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December Newsletter

Digital Newsround
Fantastic news for FuturLab who’ve just won the Best Arcade Game Award for Velocity!
Congrats to Concentric Marketing who've been confirmed as Gold Level HubSpot Agency Partners, one of only 4 in the UK!
Happy birthday wishes to Zero G, who turned 5 last month and celebrated with a new office, flatpack furniture and a painting of giant robots!
Good news for all you crafty people out there; Super+Super are holding a mini-crafts fair as part of their Christmas soiree.
Massive congratulations to Plug-in Media for winning the Multi-Platform BIMA Award for their game Tree Fu Tom and on being the first digital company ever to be nominated for a best production company award at the Bafta Kids. Commiserations for not winning, although we suspect you've got little room left on the mantelpiece after such an amazing year! 
Big developments from this month who've launched a directory for all you WordPress professionals.
Lastly, Site Visibility are running a Digital Marketing Community Fund where they'll be donating £25,000 worth of digital marketing support to local not-for- profit organisations.  
…..and 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.

Our big Xmas Meetup - Brighton Members Meetup, Tuesday 4th Dec, Above Audio.
There’s only five sleeps until our next members’ meetup and seeing as it’s our last event of 2012, it would be great to catch up with as many members as possible to help spread some of that festive cheer!
Our meet-ups are a great way to learn, share and socialise and we expect this one to have lots of added seasonal cheer.

The event is free to our members, and that includes all employees of member companies, so register now to guarantee your place.

Featured Event: Using freedom and democracy to build an incredible company - Tuesday 11th Dec, 6pm - 8pm, The Skiff. FREE.
A very special event is taking place at The Skiff on Tuesday 11th December: Tom Nixon will be speaking on freedom and democracy in the workplace. Tom was co-founder of NixonMcInnes - a company that's been recognised as one of the most democratic workplaces in the world!

At the event he’ll be talking about how democracy in the workplace can drive business success and revealing his 10 guiding principles for organisational democracy, including lots of practical ideas you can implement within your own company. Click here to register 

Networking for the New Year- Tuesday 29th Jan, The Komedia 
This coming January we’ll be kicking the new year off with a bang with a fantastic opportunity for digital media companies and freelancers to meet and build links with some of the UK’s largest and most successful arts and cultural organisations.
The event will be a daylong affair with 1-2-1 meetings, panel discussions and networking opportunities.
More details to follow shortly as we nail them down, but places are limited so email us your details if you want to be kept up to date with details of this unique event as they are confirmed.

Destination Brighton - UKTI Inward Investment Tour
The UKTI Inward Investment Tour hit the Brighton shores last month with representatives and sector specialists visiting from all across the world to find out more about our brilliant digital, media & technology hub.
Wired Sussex was on hand to help organise the two day visit and show them around the city. It was a fantastic opportunity to raise Brighton’s profile as a place where creative businesses from overseas can establish themselves in the UK. Check out Laura’s blog post for more about the UKTI tour and Brighton as a destination for inward investment.

Funding opportunities for digital businesses 
One 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 few of the latest:

IC tomorrow - have launched a contest to help with the development of digital prototypes that will encourage innovation and digital inclusion.
There are three challenges you can apply for and each offers up to £48,000 in funding.
Digital Makers (Open Call) – is looking to support companies that have the ability to engage thousands of young people in digital making activities, helping them to create rather than consume digital technology.
Grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 available.
The Development Fund - is open to individual writers, writer/directors and/or producers for the development of feature films, including animation and documentary. Funding will range between £2,500 to £25,000.

Return to sender.....
Recently our recruitment & HR guru Caroline received a very unusual letter from a job applicant seeking advice, which got her to thinking about first impressions and the importance of recruiters finding time to respond.

Featured Vacancy

We require someone with very strong event management skills, excellent and demonstrable marketing and branding experience and first-rate budgetary and commercial expertise.
Closing date: 30/11/2012 so get your application in straightaway if you are interested!

Upcoming Events

04 Dec    Wired Sussex Members' Christmas Meetup!

Other Events

05 Dec Brighton Farm
12 Dec    Digimas

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