Elevator Workshops for Creative and Digital Businesses

Creative and digital businesses are invited to attend Elevator workshops to support their business

The Big House team at Nottingham Trent University are now halfway through the second Elevator series. The series equips creative and digital small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire with the business support they need to grow.

The series gives SMEs the opportunities to receive mentoring from specialists, develop new insights into their business and connect and network with other local business networks.

Creative and digital businesses buying in external expertise can receive an Elevator grant from NTU, which will refund them 30% of their overall cost.

Who can get Elevator support?

In order to access the Elevator support, your business must be:

  • an SME (fewer than 250 employees)
  • in the creative or digital sector
  • trading or is ready to trade
  • registered with HMRC or Companies House
  • based Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire
  • buying in temporary expertise for a project, if applying for a grant.

The Big House clients are now anticipating the next Elevator series:

Series two is already fully booked and the team are planning ahead for series three. The workshops will run again due to popular demand, so businesses that are interested in the events below can contact the Big House team to be put on a waiting list. The list may be subject to some change.

Business Refresh 1

Refresh your business plan and ideas for growth using the Business Model Canvas. Clarity what works, what doesn't,w here you want to get to and how you will get there. Session includes 1-2-1 mentoring.

Creative Thinking for Business Innovation: Lego Serious Play

Improve your problem-solving capacity and unlock creative thinking with Lego Serious Play. Learn practical business applications from this process, which can seriously improve your ability to innovate.

Marketing 101

Refine your marketing communication strategies and brand message through a series of exercises to articulate what your organisation stands for and then how you communicate this to the wider world.

Digital Marketing Spotlight: Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

Go beyond the basics of SEO and learn its technical foundations to increase your visibility. Find out how to measure and analyse Google Analytics data.

Building Stronger Sales

Get new clients and investors by learning more about networking, writing sales proposals and delivering knock-out pitches. Understand the 'what', 'how' and 'why' to converting clients into contacts.

Business Refresh 2

A final session to bring it all together with 1-2-1 guidance from our team of business experts. Discuss how you can ope rationalise any changes you have identified. *This workshop is only open to attendees of Business Refresh 1.

The Big House came at the perfect time for me as it was approaching the summer holidays and I knew I needed to explore other opportunities because I couldn’t rely solely on work within universities during the holiday period

Erica Horne, owner of CAD for Fashion, reflects on the Elevator series.

The Elevator series has received excellent feedback from their events so far, showing that the support on offer has struck a chord with local creative and digital businesses.

What's next?

The Big House team are exploring new ways to give focused and relevant content for The Big House clients in an ever-changing business landscape.

If you have a creative or digital business, or know of any businesses that would be interested in The Big House programme, then let us know your interest to secure a place for the next series of Elevator workshops.

Contact Us

Tel: 0115 848 4297
Email: Bighouse@ntu.ac.uk

What is The Big House?

The Elevator grants and workshops are part of the Big House programme. The Big House covers several partner organisations, all of which support creative and digital industries and those starting up in these sectors in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Partners include Derby Quad, The Creative Quarter, University of Derby, New Art Exchange, NBV: Enterprise Solutions Ltd and Derby Theatre.

The Big House is part-funded by the European regional Development Fund and will run until 2019.

Elevator Workshops for Creative and Digital Businesses

Published on 13 July 2017
  • Subject area: Business, management and marketing
  • Category: Business; Nottingham Business School

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