The Creative Quarter, Nottingham
An environment for creative and digital businesses to thrive, The Creative Quarter is Nottingham’s number one choice for students, investors, locals and visitors to learn, live and leisure.
Ranked the sixth best student city, Nottingham produces 19,700 graduates each year with 32% of Nottingham’s population hold a degree-level qualification. The Creative Quarter is home to Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham College and the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies.
Nottingham Trent University was ranked #1 University in 2017 by Times Higher Education whilst Nottingham Business School has this year being shortlisted for Times Higher Education Business School of the Year. The district has a steady flow of first-class talent with up-to-the-minute skills.
Nottingham College’s £58 million City Hub regeneration demonstrates a grand investment in the city’s education. It will offer new facilities and resources for college students and provide community facilities such as a new café and performing arts centre. The neighbouring area to set to provide and open and green space for the community and the College is working with the council to ensure the area and surrounding through-routes are well lit and accessible, helping to create a good flow between this area and the rest of the city centre.
Nottingham boasts a talented workforce of over 1.1 million, leading the way for knowledge intensive industries including financial and business services, creative and digital, life sciences and advanced manufacturing., of which employ 60% of Nottingham.
The Creative Quarter is a stand-out feature of Nottingham’s creative and digital sector considered ‘incubator without walls’ offers everything from unique businesses spaces, co-working hubs along with independent retails, bars and restaurants. From the two universities, businesses have a large talent pool of 29,000+ creative and digital students.
Nottingham is currently embarking on commercial regeneration with the £250 million Southern Gateway, £150 million re-development of the Broadmarsh shopping centre and the highly anticipated Boots Island site development that is set to include a 5-star hotel, retail space, homes and offices.
The city is also set to benefit as the HS2 network is constructed, with the East Midlands Hub base planned for Toton, on the outskirts of the city, further reducing journey times to London and bringing the rest of the country closer.
Named UNESCO City of Literature, Nottingham is a beacon of the creative arts with The Creative Quarter in centre stage. Refurbished lace factories and warehouses have evolved into modern urban living spaces, galleries take centre stage and restaurants populate the district.
Local Retail shop, Paper Came to Light was founded in honour of the local independent shops in Hockley. Today, you’ll find the best publishing and magazines from around the world stocked.
In the heart of Hockley, Nottingham Arts Theatre has shown an array of fantastic shows featuring some of the best talent in the East Midlands. The main theatre seats 300 people and has a proscenium arch and an orchestra pit.
With independent brands, fashion designers and retailers getting involved every year, Nottingham Fashion Week is a celebration of the city’s clothing industry. With live entertainment this is a chance to see new collections from the emerging talent and established names.
This Is Money’s research discovered that Nottingham claims first and fifth rental hotspots in the UK. NG1 takes first place with an average rental yield of 11.99% while NG7 held fifth place with at 8.89%.
In the heart of the Midlands, Nottingham hosts fantastic transport links including the railway to London St Pancras for as little as 90 minutes. Additionally, The Creative Quarter boasts from the £50,000 tram extension and the planned £188 million connection between Nottingham and Derby.
The Creative Quarter boasts the epicentre of culture as Nottingham rises as the fastest growing city in the East Midlands. CBRE Research depicted that in October 2018, Nottingham is the ninth largest creative economy of the UK.