The Fashion and Jewellery Exchange comes to the JQ

The seventh generation head of a historic Jewellery Quarter firm is set to offer inspiration to brands right at the beginning of their start-up journey at a top industry event next month. Henry Deakin, managing director at Deakin & Francis, will address the audience at The Fashion and Jewellery Exchange on 4th October. The business has been designing and manufacturing … Read More

NAJ – Turkish Brands Showcase 8 August 2017

The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ), based in the Jewellery Quarter, is working with other partners to deliver an event showcasing Turkish jewellery brands. The Turkish Brands Showcase on 8 August is an exclusive event where premium jewellery suppliers, endorsed by the Jewellery Exporter’s Association of Turkey, will showcase their latest collections ahead of exhibiting at the Jewellery and Watch … Read More

Innovative new education partnership is ‘Made in Birmingham’

A groundbreaking new partnership between the University of Birmingham and University College Birmingham is set to offer young people across the West Midlands and beyond innovative new routes into a university education. The two Birmingham universities have signed an agreement that harnesses the strengths of each institution. The collaboration celebrates and builds on a 22-year relationship that has seen the … Read More

The Big Sleuth is Coming to the Quarter this Summer

The Jewellery Quarter will welcome three giant bears into the community this Summer as part of The Big Sleuth.  The Big Sleuth (so named because sleuth is the collective noun for a group of bears) is a free public art event which will see up to 100 165cm tall, fibreglass bears leave their paw prints all over the city for 10 … Read More

JQ Fusions 2016 dates announced with spotlight on local businesses

Following on from the resounding success of last year, we are delighted to announce that JQ Fusions is returning in 2017.  The first in the new series will see Bridal Outlet, The Wedding Quarter, team up with high-quality jewellery workshop, QuarterWorkshop, for an evening perfect for all brides-to-be. Guests will be taught the art of choosing the perfect dress while being … Read More

Museum reveals Birmingham’s Past

A new project at Museum of Jewellery Quarter seeks to uncover the hidden stories of the city’s past in Collecting Birmingham Objects in the initial exhibition will concentrate on the Ladywood area, representing many different aspects of life in the city from the lifetime of current residents. A door from Winson Green prison reflects the Victorian heritage of the building, whilst … Read More

Family Fun at Wonderful World of Trains & Planes this Easter

It’s on track for an exciting Easter at WWTP with launch of Design a Train competition, Flight School and egg hunt Visitors to The Wonderful World of Trains and Planes(WWTP) are in for a trio of Easter treats with a Design a Train competition, new Flight School and egg hunt all launched during the holiday period. The new Design a Train … Read More

History of the Jewellery Quarter preserved in definitive digital Archive Project

A wealth of information about the Jewellery Quarter’s rich heritage is available online in a mammoth project driven by the Jewellery Quarter Research Trust. The Quarter is home to a legacy of industrial innovation and influential individuals who both lived and were laid to rest right here, including nine known mayors; politicians, industrialists and the son of an aboriginal king … Read More

JQBID What’s On Programme Autumn/Winter 2015

From now until the end of 2015, the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District have several events in the pipeline that we want you to know about. Please see below for links to the relevant pages to put in your diaries and the full downloadable program attached.  This page will be updated regularly so please check back for more information as it is … Read More

Assay Office opens doors to its new HQ

Europe’s largest Assay Office has opened the doors to its new purpose-built facility in Moreton Street, in the Jewellery Quarter. The modern headquarters unlocks many new opportunities for Assay Office Birmingham. The iconic office, which was based in Newhall Street for 137 years before it moved, is known for testing, verifying and hallmarking previous metals, including jewellery and silverware, but … Read More

JQ Festival Open Studios Blog

From now until Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter festival, Tina Francis will be bringing you the latest insights and updates about the Open Studios Trail. You can download the trail dates to your calendar here. Tina is a tapestry maker and resident of the Jewellery Quarter, for more of her work you can follow her on Twitter. For general news and updates about the Festival … Read More

Perry Beeches II hosts successful career day

Year nine students from Perry Beeches II – The Free School, got the opportunity to ask some of Birmingham’s leading professionals about the key to their success on Career Day this week. The students, who are aged between 14 and 15-years-old, will be putting the advice to good use as they lead up to their GCSE examinations in a couple … Read More

Coffin Works gears up for summer with a host of events

The Coffin Works, Birmingham’s historic museum and venue – that was bought back to life by the Birmingham Conservation Trust last year – will host an exciting roster of events this summer that will have the people of the Jewellery Quarter dancing, laughing and starting renovation projects of their own. The summer events programme will kick off this week with … 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 a ‘best practice’ volunteer programme … Read More

Children’s birthday packages and half term fun

The Wonderful World of Trains and Planes will be inspiring budding train drivers and railway enthusiasts this February half-term. A new addition to the model railway layouts, Little Train Drivers World, will allow children to take the controls and test their skills. The new layout was originally displayed at the well-loved HQ of model train brand, Hornby. The four-lane track … Read More

