Throughout history you’ll find the best and brightest always surrounded themselves with a community of friends, piers and like-minded folk who help drive them to become exceptional.

From artists to scientists to engineers and everything in-between. It’s no different today. If you’re looking to reach your full potential, you need to embrace the fact that we all need support, and surround yourself with a community.

No matter how talented you may be, you’re not going to get very far without learning to leverage the power of community.

Here are three key reasons for making that next community meet up:


Joining any community means you have the chance to improve your professional and personal connections. Meeting influencers and getting to know others in your field, can raise your profile and potentially open doors for both you and the people you talk to. You never know you might find a partner for a new collaboration or hear about the perfect next job.

It’s so true when people say, “it’s not what you know but who you know that counts…”.

In addition, as the working world become more flexible and we start to see greater volumes of part-time and home-working, communities can offer much needed face-to-face people time.


One of the most exciting reasons for joining a community is the opportunity to learn from one another.

Whether you’re looking to improve specific skills that could help you in your day to day role, or a mentor to guide you and give you the benefit of their experience; communities provide a place for people to meet, share and grow.

In today’s rapidly changing and busy world, keeping up with professional development can feel like a challenge. Communities can offer a manageable way to keep learning.


Communities are a perfect place to challenge yourself to think creatively about your own business, work or ideas. Being surrounded by a diversity of opinions and approaches can be refreshing and inspiring.

Often simply looking at our challenges from another perspective or hearing stories from those who have “been there and done that” can lead us to the solutions we’ve been looking for.

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” —African proverb


We know that some of the UK’s most talented digital & creative businesses call Derby and Derbyshire home. 

Mainframe is a community of those people, sharing their talent, knowledge and inspiration. Based at QUAD and funded via the European Regional Development Fund and Art’s Council England; we host free monthly meetup’s covering topics from the inspirational, to business growth to the downright futuristic and forward thinking. 

Mainframe is part of the Big House, a collaboration providing sector specific support; making it easier for digital & creative businesses to understand and access the free help available in our region.