The Big House: Meet the Mentors

The Big House: Meet the Mentors

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The Big House programme for creative & digital businesses hosts an opportunity for you to meet our mentors & access free business mentoring.

About this event

The Big House is a business support programme designed to help Creative and Digital businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to grow and create new jobs; from potential start-ups and new entrepreneurs, to established SMEs looking to expand and bring new products and services to market.

The Creative Quarter is a partner of the Big House programme, and as part of our offer, we aim to match eligible entrepreneurs and small businesses with mentors, to help them work through specific issues in their business and deliver expert advice.

On Tuesday 24 May 2022, come along to online Meet the Mentors event and have a short informal chat with our mentors, to see if any of them are the right fit for you and your business. If it's a match and you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be entitled to 3 hours of free mentoring support from The Big House.

You can book slots with multiple mentors on the day.



Debbie Clarke, aka debbiedooodah, is The Happy Business Strategist; an award-winning yellow obsessed empowerment & marketing coach helping entrepreneurs build financial freedom through business success.

She's a digital marketing lecturer, podcaster, entrepreneur toolkit author, speaker and this year was named Digital Women of the Year and one of 2020's top 20 Inspirational Marketers. She's also been in Forbes and The Guardian!


Adrian is a copywriter, brand developer, and creative collaborator with experience ranging from major client work at a London ad agency to supporting start-ups in articulating what they're about. He's created work in tv, film, and theatre, and trained and worked with some of the world's big names in the psychology of making things happen.

As a business coach, Adrian will help you find the spark that'll keep you going when things are tough, and cultivate your ability to walk around a wall rather than bash your head against it. He's supported people building an organisation from ground up, teams developing something new, and employees stepping out to do their own thing.


Suzy is an experienced and creative marketer. For the past 25 years, she has helped individuals and organisations shape compelling stories that sell their products and services. Her experience spans all sectors and sizes of organisation from micro businesses selling their handmade wares online to large Blue Chip companies looking to improve their productivity, performance and engage their stake holders.

Suzy specialises in positioning a business in the context of its values, helping identify their core target markets and shaping campaigns that engage with customers and sell products.


Steve Hobbs has been supporting start-up and growing businesses for over 20 years. He is is an expert in designing and facilitating programmes for leaders and owners, supporting the creation of strategies and plans and driving effective execution. His focus is on the mindset and behaviours that get things done and he draws on his years as a naval officer and over 30 years as a business owner and manager - including of a design and print business - to bring practical experience to his work as a facilitator, mentor and coach.

His approach is both challenging and supportive; looking for what’s right for you and your business, whatever the situation and its complications. A fan of lean startup approaches and tools, he will help you move from idea to execution rapidly and with confidence.


To be eligible for mentoring on the Big House programme, you must be a creative or digital entrepreneur (not yet trading) or small business (trading) based in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. You will need to be enrolled with our programme before you can access mentoring - we can enrol you if you aren't already. If you have already received 1-to-1 coaching or mentoring through The Big House programme, you will not be able to access additional mentoring at this point. If you have any queries about your eligibility, you can email


Between 10am and 12pm, our mentors have six 15 minute slots available for you to book. In the ticket section, select the mentors you would like to chat to, and a ticket for the relevant time slot - you are permitted to book slots with as many mentors as you wish. If at a later date you are unable to attend your slot, please cancel your ticket so that the space may become available for others to book. If you have any issues, please contact and we will do our best to assist you.