Big House

The Big House Presents: EXPO

On September 10th, in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter, The Big House EXPO will give businesses the opportunity to showcase their skills and expertise, to exchange ideas, to explore opportunities to work together, to sell goods and services to each other, to celebrate their achievements and the success of The Big House.

Thursday September 10th 2019: St Mary’s Church in the Lace Market, Nottingham
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The creative and digital sector is growing twice as fast as the rest of the UK economy, creating significant numbers of high-skill jobs and making a bigger than ever contribution to the country’s export success.

The sector is vital to the successful economic future of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, already home to some of our best known and most innovative creative and digital businesses – from Paul Smith to Games Workshop, from Unidays to CSS Media.

Since 2016 the seven Big House partners have supported 1500 Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire entrepreneurs and businesses - from art and architecture to virtual reality and web design, via music and motion graphics - to develop their business and product ideas, to start-up, to scale-up, and to grow.

Collaborate for success.

One of the best ways to grow the creative and digital sector in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire is for businesses in the sector to work together; project-based collaborations and white-label alliances are a more and more significant and common way of doing businesses in our modern, agile and digitally enabled economy.

Localise your supply chain.

The economic and environmental benefits of having a local supply chain, and of re-circulating work and wealth within a local economy as a powerful driver of growth are becoming more apparent to businesses that want to thrive amongst a community of thriving businesses.

And a thriving and growing creative and digital sector supports the start-up and growth of businesses in all other sectors - from sandwich shops and record stores to property developers and pension providers.

Whatever sector you are in, find local businesses to work with at EXPO.

It’s a mix of successful businesses and a lively community of active and interesting people that makes a place attractive to investors, to entrepreneurs looking for start-up locations and to established businesses looking for space to grow - bringing with them more jobs, increasing the size and strength of the talent pool and providing a further boost to all sorts of local businesses.

EXPO will celebrate all that is great about the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire creative and digital sectors. And their huge potential to drive growth too.

If you’ve benefitted from networking, workshops, mentoring or expert advice from the Big House, if you’re running a creative or digital business, or if you would like to find the creative or digital services you buy more locally then … EXPO.
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To exhibit at the event download the form please download the form here, and return it to

“The creative and digital sectors are key drivers of innovation and economic growth. Nottingham Trent University is proud to be a Big House partner, connecting local businesses to University expertise and resources via our Hive start-up incubator and the Nottingham Business School.”
Baback Yazdani, Dean, Nottingham Business School

"Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have increasing numbers of fast-growing creative and digital businesses many of which have benefitted from the excellent networking, mentoring and workshop opportunities offered by The Big House. The seven Big House partners have shown that having the right blend of specialisms and complementary areas of focus can help start-up and growing businesses across the creative and digital sectors.”
Stephen Barker
Creative Quarter Nottingham
Chair of the Big House Steering Group

“QUAD is proud to be part of the Big House consortium and we have been heartened by how quickly the creative community in Derby have taken Mainframe, as part of the Big House, to their Heart. We knew there was talent out there but even we were surprised by the breadth and depth of creativity that is present throughout the region, particularly in the creative hubs of Derby and Nottingham.”
Adam Buss of Derby Quad

The details

11am – 3pm: Meet a Buyer, Meet a Supplier, Meet The Big House

Promote your goods and services and find new customers and local suppliers amongst Big House businesses. Meet and sell to creative and digital businesses from across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Get an insight into the expert support that has been provided to entrepreneurs and SMEs by The Big House with fifteen minute mini-masterclasses from Matt Davies (Branding), Debbie Clarke (Social Media), Steve Hobbs (Start-up success) and Neil Rostance (Creativity).

Plus other stuff tbc.

With coffee from 200 Degrees

To exhibit your business download the form here, and return it

If you don’t want to exhibit but can let us know you will be coming that would be great. Please click here.

5pm to 8pm: Evening Showcase

Big House businesses are growing fast, making great work and creating high-value jobs. Join us to celebrate the best of them.

From art and architecture to virtual reality and web design via music and motion graphics. EXPO will showcase the best of them

If you can let us know you will be coming that would be great. Please click here.

Get in touch now by emailing if you’ve got a great Big House story to tell.