Wired Sussex Blog

Announcing a New Residency Programme at the FuseBox

We are delighted to announce that the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton is open for applications for its new residency programme, based at The Fusebox. This residency programme is intended to support digital entrepreneurs, tech visionaries and creative technologists who are looking to turn their ideas and initiatives into successful innovations. If this sounds like you, read on to hear more about what is on offer and get in touch. What kind of people or businesses are you looking for? These residencies are part of the Digital Catapult’s programme of activity in Brighton. This means we are looking for individuals or small …

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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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Tips for Managing Your Business’ Finances #WiredBrekkie

On the 29th September, we ran a Wired Sussex Breakfast Workshop on cash flow & finance strategies. Jamie Young, Director of  Plus Accounting, and Emma Bland, our Head of Operations at Wired Sussex, brought their expertise on finance forecasting & aged debtors. Here are some of their top tips!  Funding gaps are inevitable when running a business, whether you are a small or big company, a start up or freelancer. Preparing for these gaps is essential to nurture the growth of your institution and one of the best ways to plan ahead is to undertake meticulous financial forecasting. Financial forecasting is key to some important …

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Top Tips for Developing International Trading

Developing business internationally can be intimidating at first. Which country should you target? How can you get a firm grasp of this new market? Which legal, administrative and cultural factors are going to impact your business? On the 18th of August, we invited Mark Bedser from Madgex and Stephen Golding from the Department for International Trade (formerly UK Trade & Investment) to discuss these issues as part of the Wired Sussex Breakfast Workshops. Here are some of their top tips to facilitate your transition to international trade. Localise your business and look out for details Maximise the localisation of your online presence. …

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GUEST BLOG – Shane Mitchell – Tech Beyond The Screen: What is the Internet of Everything?

On Wednesday 3rd February 2016, The Digital Catapult Centre Brighton kicked off it’s event series ‘Tech Beyond The Screen’ with it’s first event ‘What is the Internet of Everything?’. Guest speakers Shane Mitchell (UrbanPeer) and Adrian Bone (Deteq) talked to a packed room of Sussex’s digital, arts and tech community about the Internet of Everything and demonstrated a number of case studies of how the technology is being used. Shane Mitchell has written a guest blog post with his thoughts on the progression of the Internet of Everything. “Digital entrepreneurship and the Internet of Every/Thing I’d like to reflect on some the discussions …

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Get involved in Retail Innovation and the Internet of things

Fusing retail innovation with the internet of things (IoT) is one of our core themes here at the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton. Last week we invited a number of industry experts to share their insights on trends and opportunities with over fifty participants. It  turned out to be a hugely enjoyable and productive afternoon. In our quest to identify SMEs with an interest in collaborative innovation in this theme, the event was designed to provide an opportunity through short talks and group sessions, to share insights and develop ideas that could tackle challenges facing Brighton as example location through IoT …

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BRIGHTON FUSE

  What is it? Brighton Fuse is a research and development project which mapped, measured and assisted Brighton’s creative, digital and IT (CDIT) cluster. It started with the belief that by connecting the arts, humanities and design with digital and ICT, then creativity and innovation could be enhanced. The project supported mutually beneficial connections between higher education, those engaged in the creation of arts and culture, and Brighton’s digital technology sector.   What value does it offer to the cluster? This project provided a thorough understanding of our cluster, through which we were able to learn about its needs, discover …

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FUSEBOX

              What is it? The FuseBox is a studio and collaboration space which we primarily created to host and provide assistance to start-ups from the creative, digital and tech sector. As well as being home to Wired Sussex and our business support programmes, the space has also been used by the community as a venue for a range of events from workshops to hackathons.   What value does it offer to the cluster? The FuseBox offers possible space for creative and digital activities to use as a collaborative work space, event space and to …

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FUSEBOX24

What is it? FuseBox24 is a 24-week radical programme of start-up business support which provides 24/7 access to the facilities at The FuseBox; access to knowledge networks of thought leaders and practitioners from the worlds of art, technology and business; as well as personal and professional support and development. A number of the core concepts from the Brighton Fuse research around ‘superfused’ businesses are applied to the methodology of business support.   What value does it offer to the cluster? This programme provides a platform for intensive business exploration and development.   How you can get involved Take part: If you …

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Business Breakfast Drop Ins

The Digital Catapult Centre Brighton is currently being housed at The FuseBox, a space in Brighton created to support digital and creative activity. Here, Hub and Events Coordinator Rosalie offers an overview of recent Breakfast Drop Ins, a glimpse of what’s yet to come and an overview of the opportunities coming up offering engagement with the Project….. So far we have hosted two Business Breakfast Drop In sessions here in Brighton. These events were designed to follow on from the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton’s series of taster sessions. They were ultimately created to provide a chance for anyone to come …

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