Welcome to Southside district

In this week’s newsletter, we highlight the Hope for Hospitality campaign which sees venue owners across Birmingham come together to request further support from government. Additionally, we bring you the latest goings on in Southside, including a special offer you won’t want to miss and an exclusive competition.


The Midlands hospitality industry has launched a campaign calling on the government to deliver urgent support to venues affected by the latest tier three restrictions. Hope for Hospitality sees local business owners come together with Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, and Downtown in Business Birmingham, in a bid to request a raft of new measures to secure the sector’s survival.

Measures include:

  • The removal of the current £3,000 per month cap on grants, which only covers on average 15% of monthly operating costs
  • Grants to be awarded on a sliding scale, up to £15,000 per month backdated from November for businesses with a rateable value up to £150,000
  • Financial consideration for remaining employer costs regarding furloughed staff

In addition to this short-term grant support, Hope for Hospitality asks for an additional package to aid gradual recovery and secure jobs. This would include:

  • Extending the current VAT cut, which is at 5% until 31 March 2021, for a further six months
  • Extending the Business Rates Holiday by 12 months
  • Support to cover the cost of BID levies from April

Read the full story, here.


From your favorite takeaway and go-to independent store, to salons you can trust to get you glammed up for Christmas, Southside is the perfect place to finish off that shopping list before the big day.

We’ve loved seeing your pics of our Christmas decorations, so keep tagging us with @SouthsideDistrict on Instagram.


A magical Christmas trail starts in Southside today. Find the map via http://winterwonders.smallbatchdesign.uk/ and take your little ones on an adventure round our district to discover an array of winter wonders this festive season.

The trail is open every day from 2pm 8pm.


Chung Ying has introduced the 12 days of Christmas special offer.

Available Sunday – Thursday until December 16th, 12 popular dishes will be 50% OFF! To claim the 12 Dishes of Christmas 50% offer, please add the Christmas Specials items into the cart first when making your click and collect or delivery order.

Pre-order up to four days before, here.


Ian Henery, a local solicitor here in Southside, has released a new poetry collection titled Poems of Hope.

Included within the collection are the poems that he was commissioned to write for Walsall For All, about COVID-19 and social distancing, rainbows of hope for Southside BID in Birmingham, plus poems for Ian`s daughters and partner. Additionally, you’ll find poems he was commissioned to write for Birmingham`s Chinese community as part of a trilogy of plays about immigration to Birmingham, as well as on Black Lives Matters for CARE.

Discover the collection, here.


The Victorian Society has been successful in its bid to see the Wellington Hotel recognized for its historic importance and has announced that the landmark is now grade-II listed.

The public house has a rich history and dates from 1890, when it was designed by James and Lister Lea, an architectural firm of two brothers whose work can be seen throughout Birmingham.

Historic England highlights, the current layout of separate rooms and multiple entrances speak of a time when drinking was segregated by social hierarchy or gender the Gin Palace style public house is illustrative of the start of the Golden Age of pub building. The lavish style of this type of pub reflects competition for the increasing wealth and leisure options opening up to people in the late 19th Century in Birmingham.

Tim Bridges, Victorian Society Conservation Adviser said, ‘Many people pass the Wellington each day as they travel along busy Bristol Street to get in and out of Birmingham city center. We are delighted that this historic hotel, an important feature in the townscape, has been given grade II listed status to protect it for future generations.


Southside BID is here to help in any way we can, if you would like to arrange a video call or catch up with Southside District BID Manager, Julia Robinson, please get in touch on the details below.

Contact Us:
Southside BID
143 Hurst St
B5 6RG
Call: 0121 643 3720
Email: bidmanager@southsidedistrict.co.uk

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