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Rainbow cups celebrate Pride in Costa
Costa Coffee has launched its first ever limited-edition rainbow cups to celebrate Pride across the UK.
A founding partner of GLOW (Gay Lesbian Out at Whitbread), Costa says the activity has strong support from staff, with many Costa team members taking part in Pride parades across the country.
GLOW is a group that champions equality and inclusion in the workplace, ensuring all employees feel strong and supported in the company, no matter their background or personal preferences. This reflects Costa Coffee’s commitment as an employer that provides equal opportunities and inclusivity to give colleagues courage and pride in who they are.
The limited-edition Pride cups will be available in selected stores in Edinburgh, Essex, London, Glasgow, Brighton, Leeds, Manchester and Cardiff. Available a week ahead of and on the day of Pride marches in each location, the cups help to spread the messages of celebration and inclusivity.
The cups are fully recyclable and ordered in place of the red for each store to reduce waste.
Chatty Cafe scheme launched to combat loneliness
A scheme to combat loneliness is being launched in 100 cafes across the UK, reports the Andover Advertiser.
Pioneered by a community interest group named Our Andover, the Chatty Cafe scheme gives strangers a chance to meet up and chat across five of Andover cafes.
The first chatter and natter table was held on Monday at Coffee #1, with Andover Town Mayor, Councillor Barbara Long officially launching the scheme.
She said: “Chatter and natter tables create a space for people to talk. If you're here on your own and you want to come and chat to somebody, you can come to this table every Monday morning, it’ll be lovely to see you.”
Over 100 cafes across the UK are taking part in the scheme, which is supported by the late Jo Cox foundation to help combat loneliness. Other cafes taking part in Andover are Costa Coffee, Butters, Blue Onion and the Wellington Centre Dukes Café, each with a designated time and date allowing people to drop in and socialise.
Property report from the Local Data Company
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has revealed plans for a new £1.1bn mixed use scheme at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with a £151m contribution from the government. The vision is that it will become a powerhouse of education, culture, innovation and growth. The BBC is set to join the institutions that make up the area, where a new home for the BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus BBC Singers will be provided with state-of the-art recording facilities. The area will also benefit from new homes and East Bank will be a new home for University College London, creating a new campus - UCL East.
Pret A Manger payouts revealed
Pret A Manger chief executive Clive Schlee is in line for a £30m payout, when Bridgepoint’s £1.5bn sale of the company to JAB goes through, reports Propel (June 11).
Sinclair Beecham, who co-founded the company in 1986 with Julian Metcalfe, stands to earn a “significant sum”, according to The Sunday Times. Each member of staff has been promised £1,000 windfall when the deal goes through.
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