2016 is drawing to a close, and what an eventful year it’s been. We would like to thank all our Wired Sussex members, without your continued support we would
not be able to help you make the region such a fantastic place to do business.
Have a good holiday and we’ll see you in the new year.
The Digital Roundup
The end of the year has brought a lot to celebrate locally and a bumper edition of news this month:
Good news from Semantico
; who announced they’ve been acquired
by publishing company HighWire Press!
had multiple reasons to celebrate; Founder Darren Fell was named ‘Sussex Business Person of the Year’ at the Sussex
Business Awards 2016, and Chris Barnard won ‘New Practitioner of the Year’ at the British Accountancy Awards!
We saw some cool work from Buff Motion
; they have launched a new website and show reel
; plus a Christmas #Advent25 campaign
that brought together 25 local digital artists, illustrators
& designers (inc. lots of members!) to create some unique animations.
for Ithaca Audio
; they were nominated for
‘Best Sound Design’ at the PromaxBDA Awards for 'Song to Star Trek'; a work commissioned by NBC Universal / Syfy UK as part of the
Anniversary Star Trek celebrations, while their sister company Ithaca Sound
had work 'The Storm' featured at this year’s
Big congratulations to Rob Verheul, MD of digital agency Graphite,
who was shortlisted for Sussex Business person of the Year
Hi-five to BozBoz
who’ve been recognised as having one of the coolest workplaces
Well done to Caroline Freeman at Brightwave Group
; she won ‘Learning Designer of the Year’ at the inaugural Learning Technologies Awards!
Exciting times for Oliver and Graimes
; they have just signed a second partnership agreement with Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club.
Big news from Ideal
; they picked up two awards from Palo Alto Networks
for: ‘UK and Ireland CSS Partner of the Year 2016’ and ‘Technical Champion of
the Year 2016’!
brought a festive chuckle to the office with their tongue in
of this year’s John Lewis Christmas Advert.
Nice work from Neptik
; they have just unveiled a new website and branding
for Infinity Foods.
have been keeping busy
, winning two separate awards this month ( on the same evening!) for ‘promising young talent’ at the CIPR Pride Awards 2016, whilst MD
Caraline Brown was recognised with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at The Business Women Excellence Awards!
Well done to our members 15gifts
who stormed the recent Retail Systems
picked up the ‘Mobile Solution of the Year’ award, whilst Ocasta
scooped ‘Technology Project of the
Year’ and were crowned ‘Overall Winner’!
Big news from Totara Learning
; they have been awarded the title of Best LMS Thought Leader
2016 by Talented Learning.
Lastly, our collaborative hub The FuseBox
was praised in a new report by the British Council into the impact and value of creative hubs
on the wider economy.
We're excited to announce Talent2017
Talent2017 is a new initiative from Wired Sussex that will help digital businesses attract, retain and train the talent they need to thrive.
Digital businesses know that their success is down to hiring, developing and keeping talented individuals. Finding the right people with the right skills and
helping them to grow with your business is usually the biggest challenge that you face.
That’s why we’ve launched Talent2017
– a new three-day festival that’s set to be the largest digital jobs and skills festival in the South
East with 3 consecutive days of events happening across Brighton.
You can read more about the upcoming festival and why it’s needed in the recent Argus coverage
and do get in touch
if you’re interested in getting involved or sponsoring the festival.
Music City / Digital City
26th January, 6pm – 9pm, at the FuseBox
Brighton has the highest concentration of digital companies in the UK and a strong music industry.
We believe it’s time to bring together these two ecosystems: we can learn from each other, discuss shared ambitions and explore what business opportunities
there are for collaboration.
Through our Digital Catapult Centre Brighton
programme, and in partnership with the Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) and The
Brighton Music Office, we are delighted to be hosting an event that brings together two creative industries for some serious fun and, we hope, some long
lasting collaborations and commercial opportunities.
So, if you work for a digital agency, an innovative start-up, run a tech meet-up, or freelance for clients in the music industry (or want to!) this is an
event for you. Sign up for your free
'Tis the season to recruit
The holiday season is now in full swing and many organisations think this means it’s time to put the brakes on their recruitment plans, even if it’s to the
detriment of the business. We believe there’s actually some very positive reasons for advertising and recruiting over the Christmas period, and have
successfully done so in the past.
Here’s a few reasons and a special offer
to share with you.
Upcoming Breakfast Sessions
Inspiration, knowledge and guidance to kick start your day.
These 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? The next two in the series are:
Protecting Your Ideas
Thursday 12th January, 9am-11am, at The FuseBox
Get practical advice from other members’ who have grown their business through the creation and commercial exploitation of intellectual properties (IP). Alex Morrison
Managing Director at Cogapp, and Jonathan Hancox
, Patent Attorney at Brookes IP, will share their experiences and the do’s-and-don’ts when dealing with patents,
registered designs and trademarks.
So, if you're looking to grow your business through commercial IP, this session is for you. Read more and get your ticket here
Winning the Right Clients
Thursday 9th February, 9am-11am, at The FuseBox
Looking to grow your business and obtain new clients? We’ve invited Ben Potter
, former Commercial Director at Leapfrogg and now a business mentor to aspiring agencies, to share
his expertise on winning the right clients for your business. At this session you’ll get practical advice on how to strengthen your agency’s proposition and
significantly improve your performance. More details here
Digi Drop-in with EASy
27th January, 9am - 11am, at The FuseBox
Focusing on collaborative R+D, the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton
is helping businesses fast-track new and innovative digital products and
services to market.
If you’d like to find out how this project can generate opportunities to grow your business, then come along to our next ‘Digi Drop-in’ event to learn about
the Brighton Catapult.
At this event, we’ll be joined by the Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems group (EASy), from the University of Sussex. They will be sharing their latest
research around artificial intelligence, consciousness and embodied cognition, and how this can be applied to the design of future technology.
This event is a must-attend for anyone interested in the practical and philosophical questions of where artificial and human meet, as well as understanding
the applications of this technology.
It’s taking place on the 27th
January and you can sign up for a place
Building new opportunities in Bognor Regis
Last week we held a ‘community check-in’ event in Bognor Regis to discuss the work we’re doing with West Sussex County Council, University of
Chichester and Hemingway Design to launch a new digital hub
workspace to support the growth of the sector.
If you are interested in the project and what it could mean for your business, you can catch-up on the discussions here.
Big Data Meetup
Big Data is a key technology focus for the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton and we’ve begun hosting a regular meetup to bring together local academics,
businesses and enthusiasts to discuss the opportunities and application of its use.
In this blog post
Organiser Morgan McCarthy of CDO Partners
(a data and analytics consultancy), shares his thoughts about the
value of unlocking data and why it’s not just the province of large companies anymore, as well as news on future Big Data meetups in Brighton.
Are you responsible for managing your company finances?
6th February, 9:00am - 10:30am, at
Then join us at our next Finance Forum in partnership with Plus Accounting,
aimed at helping those at our member companies responsible for
managing the finances.
The next forum will focus on the outcomes and impact of the Autumn Statement, so if you would like advice about what this may mean for your business do come
along. You can find out more and register here