GEM Media attends BPA Ladies Night

GEM Media recently attended the BPA Ladies Night at Harvey Nichols Birmingham. We did not manage to get all our Christmas shopping done, but it was fun.

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 Photograph by Ryan Phillips

GEM Media at BPA Quiz

GEM Media recently attended the BPA Musical Quiz, Quizzy Rascals at Chung Ying Gardens. We did not win this time round, but watch this space.

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GEM Media launches new A4 Glossy GEM Magazine

GEM Media has launched a new A4 Glossy GEM Magazine for Birmingham and city centre, consolidating the 5, A5 magazines into one city magazine for Birmingham. Launch event was held at the historic Harborne Hall Hotel in Harborne. Among many attendees were Deirdre Alden, councillor for Edgbaston, Councillors Mike Whitby (Harborne) and Councillor Bruce Lines (Bartley Green), Gisela Stuart MP for Edgbaston and our cover story Neil Edginton.

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GEM Media attends the Birmingham Press Club, Meet the Media 2012

GEM Media recently attended a Meet the Media event for the Birmingham Press Clube. The club's sponsor, Bournville College, hosted the annual Meet the Media event on Tuesday 19 June. The event begun with a drinks reception where guests were be able to mingle with the top journalists, editors and broadcasters from the region's media.

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New Lifestyle Glossy Debuts in Birmingham UK

Birmingham – GEM Media, publishers of five area specific magazines, have announced the launch of GEM Magazine, a new A4 glossy monthly lifestyle resource for people living in and around South West Birmingham that will inspire, motivate, educate and delight readers with its vigorous new image.

"The five magazines - Harborne GEM, Edgbaston GEM, Bearwood GEM, Quinton GEM and Bournville GEM - have been making a difference in those communities - helping businesses to raise their profiles, clubs and societies to recruit new members, charities to recruit new volunteers and raise funds and gaining support for attendance at community events. It has worked well; we have a growing number of loyal advertisers, great feedback from our readers and yet we realised we could do so much more if we move away from the A5 size to a glossy A4,' commented Evelyn Armstrong, spokesperson for GEM Media.

Gem Media is now taking a major step to consolidate the five magazines into one A4 glossy magazine while also increasing the coverage to include Moseley, Kings Heath and Selly Oak. A private launch party will be held on Thursday, July 19 in the Chapel at the historic Harborne Hall Hotel, Old Church Road, Harborne. Invitations will go to advertisers, media agencies, contributors, local celebrities and politicians.

"We are excited about this opportunity to provide a new, vibrant publication to South West Birmingham," said Evelyn. "While targeting the more affluent readers, we feel that changing the look and size more closely reflects the new progressive mindset of GEM Magazine. The name GEM reflects the fact that this will be a valuable resource for life and living in South West Birmingham."

In their current format, Gem Magazines have featured interviews with local Labour MP, Gisela Stuart; Councillors from the various wards; Adam Ricketts, former star of Coronation Street, now leading a major appeal for the RSPCA; Sunandan and Yugesh Walia, award winning TV producers; Tom Norton, director of the Gadget Show; Lawrence Jackson, leader of the CBSO and many more. The new magazine will continue this tradition, bringing readers closer to the movers and shakers in their community and, with the larger size, be able to make use of more striking photography.

About GEM Magazine:

GEM Magazine is a lifestyle resource serving South West Birmingham. Over 17 ,000 copies are distributed free of charge. Of the 17,000 copies, 16,000 will be delivered door to door to targeted ACORN group households and 1,000 magazines will also be available at targeted specialist outlets with waiting rooms including golf clubs, health clubs, bars, restaurants, sporting venues, doctors' and dental practices, accountants, solicitors and hotels, within South West Birmingham area. Gem Magazine will also be available for purchase and subscription at a cover price initially of £3. Published by the publishers of Harborne GEM, Edgbaston GEM, Bearwood GEM, Quinton GEM and Bournville GEM. GEM Magazine will consolidate the five magazines and will continue to serve the South West of Birmingham with a more targeted audience, using geo-demographic models and coding, but with an updated A4 glossy look. The magazine's slogan "Live Smart, Live Well, Stay Connected" reflects the three primary areas of focus: Personal and business development articles for living smart, health and wellness information for living well, and lifestyle, entertainment and South West Birmingham's biggest what's on guide for staying connected.

Monthly columns will also include:

  • Interviews with local celebrities and people passionate about their jobs
  • People & Places
  • Local History/Heritage
  • Home & Gardening
  • Motoring
  • Health & Fitness
  • Beauty, Fashion & Grooming
  • Travel
  • Food & Drink
  • Hidden Gems
  • Personal & Business Development
  • South West Birmingham's Biggest What's On Guide
  • Computer and Internet advice
  • and many more.
  • For more information, Contact GEM Magazine on 0121 422 2249 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


I was very pleased with the fact that the magazines raised awareness for families in Birmingham for what Slimming World can do for them and I have had a wonderful response to the advertising.

— Denise Askew, Slimming World