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New Fast Service Snow Hill to London Marylebone The Rectory Awarded 5 Star Hygiene Rating Twelve Vessels of Life, Love, and Death
December 2012 Issue No 330
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Chiltern Railways Launches Fast Service Snow Hill to London Marylebone .................................................. 28 The Rectory Awarded 5 Star Hygiene Rating............ 29 The TCT Show + Personalize.................................... 29 Twelve Vessels of Life, Love, and Death.................... 30 Official Unveiling of W Reeves Badges Exhibition..... 31 The Jewellery Quarter Christmas Market ................. 31 British Jewellers’ Association 125th Anniversary Awards 6 December 2012 ........................................ 32 The Birmingham Assay Office Wins ‘Member of the Year’........................................................................... 34 ‘Tremendous and Exciting Journey’........................... 34 The BJA’s Diamond Jubilee Brooch.......................... 35 Fei Liu Expands Into E-Commerce for Christmas 2012 36 A style-conscious Setting for Contemporary Design.36
Gemvision Hails UK Arrival of Stuller Partnership..... 37 Planning Matters........................................................ 38 Operations Director Leads Jewellery Quarter BID Efforts................................................................. 40
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Quality jewellery supp with over 600 years of
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Betts Christmas message Our family business has been operating in the jewellery quarter since the dawn of the industrial revolution in 1760. With over 250 years of experience in precious metals, the business is now managed by the ninth consecutive generation of the Betts family, but it still remains a proudly British family owned business. Excellent quality and customer service are the cornerstones of our business, and we believe our wealth of experience helps us to create long-lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships with our customers. We would like to thank all of our customers for their business in 2012 and we wish everyone a very happy christmas and a prosperous new year!
Stephen, Dan & Charlie Betts
www.bettsmetalsales.com t: 0121 233 2413
49-63 spencer street, hockley, Birmingham B18 6de
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Kit comprises the following: • spring lug tool • two screwdrivers with spare blades • plastic tweezer • metal tweezer • case knife • eyeglass • waterproof case opener • two selections of spring lugs • a selection of battery clamps and battery clamp screws • Supplied in customised box with hinged lid. Ref HT95 £49.95
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JewelCast: precious metal castings, finest quality, without compromise JewelCast Limited 58 Caroline Street, Hockley, Birmingham B3 1UF Tel: +44 (0) 121 212 1372 Fax: +44 (0) 121 212 3659 firstname.lastname@example.org
A REFINING INDUSTRY LEADER DEFINING NEW STANDARDS IN CONVENIENCE, TURNAROUND TIME AND LIQUIDITY NTR Metals is one of the worlds largest precious metals companies serving over 20,000 jewellers, pawnshops and precious metals exchanges in London, Birmingham and throughout the United States. NTR Metals is a fully-integrated precious metals company that aquires, refines and mints precious metals. This unique business strategy allows NTR Metals to service all of the precious metals needs of their commercial clients.
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Bank your tank with Betts • Clean scrap rate paid on your low grade settlement tank contents • Exchange for bullion products (wedding rings, sheet, wire etc.) • Full assay on tank contents • Investment bars available • Cash - Cheque - Bank transfer Can you afford not to have one of our tanks, you could be washing away one of these every year! Free delivery, fitting and collection service
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Probably the best kept secret in the UK jewellery trade, Menzerna saves you time and money with faster pre-polishing and amazing final finishes. • • • •
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“My name is Jerry Witcomb and I have spent the last 30 years heading production and reclamation at a large, award winning manufacturer. I am now using this knowledge to help businesses, just like yours, in the ‘quarter’, achieve the best results from their workshop waste. I promise you a fast, personal and completely transparent service So if you aren’t getting that now, let’s talk.”
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Opening Hours: Monday To Friday 08:45am to 18:30pm Saturday- 9:00am to 13:00pm
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ANCHOR JEWELLERY (B’HAM) TRADE COUNTER
• • • • • • We
Precious Metal:Crosses Earrings Baby Bangles Signet Rings Jobbing Service look forward to seeing you
Visit our showroom in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter Open from 10.00am to 3.00pm Mon to Fri
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Tanzanites, Real & Synthetic Opals in white, black, Boulder & Mexican, Tsavorite, Amethysts, Citrines, Peridots,Pearls, onyx etc, Iolites, Emeralds, Rubies & Sapphires. Synthetics & Cubic zirconiaâ€™s in machine & far east grades. All available in a selection of shapes, sizes & colours. We offer a fast and reliable service for bulk and jobbing orders. Special one-off commissions specially cut.
Suppliers & manufacturers of: Diamond Tools Trained Diamond cutters who can either re-polish, re-cut or re-shape smoked, chipped or broken diamonds. No order to small, Payment by either cheque, cash, transfer or credit card. Telephone: Julie or Lisa on: 0121 554 3434 Or Call in at: 44 Hockley Street, Hockley, Birmingham B18 6BH Web: www.diamond-milling-tools.com Email: Juliesstones@aol.com
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Prices start from £500 per week. For more details contact Julie on: 0121 554 3434/ 07989582820 Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Pointon Young Chartered Accountants
“Looking to make savings in Accountancy fees” We are a locally based firm of Qualified Accountants, offering a professional partner led approach to your circumstances. Services include: - Company, sole trader and partnership accounts - Corporation tax, personal tax returns, capital gains tax and Inheritance tax, VAT returns - Payroll bureau, bookkeeping and management accounts - Company secretarial services including company formation Contact: Steven Brown at email@example.com Tel: 0121 233 1030, 33 Ludgate Hill Birmingham, B3 1RB
Branding and digital on your doorstep Let us create a brand identity for you that marks you out from the crowd. Plus Inexpensive websites that impress and persuade and are completely user-friendly. So why not call us or drop in for a chat. To find out more go to
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BUSINESS BOFFIN BACK OFFICE SUPPORT Administrative services geared to the jewellery industry including: Book-keeping: sales,purchase & nominal ledgers VAT returns & credit control management accounts Stock Control: ♦ validating transactions stock-taking procedures Administration: letters & mailshots customer databases email & web-site maintenance Special projects: development opportunities review of business processes Over 35 years experience in the jewellery industry Total confidentiality guaranteed Free initial consultation & very competitive rates
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37/38, ICKNIELD STREET, BIRMINGHAM B18 5AY Tel: 0121-554 2684/0508 Fax: 0121-554 1003 email: firstname.lastname@example.org web site: www.baylissormerod.co.uk
Let us quote for your packaging requirements CARDBOARD, PLAIN AND FANCY BOXES, CARTONS, ALSO TRANSPARENT BOXES AND LIDS
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For high quality Jewellery Production • CAD CAM service. • Model Making, • Jewellery Manufacturing. • Wax Carving on latest CNC Milling Machine. • Accurate to design, size and weight. • High Quality work at Competitive Prices. OTHER SERVICES: Soldering, Assembling, Glue Stones. Tel. Kamal 0121 236 1380 Mobile: 07854 116949 40 Northampton Street Hockley, Birmingham, B18 6DX E.mail: email@example.com Web: www.kkjewellers.co.uk
J E W E L L E RY Q UA R T E R H E R I T AG E
WHAT IS JEWELLERY QUARTER HERITAGE? English Heritage has put the Jewellery Quarter on its ‘conservation areas at risk’ register. Slowly but surely, the Jewellery Quarter’s heritage is being eroded, despite being a Conservation Area and under the protection of the Jewellery Quarter Conservation and Management Plan. English Heritage said ‘it’s not only the buildings that are at risk, but the way the Jewellers work’, and we couldn’t agree more! Marie and Mark Haddleton have worked in the Jewellery Quarter for over 30 years and Marie served on the Birmingham Conservation Advisory Committee for many years, representing the Jewellery Quarter. Marie and Mark are in a position to give unofficial pre-planning
guidance to help people interpret the complicated Jewellery Quarter Conservation and Management Plan and Design Guide. ‘Jewellery Quarter Heritage’ is a new initiative, set up to tackle Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter major problem, its heritage! and will be working with Birmingham City Council to encourage creation of affordable workshops, to encourage both traditional style businesses and modern enterprise to locate in the area in an effort to create employment, and to convert empty buildings back to workshops, for which they were originally built. ‘Jewellery Quarter Heritage’ will support the local Museums and the ‘Coffin’ Museum, ‘Friends of the Cemeteries’ as
“Jewellery Quarter Heritage is a vital initiative to ensure that the historic and manufacturing integrity of this world-famous district is respected in a sensitive, dynamic and sustainable way that engages responsibly with the present and future needs of the area.” Patron: Professor Carl Chinn MBE, Ph.D., FRSA, FBirmSoc., social historian.
