JQ community unites for Macmillan coffee morning

The Jewellery Quarter community raised more than £7,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support after taking part in the charity’s national coffee morning. More than 30 businesses organised fundraising events in the workplace or around the Jewellery Quarter, with all the proceeds being presented to Macmillan as a single cheque from the area. Many companies and organisations, including Fellows Auctioneers, The Birmingham … Read More

JQBID in discussion with AMEY for sympathetic street lighting solutions

Birmingham City Council through their contractor Amey are planning to replace the lighting columns in Spencer Street which will start on 30th September, 2013. However businesses were horrified to see that the plan was current lighting would be replaced with new LED lighting which seems to be totally out of place with the historic nature of the Jewellery Quarter and will totally … Read More

Birmingham wins gold for best city centre bloom

The Jewellery Quarter’s floral displays have helped Birmingham secure gold at the Heart of England In Bloom Awards 2013. Birmingham City Centre won the large city category for the second year running. The Jewellery Quarter was one of the areas included in the Floral Trail, which led visitors and judges from Church Street to St Paul’s Square via Ludgate Hill, then onto Warstone Lane and … Read More

Assay Office adds extra date to popular ‘Understanding Watches’ course

The Birmingham Assay Office announced its new training course – Understanding Watches – a couple of weeks ago and the first two dates are already a complete sell out.  There is only ONE place left on the 12th November course so, due to overwhelming demand, an additional course on Monday 25th November has been added. Delivered by watch industry expert Peter Tales, … Read More

Blue Orange Theatre seeks participants for unemployment workshop

After running a pilot scheme in February 2013 the Blue Orange Arts Limited, supported by Birmingham City Council, is holding a further developed phase of Theatre of the Unemployed at the Blue Orange Theatre. The theatre is seeking participants from around Birmingham who are either unemployed, over 50 years of age, dealing with mental health issues, or aged 18-25 and … Read More

JQDT calls for council support following blaze

The Jewellery Quarter Development Trust has called for more support from Birmingham City Council to tackle dereliction in the Jewellery Quarter, following a fire that destroyed a historic building in the area this morning (Tuesday). Six fire-engines and more than 30 firefighters were called to tackle the large blaze at the former Bernard C Lowe building on Spencer Street in the early hours. … Read More

Assay Office celebrates 240 years of trading

The Birmingham Assay Office celebrated its 240th birthday this weekend …and it’s still looking good! On 31st August 1773, The Birmingham Assay Office opened its doors for the very first time. By this time, it had become clear to the silversmiths of Birmingham, especially Matthew Boulton, that their trade would never truly prosper without an Assay Office of their own. Boulton … Read More

24 Carrots announces two Jewellery Quarter markets for 2013

24 Carrots will host two markets in 2013 in the beautiful surroundings of St Paul’s Square in the Jewellery Quarter, on Thursday 22nd August and 12th December, 4 – 9pm. The group has been a bit quiet since the fantastic Christmas market held in St. Paul’s Square in December 2012. During this time, it has been thinking carefully on the … Read More

Jewellery Quarter Police update

Statement by Inspector Warren Little following an incident in the JQ yesterday: Yesterday at approximately 1100 hrs a police operation was conducted in the Jewellery Quarter.  The operation involved armed officers and detectives from West Midlands Police who intercepted a vehicle on Spencer Street and arrested two occupants who were believed to be planning an offence in the area.  During the interception the armed … Read More

Last chance (this year) to visit The Birmingham Assay Office Silver Collection

The Birmingham Assay Office is pleased to announce that it is uniquely opening its doors to the general public and offering limited places on its popular Silver Collection visits programme – for ONE DAY ONLY. Usually these visits are only available to organised groups, so this is a unique opportunity to see the spectacular Silver Collection, the Library, and to … Read More

Blooming flower baskets

The Jewellery Quarter BID is committed to ensuring the streets in the area offer an attractive, pleasant and  inviting experience for visitors, employees and residents. As part of this work, a key project is the In Bloom initiative. Colour and vibrancy is added to the heavily populated areas of the Jewellery Quarter, including the retail area, St Paul’s Square and … Read More

Contractors given keys to Coffin Works

After more than 10 years of fundraising and development, Birmingham Conservation Trust has announced that work is starting on the city’s newest heritage attraction. On Monday 29th July, the keys of the Newman Brothers Coffin Fitting Works on Fleet Street in the Jewellery Quarter will be handed over to specialist contractors Fairhurst Ward Abbotts, who will carry out the conservation … Read More

Are you up for the Jewellery Quarter coffee challenge?

