Wired Sussex Blog

How to be a Successful Freelancer #WiredBrekkie

On the 10th November, we ran a Wired Sussex Breakfast Workshop on being a successful freelancer. We invited Richard Nash, Charlotte Ricca-Smith and Jim Callender to talk about their freelancer journey. Charlotte has kindly accepted to put her thoughts to paper. Here is her story of how she reconverted from freelance Journalist to Content Producer:  I was recently asked to speak at Wired Sussex breakfast session on ‘How to be a successful freelancer’. The invite couldn’t have come at a better time, as after 15 years or so as a freelance journalist I have had to rethink my job in order to …

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HR Resolutions: getting ahead for the New Year

Even if you don’t have a dedicated HR person within the company, if you employ staff you will need to look after your employees and internal communications to make sure the business runs smoothly. Make it your resolution to focus on a few areas that could make all the difference in 2017. Here’s some things to consider that could set you off to a better year: Evaluate Look at the successes, as well as challenges you faced in 2016: What could have gone better and what could be done to prevent issues happening again? What are you and your staff …

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Why Christmas is a great time to recruit, especially with our special offer

The holiday season is now in full swing and a lot of organisations think that means they need to put a lot of their recruitment plans on hold, even if it’s to the detriment of the business. We believe there’s actually some very positive reasons to advertising and recruiting over the Christmas period, and have successfully done so in the past. Here’s a few reasons to share with you: Jobseekers have more time to jobseek – As work traditionally unwinds and people take leave, they have a lot more time. The super keen job seekers won’t be halting their searches and …

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Talent 2017: Why it’s needed

Brighton and Hove’s digital and creative economy is now worth more than £1 billion to the city each year. It is a driving force behind the city’s economy and Greater Brighton’s recent devolution bid supported the ambition of doubling the value of our cluster in a matter of years. However, the Brighton Fuse Report warned of an emerging skills gap that could prove to be a “critical issue” and a potential “barrier to growth” for our sector. Addressing this skills deficit is the biggest challenge we face to ensure the growth of our cluster is not hindered by a lack …

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Talent 2017: Sponsorship Opportunities

Talent 2017: a 3-day festival dedicated to helping businesses in the region attract, train and retain the digital talent they need to grow their business. It will run from Wednesday 15th March – Friday 17th March 2017, and we’re expecting to attract over 1,200 individuals across a range of events, making it the biggest digital skills festival south of London. Show your support By sponsoring Talent 2017 your company will be showcased to great talent, it will build your reputation, and help support the future of our sector. By aligning with the festival, you’ll gain access to new audiences and build relationships with …

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The FuseBox- Making Connections

Reaching out A big part of my role as Hub Manager at Wired Sussex is to support working relationships and to encourage collaboration between our residents in The FuseBox. Community is the one word that comes up most when talking about Coworking spaces and we’ve come to realise that creating an active network outside of your space is just as important as tending to the ecosystem within it. So, this year we’ve been really excited to be working with the British Council to help us talk about our learnings at The FuseBox. We would like to not only help provide …

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Big Data in Brighton

This week Digital Catapult Centre Brighton hosted a big data meet up, bringing together local academics, businesses and enthusiasts to discuss the opportunities and application of big data. Morgan McCarthy of CDO Partners (a data and analytics consultancy) and a resident at The Digital Catapult Centre Brighton, organised the meetup. He shared his thoughts about why he is so passionate about unlocking the value of data and why he thinks big data is not just the province of large organisations. Why did you decide to organise a Big Data meet up? “There is an incredibly strong interest in Brighton around …

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Top Tips to Create and Tell Engaging Business Stories #WiredBrekkie

On the 27th October, we ran a Wired Sussex Breakfast Workshop on how to tell your business story. We invited Jeta Bejtullahu, Content Strategist, Writer and Photographer, and Caroline Beavon, Infographics, Information & Data Designer, to talk about crafting compelling stories around your business and turn them into shareable content. Here is what we discussed:  Why is brand storytelling so important nowadays? Because it’s not about the product you make, it’s about the stories you tell. Our brains are wired to consume compelling stories. Create emotional narratives your audience can relate to, and you will have their attention. It doesn’t matter how big …

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5 reasons why you should come to the Wired Sussex Members’ Christmas Meetup 2016!

What? Wired Sussex Members’ Christmas Meetup 2016 When? Wednesday 7th December, from 5:30pm onwards Where? Patterns, 10 Marine Parade, Brighton Get your ticket here!  It’s not long now until our Members’ Christmas Meetup and we’re very much looking forward to catching-up with you then. If you don’t have your tickets yet, here are five reasons why you should join us on the 7th! #1 Catch-up with friends and make new contacts  With an average attendance of 150 people, our Christmas Members’ Meetup offers a great chance for you to meet or catch-up with local people working in the digital, media and tech …

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The Skiff Coworking: The Journey So Far…

Wired Sussex is very proud to continue to support the Skiff coworking space as it moves to its new bigger, brighter home at 30 Cheapside in Brighton. The Skiff started in 2008 in a small basement in Brighton’s North Laine with space for a couple of dozen. It then moved to space for 80, then 150 and now its new home has capacity for around 240. It’s managed and owned by ourselves and Indua Community. That original small basement was Inuda’s idea. And we thought it was a really good one, which is why we have grown it together with …

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