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February Newsletter



The Digital Roundup
The first shout out this month goes to iCrossing who have come on board as the headline sponsor of our new Talent2017 initiative: the region’s largest digital jobs and skills festival!
A busy month for Neujuice; they created the brand identity for cashflow tool ‘CaFE’ and refreshed the branding for an award-winning event hire business.
Exciting times for CAIRNX LTD; they just launched a ‘Clicks & Leads’ app offering marketing strategy & tactics.
Always great to see members teaming up for a good cause; Green Lemon Company have joined forces with Andy Parker of WeAreAFK and Shaun Dobson of Hanover Digital to rebuild the ‘Reading Spots’ website; a charity devoted to improving literacy in Ghana.
Big news from Crunch Accounting; they have relocated to a new office at Telecom House in Brighton. A deal believed to be the city’s biggest commercial leasing deal to date, worth in excess of £6 million.
Congratulations to Gene CommerceMagento has acquired their popular ‘Bluefoot CMS & Page Builder’ software, which will lead to the creation of 20 new jobs in Brighton!
Exciting news from Brighton Digital Festival; they've appointed PurposeLab founder (and WS Board Member) Jenni Lloyd, as the new Chair of Brighton Digital Festival!
Good news from RealDNA, they have just moved into a new office in Claremont House in Brighton.
Well done to DMH Stallard, they were nominated seven times in four categories in the prestigious Insider South East Dealmakers Awards!
Exciting developments from Ideal, they have appointed Mike Henson as their new Managing Director; allowing previous MD Claire Hopkins, to transition into a Founding Director role.
Hi-five to Hubbub founder George Lengyel, he won a #GoDo prize at the ‘Entrepreneuring Awards’ for his social app that creates instant communities of people at venues.
And finally, we’d like to wish a Happy Birthday to The Unit, who’ve just celebrated their 10th year in Business! You can read about their fantastic journey here

….. Remember if you’ve got any news you’d like us to shout about (including new products, service and clients) just drop us an email for inclusion in our next newsletter...


Talent2017: A Skills Festival for the Digital Sector
15th – 17th March, various venues across Brighton.
Talent2017 is designed to help businesses in the region attract, train and retain the talent they need to thrive.
 
It's a 3-day festival of jobs and skills for the digital sector that will be taking place in Brighton over 15th – 17th March and there’s loads of ways that your company can get involved and benefit:


Talent2017: Jobs Fair

15th March, Jurys Inn (Brighton Seafront)
The first day of the festival will showcase the best job opportunities and companies in the digital, media and tech sector in Sussex. We are anticipating around 1000 attendees from across Sussex, with varied interests in digital, media and tech.
 
So, if you want to meet fresh new talent and promote your business as a great local company to work for; check out how you can be involved by having an exhibition stand at the event. More information here.
 
Looking for a career (or your next step) in the sector?
If you want to work in TV, games, design, social media, animation, programming, marketing or mobile technology, this Jobs Fair will put you face-to-face with key contacts in the industry.

The event will include lightening talks and practical workshops throughout the day alongside a wide selection of exhibiting companies from across the sector. It's free to attend and you just need to register here.


Talent2017: Skills Summit
16th March, City College, Brighton
Attracting and growing the best talent is the lifeblood of any successful and ambitious business. However, the skills shortages in the digital sector are continuing to have a negative impact on local businesses, with many reporting that they have turned work down in the last 12 months due to a lack of resources.

The Skills Summit will bring people together to explore how we can proactively address and solve these challenges, and attract, retain and develop a sustainable talent pool that will benefit both individual organisations, and the wider digital sector in Sussex.

We’ve planned a full-day programme of expert speakers, workshops and best practice business case studies, with practical takeaways for your business.

If you're a business owner or manager, or if you work in HR, careers or training, and would like to gain practical insights for your management strategy, this event is for you!


