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Developing a Creative Digital Strategy for Coastal West Sussex

We are developing a strategy for the creative digital sector along the coastal corridor between Brighton and Chichester. It’s a collaboration between Coastal West Sussex, University of Chichester and Wired Sussex.  

The first part of the project is to collect information and evidence on what creative digital businesses and organisations already exist, what works for them, and what is required to help them work better and more successfully. 

The second part of the project is to develop recommendations to help better connect the sector together and to suggest which pieces of the jigsaw might be missing to enable that to happen. 

We’ve termed this a strategy to support virtual and distributed production. By this we mean that we want to focus on multiple ways to enhance and connect the existing creative digital growth activity, helping businesses and others benefit from regional collaboration. In other words, we want to build on what exists.

Applications by regional authorities for funding to support our sector require ambitious and coherent plans backed up by strong evidence, and that is what we will provide with this work.

How can you get involved?

If you are a creative digital business or organisation based in Brighton or the Coastal West Sussex region - from Brighton, Worthing, Bognor Regis, Chichester or anywhere else in between- we need to hear from you. 

If you are a company and organisation in any of the following sectors (or not but you think this activity is relevant to you), please fill in this short survey (it should take you less than 5 minutes) and we can make sure your activity - and your voice - is heard:

  • Digital marketing and social media
  • Web design and web build
  • Games and gaming
  • TV, film and video production
  • Music production, distribution and venues
  • Immersive technologies (VR/AR)
  • Tech (ISP, IT, etc)
     

What we’ve done before

Strategy work that we have previously supported has delivered significant infrastructure investment in our region. 

For instance, In 2016, we conducted a project in Bognor Regis, identifying and supporting digital creative companies in the area, and working out their needs. The result of this work not only helped people come together, build stronger networks and accelerate the creative industries, but also led to the renovation of the Victorian waiting rooms at Bognor Regis station into a new co-working space called The Track.

Designed by internationally renowned designer Wayne Hemingway and his team at Hemingway Design, The Track combines the character of a building full of local history, with the vision of a space designed for how we work today – with ultrafast fibre connection and flexible workspace.
 

Any questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Phil.
Make sure your voice is heard, please fill in this super short survey today.

About the author

Phil Jones

Hi, I'm the Managing Director of Wired Sussex, overseeing our strategy as an organisation and work to promote our membership and its needs to local, national and international stakeholders, including government.

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