Birmingham Uncut campaigners will transform a Birmingham City Centre Starbucks into a women's homeless shelter today. They say they want to 'highlight the impact of cuts upon women’s and homelessness services'.
The protest is part of a national day of action called by UK Uncut, which sees 40 local actions taking place up and down the country from Glasgow to Portsmouth.
Activists have chosen to target Starbucks as a result of its tax avoidance. It came under fire after a Reuters investigation disclosed that the company had paid no UK corporation tax in the last three years, despite reporting sales of £1.2bn.
There's opposition to the site of a new Starbucks close to Nottingham railway station. Local independent shop owners say they'll struggle to compete if the large chains keep expanding across the city.
But the local chamber of commerce says all development is good and it's important that big companies invest in our cities. Lee Comley reports.
Plans to open a new Starbucks near Nottingham railway station are being opposed.
Under the plans the hotel, which has a pub on the ground floor, would still operate as a hotel on the upper three floors but the bar would be converted into a coffee shop.
Wendy Baird owns a private cafe that is near where the proposed coffee shop would be.
She said she was worried about the number of chains that are springing up in the road.
Plans to open a new Starbucks in a former hotel near Nottingham railway station have been met by opposition because of the increasing threat posed by big chains to small independent retailers.
More to follow.