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The 2019 AWards are now closed.


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. 

Thank you to all who entered and well done to all the wonderful winners!



Submissions Open

Monday 5th November 2018

Submissions Close

Friday 25th January 2019

Digital Ambassador of the year 2019

Public Vote Now Closed
Friday 1st February 2019 - Friday 22nd February 2019

Shortlist Announcement 

Wednesday 27th February 2019

See the shortlist below!


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

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.


Contrast Digital Limited – Elliott Davidson

Runners Up
V21 Productions – Joe Clark
RamsTV – Derby County Football Club – Lee Averne

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.



iScout – Darren Robinson

Runners Up
CRZYBest - Claire Zwozny-Best
V21 Productions - Claire Cutts/Joe Clark

 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!



Louise West Lace Design – Louise West

Runners Up
V21 Productions – Claire Cutts/Joe Clark
CRZYBest – Claire Zwozny-Bestwick


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.


Louise West Lace Design – Louise West

Runners Up
CRZYbEST - Claire Zwozny-Bestwick
Fraction 7 – Community Box


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.


Mair Perkins Ltd Animation and illustration – Mair Perkins

Runners Up
YSP Media - Christopher Bevan
Common Threads – Jane Hardstaff


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.


ThreeGuru – Susan Nash

Runners Up
Future Proof Films - Drew Taylour-Davis
Derby Days Out – Sarah Bulmer



Voted for by you the Mainframe Community. The Digital Ambassador will be 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.


Drew Taylour-Davis – Future Proof Films

Runners Up
Tim Elliott – FYI100
Rob Twells – Frogspark


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.


V21 Productions – Claire Cutts/ Joe Clark

Runners Up
Theatre Digs Booker – Phil Barley
Derby QUAD/Children In Need - Abbie Canning



Is there an unsung hero in 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.


Lynne Hollingsworth

Runners Up
Nathan McCree – McCree Music
Sam Houghton – Future Proof Films



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.



Anchor & Crew – Andrew Warner

Runners Up
Future Proof Films – Drew Taylour-Davis
V21 Productions – Claire Cutts


Meet The Judges


  catherine mayhew (1) helen borrington (1) lynn oxborrow (1)  

Category: New Product to Market
Name: Catherine Mayhew 
Title: Director of Programmes & Operations
Company: Creative Quarter

Category: Creativity for Good 
Name: Helen Borrington 
Title: Prince’s Trust Executive 
Company: Princes Trust

Category: Digital/Creative Exceptional Growth 
Name: Lynn Oxborrow 
Title: Principal Lecturer at Nottingham Business School 
Company: Nottingham Trent University

  tom campbell (1) jon egley (1) karen campbell judge  
  Category: Best Digital/ Creative Start Up
Name: Tom Campbell
Title: Creative Industries Lead
Company: Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)
Category: Digital/Creative Impact
Name: Jon Egley
Title: Digital Growth Programme Manager
Company: D2N2 Growth Hub
Category: Emerging Digital / Creative Star
Name: Karen Campbell
Title: UK & Ireland Social Media Manager
Company: Shiloh PR
  julie stone judge tony butler judge debbie porter judge  
  Category: Best Digital/ Creative Innovation
Name: Julie Stone
Title: Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor – External Affairs (Business Gateway), Director of University of Derby Online Learning
Company: University of Derby
Category: Digital/Creative Unsung Hero
Name: Tony Butler
Title: Executive Director
Company: Derby Museum
Category: Putting Derby/Derbyshire on the Map
Name: Debbie Porter
Title: Editor
Company: Made in Derbyshire
    Category: Digital Ambassador of the Year