well as the charitable institutions in the area, with a future goal to create a ‘Made in The Jewellery Quarter Museum’, featuring everything ‘made’ in the Quarter from its rich industrial past. ‘Jewellery Quarter Heritage’ comprises of ‘friends’ and ‘supporters’, keeping them informed of what is happening in the Quarter and inviting them to participate, and will also hold networking events at regular intervals. Other plans include a ‘Jewellery Quarter Heritage Student’s Annual award’ and a ‘Jewellery Quarter Annual Heritage Award for Restoration Work’. A new quarterly magazine will soon to be launched called ‘Historic Jewellery Quarter’ with stories going back to the Quarter’s very beginnings (including the Hockley castle!)
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Editorial: Marie Haddleton Tel: 0121-233 3468 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org web site www.thehockleyflyer.info Deadline 25th of month preceding cover date. The Hockley Flyer is published by YBA Publications. The Editor is pleased to receive any contributions suitable for use in The Hockley Flyer, and all correspondence should be sent to: The Hockley Flyer, York House, 22 Frederick Street, Birmingham B1 3HE Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the contents are correct, we cannot be held responsible for any errors, omissions, etc. and the views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the publisher or the editor. All advertisements are accepted in good faith, and anyone trading with advertisers do so entirely at their own risk. © 2012 YBA Publications
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Marie Haddleton and from the Editorial team.
First of all - a Very Happy and Peaceful Christmas to all our contributors, advertisers and readersand, of course, our printers W.M. Print of Walsall. One of the problems at the moment is getting the public to buy and wear jewellery and (if broken) having jewellery and silverware repaired, instead of scrapping it! Maybe this needs to be put over to the public more, encouraging them to visit the Jewellery Quarter for expert and friendly advice and competitive prices for repairs, as well as buying new jewellery. If someone could write up a feature about ‘Saving our Silver and Jewellery Treasures for Future Generations’ then please do so, email it to me and I will endeavour to get it into the general media.
A Big Night Out!
This year I was invited to the BJA Benevolent Ball at The Clarendon Suite. I was a bit hesitant to accept because I have not ventured out at night for some years (because of my disability). However, I need not have worried - my escort Paul Beard (who was a blind date!), Ross Bellamy and his wife Mary all looked after me, and so did all the other guests at the Ball. Although I could not win an award as there was no category for ‘magazine editors’ - I did indeed feel that I was ‘Queen of The Jewellery Quarter’ and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I left the Ball when the dancing began as I had been warned by my fairy godmother that I would turn into a beautiful princess at midnight, leaving my walking stick behind for some unlucky prince to find! A special Thank You to St Paul’s Cars (233 3333) whose drivers are always so reliable, patient and friendly who provided my ‘carriage’ - thank goodness the taxi didn’t turn into a pumpkin nor the driver into a mouse before delivering me home safely to my door. There is a report on the Ball in this issue and we are waiting to hear how much money was raised for this very worthy cause.
Crimean War Memorial Gardens:
I had a .star letter’ printed in Amateur Gardening magazine for which they sent me £40 worth of ‘gardening vouchers’ - This will be spent on buying snowdrop bulbs for the schoolchildren of Perry Beeches II school to plant in the gardens to commemorate the soldiers bringing back snowdrop bulbs from the frozen battlefields at the end of the Crimean War.
The New Assay Office & Blue Bricks
In the November issue of The Hockley Flyer we mentioned the proposed use of Blue Bricks to build the new Assay Office on Icknield Street, which seemed to be an unusual choice of material. In the meantime Colin Giles, our researcher - has come up with an amazing story about ‘Blue Brick Walker’ who is buried in Key Hill Cemetery - a short distance from the site of the new Assay Office! At the base of the tombstone there is a ‘set’ of imitation blue bricks. Continued on page 28
HAVE YOU MOVED PREMISES OR JUST MOVED INTO THE JEWELLERY QUARTER? IF YOU ARE IN BIRMINGHAM’S JEWELLERY QUARTER OR ST’ PAULS SQUARE AREA MAKE SURE YOU RECEIVE YOUR COPY OF THE HOCKLEY FLYER FREE OF CHARGE IN THE POST Please send me the next 12 issues of the Hockley Flyer starting with the next issue. Have you changed address yes/no Are you new to the area yes/no OLD ADDRESS (if applicable) Name:_______________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ POSTCODE: _________________________________________________ NEW ADDRESS Name:_______________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ POSTCODE: _________________________________________________ Send to: THE HOCKLEY FLYER, YBA Publications, York House, 22 Frederick Street, Birmingham, B1 3HE
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Chiltern Railways Launches Fast Service Snow Hill to London Marylebone Chiltern Railways have successfully launched their brand new service from Birmingham Snow Hill, located in the heart of Colmore Business District (CBD), as part of a complete overhaul of their timetable. The train operator anticipates that the service will be a big hit with Birmingham business passengers, who will be able to take advantage of the fast intercity-style silver trains to and from the capital. At peak times, corporate travellers can now step out of their office and board trains in the centre of the business district, enabling them to benefit from faster Mainline trains to the capital from Snow Hill station. The decision was taken following close consultation with Birmingham’s business community in order to develop services in line with their needs. Whilst fast trains already operate from Birmingham Moor Street, there will now be fast trains from Birmingham Snow Hill to London between 0650 and 0915, reducing the overall journey time from Snow Hill by up to an impressive 22 minutes. All trains leaving London Marylebone between
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Trade Talk from around the Jewellery Quarter and more.
