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Starbucks move 'ringing endorsement' of London

Starbucks' decision to move its European headquarters from the Netherlands to London is a "ringing endorsement" of the capital's business environment, according to the chief executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Colin Stanbridge.

This very positive move by Starbucks greatly reinforces London as a key global centre for business and a highly desirable location for firms to base their operations.

Creating the right environment for businesses to flourish is essential to London competing at an international level and we are delighted that Starbucks has given the capital a ringing endorsement.

Read: Starbucks 'will pay more tax in UK' after moving HQ

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Starbucks 'will pay more tax in UK' after moving HQ

Coffee chain Starbucks says it will "pay more tax in the UK" in the future after opting to move its European headquarters from the Netherlands to London.

The company said the move would make it "better able to oversee the UK market".

Starbucks is moving its European headquarters from the Netherlands to the UK Credit: DPA DEUTSCHE PRESS-AGENTUR/DPA/Press Association Images

Starbucks has come under scrutiny over its tax affairs in the past, with the company telling a parliamentary committee in 2012 that it had not made a taxable profit for 14 of the 15 years it had been operating in the UK.

Read: Starbucks UK: £30.4 million loss 'an improvement'

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Mayor hints at referendum over closing Heathrow

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Denver used a referendum in its battle to replace Stapleton Airport with the new DIA in the 1990s. @itvlondon

Mayor sets out options for Heathrow redevelopment.

Mayor of Denver successfully relocated US airport

Mayor of Denver Michael B Hancock will be discussing airport relocation with Mayor Boris Johnson today Credit: Reuters

Officials from Denver will tell the Mayor today how he managed to successfully relocate Stapleton International Airport in 1989.

Despite a law suit against the city brought by local residents incensed by aircraft noise pollution, and opposition from major airlines who claimed demand for a new airport was non-existent, they successfully relocated the airport to a new site outside the city with room for 12 runways.

The team from Denver are also expected to meet with officials from the Davies Commission, who are considering where best to locate new aviation capacity in the southeast.

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Apollo Theatre set to re-open

The Apollo Theatre will officially re-open tomorrow night after a ceiling collapse shut it down for 3 months.

The Apollo Theatre in London's West End before the collapse Credit: Apollo Theatre

Heavy ornate plasterwork fell onto audience members during a performance of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time in December injuring nearly 80 people.

Rehearsals at the Apollo Theatre of "Let the Right One In" opening on Monday Credit: ITN

Opening night will launch with a production of "Let the Right One In" adapted from

the Swedish novel and cult film by John Ajvide Lindqvist.

London's oldest DIY store

Step into London's oldest DIY store and you could be forgiven for thinking that you've taken a trip back in time.

Bernardes Trading in South East London is proud of its past. It's been going since 1908 - and run by four generations of the same family. And when you step inside, very little has changed.

Unions warn Kew Gardens 'debate'

Unions have called for a "proper debate" on the future of Kew Gardens amid spending cuts which could lead to the loss of more than 120 jobs.

The Public and Commercial Services union and Prospect warned that government funding cuts will "irreversibly damage" the work of the famous Royal Botanic Gardens.

Kew said it was facing "significant financial challenges", including a shortfall of £5 million in the current year.

Plan unworkable, unrealistic and unaffordable

ITV London today revealed Boris Johnson plans to spend an extra £2m on lobbying for a new airport in the Thames Estuary. The mayor has already spent over £3m of London taxpayer's money in an attempt to persuade government that his plan should be taken forward.

Dr Onkar Sahota, Labour London Assembly for Ealing & Hillingdon said his plans could create 'economic chaos' for his constituents in Hillingdon and Ealing.

His plan is unworkable, unrealistic and unaffordable. “His plan for a new airport would wreck west London’s economy and create economic chaos for my constituents in Ealing and Hillingdon.

We do need to make sure that Heathrow works for local residents, this means no ‘mixed-mode’, no additional night flights and different flight paths to reduce noise.

These are sensible workable policies that will make a difference and maintain jobs and the local economy.”

– Dr Onkar Sahota, Labour London Assembly for Ealing & Hillingdon
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