Makers Thursday – Michele White

The JQBID will be attending the brand new international show Makers Central in May together with four local Jewellery Quarter makers; B18 Leather, Glenn Campbell Jewellery, Michele White Jewellery and Tina Francis Tapestry.  Leading up to the event, we will shed a spotlight on all of these creative businesses. You’ll learn more about the makers, from what inspires them to what they love … 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 every month and the city council recognises the comments made by the JQDT. Below is a planning tracker for … Read More

Makers Thursday – Glenn Campbell

The JQBID will be attending the brand new international show Makers Central in May together with four local Jewellery Quarter makers; B18 Leather, Glenn Campbell Jewellery, Michele White Jewellery and Tina Francis Tapestry.  Leading up to the event, we will shed a spotlight on all of these creative businesses. You’ll learn more about the makers, from what inspires them to what they love … Read More

How the Jewellery Quarter helped the world to write

Located within the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) area, the Pen Museum is based in the 1863 Renaissance-styled factory of W.E. Wiley. One of the pioneers of volume-produced pens, the factory supplied a remarkable 75% of the world’s nibs through the 1800s. The pens that were manufactured in the Jewellery Quarter contributed enormously to global literacy levels, helping people … Read More

Guest Blog: Is your website working as hard as you do?

This guest blog is written by Chris Thomas, Managing Director at APEX Ecommerce. Based in the Jewellery Quarter, the company is a specialist E-commerce Consultancy, helping businesses of all sizes navigate the rapidly changing e-commerce landscape. Having an online presence is becoming increasingly important in today’s retail environment and in this blog Chris Thomas outlines how smaller businesses are better … Read More

Makers Thursday – B18 Leather

The JQBID will be attending the brand new international show Makers Central in May together with four local Jewellery Quarter makers; B18 Leather, Glenn Campbell Jewellery, Michele White Jewellery and Tina Francis Tapestry.  Leading up to the event, we will shed a spotlight on all of these creative businesses. Every Thursday (starting from today), you’ll learn more about the makers, from what inspires them … Read More

Guest Blog: Things to do in the JQ for young people

    Our latest guest blog is written by Raven, a Year 10 pupil from Jewellery Quarter Academy. In March, Raven completed a work experience placement with the JQBID. She shadowed all the teams including spending the day with the Clean Team and the Ambassadors as well as undertaking office-based tasks such as research and drafting content for social media. This blog was … Read More

Job vacancy: JQBID office administrator

The Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) is looking for an organised and hardworking office administrator to join the team. The JQBID is a defined area within which the local business community works together to deliver projects and services that improve the business environment and the experiences of visitors and service users. The candidate will act as a key support … Read More

Free Cinema Ticket Giveaway for Ready Player One!

To celebrate the release of Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One which features scenes filmed in the Jewellery Quarter, the JQBID is giving away 40 pairs of tickets to watch the film at The Electric Cinema!     For your chance to win 2 tickets to a selected screening simply answer the following question; What is the name of the Jewellery Quarter street … Read More

Local businesses nominated in the UK Jewellery Awards 2018

An awards ceremony that recognises and celebrates achievements within the UK jewellery industry has announced its nominations. The UK Jewellery Awards 2018 shortlist includes several Jewellery Quarter based businesses. WB The Creative Jewellery Group  has been nominated in the Ethical Jewellery Business of the Year Category after successfully winning the award last year. The category requires nominees to explain the strategies they have … Read More

JQBID invites applications to tender for Quarter Life Magazine

The Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) is inviting tenders for the publication of Quarter Life magazine, the official magazine for the Jewellery Quarter. The JQBID funds and oversees the production of the magazine. Quarter Life is part of the JQBID’s commitment to raising the profile of the Jewellery Quarter, marketing it as the place to live, learn, work, and … Read More

The Emma Press celebrates five years with free event !

