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June Newsletter

The Digital Roundup
Exciting times for DabApps who are finalists in the ‘Software Development’ category at this year’s RAR Digital Awards!
Good news from Leapfrogg; they have just been appointed by Dune to support their natural search strategy.
Congratulations to our new members Digital Growth, who have been selected to become a Google Partner.  
Well done Madgex, who’ve featured in The Sunday Times ‘SME Export Track 100’ list, which covers the UK's top-performing companies and entrepreneurs. 
Pegasus are flying high! They’re officially the number 3 healthcare agency in the UK.
Fingers crossed for Tilt whose work with Nickelodeon has been shortlisted for a Broadcast Digital Award.  

….. 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 Catapult Centre Brighton: News & Events
With the new Digital Catapult Centre opening in Brighton soon, we have organised a series of taster events to help you understand what it does and how it might benefit you and your business. We kick off with an overview, which has moved to a larger venue (the Old Market) due to demand.

Introducing the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton and the Internet of Place   - Wednesday 10th June, 6.00pm at the Old Market, Hove

This event is an opportunity to hear from some of Brighton’s Catapult partners: Gatwick Airport, Brandwatch, University of Brighton and Wired Sussex. We’ll be giving an overview of what the Catapult is for and how your business can work with it and its partner organisations, and what the Brighton Catapult’s theme ‘the Internet of Place’ is all about.

The event is free, but places are limited, so please register now to avoid disappointment.

Other upcoming Brighton Catapult taster events include: Lastly, for those who missed it, the Guardian ran a useful story about Brighton and its catapult centre last week. You can read online here.

Keep up to date with news and event activities surrounding the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton by signing up to the mailing list here

Food for thought at our Breakfast Workshop
Our breakfast workshops are free to members and are designed to be practical, focused guides to improving your business. Last week we held a ‘Breakfast Workshop’ on Becoming a Successful Freelancer.

The workshop was led by a panel of experts: Dan Young (Shed Research Consulting), Kate Saker and Richard Nash (Mr. Biscuit) who answered questions and shared their knowledge and advice.

Spaces at these events are always in hot demand and we wanted to share as much of the conversation as possible, so here is a full breakdown of the event highlighting the key discussion points and takeaways.

Creative, Digital & IT Open Studios 2015
CDIT Open Studios week offers Wired Sussex member companies a chance to run events at their offices as part of Brighton Digital 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… 

Whether you’re a small agency, just starting out or a large well established organisation, we’d love you to be involved. If you are interested in finding out more about this year’s CDIT Open Studios week, or if you would like to take part, you should check out this blog post, or why not come along to one of our drop-in advice sessions.

The deadline for getting your event featured on all printed marketing materials is Wednesday 8th July.

Join us at our Big Summer Members Meetup
Members' Meetup, 14th July, from 5.30pm. Venue TBC.

We’re really excited about our next member’s meet-up. If you've not been before they offer a great opportunity to network with others working in the digital, media and technology sector locally. So why not come along and share your latest news, learn about potential joint working opportunities or just have a chat with other like-minded folk. It's all pretty informal!
The event is free to our members, including all employees of member companies, but you will need to register here to guarantee your place.

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

Fancy an evening of great food & the company of your peers?
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.

The KTN Breakfast: Innovate funding tips
Wednesday, 1 July 2015 from 7:30- 9:30am

Wired Sussex has organised a breakfast event with the Knowledge Transfer Network, part of the UK’s Innovation agency: Innovate UK. If you are interested in learning how to increase your chances of accessing funding from Innovate UK, this event will help. Over a bacon butty and some damn fine coffee, KTN will provide you with some tips and a toolset to help you make successful grant funding bids. You can find out more about current Innovate UK funding bids here.
Sign up for the KTN breakfast here.

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 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 Job

Sales Director - The Student Room Group

The Student Room Groups are hiring a Sales Director who will be a key member of the company’s Management Team, which is responsible for delivering the company plan.

The primary responsibility is to achieve (and of course where possible exceed!) the company’s B2B sales targets. They will be responsible for leading the definition of those targets, owning delivery & be responsible for creating the sales strategy.

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