Important information – BCC refuse workers strike 30 June

Refuse workers at Birmingham City Council are set to strike on Friday 30 June. On this day, a JQBID partner First Mile Waste & Recycling services are prepared to pick up any Birmingham City Council sacks from businesses in the Jewellery Quarter, free of charge. Our JQBID Clean Team are not affected by this strike and will continue with their … Read More

Thank you for voting in the BID Renewal ballot!

The Jewellery Quarter BID Renewal ballot opened on 7 June. A number of BID levy-payers have already submitted their postal vote. A ‘Yes’ vote is a vote for five more years of investment in projects and services to help improve the Jewellery Quarter and make it the place to live, learn, work and visit. If you are a BID levy … Read More

Check out the latest planning applications in the JQ

As a part of the JQDT (Jewellery Quarter Development Trust) structure, a Planning Consultative Committee meets and reviews applications on behalf of businesses and residents in the Quarter. The team lodge comments about planning directly to Birmingham City Council. The committee meets every month and the city council recognises the comments made by the JQDT. Below is a planning tracker for … Read More

Jewellery Quarter BID Renewal ballot open

Businesses in the Jewellery Quarter are being encouraged to vote and support an additional £2.9 million investment into their area over the next five years. Improvements to the public realm, expanding the dedicated cleaning team, boosting recycling facilities for businesses and free public Wi-Fi are among the projects the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) wants to deliver between 2017 … Read More

Check out the latest planning applications in the JQ

As a part of the JQDT (Jewellery Quarter Development Trust) structure, a Planning Consultative Committee meets and reviews applications on behalf of businesses and residents in the Quarter. The team lodge comments about planning directly to Birmingham City Council. The committee meets every month and the city council recognises the comments made by the JQDT. Below is a planning tracker for … Read More

Tweet for a seat at Cucina Rustica

A Jewellery Quarter based Italian restaurant is offering an exclusive evening in a one-off social campaign. For one week only, Italian restaurant, Cucina Rustica is offering up the chance for members of the general public to win a table for two and sample their food and wine pairing menu. The competition, which will run on their Twitter channel from Monday … Read More

Unique and controversial art collection to open in the Jewellery Quarter

A unique and controversial new art collection containing human remains will launch in the Jewellery Quarter on Thursday 18th May. Presented by local gallery Turner Fine Arts, ‘Here Lies’ is the first collection by London-based artist Kieran Crowder, which incorporates ashes liberated from a crematorium the artist worked at when he was a teenager. The anonymous human remains were rescued from … Read More

JQBID Supports Cyclists with Big Bike Days

In an ongoing campaign to promote a greener, more eco-friendly Jewellery Quarter, cyclists are being treated to a free bike advice and repair service courtesy of the Jewellery Quarter BID. Cyclists can drop their bikes off at the dedicated cycle pod in the Golden Square, Warstone Lane, on select Fridays throughout Summer, dubbed ‘JQ Big Bike Days’. Bikes receive a … Read More

Traffic News: Carver Street

Vehicles will be prohibited from driving along Carver Street in the Jewellery Quarter, from its junction with Moreton Street to Tenby Street from 8th May 2017. This restriction will remain in place for five days, although access to frontages will be maintained as necessary. The reason for this temporary prohibition, which has been given by Birmingham City Council, is to … Read More

JQBID Business Proposal 2017 – 2022

The proposals for a second term of the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) is now available for download. If you are a business in the Jewellery Quarter with a rateable value of over £10,000 then this document is essential for you to read as it contains information that will affect your business for the next five years. Download JQBID Proposal … Read More

BID hits the high note in the Golden Square

The Jewellery Quarter’s Golden Square, Warstone Lane, has been brought to life with a series of live music events in the return of Music in the Square. Taking place on select Fridays throughout the summer months, Music in the Square gives workers, residents and visitors a reason to stop, relax and enjoy their lunch time with two hours of easy … Read More

Jewellery Quarter Essential Shopping Guide

With over 100 independent retailers, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and bars you can buy with confidence knowing that the Jewellery Quarter is the place for quality purchases that come from the heart of a hard-working community. Click below to view our Shopping Guide. Remember, for a comprehensive directory of businesses in the Quarter please see our online directory.   DOWNLOAD THE … Read More