The Emma Press is celebrating the launch of their 50th book and 5 year anniversary with a free celebration extravaganza at 1000 Trades on Saturday 17th March! The business has grown exponentially from their humble origins in 2012 when Emma Wright quit her job with a large publisher in London and moved to Birmingham to set-up her own business. Today … Read More

Guest Blog: Dennis Cluley – Kathleen Dayus

  In honour of International Women’s Day, this month’s guest blog post is written by Dennis Cluley, a member of the JQBID Clean Team. It focuses on the author Kathleen Dayus, a  prominent female figure from the Jewellery Quarter. The sketch of Kathleen Dayus was kindly created by Sue Benwell.     KATHLEEN DAYUS Kathleen Dayus was born in one of the back … Read More

Mother’s Day in the JQ

Need some last minute ideas for Mother’s Day? Take a look at our recommendations for things to do, see and eat in the Jewellery Quarter. Book on The Quarterworkshop’s Bangle & Charms Class to create a fine silver bangle and charms for your mother. You can even take the class together and spend the day tinkering away. Get 10% off when … Read More

Get involved with the Great British Spring Clean!

UPDATE – 6/3/18 Due to the adverse weather conditions last week, the JQBID community clean-up day has been re-scheduled to Friday 16 March from 12 – 2pm. Volunteers will meet at the Golden Square, outside the Big Peg, where participants will be provided with the correct equipment, route planning and a safety briefing. All materials will be provided including high visibility vests, … Read More

International Women’s Day 2018 Events

International Women’s Day takes place on Thursday 8th March and this year the Jewellery Quarter will be buzzing with activity! Breaking The Silence is hosting its “Jewels Of The Quarter” event at The Jam House. A free evening of performance, fundraising and networking for local businesses in the Jewellery Quarter to celebrate the women who have overcome domestic violence. Breaking The … Read More

Join the JQBID at a free digital workshop in March

The JQBID in partnership with Google Digital Garage and Digital Birmingham, is holding two free digital workshops to help businesses in the Jewellery Quarter succeed online. These sessions are free to all businesses within the JQBID area and will take place at the Jewellery Quarter Conference Centre on Vyse Street. Individuals can book onto one or both workshops. The two … Read More

UCB students takeover 46 hotel jobs at Crowne Plaza

Students from University College Birmingham have hijacked nearly 50 jobs at one of the city’s busiest hotels as part of a campaign to encourage young people to pursue a career in hospitality. In partnership with InterContinental Hotel Group’s National Hotel Takeover and People 1st, students will run the Crowne Plaza in Central Square, Holliday Street, for the entire week from Monday 26 … 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 every month and the city council recognises the comments made by the JQDT. Below is a planning tracker for … Read More

Half-term fun in the heart of the city!

The Jewellery Quarter is the perfect place for families to take a trip down memory lane without even leaving Birmingham City Centre. The combination of museums in historic buildings with family-friendly dining makes the Jewellery Quarter a great day out without leaving the city limits! The Pen Museum hosts a fascinating collection of pen-nibs and related artefacts describing the history … Read More

Join JQBID at Makers Central!

UPDATE 15 March 2018   The JQBID will be joined by four local businesses at Makers Central on 5 and 6 May 2018, B18 Leather, Glenn Campbell Jewellery, Michele White Jewellery and Tina Francis Tapestry. They will be joining the BID at this brand new international show at the NEC which brings together customers, suppliers and fellow makers from around the world. … Read More

PMP Consultants join Symphony Hall’s £12-million foyer redevelopment team

A local Jewellery Quarter firm, PMP Consultants, has recently been appointed as quantity surveyors for Symphony Hall’s proposed £12-million foyer redevelopment. Symphony Hall boasts world-class concert facilities and the new entrance will allow the venue to engage more directly with its visitors and develop its relationship to the newly regenerated Centenary Square. PMP Consultants will join a team of professionals … Read More

BCC alert – Lionel Street closure on Monday 11 February

Birmingham City Council hereby gives Notice that on the 11th February 2018, for a period of one day, no person shall proceed along Lionel Street between its junctions with Newhall Street and Fleet Street. There will also be a suspension of the ‘One Way’ traffic along Lionel Street between Newhall Street to Summer Row and Summer Row between Fleet Street … Read More

Balti Bowls Manufactured in JQ

For the first time in over 25 years, authentic Balti bowls are being manufactured again in Birmingham. The Birmingham Balti Bowl Company has been set up to produce bowls in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, in partnership with AE Harris, one of the Jewellery Quarter’s longest established manufacturers. The bowls are made to a high quality specification using pressed steel, … Read More

Celebrate Valentine in the JQ

Valentine is just around the corner and now is the time to plan the perfect day out! With a variety of daytime and evening activities, as well as independent and bespoke shopping, the Jewellery Quarter has something for everyone. Use our handy guide below to choose the right combination of activities for you.   Enjoy a quirky day-time date by … Read More

