Digital Awards being presented in April

Mainframe, a Derby-based initiative that aims to bring together a community of digital and creative businesses across the county is staging an awards night this month.

The mission for the team working on the project at QUAD in Derby is to create a sustainable community of local digital and creative people, sharing their talent, knowledge and inspiration.

They want to ensure that both business and the public appreciate the importance and value of creative business endeavours to the wider local economy and community.

The quality of the awards entries amazed the panel of judges and they had a tough job to choose a shortlist for the awards night on April 24.

Among the successful entrants was V21, co-founded by Claire Cutts and Joe Clark, which has been nominated in the Project Most Proud Of and Putting Derby/Derbyshire on the Map categories.

The duo are brim full of energy, ideas and plans for their fledgling business based in a beautiful space in the heart of the city above the Bookcafe at 21 Cornmarket.

The upper floor of the one-time bank with big windows and high ceilings is the perfect location for an art gallery and it is for the V21Gallery which officially opened in February that they have been short listed for the Project Most Proud Of category.

Claire, the creative director of the enterprise, who has many years experience in sales, marketing and a variety digital projects, said: “This last year has been a massive challenge for us but it has been incredibly rewarding and we have been able to work with some amazing organisations.

“We have had to learn as we went along but between us we have a lot of get up and go and all the hard work has been worthwhile. We are absolutely delighted to have been nominated for not just one, but two, Mainframe Awards.”

The second award nomination was for V21 Virtual Space’s work capturing reality into a 3D Virtual Tour of 14 of Derby’s main attractions including the Museum and Art Gallery, Banks Mill Studios, the Roundhouse, the Cathedral Tower, Pickford’s House and QUAD.

Claire and 18-year-old Joe, who is the media production manager, are quite literally putting Derby on the map using  a mixture of technologies such as laser scanning, photography, video, drone and CGI. The interactive project has to be seen to be fully appreciated so go to

“Being passionate about Derby, we were inspired to create what we believe is a totally innovative and groundbreaking project that showcases what is truly amazing about our wonderful city and we are very proud of the result,” said Claire.

To find out more about the three strands of the couple’s digital business – which are V21Virtual Space,  V21 Artspace and V21 Gallery – go to

The rest of the Mainframe awards nominations are:-

Emerging Digital Star (Under 25) – Georgia Vicars – Fluid Ideas; Olly Fisher – Repeat Digital and Craig Picton – Status Social.

Best Digital Start Up – Chris Woods – Playtonic Games; Natalie Bamford – Derby Days Out and Steven Titchener – Two Guys Creative.

Project Most Proud Of – V21 Gallery for V21 Artspace (creating virtual versions of exhibitions); Purpose Media for the website they created for and YSP Media for the short documentary ‘JA40’ – The Junction Arts Story.

Best Digital/Creative Individual Or Team – Codemakers with Shipmate, Archer Hampson with AtW and Status Social with Social media workshops for schools, teachers and parents.

New Product To Market – Lightwave Interactive; Strawdog Media and Playtonic Games

Creativity For Good – Simon Rice – Cleen App; Paul Rose – You Teach Me and Derby Union – Face in Space.

Putting Derby/Derbyshire On The Map – Natalie Bamford – Derby Days Out; V21 Artspace – 3D Derby and Yvonne Gorman – Essential Print – Small Business Saturday

Client Of The Year – Collyfobble Brewery – Nominated by Fluid Idea’s; Pattonair – Nominated by Purpose Media and The Linden Leaf Hotel – Nominated by Pure Relish

Best Digital Innovation – Codemakers with Shipmate; Archer Hampson with AtW and Status Social with Social media workshops for schools, teachers and parents.

Go to for more details about the awards and the organisation.