Wired Sussex Blog

FuseBox24: what it is and why we ran it

This is the text of a talk I gave last week at the launch of the FuseBox24 research project at the University of Brighton… FuseBox24 is a new 24 week programme for innovators that uses and integrates a range of concepts from both business (especially lean start-up models) and from the arts. Its aim is to help the participants significantly develop both themselves and their ideas. You can view a short video about the research the University of Brighton undertook into the programme here. The starting point for Wired Sussex’s activity around the creation and development of the FuseBox24 programme …

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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 look at some of the exciting projects, initiatives and events we’ve got planned for the first quarter of 2015, and how you can benefit. January FuseBox24 Showcase Event, 22nd Jan. Come along and hear the innovator success stories and research results from our FuseBox24 programme of start-up business support, that we ran last year our home the FuseBox in Brighton. You can register for a ticket here. Brighton Fuse 2 Freelancer Research: The Results, 26th Jan. Over the past year we coordinated detailed research into the Brighton freelance community and …

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Keeping The Fuse Alight

In 2013 we revealed the findings of the Brighton Fuse Project; a 2-year R+D exercise that mapped and measured Brighton’s digital cluster. The report was massively influential, raising the profile of our cluster and informing policy making; with the findings discussed by Government, featured in a range of publications including the Financial Times and presented at industry conferences as far afield as New Zealand. It also prompted the decision to conduct similar studies into clusters in Newcastle and Bristol. Brighton Fuse has had a significant impact on policy makers, informing the successful Brighton City deal bid and initiating activity by …

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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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