Christmas Lights

The Christmas Lights in the Jewellery Quarter BID area remain on the lamp columns due to Birmingham City Council’s contractor Carillion collapsing into liquidation. The council is working with the relevant bodies and organisations to ensure that the lights can be taken off as soon as possible. For any further information, please contact info@jqdt.org Update 19/02 – The Christmas Lights … Read More

Valentine in the JQ by Alyn Waterman from Alyn Waterman Makeup & Hair Studio

The Jewellery Quarter is a very special and unique area with a great community spirit. I think it stands apart from other areas in Birmingham, because you can wander and browse it’s many interesting streets and shops whilst taking in its rich history. All this makes it the perfect location for either planning or celebrating Valentine’s Day. My recommendations for … Read More

Enter Our Valentine Day Giveaway

With its romantic cobblestone streets and historic buildings, the Jewellery Quarter is the perfect destination for a Valentine Day with partners or friends. To celebrate our love for the Jewellery Quarter the BID is holding a Valentine Giveaway Competition! One lucky winner will receive; Gift voucher for 2 from Escape Live to enjoy one of their locked room challenges A … Read More

JQDT Speaker Breakfast with Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council

The Jewellery Quarter Development Trust (JQDT) held its first 2018 breakfast event at the Assay Office this month. The local business community was invited to hear the Leader of Birmingham City Council outline his ambition and vision for the Jewellery Quarter. Councillor Ian Ward expressed his commitment to preserving the historic quarter’s legacy for future generations and noted the desire … Read More

Breaking the Silence UK launches 2018 initiative

After last year’s overwhelming success where 21 women broke their chains of abuse and got their life back, a Jewellery Quarter-based charity is once again opening its doors to women across the UK by offering its free 6-month programme to the most vulnerable. Breaking The Silence’s Building From Broken Pieces Programme (BFBP) is a real-time recovery course that gives women the … Read More

Birmingham’s First Ever Whisky Bar to Open in JQ

After running a hugely popular Whisky Festival for the past six years The Birmingham Whisky Club is due to open the city’s first Whisky Bar at 75 – 80 Vyse St on February 14th. Amy Seton, owner and co-founder of the Whisky Club, said: “I set up the whisky club six years ago and have helped to build up a … Read More

Local JQ Business Alyn Waterman Studio to speak at UCB Open Day

Alyn Waterman will be one of several professional guests providing career insight during The University College Birmingham All-Star Open Day on Saturday 20 January. Alyn Waterman has over 25 years experience of working with hair, make-up and beauty on tv and movie sets and has been Dame Joan Collin’s personal hairstylist for over 12 years. Alyn also owns and runs Alyn … Read More

UCB All Star Open Day – Saturday 20 January

The Jewellery Quarter hair and make-up artist Alyn Waterman, Birmingham restauranteur Glynn Purnell, and Rosie Ginday founder of Miss Macaroon are just a few of the many speakers attending the UCB Open Day on Saturday 20th January. The complete list of star-studded guest speakers includes YouTubers, celebrity chefs, athletes, bloggers and professional entrepreneurs who will present free talks to students in … 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 every month and the city council recognises the comments made by the JQDT. Below is a planning tracker for … Read More

Paradise Circus Queensway – weekend closures

Paradise Birmingham which borders the Jewellery Quarter area is to be transformed into a vibrant mixed use development of commercial, civic, retail, leisure and hotel space, providing major improvements to pedestrian access and greatly enhanced public realm befitting this exemplary historic setting. Paradise will be one of the biggest development schemes Birmingham has seen for a generation and will dramatically … Read More

Jewellers Benchspaces for Hire – Artisan Alchemy Gallery

Looking to expand or set up a new business in 2018? Artisan Alchemy Gallery on Caroline Street is advertising jewellers bench spaces for hire as well as a private unit. Ideal for recent graduates or new businesses the benches are set in a cosy communal space with a shared kitchen and courtyard and include an exclusive mentoring programme with acclaimed jeweller … Read More

33 Pitsford Street (Mr Tyre) – Public Consultation

Blackswan Developments is hosting 3 public open days to give an opportunity for people to view and comment on its proposals for a new residential, retail, office and workshop development on the Mr Tyre site. The proposals include a new entrance into the Jewellery Quarter railway station, a new public area as well as the opportunity to deliver an increase … Read More

