We know that some of the UK’s most talented digital & creative businesses call Derby and Derbyshire home.

The Mainframe Awards are an unprecedented opportunity to highlight and celebrate these talented creatives and their work.

See this years winners below!

Thank you to all the Mainframe Community who submitted nominations and took part in this amazing event.

You've done the digital & creative community in Derby & Derbyshire proud!

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Award categories

Emerging Digital Star (Under 25)

Recognising an individual under the age of 25 who has made an impact on the digital landscape in Derby & Derbyshire. The region’s success in the digital arena depends on talent staying in our region and the judge will look to reward the best and brightest young people for their efforts. The winner could be an entrepreneur or an excellent employee whose work has made a difference to their business.


Georgia Vicars - Fluid Ideas



Georgia Vicars - Fluid Ideas

Olly Fisher – Repeat Digital 

Craig Picton – Status Social


Best DIGITAl Start Up

A company or organisation that has launched in the last three years and has already found a strong and loyal digital following, customer base or audience. The winner will have bold ambitions and clear evidence their growth plans have got off to a solid start. The judge will be looking for bright, adaptable firms not afraid of challenging the established order.


 Playtonic Games



 Playtonic Games

Natalie Bamford –

Steven Titchener – Two Guys Creative

 Best Digital Innovation

The judge is looking for individuals or companies with something that’s different or even something that hasn’t been done before. Whether you’re using new ideas to solve old problems, or using old ideas to solve new problems, it has to have an element of newness!


Codemakers - with shipmate



Codemakers with Shipmate

Archer Hampson in collaboration with Glusoft with AtW

Status Social with Social media workshops for schools, teachers and parents

 Project Most Proud Of

We know that it's not always the biggest, brightest or commercially beneficial projects that make you leap out of bed in the morning! We want to hear about the projects that really had an impact on you or your organisation.


Joe Clark & Claire Cutts - V21 Artspace



Joe Clark/Claire Cutts - V21 Artspace (creating virtual versions of exhibitions)

Purpose Media for the website they created for

Christopher Bevan - YSP Media for the short documentary ‘JA40’ – The Junction Arts Story 


 Best Digital/Creative Team or Individual

Always going the extra mile? A knack for pulling it out of the bag at the eleventh hour? Managed a project that took the world by storm? Then this is the category for you. The judge will be looking for clear evidence of what make you/them a cut above the rest.


Jack Williams - Archer Hampson



Jack Williams – Archer Hampson

Joe Clark/Claire Cutts - V21 

Creative Team - Purpose Media



 New Product to market

Awarded by the judge to an individual, company or organisation demonstrating creativity and innovation in bringing their new product to market. The product must have launched within the last twelve months.


Robert Wilkes - Lightwave Interactive



Robert Wilkes - Lightwave Interactive

Paul Smith - Strawdog 

 Playtonic Games

 Client of the year

This category is designed to reward Clients that show an outstanding and enlightened approach to digital and creative business solutions; as well as recognising the important role that Clients play in facilitating the production of great work.


COLLYFOBBLE Brewery - Nominated by Fluid Ideas


Collyfobble Brewery - Nominated by Fluid Idea’s

PattonairNominated by Purpose Media

The Linden Leaf Hotel – Nominated by Pure Relish

 Creativity for Good

The winner will be able to demonstrate how their product, project or organisation has contributed to the betterment of lives through creative means; both locally or further afield.


Simon Rice - Cleen App - Nominated by Subism


Simon Rice – Cleen App - Nominated by Subism

Paul Rose – You Teach Me

Derby Union - Face in Space


 Putting Derby/Derbyshire on the map

An award that's particulary close to our heart's. The winner will be someone making us proud in how they are flying the flag for our region.


Natalie BamfoRd - DerbyDaysOut.Co.Uk


Natalie Bamford -

Joe Clark/Claire Cutts - V21 – 3D Derby

Yvonne Gorman - Essential Print – Small Business Saturday

 Digital Ambassador of the Year

Awarded by the judge to an individual, company or organisation that is leading the way in digital application and development and helping inspire others in the community. The winner will be focused on making the region a great place for start-ups to work and tirelessly promote it to external organisations. They will play a key role in making the digital economy successful.


Jack Williams - Archer Hampson


Nominees - Public Vote

Jack Williams – Archer Hampson

Jonathan Gray – Greendog Digital


Meet the Judges


Raja Javaid

Head of IT Digital & Digital Cultural Transformation, Rolls-Royce


Dr Jo Twist, OBE

Chief Executive Officer, Ukie


Kim Harper

Chief Executive, Community in Action


Paul Judge

Marketing Director, Air-IT


Neila Butt

Head of Internal Communications and Engagment, BBC


STephEn Barker

Chief Executive, Creative Quarter


John Forkin

Managing Director, Marketing Derby


Sarah Lay

Editor, Storge


John Newbigin OBE 

Chairman, Creative England