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

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

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

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

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

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

Esteemed head retires from School of Jewellery

After 40 years of service at the School of Jewellery, respected Head, Gaynor Andrews, has announced her early retirement. Gaynor Andrews has been a member of staff at Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery since leaving as a degree graduate. Starting off as a part-time tutor at the school, Gaynor has lead on the development of several courses, worked closely … Read More

NOW HIRING Join Our Jewellery Quarter Clean Team!

£9 p/h – hours will vary on a week-by-week basis, therefore applicants must be flexible depending on BID requirements. This is a fixed term contract until 31st August 2017. The JQBID is hiring individuals to work as part of the JQBID dedicated Clean Team in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. We represent over 500 businesses in the Jewellery Quarter. … Read More

Small Business Saturday (Blog 3)

Join us on Saturday 3rd December for Small Business Saturday (SBS), a national day to celebrate the millions of small and micro-businesses who contribute to our economy. From now until the big day, local Micro-business owner and the JQBID’s official SBS Ambassador, Tina Francis, will be keeping you up to date with a running blog. For more information about Small … Read More

Small Business Saturday (Blog 2)

Join us on Saturday 3rd December for Small Business Saturday (SBS), a national day to celebrate the millions of small and micro-businesses who contribute to our economy. From now until the big day, local Micro-business owner and the JQBID’s official SBS Ambassador, Tina Francis, will be keeping you up to date with a running blog. For more information about Small … Read More

Small Business Saturday Bus visits the Jewellery Quarter!

Join us on Saturday 3rd December for Small Business Saturday (SBS), a national day to celebrate the millions of small and micro-businesses who contribute to our economy. From now until the big day, local Micro-business owner and the JQBID’s official SBS Ambassador, Tina Francis, will be keeping you up to date with a running blog. For more information about Small … Read More

Caroline Street undergoes enhancement project

Caroline Street is undergoing a large-scale enhancement project delivered by Birmingham City Council in partnership with the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID). Read on for further information on what is happening, why, and how it will affect your journey around our quirky corner of Birmingham.   What is happening? Caroline Street will be transformed into an attractive new boulevard. … Read More

Local CEO scoops Young Entrepreneur Award

Kim Leary, CEO of Birmingham based Squibble Ltd, was yesterday named Young Entrepreneur beating off several competitors to win the prestigious award at the Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards. We caught up with her to ask about this achievement. Kim Leary is MD of Squibble Ltd, a brand and web design specialist on Frederick Street. “I love what I do and … Read More

JQDT Board Seeks Project Manager

The Jewellery Quarter Development Trust (JQDT) Board are seeking a consultant to lead on a number of key projects. The JQDT is a community interest company formed in 2011 whose main objectives are to: Champion the regeneration of the JQ. Deliver additional projects and services through the JQBID. Develop sustainable projects that will benefit the local community. We are looking … Read More

Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter Keeps It Clean with Help from the Community

Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter streets have been spruced up following a community clean up organised by the Jewellery Quarter BID (Business Improvement District) on Friday 16th September. After a call out for volunteers, the JQBID was joined by over 24 members of the local community from companies including Fellows & Sons, T.H. March and Rock N Roll Brewhouse, and residents who … Read More

Travel to the Jewellery Quarter for £1

Work on the 0.7 mile expansion to the Midland Metro was completed last week – and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The new expansion now allows trams to run direct from New Street station to the Jewellery Quarter in approximately 7 minutes at the cost of £1 for an adult single. “Despite delays, the expansion is great news … Read More

NEW JOB: Website & Communications Assistant (Maternity Cover)

The National Association of Jewellers have a temporary position opening in their team. Temporary 9 month contract – to cover maternity leave, to start immediately Salary: dependant on experience Company Description: The National Association of Jewellers has been formed through the unification of the British Jewellers’ Association (BJA) and the National Association of Goldsmiths’ (N.A.G.) and now represents over 2,000 … Read More

