Nottingham Trent University

We support the growth of established creative and digital SMEs and new start-ups. NTU’s recurring Elevator workshop series, talent grants and mentoring have been specifically designed for established businesses trading over 12 months, whilst the HIVE is a centre for creative and digital entrepreneurs to kick start their ideas. If you are a digital or tech founder ambitious for success, then The Big House Accelerator could be for you.

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0115 848 4042

bighouse@ntu.ac.uk

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Events and workshop series

The Big House Elevator series for established businesses:
Take some time to meet with industry experts who will introduce new insights, practices and processes so that you can plan for your business’s future. Our recurring Elevator series offers events focusing on

  • mapping growth ambitions,
  • marketing,
  • sales,
  • managing finance,
  • and financing growth.

Within this series, there will be opportunity for businesses with a particular challenge or clear growth ambition to receive one-to-one mentoring.

Events for growing sole-traders and freelancers:
If you have been trading more than 12 months and want to grow and expand your business, our practical workshops will help you map your business plans and strategies using tools such as the Business Model Canvas. You’ll be invited to join ongoing peer-learning groups, enabling you to network and overcome challenges with other individual business owners.

The Big House Accelerator for digital and tech businesses:
The Big House Accelerator is open to talented, passionate founders and entrepreneurs from the digital and technology sectors in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire who want to fast-track their ideas and businesses.

Delivered by industry experts, and anchored by our Accelerator facilitators, you’ll receive high-value, high-quality learning, mentoring and support, bespoke to your needs. As part of an exclusive, carefully selected group of digital CEOs, The Big House Accelerator will support you to fast-track your business, open doors and prepare for your big conversations and opportunities.

Read about the businesses that took part in our 2019 pilot Accelerator

Grants for hiring talent

As a creative and digital SME based in the Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire area, we can offer funding to help you recruit graduates with

  • a 20% salary contribution over a 12-month graduate placement.

To find out more about hiring a graduate and receiving a grant for your business, get in touch with the team and we will guide you through the application process.

See more information about our grants and check your eligibility.

Our programme is responsive so please get in touch to discuss your business needs. We will endeavour to help wherever possible.

Support for people seeking to start a business

The Hive provides pre-start up support through their award-winning programmes Headstart and SmarTrak.


The Hive provides opportunities for students, graduates and aspiring
entrepreneurs to start up their own creative and/or digital businesses. It
helps individuals to think through the process of becoming an
entrepreneur and what it means to start a business, while supporting
early stage businesses to flourish.

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