Wired Sussex Blog

Breaking the Rules: The Hows and the Whys of Brighton’s £1bn Creative and Digital Sector

This is an article that i wrote For The Latest 7 magazine in Brighton. It was published on 8th December 2015. 2 pieces of research were released recently, both of which painted a pretty positive picture of Brighton’s economy, and of its creative and digital sector in particular. The updated Brighton Fuse report from the universities of Brighton and Sussex demonstrated that this sector is bigger and more successful than ever, with a total impact on the city’s economy of around £1bn per year. The second report, from the University of Sheffield, compared the Sheffield city region economy with that …

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The Digital Catapult Centre Brighton: Store of the Future Pitstop Open Call

The Digital Catapult Centre Brighton wants to hear from any small or medium sized businesses interested in developing innovative approaches to Retail Innovation for our Pit Stop with Q&A and the Store of the Future happening in February. Background This Pit Stop will explore new and innovative uses of technology for retailers to differentiate themselves from the competition and provide enhanced experiences for their customers. This Pit Stop will also look at new business models and product innovations within the retail sector and how this is shaping its future. All people, regardless of age, gender or demographic, be it on …

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10 reasons you should come to the Wired Sussex Members’ Christmas Meetup 2015!

Believe it or not it’s just two weeks to go until our annual Members’ Christmas Meetup!  We’re really looking forward to seeing lots of friendly faces and catching up with our members – oh and a mulled wine too. Coming to a Members’ Meetup is one of the best ways to make the most out of your membership.  Not only do we get a chance to meet you and chat to you about what you and your business are up to; you’ll also get to meet or catch up with other members, opening up opportunities for knowledge sharing, collaborations and …

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Guest Blog – Brandwatch and the benefits of recruiting in December…

Terry Swan, Global Recruitment Manager for Brandwatch gives us his insights about the benefits of recruiting in December…..: New year, new job? For many people Christmas is a time for reflection about the years achievements. Many employers use this time for performance and salary reviews as well as discussions about that bonus you’ve been striving hard all year to achieve. But what if these conversations do not go the way you’d hoped?.. Studies show that hiring is cyclical, with January and February often being the peak months for recruitment. Companies have drawn up their annual budgets, hiring plans and key decision makers have returned …

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Planning your next career move for 2015? Beat the new year rush….

It’s coming to the end of the year and you may be starting to think about a new challenge and a job for the new year?  If you’re thinking about changing jobs in 2015, now is the perfect time to get ready to beat the rush for the inevitable scramble for new roles in the New Year. Many savvy companies get their roles advertised before Christmas as they know potential applicants will have extra time over the Christmas holidays to reflect upon their year, start job hunting and have the time to apply! Here are nine steps you can take …

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Carrier neutral hosting at the heart of Brighton: Brighton Digital Exchange is Open for Business!

Back in September 2015 we launched the Brighton Digital Exchange, a business co-operative working to improve digital infrastructure and services in Brighton. On Tuesday 8 December, the Brighton Digital Exchange Coop are inviting the creative, digital and tech community to learn more about the initiative and find out the benefits of joining the network.  Find out more from Brighton Digital Exchange secretary Shaun Fensom, below. The new Brighton Digital Exchange – or BDX – is giving communications and Internet service providers a neutral landing point for local and Internet connectivity. But that’s only half the story. BDX is equipped with a state-of-the-art hosting facility …

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Join us at the Wired Sussex Members’ Christmas Meetup 2015!

What?      Wired Sussex Members’ Christmas Meetup 2015 When?     Tuesday 1st December, from 5.30pm onwards Where?    Alfresco, Kings Road, Brighton Now, I may be a little biased, but our meetups are lots of fun but also offer loads of value.  With an average over 150 people at each event, there’s opportunities galore to catch up with friends and make at least a few new contacts in the local creative, digital & IT network. And as this will be the last Wired Sussex Members Meetup of the 2015, we’d really love to see you there. So whether …

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The Digital Catapult Centre Brighton & Retail Innovation: What Next?

Following on the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton’s event on Retail Innovation and Technology in September, we invited SMEs, retail businesses, universities and corporates to the Retail Innovation Knowledge Cafe on Wednesday 21st October, to continue to the discussion around this subject. The focus in the Retail Innovation Knowledge Cafe was on local data and global problems facing retailers and an enthusiastic group discussed macro-level challenges facing businesses seeking to implement new technologies under the Internet of Things umbrella and more local level needs as reported through Brighton’s Business Improvement District consultation exercise. As a result, we have established an engaged …

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Interested in IoT and Data? The FuseBox is offering free work space.

Have you visited The FuseBox before for a Wired Sussex event? For those not yet in the know, The FuseBox is a digital hub based close to Brighton station and the North Laines. The space currently houses not only Wired Sussex but also The Digital Catapult Centre Brighton whilst also supporting a whole range of digital and creative activities. We’re currently putting a call out for those looking to work on, engage or collaborate with IoT or data projects that might benefit from free temporary space with us. The FuseBox can offer open plan space with in-house business expertise. Not …

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Capitalizing On Creativity: Brighton Fuse Two Years On

Two years ago the Brighton Fuse Research Project showed hard evidence of the vitality and growth of the Brighton Creative-Digital-IT cluster of firms. Referred to by government ministers and used to develop new investments like the £170m City Deal and the Digital Catapult Centre, the research raised the profile of the cluster and the role of creative-technical ‘fusion’ as well as identifying barriers to further growth. This event presents interesting new research results from a follow-up survey answering questions like: • Have businesses continued to grow, or have they declined? • Has the skills gap problem got worse, or better? • Even if businesses …

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