The Jewellery Quarter Development Trust (JQDT) has a new chairman, Stella Layton – chief executive at the Birmingham Assay Office.
Ms Layton believes that ‘collaboration and communication’ are the key elements as the new chairman of the JQDT.
Stella succeeds David Mahony, managing director of PCPT Architects.
It has been stated that Mr Mahony was a valued aspect in the establishment of the JQDT, the Jewellery Quarter Busines Improvement District (JQ BID) also, therefore he will proceed to be involved in the city centre’s development of its historic area.
The Trust, almost four years old, was formed for the interest of the Quarter’s communities and operates for their benefits.
The JQDT liaise with the JQ BID, an organisation that carries out a range of activities for the benefit of those who reside in Jewellery Quarter, learn, work, invest and visit the historical area.
The release of a budget announcement from the Birmingham City Council early last year saw the possibility of withdrawing some of the financial supports for the city’s BIDs.
“If financial support is withdrawn by the council, the BIDs will need to work even harder to ensure they deliver their objectives for levy prayers within the budget,” Stella Layton stated. “This is why it’s so important that the Jewellery Quarter is involved with any decisions that affect the city centre and the BIDs communicate and support each other.
“I also want to develop collaborative working between businesses and organisations within the Jewellery Quarter, particularly through training and apprenticeship opportunities.
“I’m looking forward to working alongside the trust’s board of directors to continue to improve the area to attract new businesses, visitors and residents alike.”