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June Newsletter


The Digital Roundup
The first mention this month goes to Madgex, who have been recognised as one of the top ten places to work in the UK!
Exciting times for Ocasta Studio who’ve teamed up with comics legend Alan Moore to develop a revolutionary new app and open-source toolkit. 
Great news from Clearleft who’ve won a place on the BBC’s coveted Digital Design roster - beating over 200 other agencies to the post!
Big developments at Brandwatch who have secured $22 million in new funding to expand their business!
Fantastic to see lots of members winning awards; Bloom Worldwide were named Best Social Agency at the RAR Digital Awards, Miggle were finalists in Acquia’s 2014 Partner Site Awards, whilst  PaperSeven Ltd have been shortlisted for ‘Best Game’ at the Broadcast Digital Awards!
Hats off to DC Storm who signed a multi-million deal to expand their business internationally with Rakuten, the Japanese equivalent of Amazon!
Congratulations to Box Of Frogs Media who released their first iOS appbook ‘Boj The Collector’, featuring Aussie crooner - Jason Donovan - as the narrator!
Great news for Brightwave who, for the second year running, were recognised as one of the top 20 e-learning companies in Europe.
And finally, we’re stoked to announce that Jesse Mooney has been appointed as manager for Brighton Digital Festival!

 ….. 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


FuseBox Sessions
FuseBox Sessions #4, 2nd July, 9am – 11am at the FuseBox
The Fusebox Sessions are new, fortnightly events focussed on  ‘ideas you can use’, which we run as part of our FuseBox24 start-up programme. The events have loads of benefits- even if you aren't in the programme-  so we’ve opened up the sessions, making them free of charge to Wired Sussex members.

Session#4 will be a panel discussion on different approaches to funding your business idea. The panel will consist of: Jon Coker (MMC): Venture Capitalist,  Anthony Nelson (TribeHive): Angel Investor, Sophie Giblin (Kollectiv Gallery): Crowdfunding, Gary Chown (Natwest), How Banks Can Help.
So, if you have a business idea and looking to explore different funding avenues, then this FuseBox Session could be for you.

Not sure if your company is a member? Just search our online directory or get in touch.


Fancy putting on an event as part of Brighton Digital Festival 2014?
With September just around the corner(!), Brighton Digital Festival is gearing up to deliver another month of outstanding events celebrating digital culture. Talks, workshops, art exhibitions, and conferences will take place across the city, throughout September.

If you have a great idea for an event and want to put it on as part of BDF, but are concerned about costs, then you might consider applying for the ‘Grass Roots Fund‘.     

BDF know that even a small amount of cash can make a difference when organising an event. That’s why BDF have set aside some of the festival funding to create a grassroots fund to help support 10 events with micro-funding of £500 each. BDF hope these small pots of money will contribute to covering the costs of running an event and, in doing so, support events which otherwise might not be able to happen.
More information on how to get your hands on the cash can be found here.


Creative, Digital & IT Open Studios Week
Monday 22 – Friday 26 September
Now in its fourth year, we are excited to be running Creative, Digital & IT Open Studios Week as part of Brighton Digital Festival 2014. 

CDIT Open Studios week offers our member companies a chance to run events at their offices under the umbrella of the Festival. 
The week is a fantastic opportunity to raise your company profile within the community, showcase what you do, share ideas with peers, attract talent and much more… 

If you are interested in finding out more about this year’s CDIT Open Studios week, or if you would like to take part, please get in touch with us.
 

Jobs Fair
On the 6th June we held ‘The Digital, Media and Tech Jobs Fair’, which was the biggest sector-specific jobs fair that Brighton (and possibly the UK!) has ever seen. 

The event attracted over 1200 people and featured 35 exhibiting companies all with at least one job on our Jobs Board, a series of talks from industry experts, workshops on finding a job with social media from the National Careers Service, and 1-2-1 CV surgeries. There were opportunities across the board to help our members recruit or land a dream job.

We’re still wading through stats from the day, but we’ve already got some really interesting findings to share, which offer insights into the world of job-seekers.


Can't get a job without experience?
In March we launched our latest paid intern programme and already we’ve received over 750 applications for a broad range of exciting roles in (CDIT) digital, media and tech companies. 

With 26 top calibre interns having already started their placements, the scheme has certainly got off to a brilliant start and we’re sure there will be lots of success stories to come.
 
Not surprisingly, we’re finding that there’s a huge demand from our members to take on a part-funded intern and if you’d like to add your name to our waiting list please register online. Also, if you are looking for paid work experience in the sector, don’t miss out on the great roles currently being advertised


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.

 
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:

The Growth Vouchers scheme - is set to help SMEs access strategic advice to grow their businesses and offers up to £2000 in match funding along with a free initial business consultation.  
Learning technologies: design for impact -  is a £1.1m fund available for the design of technology-based products and services that will improve learning outcomes amongst children above five years old (Key Stage 1).

Coast to Capital Funding Escalator - comprises an equity fund and a loan scheme which can provide equity investments up to £125,000 and loans up to £200,000, to small and medium sized businesses (SMEs), who’re looking to expand and create new jobs.

Entertainment on the Move – IC tomorrow are offering four businesses up to £25k each to encourage digital innovation in entertainment on the move across music, books, magazines and interactive entertainment and games.

Featured Vacancy 

Head of Production - Nice Media

This is an exciting post for a senior manager to join our small and dynamic team. You will manage the in-house production team and our freelancers and with their support you will deliver our video production service.

This is an operational and client-focused role. You will ensure our clients feel good about engaging with us and understand the potential of our service.
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