Talent2017: Experience Day
17th March, various venues, Brighton.
The Experience Day is a range of events providing an opportunity for students and young people to gain insight and experience into what it’s like to work in the digital industry. If you’re interested in getting your business or community group involved by holding an event of your own. Get in touch for more details.


Talent2017: Special Thanks
A big thank you to our headline sponsors iCrossing, as well as to our other sponsors; Crunch, Madgex, Jellyfish, The UnitWPM and City College Brighton & Hove.

Interested in the benefits of sponsorship? We still have a few spots available and you can find out more here.

Working to improve local connectivity
The Government recently requested submissions on ways that it might most effectively use public funding to encourage the deployment of full fibre networks in the UK. It asked organisations to respond to 3 questions. This is what we said.
 

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: 

Retaining the Right Clients
Thursday 23rd February, 9am - 11am, at The FuseBox
Want to improve your chances of retaining great clients? Our next session is for you!

At this session, we’ll discuss the marginal gains you can make at every stage of your business development process, which can translate into a significant uplift in revenue, profitability and client retention.

We'll be joined by Ben Potter, Ex Commercial Director at Leapfrogg, Ben is now a business mentor to aspiring digital agencies; he's worked with high profile clients such as: Agent Provocateur, Dune London, Crabtree & Evelyn, Cath Kidston, Wolseley PLC.

Also joining is Natalie Lloyd, a Strategist at Pixeldot, who’s worked with a wide range of companies from national public arts organisations to international banking groups; helping them navigate the digital world by providing analysis, insight, concepts & strategies.

If you’d like to join us on the 23rd February, please register for a ticket here.
 

Selling Your Business
Thursday 23rd March, 9am - 11am, at The FuseBox
Interested in how to approach selling your business? Then this session could be for you. Presented by members who have been there and done it, they will share their stories and experiences; offering valuable insight and advice.

We'll be joined by David Amor, who in 2014 sold his business to Mag Interactive; a prestigious mobile games studio who have achieved a #1 Appstore spot in over 100 countries, with more than 100 million downloads.

Also joining is Graham McAllister, Director at Player Research; an award-winning studio that, in October last year, joined the Keywords Studios Group; a move that gave access to new global locations, increased expertise and accelerated ambitions beyond the original goals for his company.

If you’re an entrepreneur interested in exploring the possibility of selling your business, this session is for you. You can grab a free ticket here.


Successful freelancing tips
Recently we held a breakfast event on ‘Being a Successful Freelancer’, where a panel of experts: Richard Nash, Charlotte Ricca-Smith and Jim Callender answered questions and shared their knowledge about freelancing. 

Spaces for the event were in high demand so, in case you missed out, here are the key points from the morning.
 

Are you responsible for managing your company finances?
6th February
, 9:00am - 10:30am, at Myhotel
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

 
HR Resolutions: getting ahead for the New Year
If you employ staff you will need to look after your employees and internal communications to make sure your business runs smoothly.
Make it your resolution to focus on a few areas that could make all the difference in 2017. Here’s some things to consider that could set you off to a better year


Virtual and Augmented Reality Opportunities 
Thursday 9th February, 6.00pm – 9.00 pm, at The FuseBox.
The Digital Catapult Centre Brighton helps businesses fast-track new and innovative digital products and services to market.

A key technology theme being explored by the Catapult is Virtual Reality and Brighton has unique expertise that already exist locally , owing to the collaborative nature of our vibrant arts and digital scenes .

We are helping to further foster this expertise, through regular VR meetups; giving you the chance to network with others working in the community and experience some of the latest tech and demos.

You can find more about and get tickets for our next event here.

Creative Director
A unique opportunity to build and shape the creative vision of one of the leading marketing agencies outside London.

As creative director, you will establish and lead the creative vision for Brilliant Noise and show how creative plays an integral role in meeting client challenges.

You will be responsible for building and managing a fully integrated creative team to create culturally relevant communications and experiences that inspire customers to connect with some of the world's largest brands.

You will oversee creative work and ensure delivery of cross-channel creative marketing and transformation solutions for all of our clients.