10 Years of Freelancing

By Kieran Harrod
In May 2021 I hit a decade of working as a creative Freelancer here in Derby. My hat off to all freelance business owners who’ve lurched into this milestone! (I don’t have an actual hat, but I’ve always liked the idea of it… A bowler maybe).
Read more

Mainframe Champions

  By The Mainframe Team

We are pleased to announce the current list of Mainframe Champions, the voice of the Creative Industries In Derby & Derbyshire.

We want to ensure that Mainframe is supporting the widest digital and creative community possible and to help us do this we've selected a group of creative industry champions.

Read more

Creative Spaces - AMFREC

  By Ann Turner

There can be little doubt that this past year has called everything we thought we knew about working and office environments into question. As many begin to make their way back to the confines of traditional city offices, Ann Turner – founder of the recently renovated Amber Mill Rural Enterprise Centre – shares how this unique business and creative space caters to our changing workplace expectations.

Read more

Meet the regions newest digital agency group

  By Rob Twells & Liam Nelson

Following a number of successful acquisitions, a new agency group named The Digital Maze has been set up by experienced entrepreneur Ian Lancaster with the founders of Frogspark - Rob Twells & Liam Nelson.

Read more

Derbyshire craft business unveils outdoor workshops plans to brighten up the summer

  By Sarah Hodgkinson

Spring has arrived, and with the days getting longer and lockdown restrictions easing, Hilton based craft business Crafty You Crafty Me has launched their 2021 series of Craft in the Park workshops.

From the 4th May, craft workshops will take place on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday evenings in Hilton Park and include a range of crafts including needle felting, mosaics, punch needle embroidery and felt garland.

Read more

The Creative Industries Fund

By The Mainframe Team
Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is launching a new competition, the Creative Industries Fund, investing up to £2.5 million in innovation projects.
Read more

Mainframe Awards 2021 Winners Words

By Charlene Sharp & Hana York - The Mainframe Team
We asked this year's Mainframe Awards 2021 winners how they felt about being winners and here's what they said.
Read more

Mainframe Awards 2021 Winners!

By Charlene Sharp & Hana York - The Mainframe Team

For the fourth year running, Mainframe highlighted Derby & Derbyshire's digital and creative community in style with another visually stunning hybrid Awards event, live-streamed from QUAD.

Despite the unpredictable times and recent challenges, the quality of all the submissions for this year's awards was testimony to the continued resilience and ingenuity of our region's creative people and businesses.

Read more

A multi-coloured evening of swaps and awards!

By Rachel Hayward

The Swap Shop is thrilled to be joining Mainframe for some live studio swapping as part of the Mainframe  Awards 2021 ceremony.

Adding even more pazazz to a wonderful night of celebration for small creative business and their expert professionals, we’re bringing you, for the very first time, the chance to swap LIVE with the audience.

Read more

Soaring to New Heights...

By Laura Firth

Laura Firth from MiniAperture Photography is counting down to take-off for a brand new service. 

Read more