Jewellery Quarter Agency Strikes Gold in University Challenge

Jewellery Quarter-based brand experience agency, IE Brand, was awarded two Gold trophies at the Transform Awards Europe 2017 last week. IE Brand, Warstone Lane, picked up two Gold trophies, one for ‘Best Visual Identity from the Education Sector’ for IE’s University of Reading Careers rebrand and a second for  ‘Best Brand Architecture Solution’ for IE’s Cranfield University rebrand; the latter … Read More

HRH Princess Anne visits Toye, Kenning & Spencer

HRH Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, paid a visit to local manufacturer Toye, Kenning and Spencer on Thursday 30th March 2017. Toye, Kenning and Spencer, Warstone Lane,  is a three-hundred year old Royal Warrant holding company, still owned by the Toye family. Exploiting the latest technology, Toye designs and manufactures jewellery and identity products for governments, corporates, fraternal and friendly … Read More

Photographers Show Their Love For JQ

On Saturday 25th March, more than one hundred photographers gathered for an InstaMeet in the Jewellery Quarter to show their love for one the most beautiful and quirky areas in the city. An InstaMeet is a social gathering of users from the popular photo & video sharing social networking site Instagram. The Instagrammers (dubbed IGers) movement is designed to encourage … Read More

Marketing Agency raises money for The National Autistic Society

Hanging up their account based marketing hats for a short period, marketing agency Catalyst, put on their aprons and baked all week-long in a bid to raise money during World Autism Awareness Week. Channelling the Great British Bake Off and infusing it with a little Come Dine With Me, each member of the team baked for the week-long sale and … Read More

Local Florist Qualifies for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Sherrie Phelps, florist at popular local business Lily Jones Flowers, has successfully qualified for Florist of the Year 2017 at the UK’s top Horticultural Show, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017. To qualify, competitors were asked to Create a structural arrangement for a wedding being held at the Tate Modern Art Gallery. Every year the RHS searches for the best … Read More

Quarter Life Magazine – Issue 10 – Out Now!

Quarter Life has now reached its tenth issue! 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 all that the area has to offer. Spring has officially … 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

Proposed Access Changes to Lionel Street

New proposals as part of Stage 3 plans of “Snow Hill Station Square” Public Realm works could change access to Lionel Street in the Jewellery Quarter. Proposed alterations include the change of one way traffic to two ways and removal of on-street parking to southside of the street to allow the provision of bus and cycle movements both ways along the … Read More

St Paul’s Church Announces Events Calendar

St Paul’s Church, the beautiful Grade I listed building which sits on top of the last remaining Georgian Square in Birmingham, St Paul’s Square, has announced a new series of events. Most of you know St Pauls Church and many of you have walked by, probably having never been inside. However, in addition to regular services open to all, the … Read More

Check out the latest planning applications in the JQ

As a part of the JQDT (Jewellery Quarter Development Trust) structure, a Planning Consultative Committee meets and reviews applications on behalf of businesses and residents in the Quarter. The team lodge comments about planning directly to Birmingham City Council. The committee meets every month and the city council recognises the comments made by the JQDT. Below is a PDF planning tracker … Read More

Artisan Alchemy Gallery Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Artisan Alchemy Gallery on Caroline Street is celebrating its first anniversary since opening in the Quarter in 2016. The gallery has brought together some of the highest quality bespoke design and craftsmanship from the UK and Ireland. Here in Birmingham, you can see examples of unique furniture design and exceptional craftsmanship that are undoubtedly the antiques of the future. To celebrate its first … Read More

Chinese Vase sells for £810,000 in JQ Auctioneers

Fellows & Sons inaugural Antiques, Silver & Collectables auction defied all expectations when lot 136 sold for £810,000, breaking all house records for the auctioneers on Augusta Street. The large and impressive Chinese porcelain wucai fish vase was entered to sale with an auction estimate of £1,200 – 1,800. Intricately decorated with small golden carp, lotus blossoms and undulating grasses … Read More