1730 and 2200 will also stop at Birmingham Snow Hill, making it simple to return in the evening. Chiltern Railways is also making it easier for Londoners to do business in Birmingham with the 0715 train arriving into Snow Hill at 0859. Since the launch of Mainline last year, on-board facilities including free Wi-Fi, spacious seats and more plug sockets and tables have already proven to be popular with passengers. Commuters have also been tempted over to the Chiltern line by the train operator’s premium economy Business Zone, kitted out with all the features of first class travel but at a fraction of the cost. Passengers can simply upgrade their ticket on board by paying a supplement of £20 at peak times. CBD chairman Gary Cardin said: “This is a significant gain for CBD’s business community and I’m delighted that Chiltern have listened and acted upon the comments raised at our focus groups. We recognise the important influence of transport to make our business district more accessible and connected. The rail service at Snow Hill Station to and from London will hopefully make a positive impact on the working days of people in the District and it’s fantastic that all Chiltern peak time trains to London will soon be running from Snow Hill.” Thomas Ableman, Commercial Director at Chiltern Railways added,
“Over the past year, we have seen a phenomenal increase in the numbers of passengers using our new Mainline service between Birmingham and London. By working in tandem with the business community, we are confident that we have transformed the service to Colmore Business District via Snow Hill to give business people a service that works for them. It will be the first time that the business district has inter-city style services direct to and from London and we known that these fast trains, combined with our great value fares, will result in more West Coast passengers permanently moving over to the Chiltern line.” Continued from page 26
In the 1800s ‘Blue Brick Walker’ was responsible for replacing the existing ‘painful’ cobblestone pavements of Birmingham with the much more ‘comfortable’ blue bricks, despite high opposition from the Town Council. Since the Council ‘lowered to the ground’ dozens of tombstones in the cemetery a few years ago, effectively smashing most of them (which led to the Friends of the Cemetery being formed) - the ‘Blue Brick Walker’ tombstone is one that has been repaired and re-erected. Research is still ongoing as it could be that Thomas Walker is the person who founded the Walker Pressings factory in St Paul’s Square. Marie Haddleton, Editor
The TCT Show + Personalize The Rectory Awarded 5 Star Hygiene Rating The Rectory Bar & Restaurant in St Paul’s Square in Birmingham city centre has been awarded top marks in Birmingham City Council’s new food hygiene rating system. The Rectory picked up its award from Lord Rooker, formerly a Birmingham MP and now chair of the Food Standards Agency at an awards ceremony at Villa Park. Birmingham City Council has now signed up to the national scheme operated by the Food Standards Agency that judges food hygiene and safety standards across all food businesses and awards a rating according to how well they perform.
Following its most recent assessment, The Rectory achieved a maximum rating of ‘5’ and in recognition of this it was invited to collect its award in person at the special launch event. “We’re delighted to be part of this important scheme,” commented Paul Barr the Senior Manager picking up the award, “customers can now be reassured of standards wherever they choose to eat, and more and more of them will look out for the Food Hygiene scores, and that can only benefit consumers. At The Rectory we are committed to maintaining the highest possible standards and this award is a reflection of all the hard work put in by the team.” Information on the scheme along with the full list of scores can be found at the Food Standards Agency website at http://ratings.food.gov.uk
The award being picked up at the event at Villa Park by Paul Barr, Senior Manager (left) and Mark Heath, Manager (right), from Lord Rooker (centre)
The UK’s definitive and leading Additive Manufacturing, 3D printing and product development technology show for every level of interest from hackerspace to aerospace. The eighteenth edition of this exciting event will take place in Birmingham, UK in September 2013. The exhibition floor features the entire spectrum of 3D printing and additive manufacturing equipment as well as all the supporting technologies and software for scanning, digitising and inspection and for design and manufacturing. The media explosion around 3D printing has heralded new and unprecedented interest in the industrial technologies that have been central to TCT for nearly twenty years. Creative sectors such as art and design, fashion, architecture and the maker movement are now waking up to the exciting possibilities afforded by additive manufacturing and 3D printing at all levels. Alongside almost 200 exhibitors TCT Show + Personalize presents world leading additive manufacturing and 3D Printing conference sessions where internationally recognised keynote presentations from industry evangelists and inspirational speakers will give visionary insights into the technologies and how they will develop in the future. The show has a reputation for promoting the latest in 3D design and manufacturing technology to the widest audience possible. The 2013 edition will build on this success and harness inspirational speakers, cutting edge technology and incredible creativity to produce the must attend event of the year for everyone involved in concept, creation, design and manufacturing functions across all sectors. December 2012 The Hockley Flyer
mission and his work reflects his love of nature and his appreciation of creativity. Major works include a bowl for Lord Porter, an offertory salver for Lichfield Cathedral, and a range of chapel furnishings for St Oswald’s Hospice. In 1999 he was commissioned to make the mace presented by HM The Queen to the New Scottish Parliament. Michael Lloyd is a Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company and a Fellow of the Arts Foundation.
The Twelve Vessels:
‘October’ bowl, silver with gilt interior, designed by Michael Lloyd, 2009, Edinburgh, commissioned by Amanda Game. (courtesy http://www.vam.ac.uk)
Twelve Vessels of Life, Love, and Death A small but exquisite exhibition is currently on view in the silver galleries at the V & A until July 7, 2013. Entitled ‘Twelve Vessels of Life, Love and Death’ it showcases 12 individual silver cups, beakers and goblets of different shapes and sizes all made by silversmith Michael Lloyd. The vessels are based around the twelve months of the year. Michael Lloyd invited 11 individuals to choose a month that was important to them for a personal reason. The form and the decorative chasing of each vessel is a response both to each personal story and to the particular month. The patrons both individuals, couples and families – including the Duke of Buccleuch, Lord Cunliffe, John and Jenny Makepeace, and another eminent silversmith Malcolm Appleby – are all longstanding supporters of the silversmith. Michael Lloyd explains: “The collection embraces my love of the natural world and our place, as part of nature, amongst it; a recognition not only of the beauty of nature, but of the profound events that mark our lives as we progress from cradle to grave, of birth, of love, of survival, of loss and of death.” The project, from the initial conver-
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sations with the patrons, through the preparatory work of endless drawings – an element Michael believes is a fundamental necessity for a designer – to the hand-raising of the vessels themselves and culminating with the chasing of the decorative imagery took up to two years. The result is a poetic dialogue in silver which perfectly illustrates and celebrates the commissioning process and how deeply fulfilling the exercise can be for both artist and patron. And on a deeper level, the vessels prove that silver objects are not simply luxury goods but have a far more meaningful and spiritual role to play in our lives. Amanda Game, one of the patrons explains: “Like the Medieval Book of Hours, Twelve Vessels reminds us of the important relationship that exists between man and the natural world, through the uniquely eloquent medium of the carefully fashioned object.” About Michael Lloyd Michael Lloyd was born in Salisbury in 1950 and trained at the Birmingham School of Silversmithing and the Royal College of Art. He lives in Castle Douglas in Scotland and describes himself as a compulsive maker. His chased silver and gold vessels illustrate a profound understanding of and sympathy for both the material and the technique. Michael works mainly to com-
• January – commissioned by Lucy Carlow • February – commissioned by Lord Cunliffe • March – commissioned by Alexander and Lucinda Scott • April – commissioned by Michael and Liz Laing • May – commissioned by Malcolm Appleby • June – commissioned by Mary and Olivier Michel • July – commissioned by Chris Philipson • August – commissioned by Michael Lambert • September – commissioned by John and Jenny Makepeace • October – commissioned by Amanda Game • November – commissioned by the Duke of Buccleuch • December – commissioned by Michael and Mary Lloyd. The exhibition ‘Twelve Vessels of Life, Love, and Death’ is on view until Sunday July 7, 2013, The Silver Galleries, The Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL. 10.00 to 17.45 Daily. 10.00 to 22.00 Friday. www.vam.ac.uk
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The Jewellery Quarter Christmas Market
Official Unveiling of W Reeves Badges Exhibition The official Guest of Honour at the official unveiling of the W Reeves Exhibition at The Pen Room on Wednesday 7th November was Councillor Kath Hartley, Norman Bartlam (Ladywood History Group) (TNT News), Andy Munro and Keith Stanley (Jewellery Quarter Development Trust/BIDS), Marie Haddleton (Jewellery Quarter Heritage/Hockley Flyer), Brian Jones and Colin Giles (Pen Museum). Pen Museum volunteers also joined in the celebration. Earlier in the year the old established company of W Reeves Badges (Tenby Street) decided to sell up and move out of the Jewellery Quarter. Andy Munro alerted Norman Bartlam
that the company was closing and that the collection might go to a person in London. Norman contacted Cllr Kath Hartley and applied for funds to save the badges for the local community, through the Ladywood Community Chest Fund, she approved the bid and the badges became part of the Ladywood History Group’s ‘Made in Ladywood’ mini museum. As the History Group were short of display space, and their centre was facing closure, they talked about displaying them at various venues such as Spring Hill Library, Central Library and Ladywood Community Centre. Eventually it was thought best to keep them all together so the collection was loaned to the Pen Room, until a home is found for the wider ‘Made in Ladywood’ collection of artefacts. This is probably a long way off and even if they do find a new home, it is very possible many of the badges will stay at the Pen Room. (Nigel Evans - Pen Museum)
The 24 Carrots Food Market, in partnership with St Paul’s Church, held a Christmas Market on Thursday 13th December, situated in the picturesque grounds of St. Paul’s Church. For those wanting a change from the German Market and a very festive experience, the Jewellery Quarter Christmas Market showcased the West Midlands at its best, featuring over 25 local stallholders, selling the highest quality food, crafts, gifts and jewellery. Local street food vendors provided great tasting, locally made hot food. Hot drinks and mulled wine were available to warm you up and give you a festive glow! For the full festive experience there was plenty of entertainment, including screenings in the church of The Snowman and there was the fantastic Colmore Choir, a live band, and Santa made a surprise visit! Midlands Discovery Tours had created a tour especially for the occasion. The tour started at the German Market, entertaining people with local stories as they made their way around various local landmarks, before ending at the 24 Carrots Food Market. The 24 Carrots Food Market organisers would like to say a huge thank you to their sponsors, the Jewellery Quarter BID, Jewellery Quarter Neighbourhood Forum, Birmingham City Council, Yelp Birmingham, The Birmingham Rep theatre, Wind in the Willows. 24 Carrots Market is a co-operative venture run by local volunteers, established since 4th July 2009. Website www.24carrots.org.uk
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BJA Industry Contributor of the Year: (BJA member that has contributed to the overall good of the industry. Voted for by BJA membership). BJA Member of the Year: (Individual or company that has helped most to promote the BJA during 2012. Voted for by the BJA membership). BJA Designer of the Year: (BJA member who has consistently produced the most commercially viable designs to raise the profile of British design. Voted for by the BJA membership and general public). Lifetime Achievement Award: (Special 125th Anniversary Award made by The BJA).
