In 2017, the Jewellery Quarter’s business community gave a firm thumbs up for a second term of the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (BID). Over 700 organisations were asked to vote in the postal ballot between 7 June and 5 July. The Jewellery Quarter BID received backing from 88 percent of those that voted by number and 85 percent by rateable value. Turnout was 38 percent by number and 42 percent by rateable value.
WHAT IS THE JQBID?
A Business Improvement District (BID) is a geographically defined area within which the local business community pool their resources to invest in projects and services that improve the business environment and the experiences of visitors, workers and other users.
The Jewellery Quarter BID (JQBID) commenced on 1st September 2012 and was renewed for a second term in 2017. The ‘BID Renewal Process 2017-2022’ document outlines the main BID objectives which will serve as the key focal areas for projects, initiatives and events for a second term as well as some proposed actions to meet each of these objectives. This proposal has been created based on consultation with businesses.
WHO IS A BID LEVY-PAYER?
The BID’s activities are principally funded via a BID levy charge set at 2% of rateable value (RV) as at 6th April 2017. This charge is payable by all non-domestic properties within the BID area (please see boundary map below) and is collected by Birmingham City Council. The funds are then passed to the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust (JQDT), an independent Community Interest Company (CIC) that operates the JQBID. The JQDT undertakes a range of activities for the benefit of all who live, learn, work, invest and visit the area. The Board of Directors consists of BID levy payers and community representatives who manage the budget and oversee the BID Team’s activities. The JQDT Board of Directors meets on a bi-monthly basis and the dates for the 2018 are the 1 March, 24 April, 26 June, 21 August, 30 October and 18 December. If you have any questions about the JQBID or JQDT, please call the office on 0121 233 2814 or send us an email.
Our Statutory Explanatory Notes [SEN] published in April 2018 contain a FAQ. Please view and download here:
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.
KARIN DE FIGUEIREDO
BID Communications and Events Executive
Karin is originally from Sweden but has lived and studied across the globe earning a BA in Anthropology from McGill, Canada along the way. She relocated to Birmingham in 2013 to pursue an MA in Heritage Management from the University of Birmingham and has spent the last few years working at heritage and museum venues across the region.
She is now a keen advocate for her adopted city and enjoys spending her weekends exploring new restaurants and historical sites. Favourite discoveries in the Jewellery Quarter include The Hive Bakery and Café, The Chocolate Quarter and The RBSA Gallery.
Karin is responsible for supporting the Communications Manager with all PR and marketing related activities as well as taking the lead on delivering key events for the BID across the Jewellery Quarter.
BID Ambassador Leader
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.”
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.”
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 colleague, 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.”