Essential Work on M6 Northbound Carraigeway Between Junction 7 & 8

ESSENTIAL BRIDGE WORK ON THE M6 NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN JUNCTION 7 AND 8 UPDATE: Download the latest updates of scheduled work berlow. TM Bulletin 2 M6 Corridor Original Story:  Highways England will carry out essential maintenance work to the northbound carriageway over the Rushall viaduct and the M5 to M6 northbound link road. Works are projected to start on 20 … Read More

Local, Hand-Made Loveliness at Jewellery Quarter Modern Craft Market

Treat your mum with local, handmade loveliness this Mother’s Day from Quartermasters – the second of a quarterly modern craft market in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter at 1000 Trades. Independent neighbourhood bar, 1000 Trades, Frederick Street, plays host to the second Quartermaster artisanal makers market with a dozen independent local businesses. Wanting to encourage people to shop local and … Read More

A look inside the Temple of Relief

Whether for freight, commuters or tourists, the railway has been an important feature of the Jewellery Quarter for many years and continues to play a vital role in the success of the area. The station features, the Grade II listed cast iron urinal known to locals as ‘The Temple of Relief‘. While no longer operational and locked, this a charming monument … Read More

Road Closure: Warstone Lane 5th March 2017

Warstone Lane in the Jewellery Quarter will be closed on Sunday 5th March from 9am – 7pm for the filming of a TV commercial. “We have been working closely with the council and the police and they have permitted us to close Warstone Lane from the junction of Spencer Street to the junction of Vyse Street from 9am on Sunday 5th … Read More

Local Students Help the Homeless

Connect Events is hosting a ‘Peaky Blinders Charity Evening’ in support of the local charity, St Basils, on the 3rd of March 2017, at The Vaults in Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. With a combination of gangsters and glamour, it is going to be a ‘blinder’ of an event! Recreating the atmosphere of the 1920s the event will include a themed fashion … Read More

Home Grown: Support the Next Generation of JQ Creatives

On Wednesday 8th March, the School of Jewellery, Vittoria Street, will host Home Grown. #HomeGrownBrum The purpose of the Home Grown event is just to plant the seed of a question or to add a little water to a seed that might already be there and is an opportunity for local JQ businesses to consider apprenticeships like never before. Is … Read More

Yellow Friday is coming to the Quarter

It may feel like the depths of winter but the mood at Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) is most definitely sunshiny and yellow as we have just over two weeks to go to Big Yellow Friday, our national awareness and fundraising day. Based in Birmingham city centre, CLDF is the only UK charity dedicated to fighting all forms of childhood … Read More

Check out the latest planning applications in the JQ

As a part of the JQDT (Jewellery Quarter Development Trust) structure, a Planning Consultative Committee meets and reviews applications on behalf of businesses and residents in the Quarter. The team lodge comments about planning directly to Birmingham City Council. The committee meets every month and the city council recognises the comments made by the JQDT. Below is a planning tracker for … Read More

JQ Post Office Closure Dates

You may have noticed that the Post Office on Warstone Lane is undergoing a refurbishment which started on 6th January. With 14 days left, the Post Office announced that it will be closed for a further four days from Friday 10th February to Tuesday 14th February, with plans for the refurbished branch to open from 1pm on Wednesday 15th February … Read More

How to help the homeless find the support they need

While homelessness and rough sleeping is nothing new, recent reports have highlighted a notable rise in the issue across the UK. However, there is a service you can use which is quick and will offer rough sleepers the help and support they need.  Although Birmingham’s homeless population is not as great as other areas of the country, concerns have been … Read More

#TrafficNews Essential Work on M6 Northbound Carraigeway Between Junction 7 & 8

ESSENTIAL BRIDGE WORK ON THE M6 NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN JUNCTION 7 AND 8 Highways England will carry out essential maintenance work to the northbound carriageway over the Rushall viaduct and the M5 to M6 northbound link road. Works are projected to start  on 20 February and complete by 13 April. This will include renewing the waterproofing, resurfacing, replacing the expansion … Read More

Pasta Di Piazza celebrates National Pizza Day with half price pizzas all day!

