Business Support

Thinking of setting up a creative business? Looking for premises or help with marketing and business planning?  Register for support from The Big House and receive 12 hours of free support – from one-to-one mentoring, workshops, seminars and networking events.  Find out more here:

Once you have registered your interest, you will be contacted by the Creative Quarter to arrange an initial meeting.

See all events provided by the Big House programme here 

The Creative Quarter, Nottingham, is the ‘front door’ to The Big House programme.  The Creative Quarter are a key partner for Creative Nottingham North, employing Cathy Mahmood on secondment to Rebalancing the Outer Estates Foundation.


Real Creative Futures, led by New Art Exchange, is also part of The Big House programme, with specialist expertise in different aspects of the creative and digital industries.

The Big House partners include The Creative Quarter company, Derby QUAD, Derby Theatre, NBV Enterprise Solutions Ltd, New Art Exchange, Nottingham City Council’s Growth Hub, Nottingham Trent University, The Hive – Nottingham Trent University’s business incubator and the University of Derby. As part of the Creative Local Growth Fund programme, funded by The Arts Council, the partners are working with Broadway in Nottingham, which is managing paid internships and placements in the creative and digital industries with the support of The University of Nottingham.

The project nurtures entrepreneurs and SMEs with 12 hours of free tailored support including coaching and one‐to‐one mentoring from experts and advisors who have real experience from within the creative and digital industries. Plus, networking, seminars and workshops are on offer throughout the year to help you build valuable relationships and develop your skills.

If you work in music, visual or performing arts, broadcasting, design, film, photography,architecture or publishing, online marketing and video, mobile applications design and web development, then you’re part of the city’s creative and digital industries.

To be eligible, you need to be working within the creative industries and either an established SME or entrepreneur eager to set up. Your business must have less than 250 employees and not have received more than 200,000 Euro in state funding.

The Big House programme is a 3-year, £5 million tailored support programme for the Creative and Digital Industries (CDI) sector in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby and Derbyshire. The programme is part-funded by a £2.5 million contribution from theEuropean Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with match funding from the Creative Local Growth Fund programme, funded by The Arts Council.

Nottingham Business Ventures (NBV) in Basford is a local business support organisation that runs courses and workshops to help you think through your business planning and finances. They have been helping small businesses for over 30 years and can provide bespoke, targeted business support.  Explore the NBV website here: or email 

Growing Nottingham, Nottingham City Council
For a round up of business support offers from the City Council.

About the Creative Industries

The nine creative sectors that are recognised as forming the creative industries are:

  1. Advertising and marketing
  2. Architecture
  3. Crafts
  4. Design: product, graphic and fashion design
  5. Film, TV, video, radio and photography
  6. IT, software and computer services
  7. Publishing
  8. Museums, galleries and libraries
  9. Music, performing and visual arts

If you work in Nottingham North in one of these sectors and would like to network and meet others working in the creative industries, please get in touch with Cathy Mahmood, Creative Nottingham North Coordinator, at  If you would like a showcase on this website or on the Creative Quarter, Nottingham website or enews, let us know!