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A Local Business Community in Parity
Posted on Dec 9, 2020



A local business community in Parity Some thoughts about the virtual networking event we hosted last week. For months we’ve been focusing on raising awareness about the project, reaching out to the local business community and expanding our network so that more products would be available in our marketplace. However, we almost forgot our greatest asset is Parity’s existing network - over 20 local business-owners who trust and support each other.

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Shining a light on the ‘superstar’ businesses in the Jewellery Quarter
Posted on Nov 2, 2020



Shining a light on the ‘superstar’ businesses in the Jewellery Quarter The Jewellery Quarter is famous for many things. With a history spanning over 250 years, for a small industry hub, it’s inspired poets, been involved in the creation of the Queen’s birthday honours medals and even been the set of many a television show over the years. But for locals and visitors alike, the Jewellery Quarter is more often than not a place where people revisit time and time again to explore the local, independent shops that reside there.

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Inclusive Economy
Posted on Sep 17, 2020



Inclusive Economy The debate around what a ‘good change’ would look like for the economy has recently intensified. The coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement have both raised issues to which #BuildBackBetter and the Black Pound have proactively responded. Their positive and solution orientated approach cannot be ignored; Parity would like to support their effort in our locally community for a fairer and more sustainable change. In this blog we will focus on inclusive economy - What is it?

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The development of a local marketplace for business-owners in Birmingham to trade without cash
Posted on Jul 31, 2020



The development of a local marketplace for business-owners in Birmingham to trade without cash Parity has been supported with a grant from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) Parity Network offers business-owners a marketplace to trade without cash. It developed from a research project at the University of Birmingham that studied similar models in Italy and Switzerland. We have spent a significant amount of time adapting the model to meet the needs of businesses in Birmingham.

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August Business Networking Events
Posted on Jul 30, 2020



August Business Networking Events Tuesday 4th August Business Over Breakfast Birmingham Central Club 7.30am | FREE Book | Zoom link Saint Paul’s Networking Group 4:00pm - 5:00pm | FREE Book Every Wednesday Business Network International St. Pauls BNI - Jewellery Quarter 6.45am Book Business Network International Alliance BNI - City Centre 7.30am Book Every Thursday Business Network International Apollo BNI - City Centre 6.45am Book Thursday 6th August The Business Network Virtual Networking Event

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A local currency to increase footfall for Birmingham restaurants and bars
Posted on Jun 25, 2020



A local currency to increase footfall for Birmingham restaurants and bars Two local licensed premises are using Parity to attract new customers and increase their revenue Parity is a new digital marketplace for businesses within Birmingham that uses a local currency to boost liquidity amongst its users. We developed our platform working with a diverse range of companies in the Jewellery Quarter and support from the University of Birmingham and Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

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A local currency to support digital and creative agencies to find new clients
Posted on Jun 25, 2020



A local currency to support digital and creative agencies to find new local clients Digital and creative businesses in the Jewellery Quarter are using Parity to connect to new customers and increase their revenue Parity is a new digital marketplace for businesses within Birmingham that uses a local currency to boost liquidity amongst its users. We developed our platform working with a diverse range of companies in the Jewellery Quarter and support from the University of Birmingham and Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

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Use a local currency to meet new customers for your professional services business
Posted on Jun 25, 2020



Use a local currency to meet new customers for your professional services business Local service firms are using Parity to meet new clients and increase their revenue Parity is a new digital marketplace for businesses within Birmingham that uses a local currency to boost liquidity amongst its users. We developed our platform working with a diverse range of companies in the Jewellery Quarter and support from the University of Birmingham and Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

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Parity's response to coronavirus
Posted on Mar 18, 2020



Parity’s response to coronavirus Parity will remain open for business and transactions during this outbreak. There is no service interruption expected. We will be working remotely during this social distancing phase. All of our technology is cloud based including our phone lines which can be answered away from the office. It is our belief that Parity can help the Birmingham business community through this tough time. Either by providing the credit to be able to make purchases or by putting a business’s spare capacity to good use.

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1000 trades networking club
Posted on Mar 13, 2020



1000 Trades Networking Club On Thursday the 5th March we hosted our first ‘1000 Trades Networking Club’; here are some highlights from the event. It was a fantastic turnout and we are very thankful to everyone attending. It’s amazing to see how many businesses enjoy networking and want to trade more locally; that’s the kind of community we aim to build in the Jewellery Quarter. “business that enjoy networking and want to trade more locally” We wish to give credit to 1000 Trades pub who made available the venue and tapped some great craft beers.

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