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MAINFRAME AWARDS 2022

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          Submissions Close          Shortlist Announcement          Community Voting          Awards Night

03/11/2021                  NOW CLOSED                   24/02/2022                            From 24/02/2022       06/04/2022

 

***Watch the Mainframe Awards 2022 live stream here***

 

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 of how they are flying the flag for our region.

Winner

Codemakers

Finalists:

  • Sarah Bulmer - Derby Days Out
  • Paul Handley - Bearded Badger Publishing Company

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.

Winner

Ava Hunt - Ava Hunt Theatre CIO / Sinfonia Viva, Orchestra Live & DVS

Finalists:

  • Sonam Sandhu - Fitness Classes with Sonam
  • Bethany Sheldon - Maison Foo

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.

Winner

Rachel Hayward & Lee Marples - Derby Swap Shop Ltd

Finalists:

  • Derbys Finest
  • Banks Mill Studios

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.

Winner

Nathan Addai - Mental Roots

Finalists:

  • Odhran Taylor - Goldbox Productions
  • Tamika Steadman - I.Put.The.T.In.Poetry

Best DIGITAl/CREATIVE
StartUp

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.

Winner

Inside Theatre

Finalists:

  • Glossop Creates
  • Goldbox Productions

Best Digital/Creative
Upscaler

Are you an entrepreneur whose 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.

 

 

Winner

Codemakers

Finalists:

  • MacMartin
  • The Digital Maze

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.

Winner

Lesley So - So Good Kombucha

Finalists:

  • Hannah Lobley - Wood & Paper Artworks
  • Oliver Foulds

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?

Winner

Owain Wilson & Simon Tew - Digit Music

Finalists:

  • Rob Twells & Liam Nelson - The Digital Maze
  • Erica Horne - CAD for Fashion

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.

Winner

Shelley McBride - Derby Community Parent Programme CIC (Nominated by Emma Roberts - Derby Community Parent Programme CIC)

Finalists:

  • Lee Marples - Derby Swap Shop Ltd (Nominated by Rachel Hayward - Ask The Chameleon/Derby Swap Shop Ltd)

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.

Winner

Lynne Hollingsworth - Artist

 

Finalists:

  • Gez Addictive - Alpha Pro Creative / Addictive Philosophy
  • Claire R Zwozny-Bestwick - CRZyBest

MEET THE JUDGES

Meet All The 2022 Judges

Meet our amazing selection of judges for the Mainframe Awards 2022!

Judge - Paul Simpson

PUTTING DERBY/DERBYSHIRE
ON THE MAP

Name: Paul Simpson

Title: CEO

Company: Derby City Council

Judge - Kerry Andrews

Creativity for
good

Name: Kerry Andrews

Title: Executive Director

Company: The Level Centre

Judge - Phil Basi

Emerging Digital/CREATIVE Star
(Under 25)

Name: Phil Basi

Title: Programme Leader Media Production & Principal Lecturer TV Production

Company: University of Derby

Karen Newman-2

Best DIGITAl/CREATIVE
Start Up

Name: Karen Newman

Title: Founder and Director

Company: BOM (Birmingham Open Media)

Judge - Andrew Liddell

Best Digital or Creative
Upscaler

Name: Andrew Liddell

Title: 

Company: Creative UK

Judge - Nicki Capewell

Make
& T
rade

Name: Nicki Capewell

Title: Founder 

Company: Pedddle and Tresstle

Judge - Chris & Keith

Digital
Disruptor

Name: Chris Hotham & Keith Cox

Title:

Company: Bloc Digital

Judge - Daniel Poole

Mainframe
Unsung Hero

Name: Daniel Poole

Title: Head of Development

Company: Derby Theatre

Judge - Stephen & Philip

Best Local
Network

Name: Stephen Goddard &

Chevalier Philip Brooks-Stephenson, KL

Title: Co-Founders

Company: KuKu Connect