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April Newsletter

The Digital Roundup
The first shout out this month goes to TrustedHousesitters, they have been nominated for ‘Best Community Website’ in the Webby Awards - hailed as the “Internet’s highest honour” by The New York Times!
Congratulations to Simon Pringle, co-founder of Red River Software, who was named Business Person of the Year’ at the 2016 Gatwick Diamond Business Awards.  And well done to RocketMill Ltd   who picked up awards for ‘Employer of the Year’ and ‘Digital Marketing Business of the Year’ on the night.
We saw cool work from RamJam; they designed the Brighton Fringe cover on the theme of synaesthesia and made an Augmented Reality app for it too! 
Well done to Nikki Gatenby (Propellernet) and Allyson James (icrossing); both were nominated for the most innovative ‘Women in Search 2016’ Award!
Big news from Good Rebels, they have just launched ‘Campus Plus’, a new collaborative workspace in Brighton.
Exciting times for FuseBox24 alumni Hexology, their kickstarter campaign launches tomorrow to build a beacon device to accompany their IoT storytelling app.
Nice work from Library, they have just undergone a rebrand and launched a new portfolio website.
Happy to see the Happy Startup School featured on Dutch TV  last week, talking about their ethos and the rise of the purpose economy.  

Congrats to Creative Process whose digital apprenticeship programme just placed their 100th apprentice with Brighton employers.
Jolly Wise have plenty to be cheerful about; their interactive project for the BBC Connected Studios just exceeded one million views!
Big news from iCrossing, following a competitive pitch Marks & Spencer has appointed them to lead its global SEO account.

 ….. Remember if you’ve got any news you’d like us to shout about (including new products, service and clients) just drop us an email for inclusion in our next newsletter…

Over 100 people registered for our next Members' Meetup. Want to join us? 
26th April, 5.30pm – 11pm, at Alfresco.

It’s not long until our Spring Members' Meetup and –with 150 people already registered - it’s shaping up to be a fantastic evening!

Meeting other members and talking to Wired Sussex about your business needs is one of the best ways to get the most out of your membership.

Meet new members, share ideas, make connections with peers and find out how you could benefit from some of the projects we’re working on, including: plans to establish a digital hub in Bognor Regis; work to improve the broadband infrastructure in Brighton; an R&D lab helping fast track innovative digital products and services to market; and opportunities to work with Gatwick Airport through our new DRIVA initiative.

So if you are a freelancer, director or employee at a large agency, from Brighton or beyond – come join us.

*Not sure if your company is a member? Just search our online directory or get in touch.

Successful freelancing tips
Last month we held a breakfast event on ‘Being a Successful Freelancer’, where a panel of experts: Elliot Taylor (Raison), Izzy Crouch (IZC Marketing) Gareth Williams (LoneWolfWilliams) and Paul Silver (Silver Web Services Ltd) answered questions and shared their knowledge about freelancing. 

Spaces for the event were in high demand so, in case you missed out, here are the key points from the Breakfast Session.

The Wired Sussex Breakfast Sessions
Inspiration, knowledge and guidance to kick start your day.

These fortnightly events share best practice on subjects ranging from marketing and branding to intellectual property and investment opportunities. And there’s coffee and croissants too. What’s not to like?

Next in the series we have:

Finding and Developing Talent.
Thursday 14th April, 9am - 11am, at The FuseBox
Looking for better ways to find and retain talent for your business?
Bring your questions and challenges to this session and learn from your peers and experts in the digital sector.
Find out more and register for a free ticket here.

Staff contracts, pensions and other employment law issues.
Thursday 28th April, 9am - 11am, at The FuseBox
Need some guidance on hiring staff, pensions and other HR stuff? At this Breakfast Session HR professionals will be on hand to provide expert help and guidance.

Find out more and register for a free ticket here.

Better project management.
Thursday 12th May, 9am till 11am, at The FuseBox
Are you struggling to deliver projects effectively and want to know what project management tools and techniques might help? This session will provide you with useful advice and guidance from expert guests. 

Find out more and register for a free ticket here.

Work in Bognor Regis?  - We want to hear from you! 
We have been working on a collaborative project to explore how unused space at Bognor Regis Station could be turned into a focal point for the creative digital community.

Following a series of consultation sessions, interviews and surveys with local businesses in the area, as well as research into how other spaces have been used successfully for similar purposes, we’re keen to share findings and hear your thoughts on how this space could support you and your business in Bognor. 

More details here.

The issue of Workspace
The digital sector in Brighton and the surrounding area continues to grow strongly, but there are challenges to this growth.
One is the ever-increasing difficulty our member businesses face in finding workspace to grow into. With sea to the south and a national park to the north space is at a premium, and this has only been exacerbated by the Government’s introduction of Permitted Development Rights (PDR).

We do feel our members growing angst on the issue and although there is no magic bullet, we have (and will continue) to work hard to look at ways of helping our members to alleviate the problem. Here is a look at what we have been doing.  

Digital Catapult Centre Brighton - one year on.
It’s one year since we launched Digital Catapult Centre Brighton – a collaborative R+D lab,  helping businesses fast-track innovative digital products and services to market - here is a quick look back at the past 12 months; what has been achieved, what’s on the horizon, and how you can get involved.  
Interested in how it could benefit your business? Come along to one of our Drop-in events to find out more.
At these fortnightly morning sessions you can learn about the project, meet the partner organisations involved and raise any questions and ideas you have with the team.
The next Drop-in is taking place on the 15th April and you can sign up for a place here.

HR support for members in the Gatwick area
5th May, 9.15am - 11.15am, at Basepoint Business Centre
Following the success of our HR Digital Media Group in Brighton, we are launching a new HR group in Crawley for companies based in the Gatwick area (Crawley, East Grinstead and Horsham).

We welcome business owners, HR managers, directors and employees responsible for personnel issues who work in the Digital Media Sector. We share best practice, invite speakers and learn from our peers in HR in an informal setting.
You can find more information and sign up to attend here

Retail Pitstop 
Last month we partnered with IOTUK to run an intensive 2-day event exploring the future of the high street and heard from leaders in the field of retail innovation.

The event looked at how technology can help grow the high-street through the application of real-time data, the improvement of retailer productivity and the creation of new, innovative retail experiences.

You can check out videos from all the talks here.

Latest short-term work & project opportunities

A significant benefit of Wired Sussex membership is getting to hear about the latest fixed-term and project work opportunities within the sector, either by networking with other members or by accessing our exclusive projects board.

Anyone - from local boutiques to multinational agencies - can post project details on the board, so the projects range greatly, with everything from product photography to e-Commerce platforms builds. However, what they all have in common is a need for digital and media experts. To access the details of each project you must be a Wired Sussex member.

Here’s a couple of the latest: Don’t forget you can add your own Project to our board free of charge!  

Whether you need an agency to design and develop a website, a freelancer to work on a short term project, or even a business partner for a new venture?  We can help so get in touch!