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December Newsletter

The Digital Roundup

It’s our last newsletter of 2018 and we have lots of great member news to go out on!
Fantastic to see so many learning technology companies storming the award season, including LEO Learning, Lumesse Learning, Brightwave Group and Kineo who were all recognised at the Learning Technologies Awards.
And LEO Learning had multiple reasons to celebrate after winning a DevLearn Award for their learning game, Impact Cx: The Quest. Plus, their parent company Learning Technologies Group acquired learning analytics company Watershed, enabling them to further measure the impact of learning strategies across their portfolio of businesses, and announced the launch of a new sister company VectorCMS, a leading provider of vendor management solutions.
It’s been a busy month for Pragmatic; they built new websites for 12 Yard Productions and The Apprentice star, Jackie Fast.
Congratulations to LearnerLab; their user-generated video platform StoryTagger has been chosen as the video storytelling partner for Learning Technologies, Europe’s leading workplace learning exhibition and conference, to deliver a new experience for conference delegates.
It’s a win for Fugu PR who netted three awards at the CIPR PRide Awards, alongside Midnight Communications who were awarded ‘Best Travel, Leisure and Tourism Campaign’.
We saw some shiny new websites from Plug-in Media who not only revamped their own website, but also developed a website for children’s entertainment initiative, Hope Works.
Good times for LiveTime Learning who have appointed Jake Maxwell as Chief Commercial Officer, bringing years of experience in the L&D industry and a global knowledge of digital learning solutions.
Honouring last month’s Remembrance week, Artillery shared some of the fantastic work they created; turning original WW1 stills into 3D video for a Tony Robinson documentary which looked at 3D stereoscopic imagery.
Congrats to Here’s Zoe Nicholson, Man Bites Dog and Shake It Up Creative who were all recognised for their achievements at the Business Women Excellence Awards.
Happy birthday to Cogapp; they recently celebrated 33 years in business, having worked with clients like Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, London 2012 Olympic Games and MoMA.
In other birthday news, The Skiff celebrated a decade of co-working; bringing together and supporting freelancers across the city.
High-five to Hyve who launched RapidReplacement, a new 20-minute hardware replacement service. They also won ‘Cloud Company of the Year’ at the SVC Awards!
In more award news, Propellernet picked up ‘Best Use of PR in a Search Campaign’ at the UK Search Awards and were honoured for their work at the DMA Awards alongside Anything is Possible, Fresh Egg and RAPP, whilst Brightec won ‘Small UK App Agency of the Year’ at the UK App Awards for the second year in a row, and Futrli were named Xero’s ‘Practice App of the Year’.
…Remember, if you’ve got any news to share (such as new work, products, services, clients or award wins) you can post it on our Member News Board

Welcoming our new board members

We’re thrilled to announce five new members to our board of non-executive directors, who will help to guide the future of Wired Sussex and the digital, media and technology cluster based around Brighton and wider Sussex.
A big welcome to Sophie Davis-Patrick, Engineering Director at American Express, David Amor, Director of MAG Interactive, Alice Reeves, Director of The Joyful Web, Alex Cowell, Co-Founder of Inzy and Mariam Crichton, Head of Project Management at Every1Mobile. You can find out more about our new board members in our latest blog post.


Only 5 sleeps till our Members’ Christmas Meetup

Tuesday 11th December, 5:30-11pm at Patterns
With over 300 people already signed up, our Members’ Christmas Meetup gearing up to be a great evening of informal networking and end-of-year celebrations with our members. Come along!
A big thanks to our event sponsor, Fastnet. They are an award-winning Internet service provider; supplying superfast connectivity and first-class technical support to businesses of all sizes.


We’re looking for an Innovation Lead

Have you got a background in leading digital/tech projects? We are looking for a highly motivated individual who is passionate about emerging technology and digital innovation to join us as our Innovation Lead. Find out more and how to apply here.


Can playful business tools inspire innovation?

FuseBox Brown Bag Lunch, Thursday 13th December, 12-1pm at The FuseBox
Whether it’s developing a new idea or improving existing products and services, innovation is a key aspect of every business. At this event, where we’ll be joined by FuseBox resident Vasilis Gkogkidis, a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Sussex, we’ll look at how playful business tools can help you achieve your business goals. Find out more.


Why December is a great time for you to recruit

When the holiday season comes around, companies often put recruitment plans on hold. We recognise the festive period can prove challenging, but there’s also many good reasons to hire at this time of year. That’s why we’ve put together a special hamper of extra goodies and support for companies recruiting over December and the New Year.
Find out why December is a great time to recruit and how we can help you here


2019 events: what’s to come

As the end of the year draws closer, we’re busy planning our next lot of events for the beginning of 2019. Here are some of the events on the horizon:

Breakfast Session: How to Win the Right Business
Thursday 21st February, 9-11am at The FuseBox
Winning business that aligns with your company’s goals and values is not only important for your business development but also for your client relationships and work satisfaction.
At this Breakfast Session, we’ll be joined by Stuart Davies (Head of Digital and Co-Founder of Creative Bloom) and Ben Potter (Business Development Mentor) as we explore how you can put your purpose, goals and morals first; ultimately winning the right projects and clients for your business. Find out more.

VR Brighton Show and Tell
Thursday 17th January, 6pm-8pm at The FuseBox
Our VR Brighton Show and Tells offer you the chance to get hands-on and try a number of VR/AR experiences being produced in the local area, as well as meet and network with their creators and other immersive innovators. If you’re interested in what the local community is producing, this is the event for you.
Are you or your company are interested in demonstrating your work to the community? This event provides a fantastic opportunity for valuable user testing and feedback. Get in touch if you would like to demo your work.

VR Brighton Meetup: VR for Fashion
Thursday 7th February, 6pm-9pm at The FuseBox
At this VR Brighton Meetup, we’ll look at how the fashion industry has creatively adopted emerging technology, such as Virtual and Augmented Reality, as a medium for the masses. Whether you work in fashion or are interested in how immersive technologies are empowering this sector, come along.

FuseBox Brown Bag Lunch: Intellectual Property
Thursday 24th January, 12-1pm at The FuseBox
Do you have any questions or challenges regarding intellectual property? At this FuseBox Brown Bag Lunch, we’ll be joined by Scott Appleton, Head of Digital at Moore Law, who will share his tips and advice. Join us!

Digital Finance Clinic with Plus Accounting
Tuesday 12th March, various sessions between 9-11:30am at The FuseBox
Did you know we run regular 1-2-1 sessions with Plus Accounting to support our members with their finances? If you’re responsible for your company’s finances and looking for some advice and support around it, find out more and book your free session.


How we can help your business continue to innovate

Are you a business that is now beyond the start-up phase and recognises the need to keep innovating, but unsure how to do that when you have existing products and services to deliver? A residency at our home and innovation hub The FuseBox could be for you. Here’s why.

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