We all like a challenge and when there’s the added incentive of raising money for a worthy charity, what better way to bring the community together than with the Jewelllery Quarter challenge. On the 27th September 2013 it’s the world’s biggest coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support and we want the Jewellery Quarter to work together to raise as much … Read More

New training course from The Birmingham Assay office – understanding watches

The Birmingham Assay Office is pleased to announce its latest new training course – Understanding Watches. Delivered by watch industry expert Peter Tales MBHI, this hands-on course is intended for retail staff or enthusiasts who already have some experience of watches. The one day course will provide an in-depth understanding of the technical aspects and benefits of different types of … Read More

One week until complete tunnels closures start

Bosses from the Birmingham Highways Maintenance and Management Service (BHMMS) are issuing a reminder to residents, businesses and visitors to the city that 24 hour-a-day closures of the A38 tunnels through Birmingham start next week. The St Chad’s and Queensway tunnels will close at 10pm on Friday 19 July and remain closed for six weeks until they reopen at 6am on Monday … Read More

British Jazz Awards provide boost for Birmingham

  Music fans descended on Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter last night to honour the finest musicians on the UK jazz scene at the 2013 British Jazz Awards. The prestigious event, known in the industry as the ‘jazz Oscars’, made its return to Birmingham 27 years after it started in the city. Held at St Paul’s Church, the event was delivered in … Read More

Tunnel closure update – diversions affecting the JQ

Following the JQA breakfast with Amey and Centro this morning, here is an update on the tunnel closures. Please note there will be no right turn from Old Snow Hill (from Constitution Hill) onto Great Charles Street. A diversion route will be signed from Constitution Hill to Colmore Row via Newhall Street. Closure of the St Chads and Queensway tunnels … Read More

Jewellery Quarter duet hits the right notes with jazz award

Two Jewellery Quarter businesses have hit the right notes after working together to craft the winners’ trophy for the coveted 2013 British Jazz Awards. The prestigious awards ceremony, known in the industry as the ‘jazz Oscars’, will take place at St Paul’s Church in the Jewellery Quarter on 10th July. Category winners will be presented with a ‘semi quaver’ award … Read More

Have your say on parking in the JQ!

The Jewellery Quarter Development Trust and Birmingham City Council are encouraging people who live, learn or work in the Jewellery Quarter to have their say on local parking facilities. Birmingham City Council made changes to the Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) that covers the Jewellery Quarter about a year ago and the time has come for them to review the changes … Read More

Canadian songstress to perform at 2013 British Jazz Awards

Canadian-born songstress Melissa Lauren has been confirmed to perform at the 2013 British Jazz Awards. Melissa is an accomplished Jazz singer and songwriter who is making her mark on the Canadian music scene. She will perform at the prestigious awards ceremony on 10th July at St Paul’s Church in the Jewellery Quarter. The event, known in the industry as the ‘Jazz Oscars’, … Read More

Birmingham soul legend to host British Jazz Awards

Birmingham soul legend Jaki Graham has been announced as the host of the 2013 British Jazz Awards. St Paul’s Church in the Jewellery Quarter will host the best jazz musicians in the UK as the prestigious awards ceremony makes a return to Birmingham on July 10th, 27 years after it started in the city. The event, known in the industry … Read More

Hungry? Thirsty? Tired?

Planning a trip to the Jewellery Quarter? Here’s a handy eight-page guide to eating, drinking and staying in the area.

