Unique Find: Platinum Dreams

Sammy Dingley has been a busy bee this month, setting up her new wedding shop, Platinum Dreams, just in time for the wedding season. The boutique bridal shop, based on Caroline Street, opened its doors on Friday 20th February and will officially launch with a themed party in March. Luke Crane, JQBID manager, went to … Read more

New hotel plans for St Paul’s Square

The husband and wife team behind the renovation of The Village in Moseley are now eyeing a project above The Ropewalk in St Paul’s Square. Suburban Inns has lodged plans to convert the two floors above the pub into a 31-bedroom hotel, which would create 40 full- and part-time jobs. The space at 15-20 St Paul’s Square is currently used … Read more

Florist flies high with bird design

Sherrie Phelps, co-owner of Lily Jones Flowers in Augusta Street, will represent the West Midlands at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show after winning the regional heat. Sherrie’s brief was to make an Asian-inspired cake design purely from fresh flowers and foliage. She scored 92 out of 100 to become the winner for the West … Read more

Plans for 600 Jewellery Quarter homes

Work can begin on the largest Jewellery Quarter residential scheme in a decade after plans were submitted. The £80 million St George’s Urban Village scheme, which encompasses the Kettleworks and land up to the Perry Beeches School, will see more than 600 homes created across a six-acre plot which has stood idle for years. After … Read more

Jewellery Quarter ‘treasured’ by the Chinese community

The Jewellery Quarter has been renamed Zhu Li Bao Cheng (茱莉宝城), ‘a place filled with treasures’, by the Chinese community, as part of VisitBritain’s great names campaign. To celebrate Chinese New Year, 101 points of interest in the UK, including famous British places, landmarks and people, have been given a new name. Names include Shang De … Read more

Write into the future

At a time of financial uncertainty for museums and galleries a unique, volunteer-run Birmingham museum has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to help it plan for a sustainable future. A £19,500 Transition Fund grant from HLF, spanning a critical nine month period, has been awarded with the aim of helping the Museum develop … Read more

Unique Find: Cake Quarter

Meet Ina, the owner of Cake Quarter on Vyse Street. The baking extraordinaire joined the Jewellery Quarter community in October 2014 and has already made a name for herself in the area thanks to her sweet treats and elaborate creations. Luke Crane, JQ BID manager, went to visit Ina and see what the business is … Read more

 Start-up KiddiChef shortlisted for award

KiddiChef  – a catering company that specialises in nutritional meals for children – has been shortlisted for a Medilink Healthcare and Business award. The company, based in Spencer Street,  provides children with delicious, nutritionally balanced meals and aims to educate families on the importance of good nutrition and healthy eating. Established in 2012, KiddiChef works with a team of experts including … Read more

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