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2020 Mainframe awards nominations

 

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.

Mainframe is part of The Big House, a collaboration providing sector specific support to digital and creative people across Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire.

KEY DATES

Submissions Open: Friday 29th November 2019
Submissions Close: Friday 31st January 2020
Voting: Friday 7th February - Friday 21st February 2020
Shortlist Announcement: Friday 28th February 2020
General Ticket Release: Friday 28th February 2020
Awards Night: POSTPONED UNTIL AFTER LOCKDOWN

WHILST TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE TO RESERVE, PLEASE NOTE THAT AWARDS NIGHT IS POSTPONED UNTIL AFTER LOCKDOWN.

Tickets NOW available

 

Award categories

 PUTTING DERBY/DERBYSHIRE
ON THE MAP

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.

Shortlist

Sarah Lay: Reckless Yes
Karl Shaw: Mr Shaw Limited
Keith Cox: Bloc Digital

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.

Shortlist

Jen Sumner: Hubbub Theatre
Jess Boyle: Deda
Jane Hardstaff: Common Threads

Family
Participation

Do you help local families participate in digital and creative activities? Do you create products or services aimed at getting more families in our region involved in art and culture? If so the judge would like to hear from you.

Shortlist

Sarah Bulmer: Derby Days Out
Grace Osbourne: Deda
Katie Lavis: Little Start Gift Cards

Emerging Digital/CREATIVE Star
(Under 25)

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.

Shortlist

Molly Sneath: Repeat Digital (nominated by Freddy Heppell)
Jack Griffiths: Derby County Community Trust
(nominated by Megan Patrick)
Jessica Frearson: Future Proof Films (nominated by Rob Dawes)

Best DIGITAl/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.

Shortlist

Claire Zwozny-Bestwick: CRZyBest
Mark Averill/Ash Stanley: Av It Media
Erica Horne: Cad For Fashion

Best Digital or Creative
Upscaler

Are you an entrepreneur who’s business has seen rapid growth and expansion? Has your success exceeded even your own expectations? Trading for more than three years your bold plans will be paying off.

Shortlist

Liam Nelson/Rob Twells: Frogspark
Keith Cox: Bloc Digital
Joe Brammer: Bulkhead Interactive

Make
& T
rade

Derbyshire is a hive of wonderful people who make, craft & produce. This Award will recognise someone continuing this proud tradition, selling on a small scale and making locally.

Shortlist

Kirstie Adamson: Kirstie Adamson Art
Paul Adamson: Paul Adamson Woodland Craft
Aaron Gent: Aroment

Digital
Disruptor

Is your business or product challenging the established order within your market and winning recognition and customers? The judge will be looking for companies who are doing something different and making it work.

Shortlist

Louise West: Louise West Lace Design

Holly Daulby: Honest Communications

Phil Barley: Theatre Digs Booker

Mainframe
Unsung Hero

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.

Shortlist

Kamran Hussain: Repeat Digital (nominated by Molly Sneath, Repeat Digital)
Amy Jowett: Repeat Digital (nominated by Molly Sneath, Repeat Digital)
Chris Wright: Silver Birch Creative (nominated by Seleena Creedon, Silver Birch Creative)

DIGITAL/CREATIVE AMBASSADOR OF
THE YEAR

Voted for by you the Mainframe Community. The Digital/Creative Ambassador will be champion for Derby/Derbyshire, focused on making the city and region a great place for digital & creative businesses to set-up and thrive.

Shortlist

Tim Elliott: BRAVE: Creative Leadership
John Whall: QUAD
Joe Brammer: Bulkhead Interactive

MEET THE JUDGES

We have another amazing selection of judges for the Mainframe Awards 2020.

Simon Kirk

PUTTING DERBY/DERBYSHIRE
ON THE MAP

Name: Simon Kirk
Title: Inward Investment Executive
Company:  Marketing Derby

 

Simon Carnall 1

CREATIVITY FOR
GOOD

Name: Simon Carnall
Title: Head of Community
Company: Derby County Community Trust

Julie Shepherd

Emerging Digital/CREATIVE Star
(Under 25)

Name: Julie Shepherd
Title: Editor, Radio1/1Xtra
Company: BBC

 

Michael Weedon

Best DIGITAl/CREATIVE
Start Up

Name: Michael Weedon
Title: Chair / East Midlands Policy Representative
Company: Retail & High Street Policy Unit / Federation of Small Businesses

Vanessa Simpson-1

Best Digital or Creative
Upscaler

Name: Vanessa Simpson
Title: Digital Curriculum Manager
Company: Derby College

annabel franks

Make
& T
rade

Name: Annabel Franks
Title: Strategy Advisor
Company: Creative Quarter Board Member

tiina hill

Digital
Disruptor

Name: Tiina Hill
Title: Senior Manager, Digital Culture Network
Company: Arts Council England

Brian Martin Walsh

Mainframe
Unsung Hero

Name: Brian Martin Walsh OBE
Title: Chair
Company: QUAD

anna dever

Family
Participation

Name: Anna Dever
Title: Head of the Family Arts Campaign
Company: The Albany