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Creative Quarter Nottingham

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Sectors & Services

Business Support
Economic Development Agency

Contact Info

Stephen Barker

Chief Executive

01157100107

Unit 36,
Avenue C,
Sneinton Market
Nottingham
NG1 1DW


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Nottingham's Creative Quarter Company is an economic development agency owned jointly by Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham City Council that encourages the growth of Nottingham’s creative and digital economy.

We support Nottingham’s creative and digital businesses wherever they are based.

In the Creative Quarter (Hockley, the Lace Market, and Confetti to Sneinton Market and BioCity) we support businesses in all sectors, particularly creative and digital businesses, to start-up, to grow and to thrive.

Our principal purpose is the creation, protection, and attraction to Nottingham, of jobs and an increase in productivity and GVA in the creative and digital industries.

We have succeeded in engaging well with start-ups in some CDI sectors, particularly crafters, makers, freelancers, artists and performers. We now seek to connect to better effect, with more established SMEs and more digital and technology based businesses.

We work in support of the delivery of Nottingham Trent University’s employability and enterprise agendas creating opportunities for students and graduates to gain valuable work experience and start attractive and rewarding careers in creative and digital businesses across Nottingham.

Through (ERDF supported) The Big House project, in a significant partnership that we lead, we deliver business support services to creative and digital entrepreneurs and SMEs from across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

We work with partners to attract businesses and jobs to the Creative Quarter; particularly creative and digital businesses, and especially given the current property offer, start-up and early growth businesses.

With Nottingham City Council, Nottingham Trent University and other key actors, we seek to protect and enhance the property offer in the Creative Quarter, most especially an adequate and attractive supply of easy access, co-working and incubator space and aspire to see developed higher-grade accommodation that will keep Creative Quarter businesses here as they grow, and attract businesses from elsewhere to join them.

At Sneinton Market we help manage a mixed-use creative and digital industries start-up and early growth business incubator where a healthy, managed mix of craft, creative, cultural and digital businesses, and some food and retail business, can start-up and grow, create jobs and a sense of place arising from being an active place of work and a great place to socialise, becoming Nottingham’s new place to be.

The Creative Quarter Company is also a place-making organisation. We work to make the Creative Quarter not just a first-choice location for creative and digital businesses but also a great place to learn, work and live.

We work with NTU to deliver and grow its Creative Quarter campus, most emphatically enhanced by recent opening of Metronome, and support Nottingham College developing its City Hub.

We recognise the importance of the overlap between Nottingham’s creative and digital industries and its cultural economy and play our part via our own events and cultural activities program, supporting third parties to deliver festivals, events and cultural activities and to make a success of cultural venues, and via our membership of the Strategic Cultural Partnership.

We seek to influence the quality and maintenance of the public realm and environment, and the management of the highway and public spaces, in and around the Creative Quarter and most vitally at Sneinton Market, in Sneinton Market Square, and in Victoria Park.

We want the positive economic and social impact of our work to be felt beyond the Creative Quarter, especially in the communities of Sneinton and St Ann’s.

We believe we can create a place that is increasingly attractive to creative and digital business owners, to the people who want to work for them, the businesses that support and thrive in their company, to city-livers and city-lovers, to UK and international students and to potential investors, including government, its agencies and major international businesses.

The Creative Quarter - Live, Learn, Work, Invest.

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Live

Modern urban living in and amongst refurbished lace factories and warehouses. On-trend independent retailers and many bars, restaurants, cafés, galleries, arts cinema and theatres. A buzz in the daytime and a rhythm at night.

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Learn

Nottingham Trent University, the UK’s University of the Year, has a Creative Quarter campus. Nottingham College is investing £58m in a new skills hub. Confetti is expanding fast. Metronome is open for business and learning.

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Work

Easy-access offices and workshops. Co-working and incubator spaces. Top-notch commercial premises. CQ supports entrepreneurs and creative businesses before they start trading, to start trading, and to grow.

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Invest

Investment and business location in Nottingham support the growth of our creative economy. The Creative Quarter offers the right skills, the right location and the best opportunities in the East Midlands’ fastest growing city.

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