Wired Sussex Blog

Being one of Say Digital(s)

Written by Monika Varžinskaitė, Wired Sussex Intern Placement Programme intern, turned Digital Marketing Strategist, of Say Digital.  Usually, when I tell someone that I’m a Digital Marketing Strategist, I’m asked: “oh, so you spend all day on Twitter?” The answer is both-yes and no. Social media is just a part of my role. I have a lot of responsibilities at Say Digital, which gives me an opportunity to experiment, learn, improve my knowledge and grow. Some of my day-to-day duties include: * Producing a competitor analysis * Analysing target audiences and their needs * Putting together a marketing plan for Say …

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This Year at Wired Sussex …

Christmas is a time to take stock and reflect on the year gone by, so with that in mind, I’d like to take a moment to look at Wired Sussex and some of the work we’ve undertaken over the past 12 months. MEMBERSHIP: 2014 saw 473 new members join Wired Sussex. That’s nearly 10 every single week. If you’re not a member already why not make 2015 the year you get involved; not only will you gain access to a wealth of business support, but you’ll be joining a 2,000+ strong network and doing your bit to help represent the …

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Brighton Fuse Freelancer Research: The Results

People are working in new and different ways in modern economies. We can see the rise of self-employed work in the UK and elsewhere, and especially with highly skilled professionals. But how big is this trend? And how do we understand what is happening? Until now, the role of UK’s independent professionals has still been largely understudied, and the Brighton Fuse Freelancer Research aims to lift the lid on this category of workers. • Why do they choose to work this way? • How do they cope with uncertainty and risk? • Do they contribute to economic growth? • How …

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How IPP can help you in the run up to Christmas…

With just under a month until Christmas, it’s almost time for enjoying vast amounts of mulled beverages and  debuting those all important Christmas jumpers (especially in Laura Bevans case)! Although the new year may still seem a long way off, statistics show that it’s also a time for considering new career directions and advertising glimmering job opportunities. A record number of jobseekers were set to have looked for new jobs around this time last year.  One popular jobs service reported a  ’28% increase in people looking for a new role on Boxing Day’ alone. In addition it was reported that …

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Countdown to our Members’ Xmas Meetup – 12 things you need to know.

With just under two weeks to go until 2014’s Members’ Christmas Meetup, we’re starting to get in the spirit of the festive season and looking forward to catching up with and meeting lots of lovely members. So with this in mind and with 12 days ’til the big night, I thought it apt to offer up all the info you will need ahead of the event – from why you should come to how you can make the most of the occasion – in the theme of the 12 days of xmas.  Here goes…. ___ 12 – (drummers drumming) Our …

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A guide to office and coworking spaces

At Wired Sussex we often hear from members who’re struggling to find decent office or shared working space in Brighton; whether they are companies looking to expand or freelancers keen to get out of the house (or coffee shop!) and work alongside others in a shared space. We recognise there’s a real shortage of these spaces around the city and it can be hard to know exactly where to look to find them. So, I thought I’d take a moment to give you a quick run through of some the ways we’ve been working to help address this problem. Workspace …

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The FuseBox: A look back at events in the past year

The FuseBox is a studio and collaboration space that we inhabit in central Brighton, which has been open over a year now. It was primarily created to host and provide assistance to start-ups from the creative, digital and tech sector. Between running business support space and programmes; The FuseBox Amp and FuseBox24, the space has also provided itself as a venue for a range of events from workshops to hackathons. In the past year and a half since our launch in Spring 2013, we’ve seen an array of amazing events take place in the space. Here’s a quick run through …

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The Digital Catapult Centre Brighton, Brighton Digital Exchange and the FuseBox – What’s the Story?

Last week the Minister for the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey announced that Brighton is to host one of three regional Digital Catapults with Wired Sussex as one of the key delivery partners. It is a bid that we worked on together with Coast to Capital LEP, the local universities and a wide range of Brighton-based digital businesses and start-ups. That we have been successful against very strong opposition is really significant. It means that the momentum behind the cluster here continues, making it easier for all of us to attract talent, investment and work. For Wired Sussex, it adds significantly …

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How Wired Sussex Can Help You Access The Best New Talent – And Even Help Towards The Cost Too

We are once again running our hugely successful Intern Placement Programme which connects companies with the best new talent in the sector – and we even contribute to their salaries for the first 6 weeks! WHATS THE DEAL? The aim of the scheme is to help you find the best new junior talent for your organisation.  We’ve worked hard to make the scheme as simple and straightforward for you as possible, by handling the advertising, shortlisting, contracting and payments for the duration of the placement. Not only is this service free, but we also contribute 60% towards the cost of …

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Jobs, Projects and a Happy Hello from the New Jobs and Talent Manager.

A happy HELLO to everyone who’s involved with Wired Sussex.  I’m Kelly, the new Jobs and Talent Manager and I am very excited to be here. So, I’ve been in Brighton for 21 years this year (eek), a proud graduate from the University of Sussex, still in love with everything that is Brighton.  I’ve worked for Hays, the Department for Work and Pensions and Business in the Community in recruitment, employer advising, volunteer and project management.  I’ve freelanced for Brighton and Hove Food Partnership, along with a stint in Madagascar working in marine conservation, diving every day!  I’ve also run …

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