Here's the Wired Sussex top 10 of 2014. Enjoy!
 
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Seasons Greetings from all the team at Wired Sussex!

We would like to thank all our Wired Sussex members. We've really appreciated your support and involvement over the past year. Without you it would not be possible for us to continue our mission to help you make this cluster such an exciting and vibrant place to work. As the year draws to an end, it's time to take stock and reflect on all the work we've undertaken over the past 12 months.
 
So, here it is; the Wired Sussex top ten of 2014. Enjoy!
 
1.New members –
2014 saw 478 new members join the Wired Sussex community, that’s more than one joining every day!

2. Finding paid work – We advertised 423, short-term, paid projects; that means new opportunities every day for you to access new clients and pitch for work.

3. FuseBox24  - We launched a 24 week programme of business support for start-ups. Participants were given 24-7 access to the FuseBox and connected with mentors to help them shape and refine their business. 

4. Research into the cluster - In 2013 we revealed the findings of the Brighton Fuse Project; a 2-year R+D exercise that mapped Brighton’s digital cluster.
The report proved influential, helping to raise the profile of our cluster; with the findings discussed by Government, featured in the Financial Times and presented at industry conferences.
This year we undertook a second phase of research, focussing on the freelance community.There will be an event to unveil and discuss the findings on Monday 26th January.
 
5. Helping you recruit – over 1,300 jobs were advertised on the Wired Sussex site in 2014. Companies placing adverts were able to benefit from the bespoke advice and support we provide to help them find the talent they need. Research has shown that, in many instances, our jobs board is as effective as recruitment agencies and much cheaper. This means that, over the years, it has saved businesses in the sector hundreds of thousands of pounds.

6. Digital Catapult Centre Brighton –  An R+D lab where SMEs, start-ups, large corporates, universities and others can come together and collaborate on innovative digital projects.
It will also give regional businesses access to 5g technologies, enabling you to stay ahead of the game, and develop and grow creatively. You can read more about the project here.

7. A full programme of events – Over the past year we’ve run 20 events for our members, offering a dynamic programme that has explored a range of sector specific issues in the form of networking activities, workshops, conferences and more.
 
8.  150 paid internships for the sector  - We’re now half way through our Intern Placement Programme, connecting companies with new talent by offering interns to companies for 6 week grant-supported placements. 
Interested in how the scheme can help your business? You can find more information on the website and do get in touch if you’ve any questions.
 
9. Workspaces – We helped our members advertise 170 workspaces free of charge on our website. These ranged from temporarily available spare desks in members' studios to full mod-con offices. Workspace is at such a premium- in Brighton particularly- that linking those with capacity to those with need is an increasingly important service to our members.

10. Brighton Digital Exchange -  Our plan to tackle poor broadband connectivity in Brighton; It’s a co-operative initiative for the bulk buying of broadband capacity and it’s the first time something like this has been tried in the U.K, so we are learning as we go, but hope to have the exchange up and running by February next year. You can find out more about the initiative here.
 
So there you have it, 365 days at Wired Sussex. None of which would have been possible without all the support and commitment (and £49’s!)  that members have contributed, helping us to help you do better digital business.
 

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