The Big House: EXPO - The Run Down

By The Mainframe Team

Final Expo Poster v8.2We now have over 75 local digital & creative businesses taking part in The Big House EXPO but that's not all that's going on...

From silent disco style mini-masterclasses to one stop mentoring on specific subject areas to all the partners in The Big House with amazing coffee and FREE entry ... you'd be mad not to sign up and pop in!

Meet a Supplier: 11am – 3pm

Amongst the stands we have a diverse range of businesses from start-ups to established Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Creative and Digital businesses, below are just a few examples of the businesses exhibiting at EXPO.

Marketing and Branding

Knowing who you are and how to say that to your audience is important in order to reach them and build a working relationship. Whether you’re rebranding, building a website, or need to market a product ready to launch, there will be someone there ready and willing to help you achieve your goals including;

  • Hallam - 
  • Two Guys Creative -
  • Grand Creative Limited -
  • The Dairy Agency –  

Photography, Video, Media

A picture can say 1000 words. If you’ve got a new product to share, an event to cover, or even need to add your face and team to your branding; chances are you need someone with a camera. Use photos and videos to move, inspire, and tell lavish stories to your audience with help from:

  • Future Proof Films -
  • Them Pesky Kids -
  • Oasis Studio -
  • Pictured by Lamar -
  • John McLean Photography -

Design and Crafts

Artists, designers, and bespoke item makers are the heart of The Big House programme. Creating small items for your home, to large pieces of furniture; jewellery from recycled items to abstract and expressionistic art. Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire are filled with creatives finding new ways to express themselves and create, here is just a few of them:

  • China Petals -
  • Kaoka Kono - com 
  • Mini Geek Boutique - 
  • Roland Smith Furniture -
  • Emma Metcalfe -

Business Support

The Creative and Digital businesses who have been through The Big House have been connected to a well of businesses and organisations there to help businesses grow. From legal and accountancy support, finance options, and business consultancy we’ve got different support networks appearing at EXPO.


Think you’ve got an eye for fashion? Looking to pick up the next big trend? At EXPO we’ve got a host of designers and companies breaking into the world of fashion at different levels up and down the supply chain. Education, design, systems, logistics and operations are all covered in our D2N2 fashion industry:

Creative and Digital

The Big House is home to a range of people turning their passions into businesses; some are more unique than others and you will only find them here at EXPO! Music production companies, theatre groups, interactive work surfaces, and language experts are just a small example of the big mix from The Big House.

  • NonSuch Studios - 
  • The Language Studio -
  • BrightMESH - brightME.SH
  • FourFour DJ academy -
  • The Gramophones Theatre Company - 


Mini Masterclasses

Freshen up and upskill in a variety of areas to help your business and personal development. With a variety of talks covering marketing, social media, branding and IP, you’ll be able to walk away with fresh knowledge ready to apply to your current projects.

11.45: Matt Davies

Brand Think: What character do you play in your customer’s story

12:10: Browne Jacobson - Kulpreet Virdi

Intellectual Property

1pm: Debbie Dooodah

Putting the Social Back into Social Media

1:25pm: Fat Free – Neil Rostance

The Truth is, nobody cares – How to make people feel something with video

1.50pm: Hallam – Kieran Sheridan-Lawler

Data Driven Social Media Marketing


One Stop Mentoring

Through the past 3 years The Big House members have been paired up with successful business owners and consultants to mentor them through their start up and growth cycles.

On the day have a chance to sit down with our mentors to discuss your business’ needs, re-evaluate and set goals for your future.

12:10pm – 12.30pm

Steve Hobbs – Business Consultancy 

12.40pm – 1.00pm

Shamshad Walker – Marketing

12.40pm – 1pm

Emma Torrance – Financial management and Business Planning

2.05pm – 2.20pm

Shakespeare Martineau – Intellectual property, contracts, white labelling rights


Free Entry

Free entry for all on the day but you can book your place to arrive in advance by following this link:

Coffee sponsored by 200 Degrees

EXPO spaces sponsored by

Showcase drinks sponsored by Shakespeare Martineau

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