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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. 

Fill in your details on the right to submit your nomination.

Good luck!

p.s. like the look for more than one category - simply complete the submission form again.



Submissions Open

Monday 5th November 2018


Submissions Close

Friday 25th January 2019


Shortlist Announcement 

Wednesday 27th February 2019


General Ticket Release 

Thursday 28th February 2019

Awards Night Market Place
Thursday 11th April 2019
Awards Night
Thursday 11th April 2019


Submit your nomination here

Award categories

Emerging Digital/CREATIVE Star (Under 25)

creative star

Recognising an individual under the age of 25 who has made an impact on the digital/creative 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.

Start Up

creative start up

A company or organisation that has launched in the last three years and has already found a strong and loyal 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.

 Best Digital/CREATIVE


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!


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.


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.


derbyshire on the mp

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



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.


creative impact

This award is all about demonstrating how you have engaged and grown a community through the use of digital or creative media. Have you turned a boring queue into a opportunity to play an app? Have you found a way to make your area of expertise less hum drum and more exciting? Are you turning a tricky topic into something people can openly engage with? Have these things grown your community - then we want to know.



Is there an unsung hero is your office? Do you know someone who usually flies under the radar but is actually a digital or creative workhorse? Now's the chance to help them shine - nominate them for the unsung hero award.



Has 2018 been an exceptional year for you and your business and is 2019 looking set to be even better? Then our judge would like to hear all about it. We are looking for the digital & creative  high fliers with big ambitions. Remember, exceptional growth is unique to you. It might be going from one employee to two or getting so large you're floating on the stock exchange - we want to hear your story of growth.


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Meet The Judges


Our judges will be announced shortly.

Stay tuned...