The Big House was set up in 2016 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. It was funded for 6 years, until September 2022. An extension until Jun 2023 has been granted to allow the programme to continue to spend some of its allocated funding.

Who does The Big House involve?

The Big House programme was 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 included The Creative Quarter Company, Derby QUAD, Derby Theatre, NBV Enterprise Solutions Ltd, New Art Exchange, Nottingham Trent University, and University of Derby.

From September 2022, only NTU and NBV will be continuing to offer support.

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 differentplaces – while still being part of a joined-up business support

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.

How has The Big House been funded?

The programme is part-funded by a £5million 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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