New design event celebrates Birmingham’s architecture and interior design

The Jewellery Quarter will be hosting a new festival, the first of its kind in Birmingham, to celebrate interior design and architecture in the city. Design Quarter 2013 will take place on Thursday 26th September at St Paul’s Gallery in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, with additional fringe events taking place throughout the Jewellery Quarter. The event will be an opportunity for Architects and Interior … Read More

What’s in a name?

Today Vittoria Street in the Jewellery Quarter is known for being the home of the School of Jewellery, but where did the name come from? David Mahony, chairman of the JQDT, explains… One of the great curiosities of the Jewellery Quarter is how it has been unspoilt by traffic engineers, so that today it is exactly as it was laid … Read More

Jewellery Quarter BID unveils new executive team

The Jewellery Quarter BID (JQ BID) has appointed a new executive team to spearhead the renaissance of the Quarter. The team comprises Mike Mounfield, executive director for the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust (JQDT); Luke Crane, JQ BID manager; Phil Burlace, ambassador; and Claire J. Smith, project co-ordinator. Mike will oversee the direction of the JQDT. The part-time role will allow … Read More

Win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with Bloc hotel

  BLOC Hotels has teamed-up with Visit Birmingham to produce the brand new official BLOC Birmingham print and interactive visitor map. The print version will be appearing all over the city and is available from all Visit Birmingham Visitor Centres and if you contact them via the website they’ll even pop it in the post to you. You can also view … Read More

Double honours for Birmingham Assay Office wardens

Two of the eight current Wardens (effectively non executive Directors) of The Birmingham Assay Office were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Former Birmingham Assay Office Chairman Kay Alexander received an MBE for services to broadcasting and to charity in the West Midlands. Kay was said to be “stunned and proud” when she learned of the honour which acknowledges … Read More

Quarter Life Magazine – Issue 1 – Out now!

The first issue of Quarter Life – a new magazine for the Jewellery Quarter – is out now! The magazine, which is part of the marketing strategy outlined in the Jewellery Quarter BID Prospectus, will be of interest to all the people who live, learn, visit and work in the area. It will also become an informative guide for visitors … Read More

Tunnel closure update – overnight closures 17th June

We have been informed that there will be temporary overnight closures of Great Charles Street Queensway and part of Newhall Street from 17th June for a period of four nights for carriageway resurfacing work. During these times, vehicles will not be able to proceed in either direction along: •           A4400 Great Charles Street Queensway (Northbound), between its junctions with Paradise Circus Queensway / … Read More

Young entrepreneurs launch second jewellery business in the Jewellery Quarter

Young entrepreneurs Kate Lewis and Gemma Perry have just launched their second jewellery company within Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, one year after launching their first successful business Diamonds of Clarity. Their sister company LIVTO focuses primarily on hand crafted, raw, key pieces. Ranging from hand made silver bangles and necklaces, to leather bracelets each LIVTO item carries it’s own personal mantra that you … Read More

Click and Play: A path to holistic wellbeing

Blue Orange Arts Ltd the resident charity at the Blue Orange Theatre on Great Hampton Street are very excited to have been awarded funding from Awards for All – Big Lottery Fund to deliver their upcoming project ‘Click and Play’. The project will provide adults with experience of mental health issues living in Birmingham the opportunity to develop their photography … Read More

AUCTION REPORT – ANTIQUES & FINE ART, Monday 3rd June

On Monday 3rd June, Fellows auctioneers held their latest sale of Antiques & Fine Art featuring almost 800 lots. Over 700 bidders from 41 different countries registered for live bidding online, ensuring the day was a resounding success. Opening the auction was a selection of glass and ceramics. Amongst the early successes were a Bohemian glass goblet decorated with a horse … Read More

This is Birmingham

Visit Birmingham has released this brilliant promotional video yesterday and three scenes are in the Quarter… Did you spot them? There were two in The Rose Villa Tavern and one outside St Paul’s Church. The model was also from Alan Sharman’s agency, which is based in the Quarter.

