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February Newsletter

The Digital Roundup
We’re delighted for Delinquent; who’ve announced that MAG Interactive (the developers behind Ruzzle) have made a strategic investment in their games studio.
Check out this great work from Puree Design, they’ve done a fantastic job designing the Brighton Fuse Freelancer Report.
Congratulations to FuturLab who were recognised, in a new Creative England report, as one of the 50 most creative businesses in England!
Exciting times for Tilt who have been working with Nickelodeon on a new educational coding experience for kids.  
Brilliant work from our Horsham-based members, Jumpstart Interactive, who created a brand design and visual identity for the new homeless charity: Brighton In Need.
Finally, we’re pleased to welcome Joey Yvans to the Wired Sussex team, who’s joined us to help deliver our packed programme of upcoming events!

….. 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.

Digital Skills Summit
Monday 23rd March, 12.30pm – 7.00pm at Komedia, Brighton
The Digital Skills Summit will bring together businesses and skills providers, to identify and address the skills gaps that are prominent within our sector.

This event is for you if you’re keen to hear innovative strategies for up-skilling and motivating staff, and contribute to the ongoing discussions on how skills providers and businesses can best work together to overcome these shortages within the sector.

At the event you will hear; our keynote speaker, Dr Kion Ahadi (Creative Skillset), sharing insights from research into the sector, and a series of lightning talks from businesses that demonstrate innovative methods of recruiting, training and retaining their staff. A panel discussion will be followed by facilitated workshops.

You can find out more information and register for a place here.

Brighton Fuse Freelancer Report Findings
Last week we held a special event to unveil the findings of the Brighton Fuse Freelancer Research project; the culmination of over three years research into the growth and performance of the digital cluster in Brighton and the specific role freelancers play.

If you missed the event you can check out the executive summary or read the full report.

Also, if you want to see how The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, The Independent and others have responded to the findings take a look at the Brighton Fuse website here.

FuseBox24: what it is and why we ran it
FuseBox24 is a 24 week programme of start-up support that integrates a range of concepts from the fields of art and design, alongside lean start-up models. Its aim is to help innovators significantly develop both themselves and their ideas.
Fundamental to the programme is the belief that existing models of business support designed in the last century are not right for businesses created in this one.
In the second half of 2014, ten start-ups were given 24-7 access to the FuseBox and connected with a variety of mentors to help them shape and refine their business ideas. You can hear about their experiences in this video.
If you would like to know more about the programme take a look at this summary, or read the full report here.
To keep up to date with what 2015 has in store for FuseBox24 then be sure to follow the twitter and facebook pages.

What's it like to be a start-up company working in our sector?
9th-13th February, 9am-11am - every day at The FuseBox
For one week in February, companies from the FuseBox24 start-up programme will be talking about their businesses and the journeys they’ve been on to get to where they are today.
From 3d printed robotics and 3d scanners to collaborative cooperatives, experiential gifts and communications for the greater good, there’s a wealth of experience, knowledge and stories to hear. 

Find out more and register for your place here.

These local business growth seminars are supported by the ReCreate project, selected under the cross-border cooperation programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) England and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Breakfast Drop-in for Startup Essentials
Tuesday March 17th 9am – 11am at the FuseBox
Need some expert advice on how to develop your business or jump-start an idea?
We are running drop-in sessions for startup businesses to get the best advice on everything from accounts and taxation, to intellectual property and funding opportunities. Our advisors are Nilden Ozkan (NLD Accountancy Ltd), Dean Marsh (Creative Law and Business) and Laura Evans (Brighton Chamber).
 Find out more and register for a place here.
This cross-border business fair for startups is supported by the ReCreate project, selected under the cross-border cooperation programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) England and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Fancy an evening of great food & company?
Every quarter we invite 10 MDs and CEOs of Wired Sussex member companies to wine and dine with peers and discuss, in an open and collaborative atmosphere, their businesses and the opportunities and challenges of the sector locally. 
These events take place in Brighton and are hosted by Alex Cowell, MD, MBA and Jason Woodford, CEO, Site Visibility. If you would like to find out more information or if you are interested in attending one of these events, please drop us an email.

Are you looking for your first break into the digital sector?
If so, our Intern Placement Programme is for you.

We are currently running 6-week paid internships with some of the best companies in Sussex.  Historically around 70% of these internships have turned into job offers.  So, if you’re looking to start a career in anything from Marketing, SEO, Games Design to Web Development then be sure to check out the great internships currently available.

Also, if you think your company could benefit from a grant supported intern then be sure to check the website and do get in touch if you’ve any questions.  You’ll need to act quickly; the scheme is in its final stages so there are only a limited number of placements available.

Latest short-term work & project opportunities
A significant benefit of Wired Sussex membership is getting to hear about the latest fixed-term and project work opportunities within the sector, either by networking with other members or by accessing our exclusive projects board.

Anyone - from local boutiques to multinational agencies - can post project details on the board so the projects range greatly, with everything from product photography to e-Commerce platforms builds. However, what they all have in common is a need for help from digital and media experts. To access the details of each project you must be a Wired Sussex member.

Here’s a couple of the latest:
Don’t forget you can add your own Project to our board free of charge!  

Whether you need an agency to design and develop a website, a freelancer to work on a short term project, or even a business partner for a new venture?  We can help so get in touch!

Featured Event

Spring Forward is a month-long celebration of the role of women in digital culture and runs throughout March in parallel with Women's History Month.

Showcasing a number of impressive free events across Brighton - including CodeBar, Curiosity Hub, SheCodes Brighton, 300 Seconds, SheSays Brighton and Ladies That UX.

They will all highlight amazing ways women are participating in, and contributing to, our wider digital world. Check out website for more details and get involved! 
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