Wired Sussex Blog

Update to members: recent spam emails claiming to be us

Hi all, As some of you will be aware a number of members received spam emails today that reference Wired Sussex, as it appears email addresses have been scraped from the public facing business directory part of our website. I just wanted to take a moment to apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused you and to also let you know about the additional security measures we are looking to introduce across the site. It appears these emails originate from India and unfortunately now the addresses have been stolen there is little we can do to stop them making contact …

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Exclusive Members’ Offer – Discount on Workspace

We’ve partnered up with The Werks Group to give our members a 15% discount on workspaces around Brighton & Hove. Amongst other things, The Werks Group offer 1-2-1 support, personalised company or group workshops and peer mentoring, so this is a great opportunity to grow and prosper! Just one of the perks of being a Wired Sussex member! Over the next few months The Werks Group have some fabulous spaces coming available in buildings across Brighton & Hove. Some will accommodate 2-3 people or 4-6 people and a few can house up to 10-20, but those will go quickly. In addition they are …

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Open Studios: Talent Week: Call For Participants Now Live!

Looking to attract new talent to your company? Showcase the fantastic, creative and innovative work you do at this year’s Open Studios: Talent Week. What’s Open Studios? For 5 days this October as part of Brighton Digital Festival, our members are invited to open their doors and hold an event in Open Studios: Talent Week. Whether you’re a small or large company, we’d love you to be involved! The week is a fantastic opportunity to raise your company profile within the community, showcase what you do and attract new talent to your business. Why should you get involved? Looking to recruit? Meet …

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Recruitment Offer!!

It is that time again; lectures are over, exams are done, students are all getting ready for Graduation, and soon they’ll be looking for jobs to kickstart their careers in the digital, media and tech industries. So will it be with you? Do you want someone to grow with your company? Someone to join your team with fresh eager enthusiastic eyes? Well now is the perfect time to capture this new talent for your business and that’s why we’re offering members a special recruitment offer on all graduate level jobs posted until the end of July! So, why not take advantage of …

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Tech City’s key facts about Brighton’s digital sector

Last month Brighton’s reputation as a hotbed for digital talent gained further validation after Tech City UK unveiled ‘Tech Nation 2017’, a report analysing the UK’s digital landscape. Not surprisingly, Brighton came out as a forerunner. The city was noted for having more high growth tech companies than both Cambridge & Oxford, a digital business turnover up by 31%, a high quality of life at 93% and Brighton’s ability to attract talent was seen as a major competitive advantage! Here are the key findings in the report about Brighton: [View the story “Tech Nation 2017” on Storify] If you’d like …

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Why are apprenticeships good for the digital sector?

Brighton and Hove’s digital and creative economy is now worth more than £1 billion to the city each year and the driving force behind our city’s economy. This is obviously great news for the sector, but it does pose the challenge of finding enough talented people to support this growth and ensure our cluster isn’t hindered by a lack of resources available in the city. We need a large, highly skilled workforce and a pipeline of talent coming from schools, colleges, universities with industry standard, work ready digital skills. One solution that’s been identified to help improve this shortage is …

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Networking & Making Meaningful Connections

Looking to make new, meaningful connections? Our next Members’ Meetup might help! Tuesday 4th July, at Patterns Brighton from 5:30pm onwards.  85% of professionals say they build stronger, more meaningful business relationships in-person. Yet, 5-min elevator pitches, business card swapping and endless sales talks can only get you so-far. In Sussex, we’re lucky to have strong sense of community, with 2/3 of companies in our cluster frequently helping other businesses and 64% regularly receiving help from other companies.* In short, we network to help rather than sell. The local digital, tech and media community is about friendliness, openness and connectivity, where people are …

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Creating Valuable User Experiences #WiredBrekkie

As part of our ongoing Breakfast Session series, we invited Luke Hay, Natasha Popoola and Tom Prior to talk about creating valuable user experiences. Here’s some of their insights: At this session, we discussed how you can use analytics and the Kano Model tool to make data-driven decisions and create delightful user experiences. We spoke about the ways to improve the user experience, conversion rate and customer satisfaction of websites and apps and how to prioritise investment in new features. First stop: UX and analytics “Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion.” W. Edwards Deming. Taking an analytics-first …

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Making the most of Membership

It’s not all about meetup’s and events – Here are 5 (other) ways you can benefit from being a Wired Sussex member. We’ve been running a lot more events this year and as a consequence, we’ve seen a few new members join specifically to attend certain events. This is great, but there’s much more to membership than just access to our exclusive programme of member events. So here’s a quick overview on some of the other ways that you can benefit from your membership. Showcase your Business: As a Wired Sussex member you can have a listing on our Business directory, …

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Why your employees are your best marketing assets

In March we hosted Talent 2017, a skills festival for the digital sector. One of the festival’s supporters was JellyFish, the world’s largest boutique agency. Alex Bourgeois, social media marketer at the company, was kind enough to write a guest blog post following the festival. Here it is: Reaching consumers online is as hard as it’s ever been and with the digital marketplace becoming ever so crowded, chances are it won’t get any easier. Whether it is on desktop or mobile, on social networks or websites, everywhere they go users are bombarded with commercial messages. And ad fatigue is growing – fast. …

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