Wired Sussex Blog

Our New Board Members

We had an amazing response to our request for expressions of interest in joining the Wired Sussex board and we’re thrilled to announce five new additions to the Wired Sussex board of non-executive directors. Our new directors will help us in our ambition to support the growth of a world-class digital, media and technology sector that is creative, passionate and inclusive, and the whole Wired Sussex team is looking forward to working with them. Without a further ado, we would like to say a big welcome to: Sophie Davies-Patrick, Engineering Director at American Express Sophie has been working in the …

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Why Christmas is a great time to recruit (Especially with our special offer)

With the holiday season just around the corner, many businesses feel it’s time to put their recruitment plans on hold. However, there are some good reasons to advertise over the Christmas period and we get to help our members recruit successfully as a consequence each year. Here are a few reasons to consider: Job seekers have more time to search – Over the holidays, people have more time to think about their careers, evaluate where they’re going and search for new opportunities. December is actually one of the busiest months for our Jobs Board in terms of views – with over …

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How the FuseBox can help your business keep innovating

The FuseBox is a collaborative research and development hub, run by and home to the Wired Sussex team. We share our space with over 30 different residents, from digital artists to tech startups and academics. If you are a business that is now beyond the start-up phase but recognises the need to keep innovating. How to do that when you have existing products and services to deliver? A residency at the FuseBox might be the answer. Innovation in our sector often needs a space away from the day-to-day business, ideally with access to emerging tech and opportunities to share and …

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Have you considered hiring an apprentice?

Brighton and Hove’s digital and creative economy is now worth more than £1 billion to the city each year and the driving force behind our city’s economy. This is obviously great news for the sector, but it does pose the challenge of finding enough talented people to support this growth. We need a large, highly skilled workforce and a pipeline of talent coming from schools, colleges, universities with industry standard, work ready digital skills. One solution to help bridge this gap could be to better utilise digital apprenticeship programmes. So, have you ever considered hiring an apprentice? We caught up …

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The 12 Steps of Networking

You’ve heard about the 12 days of Christmas, well how about the 12 steps of networking? With our Members’ Christmas Meetup right around the corner, I thought it would be a great opportunity to discuss how you can make the most of it by sharing some top tips! Let’s start with one of my favourite words: serendipity – the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. I’m sure for most of us, an important conversation that has led to great and wonderful things has happened after work hours. People are relaxed and often more …

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5 simple tips to improve your directory listing

As the member services coordinator for Wired Sussex, I’m often asked how you can get the most out of a listing on our directory pages. You see, one of the many benefits of joining Wired Sussex is that you’ll be added to our growing directory of over 2000 talented companies and freelancers working in the digital, media and creative sector in Sussex. Many of our members regularly secure direct leads and business referrals as a result of their directory listing, as it is searched by thousands of people every month looking for web, design, marketing and other digital media services …

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Talent Talks: A chat with Make Real

  As part of our ongoing Talent Talks series, we caught up with some of the team at Make Real to take a look behind-the-scenes to find out what they look for when recruiting new staff. They’re currently growing their development team and looking for some fresh faces to join them, including an Immersive Learning Designer and an Internal R&D Developer. So, if you’re interested in working for award-winning studio that create state-of-the-art immersive experiences, read on…   What do you look for in a prospective employee for your team? There are a number of factors we take into consideration when looking for …

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Save money on your recruitment

If you need more staff, now is the perfect time to get recruiting! To support our members in their recruitment efforts, we have created bulk packages to save you money on your recruitment costs, whilst providing even more extra exposure around roles. You find out more about what’s included in the packages below. There is no expiry date on these packages, meaning you have support when you need it – you could post them all within a week and make a big splash around a recruitment drive or you could spread them over a few years to just shore up vacancies as they …

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Talent Talks: Bright Interactive

Welcome to our Talent Talks series, where we speak to member companies who are currently advertising on our Jobs Board to explore what they look for when hiring and discover what they are offering future employees. We also find out how some of their team got started and their top tips to help you land that dream job! This month, I met with a some of the Bright Interactive team, a web software development company based in Brighton, who are currently searching for three new people to join them, including a JavaScript Developer, Senior Software Engineer and Java Developer. If …

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Are Your Job Adverts Gender Biased?

Part of my role here at Wired Sussex is speaking to members and giving advice and support around their recruitment. A common trend I have noticed recently is questions concerning accidental gender bias when writing a job advertisement. With that in mind; I thought we could take a look at some of the things you might consider when advertising your next job. If you have ever been left wondering why your job adverts seem to have a drastic imbalance in the gender of candidates that are applying, there may be something within the description that is putting people off. We …

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