Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has secured funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to manage a range of support programmes aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
NTU offers businesses the support they need to thrive. We help entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life, and we provide SMEs with access to the expertise and facilities they need to help them grow.

Enabling Innovation

Businesses looking to develop new products, services and process can benefit from the expertise and services available from a range of our teams.
Our expert-led innovation hubs cover:

  • computer science innovation
  • legal advice
  • product design and prototyping
  • talent for innovation
  • food and drink
  • materials and engineering
  • leadership and management
  • start-up support via The Hive, our centre for entrepreneurship and enterprise.

“We have used these workshops and mentoring programmes to develop and support my role as the business owner, and to support me in developing the team’s training and responsibilities. This has played a big part in sustaining jobs and broadening our ambitions, both for us as a business and as individuals.”
Debbie Bryan, owner, Debbie Bryan Limited
Visit our website to find out more

The Big House

The Big House programme supports the growth of digital and creative SMEs within Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. At NTU, you can receive support through:

  • a specialist workshop series for digital businesses
  • grants for hiring freelancers and graduates
  • one-to-one diagnostics and mentoring with digital business advisors
  • brokerage with organisations that also support creative and digital industries.

Elevator series
Our upcoming Elevator workshops support growing digital businesses with:

  • accessing finance for growth
  • intellectual property
  • investment readiness
  • and much more.

Join us at our Digital Drop-in with Innovate UK and Knowledge Transfer Network to find out more information about support available to you.
Any questions? Email [email protected] to get in touch with the team.

D2N2 ScaleUp

NTU and our partners at the East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) are developing a network of businesses that are either fast-growing or keen to scale-up.
Being part of the network will help fast-growing SMEs to access high-quality training and coaching, specifically designed to target their growth needs and challenges.
Email [email protected] to join our network.

Get in touch

Is your business looking for funded support, graduate talent, mentoring or product development?
To find out more, talk to our dedicated team today. We’ll help connect you to our talent, expertise, research and facilities.
Tel: +44 (0)115 848 8899
Email: [email protected]
Find us on Twitter @NTU_EI and LinkedIn 

NTU business events

We offer a range of workshops, seminars and networking events specifically for SMEs.
Topics include:

  • legal support
  • finance and pitching
  • digital marketing
  • product development
  • food and drink innovation.

See our full list of events

Nottingham Trent University, 50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 4FQ.
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