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The Big House

Business support, events, grants and professional advice for creative and digital businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.


Details on The Big House programme at NTU

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About the programme

The Big House programme offers a range of bespoke support to growing and established businesses within the creative and digital industries. No matter what stage or size you are, if you are trading and seeking to grow, we can support you.

Events for growing your business

We tailor our events and business support, depending on your stage and size so that you receive the maximum benefit from the support on offer.

Events for growing sole-traders

If you have been trading for more than 12 months and are looking to grow and expand your business, our practical workshops will help you map your business plans and strategies. You'll be invited to join ongoing peer-learning groups, enabling you to network and overcome challenges with other individual business owners.

The Elevator series for small, 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
  • financial growth

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

Grants for talent

As a creative and digital SME based in the Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire area, we can offer funding to help you recruit our NTU 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 at and we will guide you through the application process.

Accelerator for digital and tech business

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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 for 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 cohort of businesses currently undertaking our Accelerator programme.

As part of this programme you will have access to:

  • An Accelerator facilitator who will conduct a deep dive diagnostic, and provide regular mentoring to help you get the most out of the support on offer, with a specific focus on strategically looking forward towards the end of the programme
  • Focused small-group workshops led by a network of industry and academic specialists
  • Academic expertise, research and resources - including bespoke postgraduate research projects
  • Peer learning and support in an informal group of founders and entrepreneurs

All businesses interested in the Accelerator programme will be invited to participate in our selection process, allowing us to achieve an optimal blend of businesses to go through the programme together.

Is your business eligible?

To access the free Big House support at Nottingham Trent University, your business must be:

  • an SME (small and medium sized enterprises must have less than 250 employees)
  • in the creative or digital sector
  • registered with HMRC or Companies House
  • trading or ready to trade
  • in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire (Not sure? Check the D2N2 map)

Check our eligibility definitions

More about The Big House programme

Supported by the European Regional Development Fund and the East Midlands Engine, The Big House programme is made up of a consortium of partners, who are best placed to help lift potential ideas off the ground, support the start-up process, all the way to working with established businesses ambitious for growth. Find out more about the expertise of each of our partners, and how we can support you with the skills, knowledge and connections you need to succeed.

We have secured funding from the European Regional Development Fund which means that most services provided as part of this programme are of no cost to eligible businesses.

The Big House is one of many projects which D2N2 has supported with European funding. Further details of these projects and much more, can be found on the D2N2 Growth Hub site.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, or want to find out more about NTU's offer in The Big House programme, get in touch with The Big House team via:

Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4042