Businesses located in Birmingham’s famed Jewellery Quarter are being encouraged to vote in support of a £2.9m investment, which would see improvements take place over the next five years.
Improvements into the area include expanding the cleaning team, improvements to recycling facilities for businesses and free public Wi-Fi
The Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) wants to deliver these changes between 2017 and 2022 but is in need of votes to secure planning.
The current term of office is about to come to an end and businesses are being encouraged to vote for a second term.
In the last five years, the BID has invested over £2m into the Jewellery Quarter via projects, events and initiatives to benefit businesses.
This includes the annual Jewellery Quarter Festival, public realm improvements in St Paul’s Square and Caroline Street and participating in key city initiatives including The Big Hoot and Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival.
Luke Crane, Jewellery Quarter BID director, said (as reported by BQ Live): “Working with Birmingham City Council and other partners, the BID has been integral to supporting and facilitating a large number of projects that have supported our aim to; regenerate the Jewellery Quarter, attract more footfall, support existing businesses and attract new investment.”
“Our second term is even more important and our proposals for the next five years incorporate the feedback received during our consultation process over the last six months. We have some exciting, bold ideas for the Jewellery Quarter and we want to expand on the projects that are so important for nurturing business growth in our community.”
Nicola Ridler, Jewellery Quarter BID chair and property manager at The Big Peg, adds: “I am voting ‘Yes’ because this investment is not only for the local business community, it is a commitment and a sign of dedication to making the Jewellery Quarter, the place to live, learn, work and visit,” she added.
The postal ballot opened last week, June 7, and ends on July 5.