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February  Newsletter


The Digital Roundup
The first mention this month goes to Clearleft, who have been nominated for ‘agency of the year’ in the upcoming 2014 Net Awards! The polls are now open so let's show some civic pride and get voting!
Exciting times for Brandwatch who’ve announced they are opening a new office in San Francisco, and were recently commended as strong performers in the ‘Forrester Wave…’ report, scoring highest overall for customer satisfaction! 
Congratulations to Cohub, the community coworking space in Eastbourne, who just received a spark award for their significant contribution to the local community.
It’s exciting times for Propellernet who have been nominated for ‘Agency of the Year’ and ‘Best Development of Agency Talent’ in the upcoming Best Awards .
A hi-five to FuseBox alumni Sophi Giblin, whose pop-up gallery project bagged her a prestigious social entrepreneur award!
Congratulations to iCrossing who gained recognition from two independent research firms (Gartner Inc.  &  Forrester Research) who named them leaders amongst digital marketing agencies based on expertise in social media and for their innovative client work.
On a sad note we must report that two of our member companies closed this month; Zero G Media and Kanoti. We wish them and their employees all the best for the future and in there next endeavors.
And finally, we’re stoked to announce two new additions to the Wired Sussex team, firstly Jim Byford has joined us as Researcher-in-Residence at the FuseBox, helping us deliver our new start-up support programme, FuseBox 24, whilst Rachel McNulty has come on board to coordinate our intern placement programme for the sector.



Brighton's digital sector in the news
Brighton’s reputation as a breeding ground for digital creativity gained further validation this month with Wired Sussex landing a hefty double page feature in the Sunday Observer showcasing the city’s start-up talent! 
 
Remember, if you are a member of Wired Sussex, it’s your subs that help us promote the sector on the national and international stage, attracting more clients, talent and investment for all digital businesses based here. (If you’re not a member, here’s why you should be!)

 
Onwards and Upwards; the next year for Wired Sussex
Over 150 paid internships on offer, faster broadband for Brighton businesses (hopefully!!), a 24-week programme of learning and support for start-ups and innovators, over 20 unique events for our members and one big festival celebrating the region’s arts and digital culture.  - These are just some of the ways we’ll be working to support you and the sector in 2014. Check out the details here.


We're excited to announce FuseBox24!
FuseBox24 is a new programme of learning and support tailored for start-ups and innovators operating in the creative, digital sector.  
The programme is built on the success and teachings of the pilot we ran last August, but  will operate over 24 weeks, with successful applicants given 24 hour access to the FuseBox.
Programme activities will include; knowledge sharing, coaching and mentoring from experts in the creative and digital community, with time devoted to developing and iterating start-up business concepts. We believe this form of incubation will help innovators gain the confidence, courage and connections required to make starting a business in the CDIT sector a reality in 2014.
The programme will commence after Easter but we’re open to early expressions of interest, either as an innovator/start-up or from those who’d like to join our expertise network. Get in touch via thefusebox@wiredsussex.com

 *The FuseBox was inspired by findings from The Brighton Fuse Report. To find out more about the research please visit – www.brightonfuse.com

 
Breakfast Workshop: Being a successful freelancer
Thursday 27th Feb, 9am - 11pm at The FuseBox, Brighton.
The next in our series of ‘Breakfast Workshops’ is focused on successful freelancing. We often hear from freelance members who’re looking for guidance on how to develop their business, so whether you need help promoting yourself, finding new clients, or how much to charge, this event's for you!
 
The panel comprises of David Lockie, a WordPress freelancer, business owner & entrepreneur (Pragmatic Web & FreelanceWP), Martine Scott, who has over 10 years experience as a freelance designer and now runs a micro design agency (Puree Design Ltd), plus others still to be confirmed. 
 
They will be on hand to help facilitate a group discussion, answer any questions you might have, and offer some tips for best practice.
 
This event is exclusive to freelance members of Wired Sussex; we keep the workshop small to maxmise its value to attendees so register now to avoid disappointment.
You can also get in on the discussion early by tweeting #WiredBrekkie


Directors' Dinner Events
As part of our events programme, we run small quarterly dinners for the owners, MDs and CEOs of Wired Sussex member companies.

These exclusive events offer you the opportunity to have a good meal with 8 -10 of your peers and discuss, in an open and collaborative atmosphere, your business and the opportunities and challenges of the sector locally.

These events take place in Brighton and are hosted by Alex Cowell, MD, MBA (formerly Cubeworks) and Jason Woodford, CEO, Site Visibility and Wired Sussex Board Member.

If you would like to find out more about these events or be added to the invitation list, please email laura@wiredsussex.com.


Over 150 paid internships for the sector
We are close to launching our new Intern Placement Programme; modeled on our hugely successful Sussex Internship Programme
 
We expect to have the first interns in situ in the next couple of months and will be placing over 150 interns in digital, media and tech companies for 6 week grant-supported placements.
 
 The Wired Sussex Intern Placement Programme is widely recognised as being one of the best ways of attracting new talent to your company, so If you’d like to be kept up to date with details of the launch, please sign-up to register your interest.



Funding opportunities for digital businesses
Another benefit 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 regular 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 couple of the latest:

Business Growth Grants designed to support small and medium companies with high growth and high innovation potential that are looking to expand and create new jobs.
 £5,000 - £100,000 available.
*If you’d like support in generating an EOI for this scheme, email Phil Jones.

Digital Innovation Contest - Cross-sector exploration  - Investment of £25k to encourage digital cross-sector exploration, across three broad themes: retail, events and analytics.
Closing date:  26 Feb 2014

Innovation Vouchers -  designed to encourage businesses to look outside their current network for new knowledge that can help them to grow and develop.  
A grant of up to £5000 is available to businesses to work with a supplier for the first time and is used to pay for knowledge or technology transfer from that supplier.
Closing date: Ongoing

 

Featured Vacancy 

Director for Digital and Resources - Adur & Worthing Councils

This role will be vital to our ongoing commitment to refining and enhancing our use of resources, drawing on technology and a growing appetite for digital services in our customers. ‘Digital by default’ will define our approach to this work and our new Director will lead a step change in our capacity and appetite for digitalisation of services.

This role is as much about culture change as it is technology as you support colleagues from a wide range of professional disciplines to embrace new ways of delivering services.
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