Counting down the hours until Friday? Worry not, because we’re about to make your Thursday that little bit more interesting with Pasta Di Piazza’s National Pizza Day celebration. On Thursday 9th February, one of the Jewellery Quarter’s most popular Italian restaurants, Pasta Di Piazza, will be offering half price pizzas all day for you and your friends, family and colleagues … Read More

Award winning Birmingham agent opens new office in “thriving” city

The popular Martin & Co franchise in Harborne has opened a second branch in central Birmingham ahead of rising demand over the next ten years within the Jewellery Quarter, Digbeth and City Centre. Director Raj Bedi says Birmingham is a ‘thriving’ city and will only grow in popularity once large scale infrastructure projects are completed. He said, “We’ve run a … Read More

Stay Protected with West Midlands Police Free Alert Service

The West Midlands Police Service has launched a new tool designed to help keep you safe from crime.   WMNow is a free messaging tool that gives you the opportunity to directly receive alerts from the Police and chosen partners such as Action Fraud and Crime Stoppers. On signing up, users will be asked to choose the type of alerts … Read More

Has your JQ Business won an award? Let us know.

The Jewellery Quarter BID will be doing a spotlight on Award Winning businesses in the Jewellery Quarter as part of our ongoing commitment to raising the business profile of the area. If you have won an award then please get in touch with us now and share your story! For more details, drop us an email!

Workshops & Benchspaces Now Available in JQ

The Jewellery Quarter is one of Birmingham’s most creative business hubs. With a plethora of industries working alongside each other on a dynamic landscape which is constantly transforming, the Quarter is an ideal location for start-up, small, and creative businesses. Artisan Alchemy Gallery, 85 Caroline Street, has brought together some of the highest quality bespoke design and craftsmanship from the … Read More

Indian Brewery Opens in Jewellery Quarter

The Jewellery Quarter welcomes an exciting new contender on the food & drink scene this month with the opening of Indian Brewery Snowhill. Built on the site of a former coffee house, Brewsmiths, under Snow Hill’s railway arches, this quirky new addition appeals to foodies, caffeine connoisseurs and craft beer lovers alike with a compelling kffering of Indian street food with … Read More

Multi-platinum selling artist, Kenny Thomas, headlining at The Jam House

Multi-platinum selling artist and Brit Award nominee, Kenny Thomas, will be headlining at The Jam House, Birmingham on Thursday 9th February 2017. He’s a multi-platinum selling artist who dominated the commercial, soul and album charts in the 90’s. By the time he was 23, Kenny Thomas had been nominated for two Brit Awards (Best British Male Vocalist and Best British … Read More

Small Business? These Grants Might Help You.

Birmingham City Council are running two programmes designed to support the development of small businesses: the Business Growth Programme and the Property Investment Programme Business Growth Programme (BGP) BGP offers grants of up to £200,000 across four separate schemes. This package of support is designed to strengthen supply chains, stimulate innovation and grow existing Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) … Read More

Pasta Di Piazza’s Top Tips to a New Year’s Detox

With the New Year comes healthier lifestyle choices, but just because you’re on a diet, attempting to detox or trying a new fitness regime, does that really mean you have to stop eating out altogether? Jewellery Quarter’s favourite Italian restaurant, Pasta Di Piazza, based on Brook Street, says an improved lifestyle choice shouldn’t stop you from eating out – it … Read More

Check out the latest planning applications in the JQ

As a part of the JQDT (Jewellery Quarter Development Trust) structure, a Planning Consultative Committee meets and reviews applications on behalf of businesses and residents in the Quarter. The team lodge comments about planning directly to Birmingham City Council. The committee meets every month and the city council recognises the comments made by the JQDT. Below is a planning tracker for … Read More

Download our JQ Food & Drink Guide Now!

The Jewellery Quarter is the home of high-quality, bespoke jewellery in the UK, just as it has been for decades. Yet, in the last few years we have seen a rise in popularity for the area as a place to dine and socialise with an increase in vibrant new bars, restaurants, cafes and attractions. In 2016, the Quarter welcomed 10 … Read More

JQ Fusions event brings local businesses together in perfect union

Love is in the air for the Jewellery Quarter, as local businesses Wedding Quarter and Quarter Workshop unite in the first JQ Fusions event of 2017. On Wednesday 1st February, for one evening only, the wedding dress specialists at the Wedding Quarter will join with the Quarter Workshop in a match made in heaven, as the two businesses host the … 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