WINNER - BJA Retailer of the Year - Joshua James Jewellery
Photo courtesy The Birmingham Assay Office.
British Jewellers’ Association 125th Anniversary Awards 6 December 2012
The British Jewellers’ Association, which celebrates its 125th Anniversary this year, represents some 1000+ businesses spread throughout the UK’s entire jewellery and silverware supply chains. BJA members, as these awards so amply demonstrate, are extremely diverse and include manufacturers, many different types of retailer, distributors, importers, bullion dealers, stone dealers and a wealth of service and tool providers as well as individual craftspeople. The purpose of these Awards, which are the culmination of a packed celebratory year, is to flag up all that is most excellent about the Association’s members and to highlight those companies and individuals that have either gone the extra mile in terms of their services to the Association, have excelled in their personal achievements or which offer the very best in terms of product, service or design. The Association would like to thank
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the many companies that entered these inaugural Awards and all those who cast their votes to pick the worthy winners. Special thanks must also go to all those companies who have so generously sponsored The Awards and made it possible to provide our winners with the eye-catching contemporary, silver trophies Rebecca Joselyn. The trophies for The 2012 BJA Award were designed and supplied by contemporary silversmith Rebecca Joselyn and were hallmarked and engraved by courtesy of Sheffield Assay Office. The production cost of the trophies was generously met by The Company of Master Jewellers. The metal cost was sponsored by Argex one of the UK’s leading stockists of sheets, discs, wires, rods, tubes, coils/strips, anodes and many other semi-finished formats in various silver alloys. www.argex.co.uk
AWARDS BJA Retailer of the Year: (BJA member running either a bricks and mortar business or ecommerce platform. Voted for by both the BJA membership and general public). BJA Supplier of the Year: (BJA member or a supplier of services to the BJA membership who has provided outstanding service during 2012. Voted for by the BJA membership).
2012 has seen what Joshua James jewellery terms its ‘big plan’ coming together. Since its formation in June 2009 this innovative company has become a leading jewellery e-tailer with a showcase, bricks and mortar boutique store, three unique websites for specific target audiences, and a self-contained distribution centre housing a team geared to delivering the products its customers want. watchdepot.co.uk - joshuajamesjewellery.co.uk - jjweddingrings.co.uk. CATEGORY RUNNERS UP: Flawless Jewellery - www.flawless-jewellery.com, Johnny Rocket - www. johnnyrocketltd.com, Tomassa.com www.tomassa.com. Award sponsored by: www.tresorparis.co.uk
WINNER - BJA Supplier of the Year - Tresor Paris
The global jewellery company Tresor Paris has over recent years taken the UK jewellery industry by storm to become a ‘must-have’ brand. The company is recognised as a proficient and reputable supplier and is well known for its personable and efficient standards of service. Tresor also offers tremendous support to stockists. Its regional agents regularly visit them, offering support and guidance and introducing them to new collections, while its team of regional visual merchandisers help retailers to achieve perfect showcasing for their Tresor collections. Amongst other services Tresor offer a no quibble one-year warranty on all pieces. www.
The Birmingham Assay Office staff delighted to receive the BJA Member of the Year Award 2012
tresorparis.co.uk CATEGORY RUNNERS UP: Bransom Retail Systems - www.bransom. co.uk, Gecko Jewellery - www.geckojewellery.com, Jewel Cast - www. jewelcast.co.uk. Award sponsored by: www.ntrmetals.co.uk
WINNER - BJA Industry Contributor of the Year Malca Amit UK
Malca-Amit UK offers discounted shipping and security services to all BJA member firms. It also provides them with free advice on customs’ clearance, transporting their goods to international trade shows, secure shipping and general security issues. With offices in 31 countries and over 40 years of industry experience, Malca-Amit is committed to an unsurpassed level of customer service and to delivering absolute piece of mind while its customers’ precious cargo is in transit. www.malcaamit.com CATEGORY RUNNERS UP: Fei Liu Fine Jewellery - www.feiliu.co.uk, Harriet Kelsall - www.harriet.kelsall. co.uk, The Assay Office Birmingham - www.theassayoffice.co.uk, Award sponsored by: www.windiam.net
WINNER - BJA Member of the Year - Birmingham Assay Office (BAO)
BAO has done much during the past twelve months to promote the BJA in its activities. Its then chairman Kay Alexander attended the BJA’s ‘Designer Showcase Exhibition’ in conjunction with Fei Liu Fine Jewellery in Beijing where BAO loaned its fabulous Warwick Vase to add interest and gravitas to the event. Another loan of silverware from BAO was made to the BJA’s 125th Anniversary Exhibition
held at The Jewellery Show London this summer. The organisations collaborated on a range of initiatives surrounding the regulation of scrap gold, particularly for the Asian market. Assay Master Michael Allchin spoke about the BJA at the BATF AGM in May and also addressed guests at the BJA’s 125th Anniversary Event held at the House of Commons in November. BAO does much for charity and is a stalwart supporter of the Benevolent Fund and of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. It works tirelessly with The BJA to ensure that the UK’s position is represented on relevant jewellery bodies worldwide. www.theassayoffice.co.uk CATEGORY RUNNERS UP: Etherial - www.etherial.eu, Fei Liu Fine Jewellery - www.feiliu.co.uk, Sarah Jordan - www.sarahjordan.co.uk, Award sponsored by: www.digitaloffice.co.uk
WINNER - BJA Designer of the Year - Linda Macdonald
The Scottish designer Linda Macdonald set up her business in 1997 having graduated from Glasgow School of Art. Her distinctive silver jewellery with a touch of gold is designed and made entirely in Scotland in the beautiful village of Cardross. Linda is a popular supplier to John Lewis for whom she has recently designed an exclusive range and her work is stocked in 25 of their stores and in their online shop. www. lindamacdonaldjewellery.com CATEGORY RUNNERS UP: Alexander Davis - www.rowandavis.com, Jessica Flinn - www.jessicaflinn.co.uk, Babette Wasserman - www.babettewasserman.co.uk. Award sponsored
BJA - Lifetime Achievement Award Patrick Fuller (WB the Creative Jewellery group)
Patrick Fuller and his wife Vivian have, over the past thirty five years, built one of the UK’s largest and most progressive jewellery businesses: ‘WB The Creative Jewellery Group’. The group comprises some of the industry’s best known brands: Domino, Weston Beamor, Ad Valorem and most recently Gecko which the group acquired earlier this year. A supreme networker, Patrick has during his career given generously of his time to support various industry bodies. He is a past chairman of BJA and was President of the British Jewellery and Giftware Federation (now BATF). He has the distinction of being the first ever non-retailer to become President of The National Association of Goldsmiths, was a Guardian of The Assay Office Birmingham and is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and of the City of London. Patrick, a natural innovator, is a great champion of design and adopter of new technologies and is often the first to spot a trend. He has done much over the years to advance the development of the industry at large giving freely of his help and advice, supporting a wide range of initiatives and nurturing new talent. The Life Time Achievement Award was made at the discretion of members of the British Jewellers’ Association’s National Committee. www.westonbeamor.co.uk, www.dominojewellery. co.uk,www.advaloremjewellery.com, www.geckojewellery.co.uk. Award Sponsored By: www.bja.org.uk December 2012 The Hockley Flyer
