Wired Sussex Blog

Open Studios: Talent Week: Call For Participants Now Live!

Looking to attract new talent to your company? Showcase the fantastic, creative and innovative work you do at this year’s Open Studios: Talent Week. What’s Open Studios? For 5 days this October as part of Brighton Digital Festival, our members are invited to open their doors and hold an event in Open Studios: Talent Week. Whether you’re a small or large company, we’d love you to be involved! The week is a fantastic opportunity to raise your company profile within the community, showcase what you do and attract new talent to your business. Why should you get involved? Looking to recruit? Meet …

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Networking & Making Meaningful Connections

Looking to make new, meaningful connections? Our next Members’ Meetup might help! Tuesday 4th July, at Patterns Brighton from 5:30pm onwards.  85% of professionals say they build stronger, more meaningful business relationships in-person. Yet, 5-min elevator pitches, business card swapping and endless sales talks can only get you so-far. In Sussex, we’re lucky to have strong sense of community, with 2/3 of companies in our cluster frequently helping other businesses and 64% regularly receiving help from other companies.* In short, we network to help rather than sell. The local digital, tech and media community is about friendliness, openness and connectivity, where people are …

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Creating Valuable User Experiences #WiredBrekkie

As part of our ongoing Breakfast Session series, we invited Luke Hay, Natasha Popoola and Tom Prior to talk about creating valuable user experiences. Here’s some of their insights: At this session, we discussed how you can use analytics and the Kano Model tool to make data-driven decisions and create delightful user experiences. We spoke about the ways to improve the user experience, conversion rate and customer satisfaction of websites and apps and how to prioritise investment in new features. First stop: UX and analytics “Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion.” W. Edwards Deming. Taking an analytics-first …

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Talent2017: Why Apprenticeships in Tech and Digital Are Not What You Think

The upcoming Talent2017 Skills Summit on the 16th March is a fantastic opportunity for digital businesses to update and expand their knowledge on how they can find, train and retain the talent they need to successfully grow their organisation. In anticipation of the conference, we’re releasing a mini series of blog posts from some of the Skills Summit participants, who have kindly offered to put their thoughts in writing. This time, hear from Richard Freeman, Lead Project Consultant at Apprenticeship in Sussex and his insights on why apprenticeships could be the future of workforce development in our sector. Fewer than …

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Making the Most of Your Opportunities at the Talent2017 Jobs Fair

The upcoming Talent2017 Jobs Fair in Brighton is this year’s golden opportunity for those wanting to begin (or progress!) a career in the digital, media and tech sector. The event is a unique opportunity to meet the best companies in TV, games, design, animation, developing, programming, content marketing, mobile technology and more, as well as listen to inspiring talks and take part in workshops. Block out the 15th March in your diary, make sure you register to attend the event, and if you really want to stand out from the crowd start planning ahead now. Here’s some tips on how …

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Check Out the Talent2017: Skills Summit Programme

We are pleased to announce the programme of the Talent2017’s Skills Summit, which will take place on the 16th March at City College Brighton and Hove. Tickets to the Skills Summit are available here.  Attracting and growing the best talent is the lifeblood of any successful and ambitious business. The Talent2017: Skills Summit will offer delegates the chance to update and expand their knowledge on how they can find, train and retain the talent they need to successfully grow their organisation. We’ve planned a full-day programme of expert speakers, workshops and best practice business case studies, with an emphasis on …

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Making the Most of Recruitment Events as an Employer

Maximising your opportunities for finding great talent at recruitment events You’ve probably all heard the good news by now that Wired Sussex are running Talent2017, a skills festival for the digital sector, of which the first event will be a Jobs Fair. You might think these type of events just benefit jobseekers, but there could be a whole lot more important opportunity than you imagine for unlocking and safeguarding your talent and future business! Here’s a few tips on how you can maximise your time and investment in recruitment events to help protect your talent pipeline: Plan your staff time …

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Talent 2017: Jobs Fair Stand Opportunities

15th March – Jury’s Inn (Seafront) in Brighton The first day of Talent 2017 will be a jobs fair showcasing the best job opportunities and companies in the digital, media and tech sector in Sussex to over 1,000 attendees. The event will give jobseekers the opportunity to interact with digital, media and tech businesses face to face. They’ll be able to learn about various roles and opportunities, engage with companies, and gain various tips and insights through our varied programme of talks and workshops. We will be marketing the event heavily to our database of over 11,000 jobseekers as well …

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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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