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January Newsletter

The Digital Roundup
A Very Happy New Year to all from Wired Sussex! It seems 2015 is off to a great start, we have already heard a bunch of fantastic news from our members; Brandwatch announced the acquisition of PeerIndex, a London-based analytics company.  
LEO formed a new partnership with The Open University, the UK’s largest university and a world leader in distance learning and training.
Great to see Crunch featured in The Telegraph discussing the new ‘Uber Momentum’ Programme’, for employees of the on-demand taxi app company, Uber.
iCrossing have been recognised as one of the ‘Top Employers for Working Families’ in the UK!   
Congratulations to Man Bites Dog who scooped the PR Agency of The Year award at the B2B Marketing Awards. 
Exciting times for Bluebell Digital who are working with EVRYTHNG on re-focusing their digital strategy. 
Fingers crossed for Plug-In Media who have been shortlisted for an iKids 2015 Award for their Fantástico! App. 
Check out this lovely music video Persistent Peril created for Full Time Hobby & Diagrams. 
Well done to Jumpstart Interactive who received a commendation in The Drum Network Awards, ‘Social Media Campaign…’ category. 
And finally, we’re pleased to announce that Wired Sussex has agreed to join the Board of the European Creative Business Network – a network that helps the creative industries to collaborate across Europe. 

….. 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

Onwards & Upwards; the next year for Wired Sussex
An R+D lab for innovative, real-time data projects, paid internships for the sector, faster broadband for Brighton businesses, research into our freelance community and a packed programme of events! - These are just some of the ways we’ll be working to support you and the sector in the first quarter of 2015. Check out the details here.

Keeping the Fuse Alight
There can be few creative-digital professionals in the region that have not heard of the Brighton Fuse project. The research showed the first solid evidence of the astounding growth of the cluster and everyone - from Government ministers, to The Financial Times, to the World Economic Forum - sat up and paid attention.
We looked to build on the success of the research in two distinct ways.
Brighton Fuse 2 Freelancer Research: The Results, 26th Jan.
Firstly, we coordinated a second phase of research focussing on the Brighton freelance community, and we are holding a special event to unveil and discuss these findings later this month.
Join us to hear and discuss the implications it has for freelancers, companies that utilise independent workers, as well as the local economy.

FuseBox24 Showcase Event, 22nd Jan.
The second initiative to stem from the research involved putting the ideas into practice. We took key findings and designed a programme to support innovation, which became: FuseBox24. 24 weeks of radical business support for start-ups and innovators.
If you would like to hear our experience of creating this programme, the research findings, and from participants themselves, then join us at the ‘FuseBox24 Showcase’event.

Last year at Wired Sussex .
As the New Year is traditionally a time of reflection, here’s a quick look at some of our achievements in 2014. Check out what we did for you and with you last year here (and if you are not a member, check out what you’re missing!).

What's it like to be a start-up company working in our sector?
9th-13th February, 9am-11am, the FuseBox. 
Join us for a series of seminars discussing the growth and success stories of start-up companies that took part in the FuseBox24 programme.
Every morning of the week commencing 9th February will feature personal accounts from a diverse group of creative innovators on how they’ve grown their businesses and where they are now. You can book tickets here.

Top 3 Blog Posts of 2014
In case you missed them first time, here is a quick look back at our three most popular blog posts from 2014:
1# Being a Successful Freelancer  - top tips and advice shared by freelancers, taken from our sold-out breakfast workshop event.
2# 5 Reasons Why You Should Come To The Next Wired Sussex Members’ Meetup  a guide to getting the most value from our quarterly members’ meetups . 
3# The Digital Catapult Centre Brighton, Brighton Digital Exchange and the FuseBox – What’s the Story? – a look at how our projects link and the overarching strategy behind them all. 

Taking the hassle out of recruitment
We recognise that recruiting for a junior position can be a challenge because of the administrative burden and costs it poses.
Our Intern Placement Programme tackles these obstacles head-on; we handle the advertising, short-listing, contracting and payments for the duration of the placements, whilst simply providing your company with the best candidates to interview.
Not only is the service completely free, but we also contribute 60% towards the cost of paying the intern for their first 6 weeks! Interested in the scheme for your business?
You can find out more from our website, but you'll need to act quickly; the scheme is in its final stages so there are only a limited number of placements available.

Fancy putting on an event as part of Brighton Digital Festival?
Plans are under way for Brighton Digital Festival 2015, set to return this September for an exciting month-long celebration of everything connected with digital culture.
If you’re interested in putting on an event yourself, or would just like to find out more, come along to the Festival Meet-Up on 27th Jan where you can hear about the Festival, how it works and the time-scales for 2015.

Funding opportunities for digital businesses
A significant 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:

Wearable Technologies Innovation Contest  - IC tomorrow are offering six businesses up to £35k each, to encourage innovation in wearable technology.
Be the Business Programme - £180K funding available to help start-up and SME companies based in West Sussex grow.  Deadline: 22nd January 2015.

Featured Vacancy 

Lead Web Designer

This role requires bags of enthusiasm, a passion for design first and digital platforms second, the ability to create simple solutions from complex briefs, great people skills and amazing attention to detail.

Based in Brighton, you will be involved in all aspects of our online presence. You’ll be designing everything from full site designs to emarketing campaigns.

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