New Year, New You! Staying healthy in the JQ

Staying active and healthy is at the top of many people’s New Years Resolution but it can be hard to find the type of exercise that suits you. To help you narrow it down we have compiled a list of some of the many exercise and fitness opportunities available in the JQ which are also shown on this handy Google … Read More

Indian Brewery grow Bigger, Better and Bolder in 2018 with Expansion

The local JQ favourite Indian Brewery is going bigger and bolder in 2018 with a brand new expansion into the adjoining arch next to Snow Hill station opening today (3 January). Alongside the increased seating capacity, new features include a visible glass cellar and Indian-inspired bespoke artwork on the walls. A ‘Made In Birmingham’ sign hangs in the entrance as … Read More

New Year’s Eve

If you are looking to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the JQ this year you are truly spoilt for choice! See our quick pick of parties and festive menus below or browse the full list on our What’s On Page. A very Happy New Year to all our businesses, residents and visitors from the JQBID team! The Rose Villa Tavern For … Read More

Holiday Opening Times in the Quarter

The JQBID office will be closed after 22 December 2017 and reopens on 2 January 2018. If you have an urgent enquiry during this time, please email info@jqdt.org. If you are visiting the Jewellery Quarter over the holiday period, please confirm the opening times before heading out. We have listed a few key opening hours below but for a more comprehensive list please … Read More

Record breaking diamond ring sells for over £1 Million at Fellows in Birmingham

The 43.59 carat Fancy Intense Yellow radiant-cut VS2 diamond was set between two white tapered diamond shoulders at 1.62 carats in total. This significant yellow diamond was the centre piece of an exquisite ring created by Graff Diamonds. For 141 years Fellows has been one of the country’s prominent auctioneers, they became an auction house in 1876. The family business … 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 every month and the city council recognises the comments made by the JQDT. Below is a planning tracker for … Read More

JQ business leads on Christmas Giving Tree campaign

For the fourth year in a row, Jewellery Quarter-based business TheTicketSellers is running its Christmas charity initiative – Giving Tree. For the last three years, the staff in the office have stopped spending money on Christmas cards and novelty Secret Santa presents in favour of collecting and/or buying groceries for the local foodbank.  Last year, the organisation partnered up with … Read More

Record-breaking Rolex sells for £110,000 at Birmingham Auction House

A vintage Rolex in the November Watch Sale at Fellows Auctioneers sold for £110,000 (plus Buyers Premium), setting a new house record for a price achieved by a watch at auction. This Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss dates from 1958 and was given an estimate of £40,000 – £60,000 ahead of Tuesday’s auction. This watch had been in single ownership since … Read More

Christmas in the Jewellery Quarter – come and visit us for shopping, food and drink!

The Jewellery Quarter is set to come alive this Christmas with plenty of activities for everyone. THE SHOPPING QUARTER   No matter what gift you are looking for – you’ll find something special here in the JQ… after all it’s what our area is famous for! Our streets are brimming with retailers and studios selling everything from unique antique jewels to … Read More

43.59 carat yellow diamond ring to feature in JQ Auctioneers Christmas Auction

A Fancy Intense Yellow and White Diamond Ring headlines the Fellows Antique & Modern Jewellery Sale on December 7th 2017. The 43.59 carat Fancy Intense Yellow radiant-cut VS2 diamond is set between two white tapered diamond shoulders at 1.62 carats in total. This significant yellow diamond is the centre piece of an exquisite ring created by Graff Diamonds and is … Read More

THE LIGHTS ARE ON – JEWELLERY QUARTER

Lighting up the Quarter exploded in a bright display of fireworks and bespoke jewellery themed Christmas lights Friday 17th November. If you missed our fantastic annual event you can catch up on the sights here, and you can always come back next year to enjoy the spectacle in person. If you would like to come and see the jewellery themed … 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 every month and the city council recognises the comments made by the JQDT. Below is a planning tracker for … Read More

Quarter Life is out now!

Quarter Life Issue 12 is out this week! The magazine is part of the JQBID’s commitment to raise the profile of the Jewellery Quarter and is an informative guide for visitors who may not have experienced all that the area has to offer. In this edition, browse through the Outside the Box supplement for Christmas present ideas and take inspiration … Read More