In May 2012, the Jewellery Quarter’s business community gave a firm thumbs up to the proposals for its own Business Improvement District (BID), with 80% of businesses who voted, saying ‘Yes’. Since then, the BID has invested over £2M into the Jewellery Quarter area through projects, events and initiatives on behalf of local businesses. Now, the JQBID is asking it’s members to vote ‘Yes’ for a second term so that it can continue this investment to make the Jewellery Quarter the place to live, learn, work and visit.
JQBID BUSINESS PROPOSAL
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.
WHAT IS THIS?
The JQBID is a community interest company both funded and governed by local Jewellery Quarter businesses. Since 2012, the BID team has carried out a five-year strategy which has raised the profile of the Jewellery Quarter making it a safer, cleaner and more vibrant place to do business.
Now, the BID is reaching the end of the company’s first five-year term and must undergo what is called a ‘Renewal Ballot’. All businesses who are over a certain rateable value within the BID area will be asked to vote in favour of supporting a second five-year term. The above document lays out the terms of what the BID will deliver should we secure a successful ‘Yes’ vote.
This proposal has been created based on consultations with businesses who currently pay a levy as well as those who start paying if the BID secures a majority ‘Yes’ vote.
WHY YOU NEED TO VOTE.
The outcome of this vote will affect the future of the Jewellery Quarter business community.
Voting opens 7th June and closes 5th July. All eligible businesses (BID Levy payers) will receive a postal ballot after 7th June. Help make a difference and cast your vote for a BID that will work for your business.
If you would like to discuss this proposal or have any other questions about the Jewellery Quarter BID, then please call the office on 0121 233 2814 or send us an email.
REASONS TO VOTE YES…
THE JQ BID TEAM
Luke is responsible for delivering the BID Business Plan, ensuring that the BID projects make a tangible difference to the levy payers and the Jewellery Quarter. He is supported by the BID Management Committee.
Luke started his career in events management but has spent the past seven years developing and delivering BIDs across the UK. He previously worked for the National BID Advisory Service, and The Mosaic Partnership before setting up his own BID consultancy. Luke developed the Cambridge BID and, most recently, ran the Reading BID before coming to the JQBID in 2013.
“For me the Jewellery Quarter has a real buzz about it. As you walk through the streets you get a real feel for its history as well as its current success. It is a place which attracts creativity, a unique area in the heart of a great city. But what I love the most about the Jewellery Quarter is its potential to build on this to become one of the most successful locations in the UK and the opportunity we have as the BID has to work with others to deliver this.”
BID Communications Manager
Parv joined the JQBID after working for a communications agency in Birmingham. Originally from Wolverhampton, she studied European Politics at the University of Birmingham.
Apart from being a long-suffering Aston Villa fan, she enjoys discovering Birmingham’s hidden treasures. Top of her Jewellery Quarter must-see-list is Rajdoot Tandoori, Argentea Gallery and The Quarterworkshop.
Parv is responsible for all aspects of PR, marketing, and event management for the JQBID. A key part of her role is building relationships with the BID levy payers as well as important stakeholders in the Jewellery Quarter and wider Birmingham.
Born in the USA, Justin has lived in the UK for 10 years and has worked in the Jewellery Quarter since 2011. Alongside being an ambassador, Justin is studying Real Estate at Birmingham City University.
Three days each week you will find Justin carrying out footfall counts around the Jewellery Quarter BID area. At the same time Justin will offer help to visitors by giving out Quarter Life Magazines, maps, general help and information and a very warm welcome helping to promote the area’s offering.
Justin is fast becoming a familiar face to local businesses and visits them regularly to check on their well-being, update them on BID activities and to listen to their feedback.
Look out for Justin around the Quarter in his JQ logo uniform.
“I’ve always enjoyed the potential that the Jewellery Quarter has as this unique community within Birmingham. I particularly enjoy spending my day around buildings older than the cities I grew up in.”
Three days each week you will find Wendy carrying out footfall counts around the Jewellery Quarter BID area. At the same time Wendy will offer help to visitors by giving out Quarter Life Magazines, maps, general help and information and a very warm welcome helping to promote the area’s offering.
Wendy is a familiar face among both businesses and residents and liaises with them regularly as well as keeping them informed of JQBID news.
Look out for Wendy in her JQ logo uniform.
“I have a couple of favourite places in the jewellery quarter – the jewellers shops – I love people watching so it’s lovely to see people looking to buy a special piece of jewellery for their special occasion you can almost feel their excitement.”
Mária settled in the UK after leaving her native Hungary in 2015. After studying International Relations at the Corvinus University of Budapest, she worked as relationship manager for a bank.
In her free time, likes to explore new coffee shops and bars. Her favourite places in the Jewellery Quarter include the Rose Villa Tavern and the Actress and Bishop.
Mária manages all of the computerised information systems in the office which includes updating existing company database and building new systems.
Clean Team Member
A true Brummie, Dennis has worked in the Jewellery Quarter for the last eight years at St Paul’s Church.
He enjoys the history of the area and speaking with people who make the Jewellery Quarter a unique place. His favourite places are St Paul’s Gallery, Toffee & Coffee and 24 Carat Bistro.
He can be seen out and about each day as part of the JQBID Clean team along with his partner, Allan. Together, they collect over 15 bags of rubbish each day!
Clean Team Member
Allan is the first member of the JQBID’s dedicated Clean Team. You will find Allan on the streets of the Jewellery Quarter picking up litter and working alongside the core team to report fly tipping and environmental hazards.
When not at work, Allan has a keen interest in the Quarter’s heritage and it’s three museums, the Pen Museum, in particular.
“The more I get to know the Quarter, the more I see there is on offer. I regularly enjoy a latte from Coffee Tales before I start work and occasionally finish the day in the Rose Villa Tavern; which has a warm and friendly atmosphere. It’s been great having business owners welcome me while I am out and about, and show appreciation for what we are trying to do.”
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ASK A QUESTION
Any questions relating to the JQBID can be sent to our JQBID Communications Manager
Parv Gandham on 0121 233 2814 via email on firstname.lastname@example.org