Greggs is to open a national barista trading academy in the Midlands for its Moment coffee shop format, it has been revealed.

M&C Report, a sister title to British Baker claims the company plans to open the centre alongside its next Moment site in the Mell Square Shopping Centre in Solihull later this summer.

Last month, Greggs said it planned to open a further three Moment coffee shops across the Midlands and then review the concept to decide on its “roll-out potential”.

The company last year appointed Tony Rowson, the former regional operations director at Costa Coffee, as its new head of coffee.

Launched in Newcastle in 2011, Greggs has since opened Moment sites in Staines, Stevenage, Middlesbrough and a further unit in Newcastle at the MetroCentre.