Digital and Innovative support

Support for digital and innovative ideas

Are you bursting with ideas? Starting or building a budding business that's innovative, digital or creative? Need some support to get it happening? We'd love to hear from you!

Fill out our enquiry form or email us. Telephone: +44 (0)1158484354

Enabling Innovation support at The Hive

If you've got an innovative business idea or developing business (trading for less than 12 months) based in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire, you may be eligible for support.

Your innovation could be:

  • a new product or service in your sector
  • using new technologies
  • using old technology in novel ways!
  • something that's not on this list?

Enabling innovation is a three year programme providing support to SME's in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire who want to benefit from University expertise in research and innovation to develop and grow their business. The programme is a collaboration involving Nottingham Trent University, the University of Derby and the University of Nottingham, focusing on 'enabling technologies'. The three Universities will be offering a wide range of services for SME's through Enabling Innovation including:

  • in-depth support for businesses in sectors such as manufacturing, materials engineering, computing and data, aerospace, food and drink, chemistry and satellite navigation
  • workshop programmes designed to help businesses to innovate, explore new ideas and unlock their growth potential
  • leadership and management development, including mentoring
  • support for businesses to take on graduates via placement opportunities, allowing them to explore the benefits of employing graduates.

This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Creative and Digital Industry support at The Hive

If your business idea can be specifically defined as being a creative and more particularly a digital one then our CDI programme might be right for you. We can help you explore how to get your ideas off the ground and to get ready to start your business. Fill out our enquiry form and we'll set you up with an appointment with a business advisor.

Through our structured start-up and enterprise development programmes, mentoring and events, The Hive can help enterprising individuals and budding businesses with seeking to exploit innovative ideas or to start a business in the innovation, creative and digital sectors. The Hive as partners in European funded programmes (ERDF) The Big House for Creative and Digital Industries and Enabling Innovation, provides subsidised support to help small and medium enterprises (SME's) in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to start-up, grow and innovate.

The Big House
The Big House is a three year programme supporting Creative and Digital business start-up and growth. Both established CDI SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurs who want to expand and bring new products and services to market can move through Big House at different levels, accessing help at the relevant stage. They will be supported through grants, one-to-one advice, support, coaching and events for both learning and networking.

Big House will bring together an extensive range of support and advice for creative and digital businesses at varying stages of their development. Businesses can access support in different ways to suit them, from different partners, in different places – while still being part of an innovative and collaborative programme.

The project will be delivered through a partnership of organisations including The Creative Quarter company, Nottingham Trent University, NBS and The Hive, the University of Derby, Derby QUAD, New Art Exchange, Derby Theatre, NBV Enterprise Solutions and Nottingham City Council – through their Growth Hub.

Big House at The Hive
The Hive supports entrepreneurs and newly started enterprises to benefit from its start up support programmes including the flagship programme HeadStart, which supports and steers beneficiaries from the idea stage through start up and growth.
Further established businesses can access sector specialist expertise to enhance growth and drive change through mentoring, consultancy advice, business planning and coaching.
Support offered:

  • start-up and business growth strategy planning
  • one to one mentoring
  • advice and consultancy on access to finance
  • advice to improve business processes & workforce development
  • access to NTU resources, facilities and expertise

Big House at Nottingham Business School
NBS offer a suite of innovative SME growth activities, such as thought leader workshops, peer-to-peer networking, online and media support, interactive ‘Hackathon’ and 1-2-1 mentoring sessions. Support will also include facilitation of small ‘talent grants’ to encourage co-working and skills/capability enhancement to support growth.
Support offered:

  • leadership & management coaching
  • investment advice
  • business model development
  • sector themed expert master classes
  • workshops & networking events
  • expert facilitated growth coaching
  • management development advice
  • expertise to enhance digital & technical capabilities

This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

For more information about the whole programme see the enabling innovation web site.


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Enabling Innovation, The Big House