A disused red phone box in Birmingham's business district is being brought back to life today as coffee stand.

The famous 'K6' phone booth, one of four in Eden Place next to the Council House, is the city's first Red Kiosk Coffee Pod.

Last year, the Post reported how Brighton-based charitable trust Thinking Outside the Box had secured planning permission to convert the four boxes into small business units.

The trust is working nationally with its sister business Red Kiosk Company to bring the old BT phone boxes back into life as 'pods' selling either coffee, waffles or ice cream and smoothies.

Jake Hollier, a former care assistant who wanted a change of career direction, is now the owner and operator of the new coffee pod off Colmore Row which has opened today.

He said: "I found out about the Red Kiosk Company after hearing about someone operating a coffee shop in a telephone box in Brighton and I was so intrigued by it.

"I was walking to work and took a short cut through Eden Place and saw a company had purchased the red boxes here, only to find out later it was the same company that set up the boxes in Brighton.

"Following the initial enquiry, I found the experience to be easy, considering I'm not from this kind of background at all. The whole process has flown by and I can't believe it's time to open up shop already.

"I will be selling all forms of coffee and espresso-based products, as well as English tea and thick hot chocolate among a range of other products including juices and crisps. I am also looking into introducing waffles shortly after opening.

"I would love all four phone boxes, selling all sorts of on-the-go street food and drinks, the options are endless. The pedestrianised street is perfect for tables and chairs."

The Red Kiosk Comany and Thinking Outside the Box were founded by Brighton-based businessmen Edward Ottewell and Steve Beeken who aim to bring the phone boxes back into positive use for the local community.