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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.

“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

CQ's CEO gets Ahead of The Game with Adtrak to deliver a series of networking events with The Big House

Adtrak & The Big House have teamed up to provide enrolees some great networking events & workshops.

Updated Mon 30 Apr 2018

Creative and digital business celebrate success at Derby Quad’s Mainframe Awards

Creative and digital business from across Derbyshire were recognised at the Mainframe Awards this week.

Updated Thu 26 Apr 2018

Photographer Magda K’s top tips for imagining your own ‘awesome’

Madga Kuczmik joined the Creatives' Club event to talk about making the leap into freelance photography

Updated Wed 18 Apr 2018

Business Showcases

Pursuing a passion for photography with NAE and The Big House

On retiring from a successful IT career, Nottingham based photographer, Mann Hans, turned his lifetime passion into a profitable business, with start up support from New Art Exchange and The Big House.

Erica Horne and CAD for fashion grows client base with The Big House and NTU support

Derby-based, Erica Horne benefited from free support from the Big House project to expand her client base and help grow her CAD training business for fashion.

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