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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In Praise of Being Ambitiously Small

When I speak about the cluster of great digital businesses that have grown up here in Brighton, I am often met by the same response. “That’s all well and good”, people say, “but don’t the digital businesses in Brighton just lack ambition?”. It’s an interesting criticism. It seems to imply a lack of work ethic by local digital businesses and especially their founders and management. Perhaps it is felt that they are spending too much time on the beach and not enough time in the office? Perhaps an unwillingness to take on investment to accelerate growth? To me, it suggests a …

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Extending Local Full Fibre Networks: Our Response to the Government’s Call for Evidence

The Government recently requested submissions on ways that it might most effectively use public funding to encourage the deployment of full fibre networks in the UK. It asked organisations to respond to 3 questions. This is what we said: Wired Sussex is a membership organisation for digital, media and technology businesses in Sussex. We have a membership of over 2,500 businesses and we support them to innovate and grow. We have member businesses of all sizes – from large corporations to freelancers. Most are SMEs – ambitious, fast growing, innovating with new technology and new business models. Question 1: What …

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Headline sponsor plans for the region’s largest digital jobs and skills festival

We are excited to announce that Brighton-based global digital marketing agency iCrossing will be the headline sponsor for Talent2017: the region’s largest digital and skills festival. iCrossing’s CEO, Mark Iremonger said: “There are fantastic career opportunities for young people in the digital, technology and media sector. As a market leader in digital marketing and a big employer in Brighton we’re delighted to sponsor an event that attracts young talent into our industry.” Talent2017 is a 3-day festival dedicated to helping businesses in the region attract, train and retain the digital talent they need to grow their business. It will run for …

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Talent 2017: Why it’s needed

Brighton and Hove’s digital and creative economy is now worth more than £1 billion to the city each year. It is a driving force behind the city’s economy and Greater Brighton’s recent devolution bid supported the ambition of doubling the value of our cluster in a matter of years. However, the Brighton Fuse Report warned of an emerging skills gap that could prove to be a “critical issue” and a potential “barrier to growth” for our sector. Addressing this skills deficit is the biggest challenge we face to ensure the growth of our cluster is not hindered by a lack …

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The Skiff Coworking: The Journey So Far…

Wired Sussex is very proud to continue to support the Skiff coworking space as it moves to its new bigger, brighter home at 30 Cheapside in Brighton. The Skiff started in 2008 in a small basement in Brighton’s North Laine with space for a couple of dozen. It then moved to space for 80, then 150 and now its new home has capacity for around 240. It’s managed and owned by ourselves and Indua Community. That original small basement was Inuda’s idea. And we thought it was a really good one, which is why we have grown it together with …

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The issue of workspace

The digital, media and technology sector in Brighton and the surrounding area continues to grow strongly. This is great news, providing jobs and economic benefits. But there are challenges for individual businesses associated with that growth. One is the ever-increasing difficulty our member businesses tell us they have in finding workspace to grow into. Brighton’s geography is a limiting factor in that. The sea and the national park which border our city to the south and to the north are part of what makes it a great place to live, but they also limit development opportunities. We also don’t have …

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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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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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The Digital Catapult Centre Brighton, Brighton Digital Exchange and the FuseBox – What’s the Story?

Last week the Minister for the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey announced that Brighton is to host one of three regional Digital Catapults with Wired Sussex as one of the key delivery partners. It is a bid that we worked on together with Coast to Capital LEP, the local universities and a wide range of Brighton-based digital businesses and start-ups. That we have been successful against very strong opposition is really significant. It means that the momentum behind the cluster here continues, making it easier for all of us to attract talent, investment and work. For Wired Sussex, it adds significantly …

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