L-R Michael Allchin receives Member of the Year award from representative of Digital office and Lindsay Straughton - BJA
loaning its fabulous Warwick vase to add interest and gravitas to the event. Back in the UK the two organisations collaborated on a series of initiatives surrounding the regulation of scrap gold, particularly for the Asian Market and on the international stage the two organisations have worked tirelessly to ensure that the UK’s position is represented and its voice heard on relevant international jewellery bodies such as CIBJO and the Responsible Jewellery Council. The Birmingham Assay Office has also contributed to the 125th Anniversary celebrations. A piece was lent to the 125 year showcase exhibition at London Jewellery Show and Chief Executive Michael Allchin addressed guests at the BATF AGM in May and the BJA’s 125th Anniversary event at the House of Commons in November,
The Birmingham Assay Office Wins ‘Member of the Year’
The Birmingham Assay Office were proud to be announced as British Jewellers’ Association ‘Member of the Year’ at the BJA’s 125th Anniversary Awards held recently during the Annual Jewellery and Giftware Benevolent Society Ball. The Birmingham Assay Office was also shortlisted for ‘Industry Contributor of the Year’ which was finally won by Malca Almit. Receiving the ‘Member of the Year’ Award on behalf of The Birmingham Assay Office, Chief Executive Michael Allchin said, “This is a great honour and I am proud and pleased for all the Birmingham Assay Office team who work so hard to make an efficient and helpful contribution to the jewellery industry. We are always pleased to support the work of the BJA who have helped the industry through many difficult circumstances in the past 125 years. In today’s tough economic climate and rapidly changing market place their role is more important than ever. The fact that we were nominated for this award and voted for by BJA Members shows that we must be doing something right and it makes the award all the more satisfying. Thank you to all those who
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L-R: Former Chairman Kay Alexander with International Designer Fei Liu and Penny J.Parkes
participated; we appreciate this vote of confidence and will continue to support the BJA and help it to deliver its objectives whenever we can.” The Birmingham Assay office has worked with the BJA since its inception in 1877 when it pledged money to the new School of Jewellery, created to ensure the industry did not suffer from a skill shortage. The co-operation has continued and in the last twelve months the Birmingham Assay Office has done much to promote the BJA and its activities. Highlights included Chairman Kay Alexander attending the Designer Showcase exhibition in conjunction with Fei Lui fine jewellery in Beijing, and the Assay Office
drawing parallels between current circumstances and those which the BJA have successfully overcome in their long history. The two organisations look to have many more years of mutual co-operation ahead. The Birmingham Assay Office staff were delighted to receive the BJA Member of the Year Award 2012
‘Tremendous and Exciting Journey’ Patrick Fuller, Chairman of WB The Creative Jewellery Group, has received the British Jewellers’ Association’s ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.
The BJA’s Diamond Jubilee Brooch Patrick Fuller (left) with Simon Rainer, Chief Executive of The British Jewellers’ Association.
The presentation was made as part of a special Awards ceremony held at ‘The Benevolent Society Ball’ – an annual event organised by the British Allied Trades Federation - which took place in Birmingham on 6th December. It is the first time that such an Award has been presented by the Association which this year celebrates the 125th Anniversary of its founding. Speaking during the presentation, David Doyle, who is a past Chairman of the BJA and Vice President of the Benevolent Society said: “Tonight’s winner is widely regarded within the trade as a progressive thinker. He combines a talent for identifying product opportunities within the jewellery marketplace with an excellent set of interpersonal skills. He understands that success is a team business and knows his own strengths.” Fuller’s achievements are indeed significant. He and his wife Vivian have, over the past thirty five years, built one of the UK’s largest and most progressive jewellery businesses: ‘WB The Creative Jewellery Group’. The group comprises some of the industry’s best known brands: Domino, Weston Beamor, Ad Valorem and most recently Gecko which the group acquired earlier this year and which was, coincidentally, a runner up in the ‘Supplier of the Year’ category of Awards. A supreme networker, Fuller has during his career given generously of his time to support various industry
bodies. He is a past chairman of BJA and was President of the British Jewellery and Giftware Federation (now BATF). He also has the distinction of being the first ever non-retailer to become President of The National Association of Goldsmiths. A fact mentioned by David Doyle who said: “I would place a bet today that this will not happen again within the next 125 years!” Other offices held by Fuller include a nine year spell on The British Hallmarking Council and a term as a Warden of The Assay Office Birmingham. He is also a past member of the Regional Council for the CBI, a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company. Fuller, who is natural innovator, is also a great champion of design and adopter of new technologies and is often the first to spot a trend. He has done much over the years to advance the development of the industry at large giving freely of his help and advice, supporting a wide range of initiatives and nurturing new talent. Speaking after the presentation Patrick Fuller said: “I was surprised and absolutely delighted to receive this Award. My success within the jewellery industry has been very much a joint effort with my wife Vivian and the excellent teams who have worked with us to build the companies within WB The Creative Jewellery Group. It has been a tremendous and exciting journey, which isn’t over yet.”
On 5th December, 2012 The British Jewellers’ Association presented spectacular platinum and diamond brooch to Her Majesty The Queen as a gift of celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. Ivonna Poplanska’s very thoughtful design was chosen in a national competition. The design is entitled ‘The Eternal Dove’, and is loosely based on the ‘Sceptre with Dove’, an item in the Crown Jewels which was made for the Coronation of King Charles 11 in 1661. Ivonna’s dove, which is in flight, also encompasses the four flowers of the United Kingdom which are depicted in rare gold from around the UK and natural coloured diamonds within its wings. The precious metals and diamonds used in the brooch’s production were donated by members of the Association and the brooch was made entirely in the UK by specialist craftsmen and women all of whom also donated their time and their expertise for free. The result is a piece of jewellery that truly is fit for a Queen.
