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August Newsletter


The Digital Roundup
The first mention this month goes to No Pork Pies who’ve been turning heads with pioneering eye-tracking technology offering unique insight into online visitor behaviour.
Congratulations to Man Bites Dog who have been nominated for two B2B Marketing Awards in the ‘PR Agency of the Year’ and ‘Marketing Communications Agency of the Year’ categories. 
It was fantastic to see so many of our members gain recognition at this year's Brighton and Hove Business awards; Bozboz won the 'Creative Industry Award', DC Storm took home ‘The Professional Services Award’ and the Student Rooms were shortlisted for ‘The Best Place To Work‘ category. 
Brilliant news from Honeycomb Digital, who have been commissioned by Modern Toss to deliver a new eCommerce platform for their website.
Great work from PaperSeven who recently won Best Game at the Broadcast Digital Awards for their 'Made in Chelsea' game developed for Channel 4.
Exciting developments from our members ‘The Latest’, who are preparing to launch a local TV station for Brighton & Hove at the end of the month!

….. 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.


Let's meet up
Members' Meetup, 19th August, from 5.30pm at Above Audio.
We’re really excited for our next Members’ Meetup. If you've not been before they offer a great opportunity to network with others working in the digital, media and technology sector.

So why not come along and share your latest news, learn about potential joint working opportunities or just have a chat with other like-minded folk. - Still not convinced? Here are 5 more reasons to tempt you! 

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.


Looking for support expanding your buisness?
Earlier this year we launched an Intern Placement Programme to help our members access skilled jobseekers who can add real value to their business. In a nutshell the programme offers:
  • Low risk: We select only the best candidates for you to interview.
  • Hassle free: We support you and the interns throughout the placements.
  • Cost effective: It's match funded so we'll pay 60% of the employee salaries.
  • Inspiration: You get enthusiasm, new ideas and fresh energy.
So, if your company would like to take on a talented intern for a grant assisted 6 week placement, you can find out more information here.


Update on Brighton Digital Festival 2014
We are now just three weeks away from Brighton Digital Festival 2014, which is a month-long celebration of everything connected with digital culture!

With over 100 events already scheduled and more still in the pipeline, the Festival will bring together the city’s arts and digital communities. There is a rich programme of events including: new digital art exhibitions, performances, conferences, hackerthons, meet-ups, workshops and outdoor events taking place across Brighton and Hove. 

What do you fancy? http://www.brightondigitalfestival.co.uk/events/


Creative, Digital & IT Open Studios Week
Monday 22 – Friday 26 September
This September we are running Creative, Digital & IT Open Studios Week as part of Brighton Digital Festival 2014. 

The week offers our member companies a chance to run events at their offices under the umbrella of the Festival. It is a fantastic opportunity to raise your company profile within the community, showcase what you do, share ideas with peers, attract talent and much more… 
 
If you would like to take part you can find more information here.


FuseBox Sessions 7 & 8
FuseBox Sessions #7, 13th August, 9am – 11am at the FuseBox
The Fusebox Sessions are fortnightly events focussed on ‘ideas you can use’, which we run as part of our FuseBox24 start-up programme. The events have loads of benefits- even if you aren't in the programme - so we’ve opened up the sessions, making them free of charge to Wired Sussex members.

Session#7:  The Importance of Insight. Stefan Hull from Propellernet will talk about the tools and resources available to startups and small businesses that can help generate data and valuable business insight. If you are looking to know more about your customers, then this session's for you.

Session#8: Re-Building a Business: Pivoting iLaw.  Christina Grzasko will talk about the software company she built, and then pivoted after changes to legal aid provision which threatened to destroy her business.
She worked through the immediate stress, distress and fear to realise the value (and values) of her business, whilst moving it in a new direction. If you have an interest in how and why businesses pivot, then this session is for you.


Helping you connect with what's happening locally.
As well as organising a comprehensive programme of events for our members, we help to support community events and networking groups in the local area.

Did you know there are regular meet-ups on everything including; coding, virtual reality, business development, project management, animation and social media, taking place in the local Sussex area. Why not see if any take your fancy?

Also, if you run (or are thinking about starting) an event or group feel free to get in touch for some advice and support. Make the most of these free services, we can help you get started and spread the word far and wide.


Are you a freelancer?
You may have heard about the research project we undertook last year into the creative, digital and tech sector in Brighton? (If not, you can find details of it here: www.brightonfuse.co.uk).

Together with the universities of Brighton and Sussex, we are now conducting a further piece of research into freelancers and their communities. We would like you to help us get an accurate view of digital freelancers; we are interested in what you do, what you need and how you work.

The original research project (looking at companies) influenced public policy, underpinned the Brighton City Deal and resulted in multi-million pound funding from government.

We would really appreciate it if you could take the time to fill in this questionnaire. It will take about 20 minutes to complete and will help us ensure that you are understood and supported effectively.

 
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 help from 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!

Featured Event

Brighton Digital Marketing Festival

Now in itís the fourth year the festival boasts a better line up than ever before; with industry leading keynote speakers from SmartInsights and the Financial Times, followed by insightful workshops, there will be something for everyone to take back to the office to improve their marketing skills.

You can register for tickets here .

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