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5 Reasons Why You Should Come To The Next Wired Sussex Members’ Meetup

Wired Sussex Members’ Meetups are quarterly informal networking events that we run exclusively for our members. Over 100 people on average attend these events, from freelancers to business owners and employees of member companies too. Coming along to meetups is one of the best ways to make the most out of membership. Not only are there a whole load of potential new contacts to meet; you’ll also be able to find out/keep up to date with the latest industry goings on and maybe even make some new friends! Although these events are held in Brighton, we strongly encourage members from …

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Brighton Digital Festival 2014/15: What Our Bid to Arts Council England Said…

The last three years of Brighton Digital Festival (BDF) has seen it expand and mature significantly. It has experienced considerable growth in terms of the number of events, exhibitions and conferences, as well as an impressive increase in those engaging with the festival in various ways. In 2013, over 40,000 people visited over 170 events, a fourfold increase on two years previously. In other ways too, the festival has improved. We have sharpened up our act in terms of marketing, the website and last year, for the first time, we produced a print version of the festival programme. It’s the …

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Being a Successful Freelancer

With 428 Wired Sussex members registered as freelance, we run biannual breakfast workshops on ‘Being a Successful Freelancer’, with the aim of helping our freelance members to stay on top of their game. Yesterday we held the first of 2014, with a really fantastic panel offering their knowledge, expertise, support and guidance – as well as a few jokes along the way! The panel consisted of: David Lockie (Pragmatic Web), Martine Scott, (Puree Design) and Paul Allen, (Lark).  For more information about our panellists, check out the event page here. The event was attended by individuals with a range of …

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Interns – you get what you pay for

  Written by Jamie Pitman, Communications Manager at Create Ecommerce, in the run up to the launch of the Intern Placement Programme. Create Ecommerce, host over 10,000 websites and online shops built with its applications.  Check out the Create Ecommerce Web Designer’s Kit to use the system for your own easy bespoke builds and take advantage of continued customer support for your clients. In the current economy everyone is looking to save money where they can; even supercharged start-ups need to tighten their belts in some areas. But while it’s great to nab a bargain on a service or product, there are some things that are always worth the …

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“Our best discovery”: Investors get the Brighton bug

When I started in this job 5 years ago, I hit on some of my London Venture Capitalist contacts. Then, they said that they would rather get on a plane to Berlin than a train to Brighton. This attitude started changing a year or so ago. Last year, we ran a ‘Pitch the VC’ day at the FuseBox with ten interested companies taking turns to pitch to Ingenious, the VC behind – amongst others – Andy Murray and the Pop Idol producer 19 Management. Afterwards Ingenious’ investor newsletter said: ‘Brighton was perhaps our best discovery. The overall standard was very …

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Job hunt pain vs Internship gain

Written by Joey Wojtanowska, Marketing Coordinator and Intern success story from the former Sussex Internship Programme, in the run up to the launch of the Intern Placement Programme     I hated applying for jobs! I would sit down at my computer armed with my seven tailored CVs; Radio, TV, Graphic Design, Print, Voluntary, Internship, Recruitment and “General” jobs. Sitting for hours on end trawling the websites of my favourite brands.  Going straight to their recruitment pages (which was pretty much a full time job in itself!) Completing application after application.  Only to have cliche responses stating that I lacked any relevant …

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Onwards and Upwards; the next year for Wired Sussex

Following on from our end of year roundup, here’s a quick overview to some of the projects, initiatives and events we’ve got planned for 2014 and how you can benefit. FuseBox24 ; a new programme for innovators Last year we opened the FuseBox; a collaborative support space for the digital/tech community and ran a  pilot programme that propelled a group of start-ups through a crash course of radically different learning and business support. After Easter we’ll be launching the second iteration of this programme ‘FuseBox24’, which will give participants more time to reflect upon their personal and professional development and …

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FuseBox to launch new programme for innovators

Last year the FuseBox opened it doors to the creative, digital and IT community in Brighton and Hove. Building on research findings from the Brighton Fuse Report, we identified the need to support individual innovators and start-up businesses in radical new ways. Inspired by the arts/humanities and digital technology, we ran the FuseBoxAmp as a pilot learning programme over a month in summer 2013 with nine innovators and early stage start-up businesses. We learned that we’d successfully created a supportive learning environment with many ingredients, chief amongst them effective leadership and facilitation, the strength of the participants’ peer network created …

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2014: A big hello and all things ‘IPP’

2014 is upon us and I have just joined the guys and gals at Wired Sussex to work alongside Caroline as a Project Coordinator on their exciting new Intern Placement Programme (IPP) following the previous success of the Sussex Internship Programme.  My background is a culmination of creativity and resource solutions (sounds slightly peculiar but that’s the truth of it!) Prior to starting at Wired Sussex I was working within a Brighton based recruitment firm. My role within the company originally began as a Recruitment Consultant this involved sourcing candidates from across the UK and Europe.  Briefs could include anything …

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This year at Wired Sussex…

As 2013 starts to disappear over the horizon, we thought it might be worth briefly reflecting on some of the things that we have been up to this year. So here it is, the Wired Sussex top ten of 2013: 1. New members – 2013 saw 437 new members join the Wired Sussex community, that’s more than one joining every day! In total, we now have over 2,500 company and freelancer members across Sussex. That’s important because, as an independent, not-for-profit organisation, it’s your membership dues that enable us to continue supporting you and the sector, at both a local and national …

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