Meet the Mentors

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The Big House programme for creative & digital businesses hosts an opportunity for you to meet our mentors & access free business mentoring.

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The Big House is a business support programme designed to help Creative and Digital businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to grow and create new jobs; from potential start-ups and new entrepreneurs, to established SMEs looking to expand and bring new products and services to market.

The Creative Quarter is a partner of the Big House programme, and as part of our offer, we aim to match eligible entrepreneurs and small businesses with mentors, to help them work through specific issues in their business and deliver expert advice.

On Thursday 23 September, come along to our online Meet the Mentor event and have a short informal chat with our mentors, to see if any of them are the right fit for you and your business. If it's a match and you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be entitled to 3 hours of free mentoring support from The Big House.



Lindsey is an experienced Marketing Consultant, Trainer and Speaker who set up Passion Marketing in 2012. Lindsey is known for delivering engaging, fun, informative and practical workshops aimed at ambitious business owners and marketing professionals who want to grow their business.

Her portfolio of clients that she has delivered workshops for include the Big House, D2N2 Growth Hub, LLEP Business Gateway, NBV, Derbyshire Dales County Council, Birmingham University, Natwest Bank & Oxford Innovation Business Centres.


Steve is an experienced business owner and employer, leader and manager. The tools of his trade are questions. The aim is to ask better questions; ones that promote thought, challenge assumptions, clarify ideas, enable decision making, inspire action.

Steve says that "There has been time to observe those around me lead, manage, plan and execute. What have I learned? Leaders who focus on the ‘Why', then the ‘How' and finally the ‘What' create teams and organisations that get things done."


Helen Taylor is Sustainability in Enterprise Projects Coordinator at NTU and an independent sustainability consultant. Through her consultancy, Helen has for many years helped SMEs to achieve efficiency, innovate, increase competitive advantage and improve their bottom line by operating responsibly and creating environmental and social value. At NTU, Helen coordinates student carbon consultancy projects and has delivered carbon literacy workshops and webinars to business, as well as developing Circular Economy and Sustainability SME toolkits.


Tim Elliott has worked in the creative industries for over 23 years which means over the last couple of decades, he's been at the table having strategic conversations with 1000's of businesses and leaders, helping them understand how to apply creativity strategically so that they can do better work and do work better.

Today, his work regularly involves delivering keynotes at events, speaking to leadership teams internally at organisations as well as at leadership groups, masterminds and retreats, delivering lectures and seminars and facilitating workshops.


Ben is a serial entrepreneur who works within the creative and cultural industries helping brands owners grow their business and serve their customers better. Ben works with the Nottingham Tourism Centre and Nottingham Castle overseeing products/gifts selection, visual merchandising, including creating unique window displays.

Ben works with creatives on product development, pricing, photography, general business process and best practice, all designed at helping you grow into a successful small business.


To be eligible for mentoring on the Big House programme, you must be a creative or digital entrepreneur (not yet trading) or small business (trading) based in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. You will need to be enrolled with our programme before you can access mentoring - we can enroll you if you aren't already. If you have already received 1-to-1 coaching or mentoring through The Big House programme, you will not be able to access additional mentoring at this point. If you have any queries about your eligibility, you can email


Between 11.30am and 1.30pm, our mentors have six 15 minute slots available for you to book. In the ticket section, select the mentor you would like to chat to, and a ticket for the relevant time slot. If at a later date you are unable to attend your slot, please cancel your ticket so that the space may become available for others to book. If you have any issues, please contact and we will do our best to assist you.

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Thursday 23rd September 2021

11:30am - 13:30pm GMT

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