New proposals for small business rate relief

There are new proposals for small business rate relief currently circulating in central government. For the benefit of our Jewellery Quarter small businesses we have confirmed the information below: The existing small business scheme will continue for the 2016/2017 rate year , but retail relief is withdrawn. From 1st April 2017 all businesses occupying property with a rateable value of … Read More

Pen Museum seeks Volunteer & Operations Manager

The Pen Museum wishes to appoint a Volunteer & Operations Manager to provide day-to-day management of operations at the Museum and oversee all its facilities. Who are the Pen Museum? The Pen Museum is at an exciting stage in its history and about to embark on a £150k redevelopment project thanks to support from HLF and other funders. A previously, … Read More

NOW RECRUITING: JQBID EVENTS MANAGER

The Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) is looking for a skilled individual to be responsible for all aspects of event management for the company. The BID represents over 500 businesses in the Jewellery Quarter. High Quality, varied events are a central part of our impressive strategy to raise the profile of the Jewellery Quarter and to improve business trade, … Read More

Small Business Saturday 2015

In the run up to Small Business Saturday 5th December, Tina Francis will be giving you the latest information on SBS, how we at the BID are supporting it and what you can do to get involved. You can follow Tina and the JQBID on Twitter and join the conversation with #JQSBS. You can view our new Jewellery Quarter Shopping … Read More

VYSE STREET CAR PARK OPENS FREE FOR CHRISTMAS

Following on from the success of last year, the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) have paid for the multistory Car Park on Vyse Street to open with free parking every Sunday until Christmas Day starting 6th December 2015. “Obviously, Christmas is a busy shopping period and we want to make shopping in the Jewellery Quarter as enticing as we … Read More

Successful New Business Looks to Expand After Just One Year

Escape Live have teamed up with us to offer local JQ Businesses a fantastic 10% off their booking. If you are interested please contact Jordan direct on 01215723131, you will also need to bring a business card with you on arrival*. Get your fantastic team building experience now! A Birmingham entertainment venue, which opened less than a year ago and … Read More

Vacancies for non-Executive positions on the RBSA Advisory Committee

The RBSA is an artists cooperative having charitable status whose affairs are managed by a Council elected from the membership at the Society’s AGM. The Council has created an Advisory Committee whose purpose is to provide advice on all the non-artistic aspects of the Society. These include all aspects of its finances, the staff it employs and the gallery building … 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

Jewellery Quarter Festival Volunteers Needed!

Are you friendly and confident speaking to the public? Do you want to be part of a cool new festival in Birmingham? Do you have a few hours you can spare on Saturday 18 July? We are looking for a team of volunteers to help at the first ever Jewellery Quarter Festival organised by the JQ BID team on Saturday … Read More

JQ jewellers, Livto land high street contract

Jewellery Quarter-based jewellery makers, Livto has caught the attention of established high street brand, Fabulous and secured a significant high street deal. In the company’s two years, it has gained recognition from local businesses as well as customers in the Quarter. The jewellery even caught the attention of Olympic athlete, Susannah Townsend. After selling from its established Jewellery Quarter shop, … Read More

Unique Find: Technical Team Solutions

This month, JQBID manager Luke Crane, popped in to see fellow Big Peg residents, Technical Team Solutions. Andy Jones and the rest of the IT recruitment team made him feel right at home in their newly decorated office.   When did you move to the Jewellery Quarter? After spending a year working from home, the team made the decision to … Read More

Assay Office marks bricks for charity

Birmingham’s iconic Assay Office celebrated its 240 year history by laying down special feature bricks at the new buildings construction site. The blocks bear the hallmarking symbols used in the office’s lifetime such as a lion, a crown, an orb and Pallas Athene, as well as the classic Birmingham anchor. The unique feature will also give credit to the Assay … 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 Midlands, which was also the … Read More

New parking provision on Arthur Place

We all know how difficult it can be to find parking in the city centre. Rather than trying to squeeze into a tiny space on the road, why not get yourself an annual contract in the Jewellery Quarter? This would mean having your very own parking space and waving goodbye to those stressful morning commutes. The secure car park, located … 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

