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Help for creative SMEs at any point in their journey


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.

“I can’t recommend The Big House enough, it’s been a wonderful experience. Without it I would have quickly become disheartened with the ups and downs of running my business.”

Ben Lumley - Photographer


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

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

Recognition for creative and digital businesses at Derby Quad’s Mainframe Awards

Derby Quad’s Mainframe Award winners due to be announced later this month

Updated Tue 17 Apr 2018

Business Showcases

Dan Lamoon's Colab Creation improved conversions with support from NTU and The Big House

Dan Lamoon set up his own business 18 months ago and has recently opened an office in Nottingham, in addition to another site in Leicester. He has also started to employ full-time members of staff. He looked to the Elevator series of workshops to make sure he was investing in the right areas of the business.

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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