The University should give retail spaces to independent businesses or entrepreneurial students rather than chains

Passed: November 2019 (19th)

What do you want? / Why do you want it?

This idea came about after I saw on Twitter that the Leeds University Business School Cafeteria is going to be converted into a Caffè Nero.

There are already 10 Caffè Nero stores in the city centre, 2 of which are on campus. By inviting them to open another one we are reducing variety and contributing to the wipe-out of small businesses.

I believe that spaces such as this on campus should first be offered to local, small, or independent businesses before chains. They could also be used to help entrepreneurial Leeds students through the SPARK scheme, this could work similarly to how the Balcony cafe space works within LUU.

Furthermore, Caffè Nero is more expensive than the existing Business school Cafe; when I arrive in the morning I have a large toasted teacake for 95p, whereas a similar product in Caffè Nero costs £1.50.

Expires: November 2022 (19th)

Submitted By: Amy Punchard

Officer: Union Affairs / Education

Area of Work: University Services


June 2020: Unfortunately there are no major updates to this work over the summer as a result of lots of LUU staff being furloughed (ongoing), as well as the LUU building and campus being closed. As staff return to work and the new Officer team settle into their roles this will be picked up again.

January 2020: LUU is due to welcome another local business to the Union building (like we have with Humpit).

December 2019: Idea proposer linked up with LUU's Deputy Chief Exec (Operations) and Union Affairs Officer to discuss next steps. We have raised it as an issue with the University, as it was our understanding that we would at least get an opportunity to tender for those outlets that have become Caffe Neros. We need to keep up the pressure on them in meetings.

November 2019: New Policy