Nottingham Contemporary is hosting an inspiring event focusing on the city’s entrepreneurs and high growth businesses.


The Creative Class event on Wednesday 17 July will showcase the work and successes of a number of creative high growth businesses from across Nottingham.

The Creative Class is an initiative by Invest in Nottingham Club which has been running for the last 2 years and is this year supported by the newly created Creative Quarter.  The Creative Quarter is the flagship economic development initiative and is part of the Nottingham Growth Plan.   The Creative Class exists to profile, celebrate and promote new entrepreneurs involved in a range of sectors.

Nottingham saw a record number of new companies formed in 2012 according to a report published earlier in the year. The net number of companies in the city grew by 40.3% last year with 3,762 new companies being formed the highest number on record.

The event, sponsored by the Next Business Generation, Shakespeares and Rizk McCay, will be hosted by Mark Onyett, founder and Executive Director of TDX, one of many progressive companies in Nottingham’s which now has its headquarters based at The Pod in the Creative Quarter.

At the event possible Creative Class members and local entrepreneurs and Invest in Nottingham Club members will hear Creative Class alumni talk about their businesses, what inspired them, why they are growing and some secrets of their success.  As well as celebrating success the aim of the event is to inspire and start the recruitment process of the next generation of Creative Class members.

By being part of the Creative Class members will themselves become a showcase for other entrepreneurs and could become the “poster boys and girls” for creativity in Nottingham.  In fact last year’s alumni were featured on series of billboards seen by over a million people.

Jonathan English, founder of Skeleton Productions which is one of the UK’s leading video production companies and has offices in London and Nottingham.  Jonathon was a member of the first Creative Class in 2011 and has recently been appointed to the Invest in Nottingham Club Board.  He comments; “Being a member of the original Creative Class has helped my business grow. It promoted us to the city and beyond, and got us spotted by large businesses with which we’ve opened large accounts. One of the main things about joining the Creative Class is that it encouraged strong connections with bigger companies and increased our profile.

“This year’s Creative Class will be bigger and better than ever.  It is great that we now have the support of the Creative Quarter which will bring benefits to new companies and make things like financial support and exposure a lot more feasible.   The Creative Class acts as a springboard, supporting new and growing companies and bringing them to the attention of a pool of influential people, helping them realise their potential and increase awareness.”

The Creative Class gives entrepreneurs in Nottingham an opportunity for networking and learning from other entrepreneurs.

Creative Quarter Board Member Toby Reid comments “This is a perfect initiative for the Creative Quarter, it identifies and celebrates Nottingham’s emerging creative high growth businesses and helps set us apart.”

Paul Southby, Chairman of Invest in Nottingham Club added “Nottingham is fortunate to have an increasing number of companies in a range of sectors from life sciences to gaming and clean tech to fashion and film. The Creative Class exists to profile and celebrate these companies many of whom have grown to become significant employers.

“Entrepreneurs and companies creating a wide range of new technologies, products, services and markets are essential for the growth of the city’s economy.”

Invest in Nottingham Club is looking for other new businesses who can be part of the next generation of creative firms in Nottingham to form the Creative Class of 2013/4. The benefits of becoming part of the Creative Class are to raise the profile and celebrate the talent as well as inspire other new businesses.    Any business can apply to be in the Creative Class, applications are shortlisted by a committee of entrepreneurs, key sector representatives and Creative Class alumni.  The deadline for applications is 1 October. For further information about attending this event please email