The Big House is to help Creative and Digital businesses to grow and
create new jobs in the region, from potential start-ups and new
entrepreneurs, to established SMEs looking to expand and bring new
products and services to market.

Support on offer includes one-to- one advice, workshops, networking
events and grant funding. 

Who does The Big House involve?

The Big House programme is being delivered through a partnership of
business support organisations across the local area, 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 Business School at Nottingham Trent University,
The Hive – Nottingham Trent University’s business incubator and the
University of Derby.

How does The Big House work?

The programme brings together a wide range of support and care for
Creative and Digital businesses at different stages of development. It
can be accessed in different ways, from different partners, in different
places – while still being part of a joined-up business support
programme.

Businesses will move through The Big House of support, accessing help
at the level they need, from entrepreneurs, start-ups and those who face barriers to accessing mainstream business support, through to
established, growing SMEs.

Best of all, because the programme involves a wide range of partners,
businesses will be able to benefit from both specialist expertise and the
diverse, overarching support of a business support programme, without
having to sign up to lots of individual, disjointed programmes. It’s all here – in one Big House.

Why has The Big House been launched?

The programme has been launched to improve the ability of the region’s
CDI SMEs to start-up and grow, so they can take advantage of the UK’s
booming CDI sector, which contributes just over £84 billion a year to the
UK economy. Similarly, the number of jobs in the creative industries has
risen nearly 20% since 2011 to 1.9 million, according to figures from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport.

The creative industries grew by 9% in 2014, almost double the size of
the nation’s whole economy growth – and the sector has increased as a
proportion of the total UK gross value added (GVA) for four years
running. The CDI sector employs around 25,000 people across
Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, split roughly between the two counties.

How has The Big House been funded?

The programme is part-funded by a £2.5 million contribution from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), via the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership’s ESIF allocation.

The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), is a private sector-led partnership of business, local authorities, skills and training providers, and community and voluntary services promoting economic and jobs growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Match funding has come from the Creative Local Growth Fund programme, funded by The Arts Council.

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