The high-street chain Coffee Republic, which collapsed into administration two years ago, aims to reinvent itself with Terence Conran-designed interiors, a fresh expansion programme and a revamped franchise structure under new Middle Eastern owners. The chain has 135 outlets, of which 90 are concessions inside shops and hotels, and it has a deal to install automated coffee machines in 450 Shell petrol stations. Chief executive Tariq Affara is targeting 20 further sites and hopes that a new design, with an airier fell and lighter colours, will help to compete with the likes of Costa, Starbucks and Caffe Nero. The Observer, Business, p49