Birmingham School of Jewellery; “Ones To Watch”

Talented students from Birmingham’s School of Jewellery are featured in the latest edition of JQ Life (Issue 2 is out now). This week, we have shared the full interviews from two of the students; Ugne Nikitinaite and Eleanor Tucker. Ugne Nikitinaite: HND Jewellery and Silversmithing What inspires your work? I am mostly inspired by nature, space, and anything that has a mystical or … Read More

JQ Life Issue Two – available to read now!

The Autumn edition of the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) magazine’s has landed! The JQ Life magazine is full of news, opinions and features on the businesses and people of the Jewellery Quarter. The front cover star is dynamic and visionary reanimator Stuart Holt (Javelin Block) who talks about this JQ journey and his passion for the local community. … Read More

Your memories wanted for Jewellery Quarter ‘People’s Archive’.

A three-year £2million Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) project is searching for people to share their memories of living and working in the Jewellery Quarter. Commencing earlier this year, the Jewellery Quarter Townscape Heritage (JQTH) project began raising awareness of an area within the Jewellery Quarter’s ‘Industrial Middle’*. Historically a mixed industrial and residential area, many of the buildings remain today, … Read More

Hello Birmingham Heritage Week!

In this month’s Guest Blog, Councillor Philip Davies, City Heritage Champion and chair of Jewellery Quarter Development Trust (JQDT), gives his perspective on this year’s Birmingham Heritage Week. The event is a citywide initiative that runs from 6 – 16 September 2018 with workshops and activities across Birmingham that highlight the city’s unique history and heritage. Those of us lucky enough … Read More

JQBID joins World Cleanup Day on 15 September!

Businesses, residents and students are being encouraged to attend a community litter picking event in the Jewellery Quarter. As part of World Cleanup Day 2018, the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) is organising an event on Saturday 15 September, between 10:00am and 12:00pm. Luke Crane, JQBID Director comments: “Keeping the Jewellery Quarter clean and litter-free is one of our … Read More

Argentea Gallery Presents Tanaya Houghton – Songlines of the Here+Now

Argentea Gallery on St Paul’s Square has announced its next exhibition. Comprising of twenty-two images and two rooms of installation pieces, Tanya Houghton’s Songlines of the Here+Now aims to explore the past and present connections Australians hold to the ancient landscape they call home. Shot over the course of five weeks Houghton covered a total of 10,500 km collecting scattered … Read More

Paradise Circus closure – 3rd September 2018 until Summer 2019

The West Midlands Combined Authority has embarked upon an ambitious plan to regenerate the region and to provide new opportunities for residents and businesses. Central to this plan is the expansion of the Metro network which will triple in size by 2026 providing high quality, safe and dependable Metro travel across much of the region. The Midland Metro Alliance has … Read More

New JQ premises for expanded Vegan Society Team

The National Vegan Society based in the Jewellery Quarter is moving to a larger office reflecting the tremendous growth of the vegan movement in recent years. The charity’s previous premises were unable to accommodate all of its staff which has quadrupled from just 10 a decade ago to nearly 40. George Cill, CEO at The Vegan Society, said: “When I joined the … Read More

Cooksongold launch refurbished store on 100th anniversary

Cooksongold, the UK’s largest jewellery making supplier, is celebrating 100 years of being at the heart of the Jewellery Quarter. In 1918 Cooksongold, established a manufacturing site and sales office on Vittoria Street, to serve both jewellery manufacturers and industrial users in the Midlands area. The business grew considerably in the early years constantly expanding its range of products and production … Read More

Summer in the City! Bring the family to the JQ

Escape the hustle and bustle of Birmingham city centre and spend the day exploring the historic Jewellery Quarter! Only a short 20-minute walk from Birmingham New Street, make the journey into an experience by taking the Train (10 min) or the Metro (8 min) to the Jewellery Quarter station on Vyse Street. Watch family-friendly shows at The Blue Orange Theatre including … Read More

Spotlight on Birmingham at International Jewellery London 2018

International Jewellery London (IJL), the UK’s leading trade event for the international jewellery industry, will host a Spotlight on Birmingham in association with Birmingham School of Jewellery and supported by Cooksongold and Weston Beamor to be opened by The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Yvonne Mosquito. It is a collaboration of industry, education and commerce; from the Assay Office Birmingham to the manufacturers, designers, wholesalers … Read More

Guest Blog: Ambassador’s JQ Festival 2018 Experience

Last month’s JQ Festival attracted people from across the city for a jam-packed programme of activities and events. Organised by the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID), and supported by local businesses, the event celebrated the craft, culture and heritage of Birmingham’s historic quarter. This year’s event was different from previous years. A brand new Makers Hub showcased the buzzing … Read More

Clean Air Zone – consultation ends 17th August

Birmingham City Council’s (BCC) Clean Air Zone (CAZ) consultation is ending on 17th August. The Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) is encouraging local businesses to read all the information available, attend events and provide feedback. The council is proposing a Clean Air Zone within the A4540 Middleway ring road (but not the Middleway itself), where the most polluting vehicles … Read More

Job vacancy: JQBID Ambassador

The Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) is looking to recruit an ambassador 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, students and residents. The ambassador will work alongside our dynamic team as we implement … Read More

Enjoy exclusive drinks at JQ venues with Birmingham Cocktail Weekend!

