Published date: 09 September 2019

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing date: 11 October 2019

Contract summary


  • Business and management consultancy services - 79410000

  • Management-related services - 79420000

  • Coaching services - 79998000

    • Training services - 80500000

    • Library, archives, museums and other cultural services - 92500000

Location of contract

East Midlands

Value of contract


Published date

09 September 2019

Closing date

11 October 2019

Contract start date

01 January 2020

Contract end date

30 June 2022

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



In 2016, a joint consortium called the Big House, involving eight partner organisations across Nottingham and Derby, was successful in attracting c£4.5m European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Creative Local Growth Fund from Arts Council England (ACE) and partner matched funding to deliver a programme of support to promote increased SME competitiveness. The programme period was January 2017 to September 2019.

The Big House consortium are in the process of finalising an extension to funding for the programme for the period October 2019 to September 2022. New Art Exchange working in partnership with the other partners will jointly deliver The Big House: Real Creative Futures-Digital commencing in January 2020.

The project will deliver through a comprehensive programme of business support advice, coaching, workshops, showcase events and networking opportunities.

NAE is looking to employ a qualified Creative Business Coach for the Big House: Real Creative Futures project based at NAE starting in January 2020 for a period of two-and-a-half-years up to June 2022.

The role of the Creative Business Coach would be to provide general and specialist business coaching to individuals or SME's in the creative and digital sector participating in the Big House: Real Creative Futures programme. Specifically, this will involve:

• Facilitating the exploration of needs, motivations, desires, skills and thought processes to assist the individual or business in making real, lasting change to their business, to produce an individual Business Development Plan to guide their progress through the programme
• Using questioning techniques to facilitate client's own thought processes in order to identify solutions and actions rather than takes a wholly directive approach
• Supporting clients in setting appropriate business goals and methods of assessing progress in relation to these goals
• Observing, listening and asking questions to understand the client's business situation
• Creatively applying tools and techniques which may include one-to-one business training, facilitating and networking
• Encouraging a commitment to action and the development of lasting business growth and change
• Producing Action Plans, Business Plans and reports where necessary in language that is easily understood
• Collating financial and other information to evidence outputs

About the buyer

Contact name

David Mather


39-41 Gregory Boulevard Hyson Green


0115 924 8630


Other information


NAE RCF Creative Business Coach Call Out

NAE RCF Creative Business Coach Call Out Final Document V1.0 06-09-19.docx

How to apply

Please apply directly to the buyer using the contact details provided, or follow the instructions given in the notice description or information section.

Closing date: 11 October 2019