for many years, and has been able to develop his community involvement since taking on the sports shop Holt and Haskell in 2006. Holt and Haskell have an active and on-going programme of support and sponsorship of local schools, colleges, and sports clubs.
Andy, an ex-British diplomat, was Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Dominican Republic (DR) and Haiti from 2002 to 2006, shortly after which he left the Foreign Office to pursue a second career in business. Since making the career change from the public to the private sector, Andy has always striven to develop fair trading business that seeks first and foremost to "put something back" into developing country supply chains.
KoolKompany Brand Ambassador
Following a successful executive career in the Automotive Industry which included extensive travel throughout the developing world and postings to Italy, Kenya, Zimbabwe, the UAE and China, Bill now has a number of business interests both in the UK and abroad. He believes that long term, sustainable trade is the way forward in trying to improve the businesses and lives of those in developing countries and that Fairtrade provides the ideal platform to achieve this.