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JQ BID Newsletter – February 2013

Want to know what’s been happening in the Jewellery Quarter since the start of 2013? Click here…  
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Council approves £1.2m ERDF grant for the Birmingham Assay Office

Plans for the new building for The Birmingham Assay Office took another step forward last week when Birmingham City Council approved a £1.2million grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) . Chief Executive and Assay Master Michael Allchin welcomed the news.“ The profile of our business has changed significantly in the past ten years ... Read more
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Regimental jeweller salutes 50 years of trading

A jeweller who has made pieces for the Queen and Princess Diana is celebrating 50 years of trading. Bickerton Jewellery, based in Vyse Street, is a family-run business that specialises in handmade jewellery, bespoke items made to customer’s own specification and, more recently, regimental and family crest jewellery. While there are many jewellers in the ... Read more
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Last chance to explore Coffin Works before restoration begins on 23rd/24th March

Birmingham Conservation Trust invites you to explore the atmospheric Grade II listed Newman Brothers Coffin Fitting Works in Fleet Street for the final time before restoration work begins in April. The hugely successful candle-lit tours held in October and December raised more than £2,000 for the restoration project. Due to a slight delay in work starting, the ... Read more
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Birmingham vies for number one spot in VisitEngland’s 101 campaign

VisitEngland’s new Facebook app sets out to find the top 101 Things to Do Before You Go Abroad, and Birmingham is steadily climbing the ranks. Anglophiles and industry experts from far and wide have been submitting and voting on their top English experiences, which will then be whittled down to the top 101 to create the ... Read more
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JQ BID supports training scheme for the next generation of jewellers

The Jewellery Quarter BID (JQ BID) is encouraging local jewellers to sign up to an apprenticeship scheme that aims to create the next generation of skilled craftspeople. The School of Jewellery is working in partnership with Holts Academy in London, the British Jewellers’ Association (BJA) and Birmingham City Council to offer young people, aged between 16 ... Read more
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New ‘farm to table’ dining experience launches next month

The owners of the highly successful Mechu and Aprés brands are launching a new restaurant on Summer Row next month. Described as ‘farm to table dining in the city’, Fleet Street Kitchen is a new dining experience that will offer unpretentious modern British flavours, with an emphasis on simple dishes sourced from the very best ... Read more
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Snapshot of the Quarter

The Jewellery Quarter BID has joined forces with the Library of Birmingham and the Colmore Business District to commission an exciting photography project. Internationally acclaimed photographer and artist Tom Hunter will be taking photographs in and around the Jewellery Quarter throughout February. The project is one of the BID’s early initiatives since it officially began in ... Read more
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Annual Hallmarking Review 2013

Despite the wintery conditions, many of the UK Jewellery Industry movers and shakers managed to beat the snow and attend The Birmingham Assay Office Annual Hallmarking Review which was held at The Birmingham School Of Jewellery on Friday 25th January. Michael Allchin, Chief Executive of The Birmingham Assay Office presented an analysis and interpretation of ... Read more
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Jewellery professor’s Asian adventure

A Birmingham Professor is heading to India this week with the aim of attracting the newest international creative talent to the city. Professor Jack Cunningham – Head of the School of Jewellery – will spend two weeks in India, giving presentations to prospective students in Bangalore, New Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune. The School of Jewellery, based ... Read more
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Visit Birmingham’s Christmas campaign boosts city’s festive profile

Birmingham’s Christmas campaign, run in partnership with national tourism board VisitEngland, has succeeded in raising the profile of the city during the competitive festive period, attracting record numbers of coach visitors, achieving a 60% rise in press coverage and helping to boost hotel occupancy. The collaborative campaign led by Visit Birmingham, ‘Open for Christmas’, aimed ... Read more
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Jewellery Quarter Property Market and Employment Study

Birmingham City Council is presently reviewing the planning policy framework for the Jewellery Quarter. Click here to read Mark Gamble’s letter explaining what the review will involve. Key contacts: City Council Mark Gamble, Senior Development Planning Officer mark.gamble@birmingham.gov.uk / 0121 303 3988 Blackswan   Trevor Webb, Director trevor@blackswanland.com / 07904 156 146 Community consultation Jutta Stahlhacke, Consultant jutta@blau.co.uk / 0121 693 ... Read more
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