Mother’s Day Treats in the Jewellery Quarter!

If flowers and a card are just not going to cut it this Mother’s Day then the Jewellery Quarter is brimming with unique events and offers to treat your mum this year! See our selection of highlights below or browse the What’s On page for the full list of JQ events.   Free Earrings at Cucina Rustica  – The first … Read More

JQBID Partners with First Mile in Mission to Make Birmingham Green!

The Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) has partnered with First Mile to help improve recycling rates across the Jewellery Quarter. As a leading environmental business, First Mile are committed to being waste-busters, increasing the number of ways waste can be recycled across the Quarter. Partnering with First Mile, the JQBID offers a subsidised recycling scheme to help the approximately … Read More

Memory of Touch Opens at Argentea Gallery on 21st March

An exhibition featuring new work by contemporary British photographer Colin Wilson opens at Argentea Gallery in Birmingham 21st March 2019. Memory of Touch is a body of work that focuses on still life through black and white film. Taken in a studio setting the light can be controlled but to strip the images of even more possible background noise, the … Read More

Restored Grave of Harry Gem, Local Lawn Tennis Pioneer

The Harry Gem Project has successfully restored the grave of local lawn tennis pioneer, Harry Gem, located in Warstone Lane Cemetery. The project has been a work of passion for lawn tennis historian Robert Holland. During his research, Robert managed to establish that the Edgbaston Archery & Lawn Tennis Society is, in fact, the oldest lawn tennis club in the world. … Read More

Guest Blog: Women’s Work in the Jewellery Quarter – International Women’s Day

In this month’s Guest Blog we celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March by highlighting some of the hidden stories of female workers in the historic Jewellery Quarter. To find out more about this topic book onto the Women’s Work in the Jewellery Quarter Tour by The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.  Women’s Work in the Jewellery Quarter The Smith … 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 regularly and the city council recognises the comments made by the JQDT. Below is a planning tracker for the … Read More

Free Earrings for Mother’s Day at Cucina Rustica!

Treat someone this Mother’s Day with free earrings! Cucina Rustica is gifting the first 100 Mother’s Day bookings a complimentary pair of elegant 9-carat Italian gold stud earrings. Cucina Rustica offers modern Italian dining and is particularly popular for its fresh seafood specials. Located in the Jewellery Quarter by the picturesque St Pauls Church, the view from Cucina Rustica combined with … Read More

JQ Makers Win Prestigious National Needlework Awards!

Congratulations to local Jewellery Quarter needle artists Helen McCook and Tina Francis who took home two trophies at the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show in London on 28th February 2019! Helen McCook won Designer of the Year for Embroidery. Helen is an artisan embroider who also runs The Traditional Textiles School based in the Quarter and many of her works … Read More

40 St Paul’s Crowned Best Gin Bar in The World!

The Jewellery Quarter favourite 40 St Paul’s, known for its impeccable gin menu and quaint location, recently won Best Gin Bar in The World at the Icons of Gin Awards. In 2018 they won Imbibe’s Best Gin List in the UK  and Best Gin Bar in the UK at the same event. This year they went one step further and finally … Read More

The Great British Spring Clean Returns!

Roll up your sleeves and step out into the fresh air over your lunch-break! The JQBID are inviting all Jewellery Quarter residents and businesses to join us for the Great British Spring Clean, a national campaign that encourages communities to clean up their neighbourhoods. This year the event will take place on Friday 22nd March between 1 – 2 pm. … Read More

JQ Businesses host Secret Supper in support of Parkinson’s UK

What could be better than a night out at some of the Jewellery Quarter’s best award-winning restaurants in St Paul’s Square? The upcoming Secret Supper in aid of Parkinson’s UK  will not only be raising much-needed funds to support the charity’s work, but the diners will also be in a for a big surprise on the night as they had to … Read More

STEAMhouse Meet & Greet in the JQ

UPDATE 06/03/2019 Please note that the session planned for Wednesday 13 March has been cancelled. All attendees interested in attending this exciting event are now asked to sign-up to the same session on Tuesday 12th March from 6- 7 pm at The Rose Villa Tavern.   The JQBID in partnership with STEAMhouse is inviting all budding entrepreneurs, SME’s, start-up’s and … 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 regularly and the city council recognises the comments made by the JQDT. Below is a planning tracker for the … Read More