Thanks to: The organising committee: Vanessa Burkitt, Cindy Dennis, Mangan, Sarah Jordan and Lindsey Straughton. The Judges: Members of the brooch committee with Helen Dimmock, Ruth Donaldson and Rachael Taylor. Materials: Cookson Precious Metals, Galantas, Lonmin, Scotgold, Brian Wright and Windiam Diamonds. Manufacture: Ian Hall of Devon Lasting Impressions, Rider and Rider, Glen Day with the creative team and workshop at Weston Beamor. The Box: Claire Weldon at The Jeweller’s Box Company. Assay: The Assay Office Birmingham. December 2012 The Hockley Flyer
Fei Liu Expands Into E-Commerce for Christmas 2012 Chinese-born, British-based jewellery designer Fei Liu has completed the renovation of his company website, with which he hopes to improve both brand awareness and accessibility. The main focus of the updated website is education on the Fei Liu brand and collections, along with an improved customer awareness of how to purchase products. With easy-to-navigate, image-led collection overview pages, the Fei Liu team hope the venture into online sales will improve the customer browsing experience. In spite of the new developments, however, the Fei Liu team is determined not to undermine the 30-strong list of retailers that currently stock the designer’s work.
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“We really value the continued partnerships and friendships we hold with our retailers,” says a company spokesperson “We will be doing all we can to continue to promote them while taking our first steps into e-commerce. By keeping up with the latest news from our retailers and collaborating with them on store-based initiatives, we hope to maintain and develop positive relationships with our stockists and their marketing departments, improving communication and mutual awareness.” A new stockist listing with clear contact details and link-through to external websites has been added, and an equal focus on promoting retailers and the website is being implemented through the company social media strategy. The build-up to Christmas has so far seen Liu present his work to the customers of at least one retailer at exclusive ‘Meet the Designer’ evenings, along with a competition planned to be run in collaboration with stockists.
A style-conscious Setting for Contemporary Design Inhorgenta Munich is strengthening its important design area by reconfiguring Hall C2 - Contemporary Design, thus emphasizing the significance of designer jewellery for the trade show. With the new interior, attractive aesthetics and a clear division of space,
Inhorgenta Munich offers its exhibitors the perfect platform for good business. The aesthetics are characterized by the design principle that ‘form follows function’. This approach should give expression to the sophisticated role of Hall C2 in a modern and appealing way – in order to do justice to the requirements of both exhibitors and visitors. The centre aisle now provides the fitting presentation framework desired for the exhibits. In future, the special show areas Innovation Forum, Forum Silversmiths and Brand New - New Brand in Hall C2 will gain in size and strength. Renate Wittgenstein, Product Manager of Inhorgenta Munich, explains the new approach: “The new, interconnected division of these special shows promotes communication and supports the active exchange of information between exhibitors and visitors.” In addition, the creative atmosphere of the hall is enhanced by a new lounge area with integrated library. Also new in C2 is a Premium Design area where design labels will present high quality collections combining clear forms and aesthetics with topclass materials. The reason for this: in recent years, some of the exhibitors from Contemporary Design have developed more towards high-quality premium products. “With the new Premium area, the suppliers of high-quality design jewellery can now reach their customers specifically,” reports Renate Wittgenstein. To pick up on the individual needs of the various exhibitor groups early on and offer a successful platform for this international gathering, personal talks were held with the exhibitors for the development of the new hall concept. The focus of these talks was on the conceptual orientation and planning out of the halls. www.inhorgenta.com.
Gemvision Hails UK Arrival of Stuller Partnership Jewellery technology leader Gemvision will be hailing the UK launch of its strategic partner and premier global jewellery manufacturer Stuller on stand P28-Q29 at The Jewellery Show. Stuller’s arrival in the UK consolidates the Gemvision and Stuller partnership, bringing superior technology and fulfilment capabilities to the nation’s independent jewellery industry. As a DTC Sightholder, multi-award winning Stuller is the largest supplier of coloured gemstones in the USA. Its UK launch at The Jewellery Show sees Stuller showcasing its global expertise in tools, coloured stones, precious metals, and contemporary metal wedding bands. In particular, Stuller’s UK account holders will have exclusive access to an online retail showcase feature, where retailers can see individual images of gemstones online, view grading reports and allow retail customers to select their own stones, with profit margins pre-
selected in advance by the retailer. As precious metal suppliers, Stuller will also be presenting ‘Sterlium Plus’ to UK manufacturers, a tarnish resistant, sterling silver alloy that retains its bright white colour with the strength of 14ct, making it ideal for gem setting. Gemvision formed a strategic partnership with global jewellery connoisseur Stuller in 2009 with the aim of enhancing customisation tools for retail jewellers. The partnership produced CounterSketch Studio, a 3D jewellery design platform that means retailers can work together with customers to design their own uniquely personalised jewellery. CounterSketch Studio allows customers to design their own uniquely personalised jewellery, which is then crafted by Stuller. Each one of over 2,500 finished designs can be modified in 3D to customer preference with an intuitive set of controls, creating an infinite number of possible customised designs. “Gemvision and Stuller have set a
benchmark for jewellery design software by evolving the art of jewellery design in a way that’s never been seen before,” said Gemvision’s Graham Dicks. “Stuller will be based in Leeds and with a dedicated staff, which means we are now able to deliver a truly enhanced offering to retailers and manufacturers, with an unrivalled combination of world leading CAD/CAM products and fulfilment capabilities.” Contact Gemvision/Stuller on 0113 3899710, email email@example.com or visit www.gemvision.com and www.stuller.com. The Jewellery Show at Spring Fair International, 3-7 February 2013 NEC Birmingham, Hall 17, Stand P28-Q29.
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Property Planning Matters GENERAL
The ‘GOLDEN TRIANGLE’ and the ‘INDUSTRIAL MIDDLE’ are the areas protected against inappropriate residential use. A large number of Planning Applications are not in accordance with the Planning Legislation which is there to ‘protect’ the Jewellery Quarter and the trade. Please help the Jewellery Quarter to survive by making your ‘official’ protest against such Applications.
New Applications 2012/08037/PA Icknield Street Hockley - The Birmingham Mint Ltd B18 6RX. Non Material Amendment attached to approval 2003/00394/PA for minor alterations to the internal layout and the elevations. 30-11-2012. 2012/07902/PA The Jam House 3-5 St Pauls Square Birmingham B3 1QU. Erection of single storey rear infill extension. 22-11-2012. 2012/07888/PA Georges Court 1 Albion Street Birmingham B1 3AH. Installation of telecommunication equipment cabinet on roof top and associated works 21-11-2012. 2012/07601/PA Royal Mail Hockley Delivery Office 23 Hockley Hill Birmingham B18 5AP. Installation of access ramp. 09-11-2012.
2012/07624/PA 109-138 Northwood Street and 5-6 Graham Street Hockley Birmingham B3 1SZ Application for a new planning permission to replace an extant planning permission number 2010/00358/PA for demolition of all existing buildings and structures on site except for the listed building at 109-111 Northwood St (Harpers Hill Works). (Extend existing consent C/02602/06/ CAC to coincide with same time period as planning permission C/02600/06/ OUT) 06-11-2012. 2012/07521/PA Adjacent to 119 Vyse Street Birmingham B18 6JS. Prior notification of proposed development by telecommunications to reshell existing telecommunications equipment cabinet. 06-11-2012.
