2021 awards
MAINFRAME AWARDS 2021

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
Now Closed

Submissions Deadline
Now Closed

Shortlist Announcement
Wednesday 24th Feb 2021 6.00pm live on our social channels

Community Voting
Opens: Wednesday 24th Feb
Closes: Wednesday 10th Mar

General Ticket Release
April 2021
Awards Night
Tuesday 27th April 2021 7.00pm live on YouTube

 

🌟Vote Now Open for The Digital/Creative Ambassador 2021🌟

Voting closes on Wednesday 10th March 2021

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Award categories

 PUTTING DERBY/DERBYSHIRE
ON THE MAP

We know that Derby & Derbyshire is full of incredible digital and creative people. The winner will be someone making us proud in how they are flying the flag for our region.

Shortlisted:

James Pettinger – Mr P’s Pots

Tim Elliott – CreativeMornings/Derby

Katapult - Derby Market Place

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.

Shortlisted:

Abbi Burns – Darley Dance Productions

Sarah Bulmer – Derby Days Out

Sarah Perkins – Sarah Perkins Art

BEST Local Network

Networks, meet-ups and groups play a vital part in supporting and developing digital/creative people and their businesses. This is your chance to shine a light on your local network.

Shortlisted:

Stephen Goddard & Philip Brooks-Stephenson - KuKu Connect

Claire Twells – Derby’s Finest

Yvonne Gorman – Derby Small Business United!

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.

Shortlisted:

Simon Marshall – Plus one/Hubbub Theatre/Deda/Freelance

Lara Atkins – Credo Marketing

Gaz Jones – Think3

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.

Shortlisted:

Lee Marples – Think3

Holly Daulby – Honest Communications

Chathura Sudharshan - Chanodil

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.

Shortlisted:

Bulkhead Interactive

Rob Millington – English Cyclist

Paul Dyer – Quick by Design

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.

Shortlisted:

Sarah Hodgkinson - Crafty You, Crafty Me

Claire Zwozny Bestwick – CRZyBest

Sophie Cartmell – Duck & Peach Illustration

Digital
Disruptor

Has your company found an innovative way to adapt in the current business climate ? Have you created a product or service specifically for our new normal?

Shortlisted:

Sarah Newton – Project D

Chathura Sudharshan - Chanodil

Derby County Community Trust

Mainframe
Unsung Hero

Is there an unsung hero in your office? Do you know someone creative who deserves to have their hardwork recognised. This is the chance to give them the kudos they deserve.

Shortlisted:

Louise West – Louise West Lace Design

Luke Smith – Think3

Abbie Canning – QUAD

DIGITAL/CREATIVE AMBASSADOR OF
THE YEAR

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

Shortlisted:

Abbie Canning - QUAD

Yvonne Gorman – Essential Print Services

Shortlist: Paul Rose - YouTeachMe

MEET THE JUDGES

Meet our amazing selection of judges for the Mainframe Awards 2021!

steve-noss-bio

PUTTING DERBY/DERBYSHIRE
ON THE MAP

Name: Steve Noss
Title: Head of Creative
Company:
Cooper Parry

Ruchita Shaikh

Creativity for
good

Name: Ruchita Shaikh
Title: Executive Director
Company:
Artcore

Sam Barrett

Emerging Digital/CREATIVE Star
(Under 25)

Name: Sam Barrett
Title: Derbyshire Area Manager
Company: Young Enterprise UK

Andrew Deighton 1

Best DIGITAl/CREATIVE
Start Up

Name: Andrew Deighton
Title: Director
Company: AWD Development Solutions (Small Business Saturday - Small Biz 100)

Rachael McCormack

Best Digital or Creative
Upscaler

Name: Rachael McCormack
Title: Director
Company: Midlands Engine

Robbie Kerr

Make
& T
rade

Name: Robbie Kerr
Title:
General Manager
Company:
Derby LIVE, Derby City Council

Roberta Beattie

Digital
Disruptor

Name: Roberta Beattie
Title: Website Tech Champion
Company: Digital Culture Network, Arts Council England

Robin Johnson

Mainframe
Unsung Hero

Name: Robin Johnson
Title: Press & PR Executive
Company: Marketing Derby

Bev Crighton

Best Local Network

Name: Bev Crighton
Title: Senior Lecturer
Company: University of Derby