JQBID supports local businesses with outside seating

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The JQBID has supported local businesses by driving through plans to provide outside seating for several hospitality venues.

A number of areas throughout the Jewellery Quarter have had parking bays suspended to allow for outside seating areas in the wake of the pandemic.

Working with local hospitality businesses, the JQBID put forward a number of schemes to Birmingham City Council that would allow for businesses to place furniture outside their premises to help serve customers in a COVID compliant way.

With many Jewellery Quarter venues backing onto busy roads and not having the luxury of beer gardens, the new COVID regulations meant businesses had to stop serving customers and only provide takeaway options. With pavement licences usually too expensive to apply for, Birmingham City Council introduced Temporary Pavement Licenses, and with support and guidance from the JQBID, COVID secure seating areas were developed.

Venues included Soda Bread Cafe and Saint Kitchen on St Paul’s Square, Coffee Tales (pictured above) and Damascena on Warstone Lane and 1000 Trades on Frederick Street.

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