See over 50 creative & Digital Businesses at The Big House: EXPO

By The Mainframe Team

Expo 2 - SM Meet the supplier 1-1An exhibition of over 50 Creative and Digital businesses, sole-traders and entrepreneurs ranging from Marketing and Branding, Theatre Companies, Fashion Designers, Copywriters, Photographers, Architects, Interactive Media and much more.

EXPO is a great opportunity to discover what The Big House businesses offer to localise your supply chain, reduce your carbon footprint, and create jobs and opportunities in the D2N2 area.

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 to develop their businesses, start and scale up. Through skills workshops, partnering with mentors, networking events and more, The Big House has helped its businesses find funding, bring products to market, hire their first employees and grow their businesses.

TBH_logo_pink-2On September 10th, in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter, The Big House EXPO will give them 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, and to celebrate their achievements and the success of The Big House.

"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

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.

Tuesday September 10th 2019: St Mary’s Church in the Lace Market, Nottingham

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The details

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

St Marys Church EXPOCome explore the goods and services on offer and find new suppliers amongst the local Big House businesses. Build relationships and help grow our local economy; investing into the area can attract more business, save money and the environment. From Architects to Artists, Designers to Copywriters, Interactive Media and more, you can find everything you need for your next big project.

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), Browne Jacobson (Intellectual Property), and Neil Rostance (Creativity).

With coffee from 200 Degrees and a range of food trucks, it’s easy enough to stop by on your lunch break to refresh yourself and do some business with great people.

Tickets are available here.


5pm to 8pm: Evening Showcase

The Big House businesses are growing fast, making great work and creating high-value jobs. Throughout the evening we will be looking back on the past three years of the programme, highlighting The Big House milestones, and celebrating the very best of our businesses and their achievements.

Featuring live performances, guest speakers, and plenty of time for networking, the evening showcase is set to be a huge celebration of all things The Big House.

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.

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The project is receiving up to £2,178,351 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.  The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.  For more information visit