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.
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.
Sarah Lay: Reckless Yes
Karl Shaw: Mr Shaw Limited
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.
Jess Boyle: Deda
Jane Hardstaff: Common Threads
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.
Sarah Bulmer: Derby Days Out
Katie Lavis: Little Start Gift Cards
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.
Molly Sneath: Repeat Digital (nominated by Freddy Heppell)
Jack Griffiths: Derby County Community Trust (nominated by Megan Patrick)
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.
Claire Zwozny-Bestwick: CRZyBest
Mark Averill/Ash Stanley: Av It Media
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.
Keith Cox: Bloc Digital
Joe Brammer: Bulkhead Interactive
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.
Kirstie Adamson: Kirstie Adamson Art
Aaron Gent: Aroment
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.
Holly Daulby: Honest Communications
Phil Barley: Theatre Digs Booker
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.
Amy Jowett: Repeat Digital (nominated by Molly Sneath, Repeat Digital)
Chris Wright: Silver Birch Creative (nominated by Seleena Creedon, Silver Birch Creative)
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.
Tim Elliott: BRAVE: Creative Leadership
Joe Brammer: Bulkhead Interactive
We have another amazing selection of judges for the Mainframe Awards 2020.
Name: Simon Kirk
Title: Inward Investment Executive
Company: Marketing Derby
Name: Simon Carnall
Title: Head of Community
Company: Derby County Community Trust
Name: Julie Shepherd
Title: Editor, Radio1/1Xtra
Name: Michael Weedon
Title: Chair / East Midlands Policy Representative
Company: Retail & High Street Policy Unit / Federation of Small Businesses
Name: Vanessa Simpson
Title: Digital Curriculum Manager
Company: Derby College
Name: Annabel Franks
Title: Strategy Advisor
Company: Creative Quarter Board Member
Name: Tiina Hill
Title: Senior Manager, Digital Culture Network
Company: Arts Council England
Name: Brian Martin Walsh OBE
Name: Anna Dever
Title: Head of the Family Arts Campaign
Company: The Albany