Historic jewellery firm hoping for planning green light to safeguard jobs

Tom Green at the premises of Charles Green & Son.

A business which has been in the Jewellery Quarter for nearly 200 years is hoping a decision to allow it to stay in the area and safeguard jobs will be made in the next few weeks after it was further delayed.

The application to redevelop Charles Green & Son’s current 1970s premises on Tenby Street had been recommended for approval by Birmingham City Council last week but was pulled from the agenda just before the meeting.

The company says its headquarters, which are now 50 years old, are no longer fit for purpose and the new proposals will deliver modern premises for jewellery manufacturing that will secure the future of the firm in the historic location and safeguard 30 jobs.

The scheme has been drawn up by Charles Green & Son and its development partner Rainier Developments.

The application, which will see the creation of 37 apartments including affordable housing and homes for key workers, has been further supported by key businesses in the Jewellery Quarter including the Assay Office, which stated that its decision to stay in the Jewellery Quarter was based upon businesses such as Charles Green & Son doing the same.

Doug Henry, chief executive of the Birmingham Assay Office, said: “The primary reason the Birmingham Assay Office decided to remain in the Jewellery Quarter, and invest considerable sums creating a purpose-built facility, with the support of Birmingham City Council, was to continue to provide the essential services needed to support the growth of the Jewellery Quarter.

“Charles Green & Son is one of the oldest remaining businesses and a critical part of the Jewellery Quarter’s heritage.”

Tom Green, chairman of Charles Green & Son, said: “This delay is incredibly frustrating. We desperately need a decision from Birmingham City Council so we can adequately plan for the future of our business, and safeguard 30 jobs in the jewellery industry. This has become even more important following the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Having been located in the Jewellery Quarter for over 200 years, we are totally committed to the area. However, our current premises are simply no longer fit for purpose and we need new space to grow and thrive as part of this historic quarter.

“As well as providing new workspace for our business, the proposals offer real value for the community with discounted key worker housing and affordable homes which will bring an economic boost and vitality. We hope a decision can be made as soon as possible.”