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April Newsletter


Digital Roundup
Well done to Tom Jackson, director of RamJam, for the release of his first music video for the hip hop collective ArtOfficial
Congratulations to Persistent Peril who have just finished work on a season trailer for the Barbican! They met earlier this year at the Wired Sussex Interface event, where we connected 32 of our member companies with 10 of the UK’s biggest cultural brands.
Brilliant news this month from Makemedia who have just announced they’re opening a new branch in Australia.
Good luck to our members at Ithaca Audio whose new video mashup site has been nominated for a Webby award!
Don’t believe the hype have had an amazing first year and have just relocated to a super new HQ, joining fellow Wired Sussex members Super+Super at their co-working space.
‘Huzzah’ for the busy iCrossing who’ve formed a new partnership with Russian Media Arts Group to provide joint digital marketing services, whilst also landing comparethemarket.com as a new client.
Exciting times for our members over at Lightmaker, who have just revamped Wayne Rooney’s Official Website!
Big developments from SyncSquirrel who announced they are teaming up with 1-Louder to cover a wider range of services. …and a round of applause to Plug and play who have just launched a new CMS system: Dinky
Lastly, some fantastic news from Wired Sussex members Mind Candy, they’ve just been named 32nd in the Sunday Times Best Companies Awards!

….. remember if you’ve got any news you’d like us to shout about then just drop us an email for inclusion in our next newsletter.


How to be a successful freelancer
Last week saw our first event at The FuseBox; a breakfast workshop on how to be a successful freelancer. The open discussion was led by Steve Bustin of Vada Media, Fran Swaine of Digital Marketing Consultant and Jo Munro, Virtual PA. The workshop yielded loads of handy hints and tips; check out our blog for some of the highlights


Fancy putting on an event as part of Brighton Digital Festival? 
Plans are underway for the Brighton Digital Festival 2013, set to return this September for another month-long celebration of everything connected with digital culture.
Here at Wired Sussex, we will be on hand to help coordinate proceedings and offer our support and advice to anyone wishing to get involved.
If you’re interested in putting on an event yourself, or would just like to find out more, then there are a couple of events you should check out this month:

Open meeting
Tuesday 16th April, 6.30pm - 8.30pm at The Old Market
This is the second open meeting about this year’s Brighton Digital Festival.
It is an opportunity for those who might be thinking of getting involved, either as event organisers or volunteers. Come along and hear about the Festival, how it works, and the timescales for 2013.

Brighton Digital Festival - Crowd Funding Workshops
Thursday 25th April, 9am - 6pm at Lighthouse
These workshops are open to anyone interested in exploring crowd funding as a possible model for supporting their BDF event in 2013. 
 
The sessions will examine the fund-raising model, looking at successful case studies, and then applying the thinking to participants projects with a look to developing a campaign, understanding how best to apply it to the project, and delivering a strong marketing and communications strategy.  
 
The workshop will be run by Hen Norton, co-founder of wedidthis.org.uk and is open to everyone and anyone interested, but if you are coming, it would be great if you  could let us know via eventbrite.


Attract new clients with these 5 simple tips to improve your directory listing
One of the great benefits of joining Wired Sussex is that you’ll be added to our growing directory of over 2000 other 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, so by spending a little time tweaking you can enhance your listing to maximum effect. Here are five of my top tips to get you on the right track….


Let's get togetherWired Sussex Members' Meetup, Tuesday 23rd April from 5.30pm at Above Audio.
Our next member’s meetup is happening on the 23rd April.
Come along and share your latest news, learn about potential joint working opportunities or just have a chat with other like minded folk. It's all very informal!
If you've not been along before the meetups offer a great opportunity to network with others working in the creative, digital, media and technology (CDIT) sector. This will also be our first meetup of 2013, so let’s hope it’s not snowing!

The event is free to our members, including all employees of member companies, but you will need to register here to guarantee your place.
*Not sure if your company is a member? Just search our online directory or get in touch.


Growth of the games sector
With the Sussex games sector continuing to go from strength to strength we thought it would be valuable to do a little investigating; talking with some of our members about their experiences and how they’ve been managing their workforce to fit growth and demand. Caroline investigates.


Funding opportunities for digital businesses 
Another of the benefits of Wired Sussex membership is getting to hear about the latest funding opportunities within the sector either by networking with other members or through our monthly funding letter.- N.B. if you haven’t already you can sign up to receive our funding letter via your WS account page!

Here are a couple of the latest:

Innovation Vouchers - Start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses from across the UK can apply for an Innovation Voucher. They are designed to encourage businesses to look outside their current network for new knowledge that can help them to grow and develop.
A grant of up to £5000 is available to businesses to work with a supplier for the first time and is used to pay for knowledge or technology transfer from that supplier. 
Closing date: Ongoing

Digital R&D Fund - is looking to support research and development projects that use digital technology to enhance arts audience reach and/or explore new business models. Funds of £125,000 are available.
The fund will focus on the following key themes: user generated content and social media, digital distribution and exhibition, mobile location and games, data and archives, resources, education and learning.
Closing date: 30 December 2013.


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