Black Sabbath Bench Produced in the Jewellery Quarter

The heavily anticipated Black Sabbath Bench commemorating the band’s achievements and links to Birmingham was partly produced in the Jewellery Quarter by Stewart Francis of Etch Components. The uniquely designed steel bench – incorporating images of the band’s original four members – will be placed on the renamed Black Sabbath Bridge across the canal on Birmingham’s Broad Street. Etch Components – … Read More

Valentine’s Day in the Jewellery Quarter

It’s time to get together with your partner or friends to celebrate the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day! The Jewellery Quarter is brimming with cosy restaurants and quirky bars. To help you celebrate Valentine’s Day local venues are hosting a range of events including themed evenings, tasting menus and creative workshops to enjoy together. Find out more in … Read More

Guest Blog: SMR Fitness – Get To Know The JQ’s Latest Gym

In this Guest Blog find out more about the team behind the Jewellery Quarter’s latest gym which recently opened at 5 Northampton Street, B18 6DU. With their friendly atmosphere and variety of training options, there’s bound to be something for everyone. SMR Fitness is offering 10% off personal training packages in January. Find out more on their website www.smrfitness.com.  Owners of … Read More

Guest Blog: Start the year stress free with The Floating Spa

In this Guest Blog we hear from the owners of The Floating Spa (23-24 Hall Street B18 6BS), about the unique benefits to both mind and body of their flotation sessions. Find out more on their website.  Floatation Therapy or sensory deprivation is the very definition of doing nothing! Everyone wants to do something, how about this year you start … Read More

House of Solus Launch Brand New Website

It’s been an exciting few months for bespoke jewellery House of Solus. Their new design studio on Warstone Lane has recently been given a new lease of life offering personal and one to one appointments. The company has also invested in the latest CAD technology – so each client can really see their design come to life. In addition, 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 regularly and the city council recognises the comments made by the JQDT. Below is a planning tracker for the … Read More

Saturday Sessions at The Hive

Starting in January 2019 The Hive at New Standard Works will be running themed monthly Saturday Sessions! Tickets are pre-bookable and give you access to adult creative workshops, evening entertainment as well as dining provided by the wonderful Hive Café & Bakery. The Saturday Sessions will kick-off on 12 January centred around the theme of TASTE. Sample honey from Bee9 … Read More

New Exhibition “Fertile Grounds” Opens at Argentea Gallery 10 January

An exhibition featuring new work by renowned local artists Barbara Gibson and Mark Murphy opens at Argentea Gallery in Birmingham 10 January 2019. Fertile Ground is always the first exhibition to start the New Year at the gallery and is dedicated to promoting the best artistic talent in the region. This year it presents the work of Barbara Gibson and Mark Murphy … Read More

New Year’s Eve in the JQ!

It’s time for the biggest party of the year! Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with a host of Jewellery Quarter festivities to choose from ranging from Bottomless Bingo to live music performances! Browse our roundup of parties and events below or browse our What’s On.   40 St Paul’s: 2018, A Celebration 1000 Trades: NewHam – A Night of … Read More

Christmas Menus and Events in the JQ

With over 80 local independent bars, pubs and restaurants, the Jewellery Quarter has something for everyone this Festive Season! Whether you are booking the office Christmas Party, having drinks with friends, or escaping the cold with a hot drink, you will be sure to find just the thing in our JQ Food & Drink Guide. A list of links to local Christmas … Read More

Vanguard Bar Create Mead Cocktails With English Heritage

Mead, the world’s oldest alcoholic drink, is making a comeback and English Heritage has teamed up with The Vanguard Bar in the Jewellery Quarter, the UK’s first Cocktail Bar & Meadery, to create three new mead cocktails, Honeyed Gin Old Fashioned, Monks’ Fizz and Ye Olde Hot Tod. English Heritage, the UK’s largest retailer of mead, announced it sells a bottle of the ancient tipple … Read More

Celebrate Christmas in the Jewellery Quarter!

Be inspired by our festive video and discover Christmas in the Jewellery Quarter! Explore – Get in from the cold with a visit to one of our galleries or museums in our Heritage Trail Shop – Find the perfect gift from over 100 jewellers and independent shops in our Shopping Guide Dine – Toast the festive season at one of … Read More

Guest Blog: Acapella – NOW OPEN!