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2012/07519/PA 109-138 Northwood Street & 5-6 Graham Street Hockley land at B3 1SZ. Application for a new planning permission to replace an extant planning permission number 2010/00357/PA for mixed use re-development of site to provide 9779 sqm of gross B1 floorspace (including 1639 sqm of affordable workspace), 8721 sqm of net residential floorspace (approx 148 apartments), 1725 sqm of gross retail floorspace (A1 and A3 uses) , 462 sqm gross of community uses (D1 uses) and decked car park of 308 spaces including at least 90 spaces for public use. 06-112012. 2012/07361/PA Apartment 1 House of York 27 Charlotte Street Birmingham West Midlands B3 1PT Application to replace extant planning permission for additional 3 years attached to planning approval 2009/06237/PA for Listed Building Consent for internal alterations and re-instatement of existing infilled windows to front and side at basement level and refurbishment of basement to use as part of existing flat. 24-10-2012. 2012/07305/PA Apartment 1 House of York 27 Charlotte Street Birmingham West Midlands B3 1PT Application to replace extant planning permission for additional 3 years attached to planning approval 2009/06236/PA for internal alterations and re-instatement of existing infilled windows to front and side at basement level and refurbishment of basement to use as part of existing flat. 24-10-2012. 2012/07294/PA 27-28 Pemberton Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6NY Listed Building Consent for change of use of from light industrial building (B1) to 1 no. live/work unit (B1) and 1 no. independent two bed townhouse (C3). 24-10-2012. 2012/07293/PA 27-28 Pemberton Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6NY. Change of use of from light industrial building (B1) to 1 no. live/work unit (B1) and 1 no. independent two bed townhouse (C3). 24-10-2012. 2012/06058/PA Railway Arch 24 Livery Street Birmingham B3 1HA. Erection of replacement infill frontage of existing railway arch with installation of new roller shutters 03-09-2012.
2012/07406/PA 1 Albion Street St Georges Court Birmingham B1 3AH Installation of 1no. 300mm dish antenna Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions.
2012/07138/PA 49 Frederick Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3HN. efurbishment works to front elevation. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 2012/07032/PA 10 Caroline Street Birmingham B3 1TR. Listed Building Consent for a 2 storey infill building to create 1 no. new flat. Final Decision Refuse. 2012/06886/PA 45-50 Tenby Street North Hockley Birmingham B1 3EG. Erection of 14 no. four storey townhouses with associated courtyard parking. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 2012/06513/PA 92 - 95 Livery Street Birmingham B3 1RJ. Listed Building Consent for internal alterations and punctuating boundary walls at upper ground floor & first floor level in connection with change of use at neighbouring property (89-91 Livery Street). Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions.
2012/06512/PA 89 - 91 Livery Street Birmingham B3 1RJ. Change of use of upper ground floor and first floor to budget accommodation for up to 64 occupants (Use Class C1) Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 2012/06297/PA 20 Parade Sytner Birmingham Ltd Birmingham B1 3QJ. External alterations for installation of new doors and rendered wall. Final Decision -Approve subject to Conditions. 2012/05700/PA Severn Trent Water Ltd Tame House 156 Newhall Street Birmingham B3 1SE. Display of 8 no. non illuminated fascia signs Final Decision - Approve Temporary. 2012/04908/PA 5 - 8 Caroline Street Birmingham B3 1TR Erection of a three storey rear extension, with undercroft parking to provide 6 no. 1 bed apartments and 6 no. 2 bed apartments, roof extension and refurbishment of frontage building to provide 2 no. 1 bed apartments, ground floor cafe (Use Class A3) and offices at first and second floor level. Final Decision - Refuse 2012/05797/PA 89 - 97 Camden Street Birmingham B1 3DE Listed Building Consent for alterations to the building in conjunction with change of use from offices (use class B1) to townhouses (use class C3). Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 2012/05794/PA 89 - 97 Camden Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3DE. Change of use of vacant offices (use class B1) to 7 no. two, three and four bedroom townhouses (use class C3). Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions.
2012/05575/PA McCreadies, St James House 60-64 Livery Street Birmingham B3 1HA. Incorporation of ground floor office into existing yoga studio use at first floor level approved under 2007/07011/PA. Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions. 2012/05513/PA 12 Fleet Street Islington Gates Bluu Bar Birmingham B3 1JL Replacement of existing shop front Final Decision. - Approve subject to Conditions. 2012/05422/PA BT Kiosk 108 Vyse Street Adjacent to Birmingham. Retention of non illuminated vinyl advertisement on public pay phone kiosk. Final Decision - Approve Temporary. 2012/01001/PA Sloane House 1-7 Sloane Street Birmingham B1 3BX. Listed building consent for restorative work to exterior of 1-7 Sloane Street and renovation and restorative internal works. Removal of internal partition walls to Sloane House and creation of internal walls to form the division into 4 town houses. Demolition of 2 storey rear lean-to at 1-7 Sloane Street and selective demolition of buildings within curtilage of 1-7 Sloane Street and erection of replacement 2 storey extension. Final Decision. - Approve subject to Conditions.
Summary Guide to Use Classes A1 - Shops. A2 - Financial and Professional Services. A3 - Restaurants and Cafes. A4 - Drinking Establishments. A5 - Hot Food Takeaways. B1 (a) - Business. (b) - Research & development, studios, labs, high technology. (c) - Light Industry. B2 - General Industry. B3 - Storage/Distribution. C1 - Hotels C2 - Residential Institutions C2A - Secure Residential Institutions. C3 - Dwelling Houses D1 - Non-residential Institutions. D2 - Assembly/Leisure.
Plans are available for scrutiny at the Spring Hill Library. You must register any objections (or support) to the above Applications in writing direct to Birmingham Core Strategy, Birmingham City Council, 4th Floor, 1 Lancaster Circus, Birmingham B4 7DJ, quoting the Planning Application number. Remember, there is a restriction against inappropriate housing within the Golden Triangle and the Industrial Middle - but your objections still need to be recorded!
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Operations Director Leads Jewellery Quarter BID Efforts Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter has a new champion who will lead efforts to improve the area, attract investment and jobs. The Jewellery Quarter Development Trust (JQDT) has appointed an operations director to deliver the Jewellery Quarter BID (JQ BID) objectives. Former Birmingham businessman Keith Stanley will act as the day-to-day face of the district and be responsible for delivering projects that make the area cleaner, safer and a better place to work, rest and play. Earlier this year, more than 600 local businesses were asked to vote to support the initiative, which will see companies with premises with a rateable value of £10,000 and above pay an annual levy of 2% to fund additional investment for the benefit of the whole area. The BID received an encouraging 45% turnout of voters, with 80% of those businesses voting ‘yes’, and the first levy payments were collected in September. It will help to improve the Quarter in many ways, including providing a welcoming environment for visitors, clean and safer streets, improving marketing to increase footfall and inward investment, and improving connectivity to the city centre. Keith said: “Most people might think it would be easy to spend the levy
money, but the trick to a successful BID - and my main priority - is to make sure it is spent wisely. A high majority of businesses in the Jewellery Quarter voted ‘yes’ to the initiative, which shows they care about their local community and support the JQDT’s vision to make the area a better place to work, live, visit and invest.” Keith, who spent five years as a director at Black Country Chamber and the past two and a half years running a charity in Greets Green, will be supported by a BID Management Committee made up of 15 members from the Jewellery Quarter community, including JQDT members, local councillors, residents and business owners. “I want levy payers to see the BID money as an investment in their local area, not just an extra expense. Some of the first instalment has already been allocated to festive incentives such as Christmas lights and a targeted marketing campaign, in
conjunction with Marketing Birmingham, to encourage people to visit the many bars, restaurants, retailers and visitor attractions that the Quarter has to offer.” Welcoming Keith to his new position, JQDT chairman David Mahony said: “The only future for the Quarter is if we, the Jewellery Quarter community, do it ourselves. So, after a hectic summer gathering the funding and establishing a BID team, it’s now time to see some action. Keith has a wealth of private and public sector knowledge and experience, which will stand him in good stead for this new position. The JQDT board and I are very confident that he and the BID Management Committee will be able to deliver the objectives outlined in the Prospectus and achieve our aim of becoming a cleaner, safer and better connected Quarter.” Operations director Keith Stanley is tasked with delivering the Jewellery Quarter BID objectives.
