A PAIR of traditional red telephone boxes are set to open as mini businesses in Bradford.

Red Kiosk Company will open two disused phone boxes in Manor Row later this year.

The firm are currently seeking their first tenants for the sites.

It is the latest retail boost to Bradford, with Westfield Broadway set to open its doors later this year.

The phonebox business is moving to Bradford following a successful trial at Brighton Pavilion.

The new sites are launching across the UK, with more then 500 set to be rolled out by the end of the year.

The boxes are provided with its own power supply, fitted with secure locks and granted A1 retail consent.

Red Kiosk Company is a new national retail chain operating out of unused iconic red telephone boxes.

The first two self-contained food and beverage kiosks within the shell of these iconic boxes were launched in Brighton in June last year.

The concept was started by Brighton-based businessmen Eddie Ottewell and Steve Beeken.

The sites have been used as market stalls, coffee shops, ice cream parlours and beauty salons.

Red Kiosk Company also has finance available for potential firms, with equipment and interior fit-out also supported.

A total of ten per cent of profits from each of the phone boxes' firms will be donated to charities in the local area.

The kiosks are available to lease from £6 each day.

Val Summerscales, secretary of Bradford Chamber of Trade, has welcomed the quirky new business to the city.

She said: "It's a bit of a talking point for Bradford to get these telephone boxes.

"I have not heard about them before but if they have been trialled in Brighton and brought up to Bradford then that's a good thing.

"It brings a little bit more choice to Bradford.

"It's a quirky idea, I think it's a good idea. But I don't think the actual business of it would be very big. I've not seen anything like this before.

"The bosses of them must have seen the potential in Bradford to bring the phone boxes here."

Other sites set for phonebox businesses include Leeds, Birmingham, Preston, Stratford and three locations in London.

Mr Ottewell said: "These iconic red phone boxes are both a great piece of engineering and architecture.

"Our aim is to redefine the usage to suit modern day needs and requirements without compromising their external appearance."