Mainframe Awards 2019 - Winners Thoughts

By The Mainframe Team

We asked our amazing Mainframe Awards 2019 winners how they felt about getting their Awards and here's what they said.

Best Digital/Creative Innovation

Louise WestWinner: Louise West Lace Design - Louise West

“Thank you to everyone involved with this year’s Mainframe awards, I was amazed and thrilled to win two awards. It was a fantastic and exciting evening, great atmosphere and lovely food. I’m still on cloud 9! “


New Product To Market 

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Best Digital/Creative Start Up

Darren RobinsonWinner: iScout - Darren Robinson

“The Mainframe awards offers much more significance to our business than the actual prize itself. To be peered reviewed as a start up business proposition and gain recognition as Best Digital Creative Start Up gives us the confidence to take a start-up lifestyle entity into a scale up as a business. The Mainframe award also gives leverage that we have a serious business offering within a very competitive market place of professional football commercial services. Our business started as a ‘man in the stand’ football scouting service but by immersing ourselves in the D2N2 Big House environment of business education & support, we have now learnt the 4th industrial revolution is firmly with us and rapidly changing and adapting into a Software as a Service (SaaS) business that also offers qualitative scouting assessment. Gaining access to education, mentorship and being signposted in the right direction is critical for any SME entity in its formative years and we are grateful to be part of Derby Digital Revolution in our attempts to disrupt a global sport such as professional football helping to keep Derby on the map as a leading football city both on and off the pitch. ”


Creativity for Good

Mair PerkinsWinner: Mair Perkins Animation & Illustration - Mair Perkins

"I'm delighted and grateful to receive the Creativity for Good award from Mainframe. The awards evening was a brilliant experience and it was great to see Derby's creative and digital community celebrated. I'm glad to be part of it!"


Putting Derby/Derbyshire on the Map

Susan NashWinner: ThreeGuru - Susan Nash

‘threeguru were absolutely stunned and delighted to have won the Mainframe ‘Putting Derby/Derbyshire on the map’ award! We are very proud to be a Derby based business and this award means so much to us. We’re honoured to be recognised amongst such talented creatives in the region. Mainframe is a fantastic organisation and community for the creative and digital industries, that we’re so proud to be a part of.’


Digital/Creative Unsung Hero

Lynne HollingsworthWinner: Lynne Hollingsworth

"Accepting the Mainframe Award for Digital/Creative Unsung Hero was a very special moment for me. I am fortunate and privileged to have a career in the Creative Industries, doing a job I absolutely love and working with some truly inspirational people. It has been a real honour to be recognised for this work and awarded this accolade. Mainframe have made a real impact on supporting and championing digital and creative businesses across the region and I am proud to be part of this network."


Emerging Digital/Creative Start (Under 25)

Elliot DavidsonWinner: Contrast Digital - Elliott Davidson (image of colleague Colin Mansell)

"Attending Mainframe events really helps you to feel part of the local digital community in Derby. Just being shortlisted was incredible, given the talent evident at every event, but to actually win the Under 25 Emerging Digital/Creative Star award; Wow - thank you! It means so much to me as this is the first industry award I've ever won. Hopefully the first of many!"


Digital/Creative Impact

Claire Cutts & Joe ClarkWinner: V21 Productions - Claire Cutts/Joe Clark

"We really are very proud to have won the Mainframe 2019 Award for Digital/Creative Impact.

It’s wonderful to be recognised for projects that we feel so passionate about including the work produced for local Derby organisations Deda,  Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Quad and Sudbury Hall & the National Trust Museum of Childhood. Using a mixture of innovative technology and multimedia production we share wonderfully diverse and engaging spaces and their stories with far reaching audiences, and  are thrilled that our work now takes us across the UK, into Europe and the US.  Collaborating with incredibly talented people, it is their excellent work we are showcasing."


Digital/Creative Exceptional Growth

Andrew WarnerWinner: Anchor & Crew - Andrew Warner

"We are really proud for winning this award. Although it has my name on it, it is the whole team who should take credit as one can not work without the other. It also shows that the long hours put in by everyone is starting to reap their rewards and hopefully it will continue in the long run."


Digital Ambassador of the Year

Digital Ambassador of the Year - DrewWinner: Future Proof Films - Drew Taylour-Davis

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.


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