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Now - 05 Jan - RBSA Gallery. KATHRYN PETTITT RBSA Inspired by her local surroundings, Kathryn’s textiles explore spiritual sustenance and nature through the lines, shapes and surface qualities of trees. Now - 18 Jan - RBSA Gallery. GLISTEN - A glittering exhibition of contemporary fine craft, brilliant for those who are struggling to find that perfect gift for Christmas! Silver and gold jewellery feature heavily alongside an exquisite collection of ceramics. See website for full list of exhibitors. Now - 19 Jan - RBSA Gallery. RBSA PRINTMAKERS - Featuring prints under £150 by RBSA artists including Hilary Paynter Hon. RBSA and Sarah Van Niekerk Hon. RBSA. Why not choose a unique Christmas gift from a selection of original prints? Signed copies of Hilary’s book Full Circle are also for sale in soft or hard-bound cover. Now - 19 Jan - RBSA Gallery. GILLIAN LOCKWOOD RBSA. A continuing interest in plants and seeds inspire Gillian’s sculptural forms. This sporting year also plays a part in the creation of her decorative bowls and boxes. Associated events: Don’t miss Gillian’s demonstration on Saturday 15 December and Saturday 26 January. 29 Dec - 02 Feb - RBSA Gallery. StArt exhibition provides an opportunity for art enthusiasts with smaller budgets to purchase original art works for £200 or less. Over the years, the exhibition has become a much anticipated event in the RBSA calendar. Not only does it attract visitors looking for affordable high quality art, it demonstrates the RBSA’s ethos of providing art for everyone. Contemporary art by Members and Associates. 03 - 07 Feb - 09.00am - 6.00pm - NEC - The Jewellery Show at The Spring Fair. The Jewellery Show brings together a great mix of fine jewellery ranging from precious, semiprecious, silver and fashion jewellery as well as jewellery related products, including tools and equipment, packaging and display and shop fittings. 11 Mar - 13 Apr - 10am to 5.00pm - Goldsmiths’ Hall GROWING TALENT - The work of the many jewellers and silversmiths who have benefited from the Goldsmith Graduate Bursary to exhibit at Goldsmiths’ Fair, is on show in this fascinating exhibition. 11 - 12 Jun - 10am to 6pm - Somerset House - THE JEWELLERY SHOW London is a prestigious trade-only event that showcases the most influential international brands, suppliers and British jewellery designers within a cutting-edge environment over the course of two days. 26 - 30 Jun - 11am to 6.00pm - Goldsmiths’ Company PAVILION AT SOMERSET HOUSE - A summer showcase for the remarkable talents of contemporary British jewellers filled with stunning cutting-edge creations in not only precious metals but incorporating an exciting element of varied
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mixed media. In addition a suite of rooms will display the work selected silversmiths as part of British Silver Week. 01 - 04 Sept - 09.00am - 6.00pm - NEC - THE AUTUMN FAIR is a unique opportunity to discover exciting new talent, buy the hottest festive products and preview all that spring 2014 has to offer. 23 - 29 Sep then 01 Oct - 06 Oct - Goldsmiths’Hall - GOLDSMITHS’ FAIR 2013. It is the ultimate one-stop destination for those seeking out jewellery and silver by the most exciting independent designer-makers in the UK. Established in 1983 the Fair has grown in stature and allure.
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03 Jan - 1.15pm - 1.45pm - St Paul’s Church. Thursday Live - Organ Recitals - Paul Carr...Allegro (Organ Concerto no 4 in F) - G F Handel (1685–1759), Choral (Symphony no. 2) - Louis Vierne (1870-1937), Scherzo (Symphony in G minor) - Edwin H Lemare (1865-1934), The Swan - Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921), Toccata - Théodore Dubois (1837–1924)
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02 Jan - LEE ROGERS & OZ McGOWAN: Piano & Guitar delight from these ex-Jeeps frontline with their interpretations of some songbook favourites
23 Jan: HARTY: Anthony Harty has been involved with many of the most influential players in the UK’s music scene for nearly 30 years. Bass player for Paul Weller’s STYLE COUNCIL, the TRUTH, and the PRIMITIVES in the early years. After several years as part of BAD FINGER, Anthony also spent time touring and recording with the musicians from the SPECIALS and The BEAT, and then in 2001, recorded and toured with Lee Scratch Perry where he won a Grammy Award for his work on the “sessions” album. Now part of Pauline Black’s SELECTER, Anthony has taken a break in the touring schedule to bring his “Style Council 30th Anniversary Celebration” to the Jam House with music from his distinguished career including Bad Finger, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Dave Barker and faves from Joe Jackson, Elvis Costello, Squeeze, XTC, Fastball, John Mayer... as well as tracks from his album “Baggage” and the brand new single release “Somebody Who Loves You”
03 Jan - DUELLER 88: Boogie-woogie classics from Jam House regulars, Dino Baptiste and Joe Stafford on Duelling Pianos with rhythm man Jamie Little keeping count! - dance and sing along! 04 & 05 Jan - GROUPER: Rock this weekend with this four-piece guitar band playing a complete range of classics old & new. 08 Jan - LUCAS D & the GROOVE GHETTO: A brand new exciting six-piece professional instrumental project playing a cool range of acid jazz and jazz-funk classics from the ‘70s through to the modern day. 09 Jan - GOSPEL CENTRAL: A monthly celebration of the talent to be found in the local Gospel music scene giving an urban and contemporary edge to gospel music - featuring Colin Peters & Andre Bassing. 10 Jan - THE PARIS 1940s: The Paris 1940s are a tremendous new five-piece who completely reinvent well-known pop music fusing it with soul, jazz, swing, samba and even drum and bass. www.theparis1940s.com 11 & 12 Jan SOLID SOUL: Soul Greats from this talented group of musicians - always a popular choice at the Jam House - featuring classic James Brown, Motown, and even Hendrix & Kravitz. 15 Jan - JAZZLINES presents ... BEN MARKLAND QUINTET: Ben is one of the most in demand bassists in Birmingham and can be seen with a wide variety of bands & musicians. Here he leads his own quintet playing a mixture of originals & standards. The band is Ben on bass, Pete Harris on guitar, Neil Bullock on drums, Luis Mather on tenor sax, and Percy Pursglove on trumpet 16 Jan - THE GIANT KILLERS: A welcome return of these five talented musicians of the “blues world” who have teamed up to form an exciting band
17 Jan - The MOONSHAKERS: The MOONSHAKERS are a dynamic 4 piece band performing classic rock and modern indie anthems. Pulp to Paolo Nutini, Bon Jovi to The Killers; come rock the night away. 18 & 19 Jan - THE RED LEMONS: A band of superbly accomplished and very individual musicians come together to perform a vast range of soul & funk favourites from the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, and Stevie Wonder to Alicia Keys, Duffy, and Plan B 22 jan - ITCHYFEET BIRMINGHAM: The Itchy Feet parties return to the Jam House ... Itchy Feet is the rock n’ roll, swing and blues night that has taken the country by storm and leaving revellers up and down the country with a’tapping in their toes and with a thirst for more.
24 Jan - DR TEETH’S BIG BAND: These Kings of Swing really rip it up at the Jam House with their Jump ‘n’ Jive! Hep Hep!
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Trade magazine for Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter December 2012, # 330