A brand new live-music venue has recently opened in the Jewellery Quarter at 50 Frederick Street, B1 3BD. Read more about Acapella’s unique entertainment offering below. Don’t miss their upcoming Launch Party on Saturday 1 December from 7 pm onwards! Find out more on their website.  Acapella is a newly opened live music venue in Birmingham’s bustling Jewellery Quarter. Hosting … Read More

Spotlight on Legge Lane: Part Two

The Jewellery Quarter was home to some 30,000 workers by 1914. In the late 1800s, as family firm Alabaster & Wilson was getting established, space was at a premium as businesses and independent artisans made use of every piece of land… Prosperous merchants and professionals initially moved to the St Paul’s district to escape industrialisation. The site on a hill … Read More

Spotlight on Legge Lane

The Jewellery Quarter Townscape Heritage project aims to promote the heritage of the area through events, activities and research. Writer Louise Palfreyman has been in the archives finding out what the neighbouring businesses of this unique district reveal about working life in the late 1800s. For nearly 130 years, Alabaster & Wilson produced fine jewellery from 9 – 11 Legge … Read More

JQ Life Issue 3 – Out now!

The Winter edition of the JQ Life magazine is now out! This quarterly publication from the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) covers events, news and updates from the Jewellery Quarter. The front cover star is Deborah Cadman OBE, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority and resident of the JQ who talks about her passion for the local … Read More

Henry’s Cantonese In St Paul’s Square Re-Opens!

The well-known Henrys Cantonese in St Paul’s Square has re-opened its doors under new management, after a brief closure. A favourite amongst Jewellery Quarter locals, some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes are the Crispy Roast Duck with Plum Sauce, Sizzling Beef Fillet with Black Pepper Sauce, and Sweet & Sour Chicken. “We’re delighted to have opened Henrys Cantonese again, which we know … Read More

Guest Blog: Celebrate Vegan Month this November

Throughout the month of November the Vegan Society are celebrating Vegan Month starting with World Vegan Day. Get involved with local activities in your area throughout the month, or download the VeGuide app for inspiration. The National Vegan Society headquarters are located in the Jewellery Quarter.  How to start your vegan journey this World Vegan Day People from all walks of … Read More

Fellows Holds Birmingham’s Largest Jewellery Auction Of 2018

Birmingham’s biggest jewellery auction of the year took place on Thursday at Fellows Auctioneers in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter. Fellows held their highest value jewellery auction of the year on November 8th, offering for sale important diamond pieces as well as items by well-known designers such as Cartier and Graff. Thursday’s auction was extremely well attended on with … Read More

Free service launched on our website – online jobs board

We have launched a free online service for Jewellery Quarter businesses. The JQ jobs board allows businesses to promote vacancies located in the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District for free and help promote their business to a wider group of potential employees. Luke Crane, JQDT Executive Director said: “This new website feature will serve as a great resource for anyone … Read More

Guest Blog Post: Personal Safety Workshop with Kaizen Performance Centre a great success!

One of the core aims of the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) is to make the area Safe & Welcoming for all users. To support this goal the JQBID held two weeks of Personal Safety Workshops for local workers together with the Kaizen Performance Centre on Frederick Street. These free 1-hour workshops taught participants basic tips and tricks for keeping … Read More

Local JQ Business and Partner Launch New Cloud Based FD Service

An enterprising Birmingham duo are celebrating the launch of a pioneering new service designed to help Midlands-based SMEs create sustainable business growth. eVirtualFD is the UK’s first entirely cloud-based FD service, designed to give small and medium-sized businesses access to a ‘virtual’ financial director who can help them develop a deeper understanding of their company’s finances and build long-term growth. … Read More

RBSA Charity Art Auction

This year’s RBSA Charity Auction will feature beautiful artworks that will be up for grabs at a glittering charity auction in Birmingham on 20 November. More than 50 artworks have been generously donated by prominent UK artists and art lovers will be able to snap up a bargain! The auction will be run by Bonhams and is being held in collaboration … Read More

Silver Sculpture to mark end of WWI installed at BATF

Birmingham based British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) have received the commemorative ‘Silence Fell’ silverware to mark the end of the Great War. Last year the BATF board decided to commission a special piece to join its boardroom silver collection of over 50 items and tasked one of its member associations, The National Association of Jewellers, to help find a fitting item.  A … 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 regularly and the city council recognises the comments made by the JQDT. Below is a planning tracker for the … Read More

Cooksongold announced as sponsor for JQ Christmas Lights Switch on!