UCB’s gold-medal chefs are crowned Britain’s best

                      Young chefs at University College Birmingham are celebrating after scooping gold at a prestigious culinary competition – and being crowned Britain’s best. The team of five young cooks, mentored by a senior chef, scored top marks at La Parade des Chefs at the Hospitality Show at Birmingham’s NEC. The … Read More

Quarter Life – Issue 5 – Out Now

The fifth issue of Quarter Life – the official magazine for the Jewellery Quarter – is out now! The magazine, which is part of the marketing strategy outlined in the Jewellery Quarter BID Prospectus, is of interest to people who live, learn, work and visit the area. It is also an informative guide for visitors who may not have experienced … Read More

Abbey College Birmingham spreads charitable Christmas cheer

Abbey College Birmingham will be lending a helping hand to Birmingham City Mission this Christmas by collecting toys from across the city. Staff and students are aiming to help the charity provide more than 2,500 presents to disadvantaged children living in Birmingham. The members of the college student council have organised the toy collection point that aims to see that … Read More

Quarter Life Magazine – Issue 3 – Out now!

The third issue of Quarter Life – the official magazine for the Jewellery Quarter – is out now! The magazine, which is part of the marketing strategy outlined in the Jewellery Quarter BID Prospectus, is of interest to all the people who live, learn, visit and work in the area. It is also an informative guide for visitors who may … Read More

Budding Abbey College Birmingham entrepreneurs go behind the scenes at Disneyland Paris

Business Studies students from Abbey College Birmingham will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to go behind the scenes at Disneyland Paris in February, where they will gain a unique insight into the managerial and operational issues at one of the world’s leading leisure attractions. 41 sixth form Business Studies students are preparing to embark on a four-day Disneyland … Read More

Unique opportunity to visit Birmingham Assay Office’s private silver collection

 The Birmingham Assay Office is pleased to announce that it is opening its doors to the general public three times this year and offering limited places on its popular Silver Collection visits programme. Usually these visits are only available to organised groups, so this is a unique opportunity to see the spectacular Silver Collection, the Library, and to hear about … Read More

‘Help with hallmarks’ app a success from the start

The Birmingham Assay Office is delighted with the success of its latest app – Help with hallmarks – which has seen hundreds of downloads from all over the world in just a few short weeks since its release. The success of the app shows just how much international interest there is in UK hallmarks and jewellery and silverware that bear … Read More

BCC proposes 20mph speed limits in Birmingham – have your say!

Birmingham City Council is considering the introduction of 20mph speed limits on the city’s roads to improve safety and reduce the number of road traffic collisions, and are seeking your views. If you live or work in Birmingham, the change will have an impact on how you travel around the city, so let the council’s Transportation Policy team know what … Read More

Abbey College Birmingham appoints new principal

Abbey College Birmingham has strengthened its position as a leading independent college with the appointment of a new principal. Stephen Robinson (pictured) has more than 20 years’ experience as a head and senior leader in schools, both in the UK and abroad. He joins the college, based on St Paul’s Square, from a highly respected international boarding school in Nigeria, where he was principal for eight years. … Read More

Quarter Life Magazine – issue 2 – Out now!

The second issue of Quarter Life – the official magazine for the Jewellery Quarter – is out now! The magazine, which is part of the marketing strategy outlined in the Jewellery Quarter BID Prospectus, is of interest to all the people who live, learn, visit and work in the area. It is also an informative guide for visitors who may … Read More

New training course from The Birmingham Assay office – understanding watches

The Birmingham Assay Office is pleased to announce its latest new training course – Understanding Watches. Delivered by watch industry expert Peter Tales MBHI, this hands-on course is intended for retail staff or enthusiasts who already have some experience of watches. The one day course will provide an in-depth understanding of the technical aspects and benefits of different types of … Read More

Have your say on parking in the JQ!

The Jewellery Quarter Development Trust and Birmingham City Council are encouraging people who live, learn or work in the Jewellery Quarter to have their say on local parking facilities. Birmingham City Council made changes to the Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) that covers the Jewellery Quarter about a year ago and the time has come for them to review the changes … Read More

Quarter Life Magazine – Issue 1 – Out now!

The first issue of Quarter Life – a new magazine for the Jewellery Quarter – is out now! The magazine, which is part of the marketing strategy outlined in the Jewellery Quarter BID Prospectus, will be of interest to all the people who live, learn, visit and work in the area. It will also become an informative guide for visitors … Read More

April JQ e-newsletter

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Another step on the road to being a smart and green city for Birmingham

Spending valuable time and fuel driving around the city in search of a parking space could be a thing of the past if a new pilot parking scheme being launched this week is a success. Amey, the company which maintains and manages the city’s roads in partnership with Birmingham City Council, has begun a ‘smart parking’ trial on selected streets … Read More