SP Green opens new store in the Quarter

SP Green & Co. Ltd, specialists in creating bespoke, exclusively designed luxury jewellery, has opened a new store in the Jewellery Quarter. The store, on Warstone Lane, will sell branded goods as the company looks to expand its product range. Chris Simkin, of S.P. Green & Co. Ltd, said: “We are proud to be based in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter … Read More

JQ BID supports Birmingham Made Me

Businesses across the Jewellery Quarter will hold a series of ‘open door’ events next month, as part of a fringe event at this year’s Birmingham Made Me (BMM). Birmingham Made Me has been developed to promote innovation and the great products designed and made in the city and across the Midlands. The Jewellery Quarter BID is arranging a series of ‘open door’ … Read More

Bids galore at Fellows’ antique and modern jewellery auction

Fellows’ monthly sale of Antique & Modern Jewellery featured 525 lots of fabulous jewellery and cocktail watches. Over 350 bidders from 24 countries registered for live bidding online against a busy saleroom and a packed gallery for telephone bids – all anticipating the sale’s star lot. The first hour of the auction got off to a flying start with pieces … Read More

Jewellery Quarter’s Church Inn to get a taste of the Deep South

A landmark Jewellery Quarter pub is being given a new lease of life with a Deep South-inspired venture. The Church Inn in Great Hampton Street is being rejuvenated thanks to a partnership between Birmingham’s Soul Food Project and Everards Brewery. The pub’s new licensee is Carl Finn, 28, who founded the Soul Food Project, and will be offering up the … Read More

JQDT bids to become a neighbourhood forum

The Jewellery Quarter Development Trust (JQDT) hosted a visit from Rt Hon Don Foster MP yesterday (30th April) to discuss its bid to become a neighbourhood forum. The Trust is working to become an official neighbourhood forum under the Localism Act. The Localism Act gives communities more rights and powers to shape new development and ensure that decisions about housing are taken … Read More

Lasan win Best Restaurant at Asian Business Awards 2013

Lasan Restaurant has been presented with the ‘Asian Business Restaurant of the Year 2013’ at a prestigious dinner which took place in Birmingham on Friday 26th April to celebrate the very best Asian entrepreneurship in the Midlands. The Asian Business Awards previously held in London for over 15 years, this year see the first time the event has left the … Read More

Jewellery Quarter BID wins British Jazz Awards for Brum

Birmingham has been successful in capturing the 2013 British Jazz Awards and bringing this most important of British jazz events back to the City where it all began, 27 years ago. Appropriately enough for such a glittering procession of talent, the Awards (known in the business as the ‘Jazz Oscars’) will this year be produced in partnership between The Jewellery … Read More

Deep cleaning starts this Sunday (28th April)

A deep clean to various streets within the Jewellery Quarter will commence this weekend (Sunday 28th). The works have been planned to ensure there is minimal disruption to businesses and residents. And we’ll be able to say goodbye to chewing gum and other ugly stains or graffiti on our pavements within the Quarter. The schedule is as follows, from April … Read More

Findings exhibition launched in St Paul’s Square

Last night we celebrated the official launch of internationally acclaimed artist, Tom Hunter’s Findings exhibition. Despite arriving in Birmingham on a gloomy wintery morning, Tom explained how his perceptions of the city quickly changed as he visited the sites around the Jewellery Quarter and Colmore Business District. He also let slip that his favourite photographs were displayed in the Jewellery Quarter! … Read More

Birmingham Conservation Trust seeks new trustees

The Birmingham Conservation Trust is seeking to recruit new trustees to its board.  This is an exciting time for the Trust, with the development of the Coffin Works and our move to the JQ coming up.  Click here for more information.

Find a hidden gem with Jurys Inn Birmingham and the Jewellery Quarter

To celebrate the £4.7million refurbishment of Jurys Inn Birmingham, the city centre hotel is giving one lucky guest the chance to find a real hidden gem under their pillow, courtesy of the nearby Jewellery Quarter. From April 28th to May 5th, a real gem, to the value of £1,000, will be hidden under a guest pillow at the 445 bedroom … Read More