Mainframe Awards 2019 Winners!

By Charlene Sharp & Hana York from Mainframe Derby

Digital & creative businesses celebrate success at Derby QUAD’s Mainframe Awards 2019.

On Thursday 11th April, the digital/creative people and businesses were once again highlighted at the regions biggest celebration of local talent. 

Mainframe Awards 2019 - Group

Start-ups, SME's, Entrepreneurs and established businesses were among the 30 shortlisted to be in the chance of winning across ten categories. With a significant increase in the number of submission's, the competition for this year's awards was very high.

Digital Ambassador of the Year - DrewOn the night, Drew Taylour-Davis of video marketing agency, Future Proof Films, won the publicly voted award for "Digital Ambassador of the Year". The award was presented by last year's winner, Jack Williams of Archer Hampson

The two categories with the highest number of submissions was “Putting Derby/Derbyshire on the Map” and “Creativity for Good” giving the judges for these awards a real challenge. Susan Nash from the Marketing & Brand Agency, ThreeGuru took the “Putting Derby/Derbyshire on the Map” award and Mair Perkins from Mair Perkins Animation & Illustration received the “Creativity for Good” award.

Louise WestLouise West of Louise West Lace Design scooped both “Best Digital/Creative Innovation” and "New Product to Market" for her wonderful work with lace which blends both old and new creative techniques. “Best Digital/Creative Start Up” went to Darren Robinson for his company iScout, a football intelligence service.

This year saw three new categories in the awards - "Digital/Creative Impact", "Digital/Creative Unsung Hero" and "Digital Creative Exceptional Growth". V21 Productions became winners for a second year by being awarded the "Digital/Creative Impact" award. Lynne Hollingsworth was duly recognised as the "Digital/Creative Unsung Hero" and Andrew Warner from Anchor & Crew took the "Digital Creative Exceptional Growth" award.

Finally, the “Emerging Digital Star (Under 25) was presented to Elliott Davidson of Contrast Digital.

Adam BussThe audience was entertained by the musical talents of Will Turner from Hot House Music and the awards was hosted by Adam Buss, CEO of QUAD, who said “It is a pleasure to once again be celebrating the digital and creative talent of our region. Mainframe, though The Big House programme, is championing the growth of local creative people and businesses in addition to helping the wider community to see the valuable contribution they make to the local economy. The Mainframe network is proving to be an invaluable hub for Derby’s thriving digital and creative community.”

Digital Ambassador Award ConfettiDrew Taylour-Davis from Future Proof Films said; "Mainframe is the digital and creative backbone of Derby so it was a huge honour for Future Proof Films to win the Digital Ambassador of the Year award at this year's Mainframe Awards. Every single person and business nominated, shortlisted and lucky enough to win, plays a massive role in our city's creative and digital landscape so for FPF to be a recognised part of that is just incredible".

This year saw another top-flight panel of judges including:

Catherine Mayhew, Director of Programmes & Operations at the Creative Quarter; Julie Stone, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor – External Affairs (Business Gateway), Director of University of Derby Online Learning at the University of Derby; Jon Egley, Digital Growth Programme Manager at the D2N2 Growth Hub; Tom Campbell, Creative Industries Lead at the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN); Helen Borrington, Prince’s Trust Executive at the Princes Trust; Debbie Porter, Editor at Made in Derbyshire; Tony Butler, Executive Director at Derby Museum; Karen Campbell, Co-Owner at Shiloh PR and Lynn Oxborrow, Principal Lecturer at Nottingham Business School at Nottingham Trent University.

Tom CampbellTom Campbell from The Knowledge Transfer Network said: "Mainframe is helping to build Derby's next generation of businesses. The 2019 Awards was a brilliant showcase of the talent and entrepreneurial energy that is emerging."


Full list of winners:

  • Emerging Digital/Creative Star (Under 25): Elliot Davidson - Contrast Digital Judge: Karen Campbell (Shiloh PR)
  • Best Digital/Creative Start Up: Darren Robinson - iScout Judge: Tom Campbell (The Knowledge Transfer Network)
  • Best Digital/Creative Innovation: Louise West - Louise West Lace Design Judge: Julie Stone (University of Derby)
  • Digital/Creative Impact: Joe Clark/Claire Cutts from V21 Productions Judge: Jon Egley (D2N2 Growth Hub)
  • Digital/Creative Unsung Hero: Lynne Hollingsworth Judge: Tony Butler (Derby Museum)
  • New Product to Market: Louise West – Louise West Lace Design Judge: Catherine Mayhew (Creative Quarter)
  • Digital/Creative Exceptional Growth: Andrew Warner - Anchor & Crew Judge: Lynn Oxborrow (Nottingham Trent University)
  • Creativity for Good: Mair Perkins - Mair Perkins Animation & Illustration Judge: Helen Borrington (Princes Trust)
  • Putting Derby/Derbyshire on the Map: Susan Nash - Three Guru Judge: Debbie Porter (Made in Derbyshire)
  • Digital Ambassador of the Year: Drew Taylour-Davis Judge: Public Vote


The Mainframe Awards Highlights Video can be found at: and more on our YouTube channel


A selection of images from the night can be found at:

Mainframe is an initiative that aims to bring together a community of digital and creative business across Derby and Derbyshire, enabling real business growth and jobs. Mainframe is part of The Big House project, a collaboration providing sector specific support across the D2N2 area. The Big House aims to make it easier for digital creative business to understand and access the free help available in the region and is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

For more details about the free business support available to creative and digital businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire through The Big House project, visit