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

Car park cleared to make way for the Golden Square

From today (20th January), there will be no car parking at the front of the Big Peg on Warstone Lane. This is in preparation for work to start later this month of the Golden Square – an exciting new public realm scheme. Alternative car park spaces are available at the multi car park next to The Big Peg. Any queries, … Read More

Maguire Jackson kicks off tenth year with new office

Maguire Jackson has celebrated the start of its tenth year with further investment in Birmingham by opening its third office. The leading independent sales and lettings agents, based on George Street in the Jewellery Quarter, has opened an office on Waterfront Walk, which connects The Mailbox and Brindleyplace. The new office will enable Maguire Jackson to bring its expertise to the … Read More

All Bar One to open outlets at Birmingham Airport sites

Jewellery Quarter-based pub group Mitchells & Butlers is opening two of its All Bar One branded outlets at Birmingham International Airport. One will be located in the south departure lounge, opening in April, while an additional unit in the north landside area is planned for June. Gary John, property director at Mitchells & Butlers, said: “We are delighted to have … Read More

The Jam House dazzles this December

The Jam House in Birmingham has an action packed calendar of entertainment to bring visitors to the dance floor this December. On Monday 23 December, Gospel Central will be performing at the popular live music venue in St Paul’s Square. Giving an urban and contemporary edge to gospel music, the band was put together by the award-winning bass guitarist and … Read More

Birmingham companies dominate the BJA Awards 2013

The enthusiasm, creativity and passion of Birmingham’s jewellery industry was celebrated at the British Jewellers’ Association Member Awards at St John’s Hotel, Solihull. The event was part of the annual charity ball in aid of the British Jewellery Giftware & Finishing Federation Benevolent Society. The Birmingham Assay Office supported the event and was delighted to see its customers winning almost … Read More

First look at the JQ’s newest Chinese restaurant

Vittoria Chinese Restaurant, which hosted its official launch party last Friday (29th Nov), is the Jewellery Quarter’s newest Oriental restaurant. Here’s some photos of the stylish interior…  

JQ shows overwhelming support for Christmas hamper initiative

The generosity shown by local businesses and residents never ceases to amaze us, but the response for the Christmas hamper initiative has been particularly positive. Less than two weeks after the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust launched its appeal to fill 100 hampers for families within the Ladywood Ward –  one of the poorest in the UK – we already have 140! The … Read More

Jewellery Quarter takes over the airwaves with Christmas campaign

Every day for the next four weeks, the Jewellery Quarter Christmas campaign will be heard by radio listeners across the West Midlands, reaching over 5.7 million people each week. The campaign will be on both Heart and Smooth radio and is funded by the Jewellery Quarter BID with a contribution from the Jewellery Quarter Marketing Initiative (JQMI). The jingles are a mixture of 10 … Read More

Fei Liu announces collaboration with Rio Tinto

One of the Quarter’s resident designer jewellers, Fei Liu has announced a collaboration with Rio Tint – a leading global mining and metals company. Internationally acclaimed Fei Liu, who studied at the School of Jewellery  in Vittoria Street,, has been invited as the leading designer of five, with his work contributing to Rio Tinto’s scheme to develop the diamond fashion … Read More

Centrepiece jewellery exhibition celebrates local designers

This week saw the opening of the annual Centrepiece exhibition in the foyer of Birmingham Symphony Hall. The exhibition, running until December 23rd, sees 30 local jewellery designers showcase their beautiful handmade jewellery and silverware, most of it designed and made here in the Jewellery Quarter.  The successful jewellery event – now in its 16th year – continues to recognise outstanding … Read More

Business event explains upcoming postal changes

Sunita Raindi, sub postmaster at Warstone Lane Post Office, invites Jewellery Quarter businesses to join the team for wine and samosas next week (Thursday 28th November, 6pm) to find out more about changes to opening hours and services. Click here for more details. If you are unable to attend this event, please feel free to pop by the Post Office or … Read More