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Gary Barlow at Lasan restaurant with chef/director Akhtar Islam

Birmingham thanks its lucky stars as Barlow pops in for a quick bite

Lasan, the jewel in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter - its exceptional reputation attracted the patronage of Gary, after he performed to fans at the LG Arena.

Big Cat Group appointed creative agency for John Taylor Hospice

John Taylor Hospice provides practical help for people living with a terminal illness

Stuart Franks, Coltham Developments; Dan Anderson, Anderson's Bar & Grill; Mike Hargreaves, Coltham Developments; Jilly Cosgrove, Barques Design; Eddie Morse, EMC Consultancy; Simon Marsh, Anderson's Bar & Grill.

Alternative MIPIM event in Birmingham

The Alternative MIPIM event in Birmingham saw more than 100 leading figures from the commercial property sector networking over a long leisurely French-themed meal

The former Swan Kettles factory will form part of the St George's Urban Village

Birmingham city living: Jewellery Quarter kettle factory to house 550 apartments

Former Swan Kettles building in Icknield Street has stood empty for more than a decade.

Birmingham city living: Three massive schemes form record-breaking £125m deals

Seven Capital has bought One Hagley Road at Five Ways in Edgbaston, the St George’s Urban Village scheme in the Jewellery Quarter and the Point North building at the Waterfront in Brierley Hill – with hundreds of homes being created in each

Six great places for coffee in Birmingham city centre and Jewellery Quarter

Tim Wilson, founder of Coffee Birmingham, the blog dedicated to promoting the city’s independent coffee scene, writes about how everyday business has become such an important part of Brum’s coffee culture and offers a selection of his own personal favourites

Ian Strachan Communications gets Copeland Wedge PR contract

Copeland Wedge provides civil and structural, design consultancy services to leisure, education, health, industrial, retail, infrastructure and public bodies

Birmingham consultancy IE Design scoops three major European awards

IE beat international competition from the likes of Lloyds Bank and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau

Beverley Nielsen

The Birmingham Big Art Project - a chance to create a new iconic glue?

I'm proud to have been asked to join the board and hope to make a contribution as Glyn moves this idea through artifice to art.

Inside the new Vittoria Safeboxes facility

Safety box firm fills a gap in the market

Vittoria Safeboxes has been set up in the Jewellery Quarter to help tackle security fears among householders throughout the region seeking storage for gold, jewels and other valuable possessions.

Sebastian Rochford

Jazz Diary with Peter Bacon

Peter Bacon rounds-up the coming week of jazz events in the West Midlands.

IE managing director Ollie Leggett

Jewellery Quarter-based IE Design nominated for international awards

Jewellery Quarter-based IE Design Consultancy has been nominated three times across two categories for prestigious international awards.

Saxophone

Jazz Diary with Peter Bacon

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Peter Bacon rounds-up the coming week of jazz events in the West Midlands.

Joe Cunningham, a Toye & Co Masonic Mounter, holds up the M.B.E Die.

Celebrated city firm came from humble beginnings

Medal and uniform business Toye & Co has been passed from father to son for more than three centuries. Now, for the first time, a woman is in charge. Zoe Chamberlain reports

Chris Brown and Jilly Cosgrove of Barques PR with Nicola Shipley of GRAIN

GRAIN Photography Hub takes on Barques PR to help raise its profile

Barques PR, based in the Jewellery Quarter has won a 12-month contract to provide PR support for GRAIN Photography Hub, which is based at the Library of Birmingham

Ian Francis, founder and director of the eighth Flatpack Film Festival

The F-word's vital to the success of city film festival

The Flatpack Festival is back for an eighth year - and this time it's even got film in the title. Graham Young reports

Saxophone

Jazz Diary with Peter Bacon

Peter Bacon rounds-up the coming week of jazz events in the West Midlands.

Behind the scenes at Toye & Co in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Birmingham Day 2014: Profile - Toye & Co, historic manufacturer based in city

Company holds a Royal Warrant from Her Majesty The Queen as supplier of Gold and Silver Laces, Insignia and Embroidery, and was commissioned to manufacture the medal presented to serving personnel in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Reggae stars Soothsayers

Jazz Diary with Peter Bacon

Peter Bacon rounds-up the coming week of jazz events in the West Midlands.

The Jewellery Quarter as it is today.

Jewellery Quarter takes first steps towards a £2m revamp

The Quarter’s business improvement district has this week been successful in the first round of a potential award of a £2 million Townscape Heritage Grant, which assists communities in the regeneration of conservation areas.

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