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The story so far…

Conceived as an incubator without walls to power the new Nottingham economy, The Creative Quarter (CQ) initiative has, in just three short years, led the transformation of The Creative Quarter area and become a catalyst for the city’s economic recovery and growth. Creating jobs, supporting and sustaining business, cultivating and celebrating talent, nurturing thriving priority sectors, encouraging inward investment, inspiring creativity, innovation, culture and entrepreneurship.

The CQ initiative is the brainchild of business leaders in the city and aims to continue the growth of Nottingham’s historic Lace Market, Hockley, Sneinton Market and Pennyfoot Street areas – home to BioCity, the UK’s largest bioscience incubation centre.

Our aims are:

Creative Enterprise

Supporting enterprise, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Creative People

Attracting and developing highly skilled and diverse talent.

Creative Place

Shaping a dynamic, exciting place to live, work and play.

The CQ was proud to win a prestigious European Enterprise Promotion Award for Improving the Business Environment in November 2015. The European Commission jury who judged the awards said:

“The Creative Quarter project showed imaginative policy changes and use of policy instruments working in cooperation with grassroots and practical initiatives to support the energy and drive of entrepreneurs. It also evidenced vision, strategic use of European funds for sustainable development and a people-focused creative approach to urban innovation.”

Here are just some of the many businesses, events, initiatives and spaces that are helping the area to thrive…

Lace Market Hotel, Merchants Restaurant

Design Exchange


National Centre for Citizenship and the Law, Galleries of Justice

Neat Festival

Bravo Bravo

Sneinton Market

Angela Vickers