Category Archives: High Streets

Co-working and the cafe

This blog post is based on a talk I prepared for a workshop at CAMEo, the Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies at the University of Leicester on co-working dynamics in the city. “It was a pleasant cafe, warm … Continue reading

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New competition: Coffee #1

While the coffee shop chains Costa Coffee, Starbucks and Caffe Nero dominate the market in the UK, increasingly there is growing competition from regional chains that have adopted strategies of substantial geographic expansion. One such chain is Coffee #1 which … Continue reading

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Coffee shops become the new ‘Local’ and other trends in the UK coffee shop market

“The UK has become a nation of coffee drinkers, with coffee shop visitors purchasing an estimated 2.3 billion cups of coffee per year in stores. Consumers are more knowledgeable and empowered with choice than ever before, and the rise of … Continue reading

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Cafe Innovations: Ziferblat

 “Ziferblat is the first place where everything you see if free except the time you spend there. You can work, make art, drink coffee, play the piano, attend events and get acquainted with good people”. Ziferblat website Last night the … Continue reading

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Cafes with a conscience: revisited

Back in November I wrote a short post on social enterprise cafes entitled ‘Cafes with a conscience‘. A few days ago the Guardian published an article with a similar title touching on some of the same issues. The article highlights … Continue reading

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Growing coffee culture in the UK

It’s been a little quite here on the Café Spaces blog, as I’ve been working on getting some of the research written up and published, and exploring new research avenues. More regular blog posts will resume shortly. This morning BBC … Continue reading

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Cafés with a conscience: Social enterprise cafés in the UK

Social Bite, a chain of cafés in Scotland, recently entered the media spotlight when the actor George Clooney paid a visit to show his support for their activities, which include helping the homeless. Earlier in 2015 Russell Brand gained media … Continue reading

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How to Save our town centres – exploring change and future possibilities

“Coffee is probably the ostensible reason for someone to be seated at a sidewalk café, but it is also an excuse to watch city life go by,… in almost all cases staying times are considerably longer than the time it … Continue reading

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Cafés and the British High Street

A recent report produced by Prof Neil Wrigley and Dr Dionysia Lambiri, ‘British High Streets to recovery? A comprehensive review of the evidence’ as part of an Economic and Social Research Council Project (commissioned by the Government’s advisory group the … Continue reading

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