Birmingham Cocktail Weekend (BCW) returns from 13 – 15 July! Unlock access to new and exclusive £4 drinks at 40 participating venues across the city with the BCW wristband. In the JQ The Birmingham Whisky Club will be serving “Naked Rob Roy”, The Rose Villa Tavern are creating “Salted Caramel Espresso Martini’s” and The Vanguard at 1000 Trades are experimenting with the “Grand Sour”. The … Read More

Enjoy jazz in the JQ this July!

The fun continues in the Jewellery Quarter this summer beyond the JQ Festival (20 – 22 July) with jazz performances throughout the Quarter, delivered by the Birmingham, Solihull & Sandwell Jazz Festival (20 – 29 July). Now in its 34th year, the event is including Sandwell for the first time. With a total of 233 performances in 114 venues, there’s … Read More

You’re invited to the JQ Festival Open Day Drop-in (6th July)

The JQ Festival is back next month (20th- 22nd July) and the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement (JQBID) is inviting local businesses and residents to an official JQ Festival Open Day Drop-in. Running across two locations – St Paul’s Square and Golden Square (JQBID unit underneath The Big Peg) – on Friday 6th July, members of the team will be on … Read More

JQ Life Issue One is here!

The brand-new Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) magazine has landed! Formerly Quarter Life, the fresh-look JQ Life magazine is full of news, updates, features and information about the Jewellery Quarter. Following the renewal of the JQBID for an additional five-year term last year, the magazine was revamped and offers a fresh angle on the people of the JQ; whether … Read More

Guest Blog: Exploring My Portuguese Culinary Heritage With Salcooks

To celebrate Portugal Day on Sunday 10 June and her Portuguese heritage Karin de Figueiredo, JQBID Communications & Events Executive, explores the story of Salcooks – a new Portuguese Cafe in the Jewellery Quarter. Salcooks The feeling of happiness that comes from our favourite comfort foods often stems from positive memories of our childhood. My family is both Swedish and … Read More

JQ Big Bike Day – 21 June

In an ongoing campaign to promote a greener, more eco-friendly Jewellery Quarter, cyclists are being treated to a free bike repair. Brought to you by the JQBID and Urban Cycles, the next JQ Big Bike Day is due to take place Thursday 21 June. Coinciding with Clean Air Day 2018, cyclists can drop their bicycles off at the Golden Square … Read More

First festival celebrating design arrives in Birmingham

A brand new city-wide festival kicks off this week with an ambitious programme of talks and events celebrating the dynamic design industry of Birmingham. Over the course of four days, Birmingham Design Festival (Thursday 7 – Sunday 10 June) will provide an eclectic range of free and paid events open to both novices and design professionals exploring the past, present, … Read More

24 Carat Bistro – telephone number update

UPDATE 19/06/2018 The phone number has been reinstated, please dial 0121 236 0519 to contact them. JQ cafe 24 Carat Bistro is temporarily using a different phone number for bookings – please contact 07377 366 132. For further information on the cafe’s food menus which includes Carribean specialities, visit the website.

Peel & Stone Pizza is coming to the Jewellery Quarter!

Peel & Stone Pizza is finally coming to the Jewellery Quarter with a purpose built oven at Birmingham’s favourite indie pub, The Church. After a refurbishment earlier this year, the pub reopened on 12 May and from tomorrow (26 May),  it will become a Peel & Stone venue selling a wide range of cocktails, ales, fresh salads, sides and stone baked … Read More

JQBID appoint Digital Glue to deliver quarterly magazine, JQ Life

The Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) has appointed Digital Glue, a creative communications and design agency based in Digbeth, to deliver the design, editorial, and print of its quarterly magazine. JQ Life Magazine, formerly known as Quarter Life Magazine, will celebrate the Jewellery Quarter’s diverse mix of businesses and individuals, and showcase the activities and achievements of JQBID and … Read More

JQ road update – Holland Street

The following information from Birmingham City Council relates to the upcoming changes to the flow of traffic on Holland Street in the Jewellery Quarter. Please note the restrictions are being put in place to support the construction work on the new University College Birmingham (UCB) development on George Street.  For further information, please contact Birmingham City Council. TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF … Read More

Guest Blog: Vegetarian Week

To highlight National Vegetarian Week (14 – 20 May) Dominika Piasecka from The Vegan Society considers why it is worth taking the next step to veganism and recommends vegetarian / vegan dining options in the Jewellery Quarter.  Taking the next step to becoming vegan Many people choose to go vegetarian because they want to avoid contributing to animal suffering, which is a … Read More

Makers Thursday – Makers Central…we did it!

The JQBID attended the brand new international show Makers Central last weekend  (5 and 6 May 2018) together with four local Jewellery Quarter makers; B18 Leather, Glenn Campbell Jewellery, Michele White Jewellery and Tina Francis Tapestry.  Leading up to the event our ‘Makers Thursday’ series shed a spotlight on these creative individuals. Our final blog in the series is written by the JQBID team and provides a snapshot … 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 – Tina Francis Tapestry

The JQBID will be attending the brand new international show Makers Central this weekend together with four local Jewellery Quarter makers; B18 Leather, Glenn Campbell Jewellery, Michele White Jewellery and Tina Francis Tapestry.  Leading up to the event, our ‘Makers Thursday’ series has shed a spotlight on these creative individuals.   The final maker to be featured is Tina Francis Tapestry.   Tina Francis Tapestry … Read More

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