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Help for creative SMEs at any point in their journey


You have a great commercial idea but have not yet started up a business


You have been trading less than 12 months, so are in the early stages of developing your business


You have been trading more than 12 months and want to start to grow and maybe expand your business


You have been trading for over 5 years, have a number of employees and are looking for specific support to evolve the business further

Events & Workshops

Workshops & networking events

The Big House offers a wide range of free events and workshops specifically designed to meet the needs of Creative and Digital businesses. Once enrolled in the programme, you are welcome to attend any of the events run by the Partner organisations.

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“Having a small business is not just about what you make or sell or service you offer. You have to be a photographer, web designer and social media expert nowadays! I struggled with this and the support offered by the Big House is invaluable. I have gained knowledge, contacts and confidence through this scheme and it’s also free so if I was you, I would get in touch with them and see how they can help. Thank you to The Big House and all the partner agencies for the fantastic work you do!”

Gul Bains-Khosa - Owner,


Business Development Grants

If you are already trading and your business could benefit from some financial support, there is grant funding is available for both professional services and capital equipment. You will just need to provide a business case for the investment and either NTU or NBV will be able to guide you through the application process.

Latest news from The Big House

Prepare to Pop Up series back by popular demand

The four-week workshop helps makers and creators plan, price, promote and present products at a pop up.

Updated Thu 09 Aug 2018

What do dragons, spiders and mentors all have in common?

A Dragon’s Den survivor, a public speaking expert and a dozen business mentors joined in Creatives' Club

Updated Thu 19 Jul 2018

‘Legal and Operational Foundations for Growth’ workshops launched

A series of business workshops launch in September, helping to build legal and operational foundations

Updated Wed 18 Jul 2018

Business Showcases

The Big House supports TDARE's big designs for developing a fashion brand

University of Nottingham graduate, Tosin Akinsete, is a passionate entrepreneur with ambitions as bold and beautiful as the fabrics she uses in her contemporary designs. Boosting sales and improving online presence are just two ways that support from The Big House has helped take TDARE Fashion to the next level.

Helping Maison Foo restructure the business and achieve a work-life balance

Formed in 2008 in Derby, Maison Foo is the creative collaborative journey of co-artistic directors Kathryn Lowe and Bethany Sheldon, both former students of the youth theatre at Derby Playhouse (now Derby Theatre).

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