The countdown to Christmas will officially start when the Christmas lights are switched on in the historic Jewellery Quarter by Willard Wigan MBE, creator of the world’s smallest handmade sculptures in history! Organised by the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID), this year’s switch on takes place on Friday 16th November. The Jewellery Quarter Academy will begin the festivities on … Read More

Halloween in the Jewellery Quarter

Happy Halloween! Nothing says spooky like a cemetery and in the Jewellery Quarter we are lucky enough to have three of them at Warstone Lane, Key Hill and St Paul’s Church. Each one with their own unique stories to tell of the people who lived and worked in the Quarter. Why not visit for yourself this October half-term and see … Read More

JQ agency Big Cat up for Birmingham Post Business Awards

Local Jewellery Quarter marketing agency, Big Cat, has been nominated for “Partnership of the Year” at the Birmingham Post Business Awards. They will be extending their nominated collaborative project with the University of Birmingham which is investigating the use of figurative messaging in advertising campaigns. The six-month partnership has so far seen the use of the very latest academic research techniques, such … Read More

New Argentea Exhibition – Out of the Woods of Thought

A new collection of contemporary landscape photography opens at Argentea Gallery on 2nd November 2018. Out of the Woods of Thought is an exploration of the natural world through a series of highly atmospheric works by some of the UK’s most exciting landscape photographers. The exhibition is curated by the photography collective ‘Inside the Outside’ and features work by its … Read More

Pop-up Poppy Shop in the JQ!

This year for the first time there will be a Poppy Pop-Up shop in the Jewellery Quarter as part of the city-wide Birmingham Poppy Day Celebrations on Tuesday 6 November. Staff and volunteers from the Royal British Legion will be in the glass booth in the Big Peg on the Golden Square from 8 am to 4 pm selling a … Read More

Jewellery Quarter Halloween Trail

Celebrate Halloween in the historic Jewellery Quarter throughout October half-term with the Jewellery Quarter Halloween Trail! There will be no tricks only free treats for any families who visit one of the five participating venues in costume between Saturday 27 October – Sunday 4 November. Download or pick up one of the free trails on-site for the full list of … Read More

Anderson’s Bar and Grill wins Restaurant of the Year!

Local Jewellery Quarter landmark, Anderson’s Bar and Grill, won not only ‘Restaurant of the Year’ for the West Midlands category, but also the 2018 Restaurant of the Year at the Food awards England on Monday 15th October 2018. The Food Awards England said, “These awards recognised the achievements of local suppliers who always provide the community with the freshest of products … Read More

4 weeks to Christmas Lights Switch On!

The countdown to Christmas will officially start when the Christmas lights are switched on in the historic Jewellery Quarter by Willard Wigan MBE, creator of the world’s smallest handmade sculptures in history! Organised by the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID), this year’s event takes place on Friday 16th November. The live entertainment programme includes a show-stopping performance from a … Read More

Guest Blog: Spooky Goings On In The Jewellery Quarter

This month we are taking a spooky trip down memory lane with our colleague Dennis Cluley, exploring the history and hauntings of the local Jewellery Quarter cemeteries of Warstone Lane Cemetery, Key Hill Cemeteries, and St Paul’s churchyard. For more spooky Halloween activities for families in October half-term see our Jewellery Quarter Halloween Trail.  The three Cemeteries of the Jewellery … Read More

Saturday Sessions at The Hive

Are you a “Craft-ista” based in Birmingham? Starting early next year, The Hive Heritage Hub will be hosting monthly craft sessions for members of the public. The Saturday Sessions start in January and will take place on the 2nd Saturday of each month, with different workshops programmed throughout the day and into the evening. The team is looking to commission … Read More

Meet Our New Ambassador!

The Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) Ambassador Matthew Crawley-Alexander joined the team last month. With fellow Ambassador Wendy Roach, he is the friendly face that greets visitors, workers and residents. We sat down for a quick chat to find out how he’s finding the new role and the Jewellery Quarter in general.  New Ambassador: Matthew Alexander-Crawley   1. Did … 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 regularly and the city council recognises the comments made by the JQDT. Below is a planning tracker for the … Read More