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“It’s great to see The Creative Quarter getting this kind of recognition for its work supporting SME growth and economic development in the city. The City Council and its HE partners (Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham) and its corporate partners in the city, took a brave imaginative leap of faith in 2013 setting up The Creative Quarter as part of the City Deal and Growth Plan and it’s clear that their courage has delivered for SME businesses and the city.The work of incubators like BioCity and Antenna Media Centre have also made a major contribution in the last ten years to the growth of the life sciences and creative and digital industries sectors. Our Creative Quarter, Creative City three year report highlights our achievements over the last three years.”

Kathy McArdle, CEO at the Creative Quarter
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City growth

“The work of The Creative Quarter Initiative in making a great business environment in the heart of the city is not at all complete and we have a strategy to 2023 to continue the work. Find out more in our Creative Toolkit 2014-23.There is much yet to be done to improve infrastructure, add to the character of the area through public realm work and public art, develop further creative workspace, build the skills of the local workforce and add value through cultural and creative events. This work in the next five years will continue to support further SME growth in the city and maintain this upward growth curve for the economy.”

Kathy McArdle, CEO at the Creative Quarter
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“Nottingham is a brilliant city and the success of its SMEs is an impressive achievement. As this report shows, the opportunity is there for even further growth. We’ve seen growth in logistics, insurance, printing and healthcare enterprises in the city and this is generating a lot of jobs. At npower Business, we are dedicated to working closely with Nottingham’s SMEs to help support the huge contribution that they make to the economy.”

Philip Scholes, Head of npower Business

“Nottingham’s opportunities for entrepreneurs to start new businesses and to expand existing ones in the city are growing fast and this is fabulous to see. That SMEs have already generated 17,300 new jobs is a testament to this success. Affordable business rates, living conditions and workforce skills are all crucial to attracting SMEs. I hope that policy makers continue to build on this success so that momentum for SMEs continue to grow in the city.”

Dale Murray, CBE & Board Advisor at the Centre for Entrepreneurs
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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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