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The Creative Quarter Company encourages the growth of Nottingham’s creative and digital economy by supporting people to start and to grow creative and digital businesses, and by promoting the Creative Quarter as a great place to live, learn, work and invest.

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The return of the Festival of Science and Curiosity

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Nottingham's Festival of Science and Curiosity is back and bigger than ever. Left Lion spoke to producer Megan Shore about all that is happening this year and what's not to be missed. Wednesday 12th to Wednesday 19th February. Venues all over everywhere.

Published February 9th

Whizz-bopping and think-tanking is in our city’s DNA – we’ll spare you the Boots and ibuprofen-filled speech – and we have two universities and a host of other companies ticking their way through the latest innovative research. It therefore makes perfect sense that we’re home to a week long festival about science. It’s jam-packed with workshops, pop-up events and loads more.

What makes Nottingham a great place for creative and digital businesses?


5 co-working hubs and city-wide WiFi


The Big House support programme for creative and digital SMEs


29,000 creative & digital students


Nottingham is a gigabit city

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Dazzling New Show at Nottingham Contemporary

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Spanning more than 40 years, Nottingham Contemporary's new exhibition, Itchin & Scratchin is Denzil Forrester’s most significant institutional show to date, bringing together a wide range of paintings and drawings by the Grenad...

Now open at Sneinton Market

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The Creative Quarter has agreed with Nottingham City Council to re-open and run Fusion, the Hangzhou-Nottingham Cultural & Creative Industry Exchange Centre (on Avenue C at Sneinton Market), on behalf of the city of Hangzhou in...

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17th Feb - 3rd May - Diane Simpson: Sculpture, Drawing, Prints 1976–2014

There is a carefully considered balance in the work of the Chicago-based artist Diane Simpson, where fluidity meets rigidity, a...

17th Feb - 3rd May - Sung Tieu: In Cold Print

Nottingham Contemporary presents a new commission by the Vietnam-born, Berlin/London-based artist, Sung Tieu, in her first majo...

17th Feb - Now a Major Motion Picture

Adapting a classic, popular, or critically acclaimed novel to the screen is notoriously difficult. Cinema is littered with unsu...

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Around the Creative Quarter

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Conygar, the company behind the development of the Boots Island site in the Creative Quarter, has started work to clear the site ahead of construction beginning as soon as this summer. It's now called The Island Quarter.

Stephen Barker, CEO of the Creative Quarter Company said; "It's great that at long last we have activity on this site and by developers clearly committed to making things happen fast.

Much of the Island Quarter is in the Creative Quarter so it has potential to be a big boost for the economy of this part of the city. Creative and digital businesses cluster in the Creative Quarter at twice the density of the rest of the city centre.

The Island Quarter should become a super place for people working in those businesess to live, right on the doorstep of everything else the Creative Quarter has to offer.

To stay up to date follow @IslandQuarter on twitter.

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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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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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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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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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