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June Newsletter

The Digital Roundup
Big news from Crunch, after a booming year they’ve unveiled a new arm to the business: the ‘Start’ accountancy package for the UK’s sole trader market.
Exciting times for Then Somehow, this month they launched a new website featuring a case study of work with members Propellernet and they've just returned from Boston, where they have been busy working with Litmus Software.
Well done to Caburn Hope who picked up two GEO Awards for ‘Best Plan Communication’ and ‘Best Use of a Share Plan in an Emerging Market’ for their work with Unilever.
We saw some cool artwork at the Bozboz HQ; international graffiti artist Mau Mau gave their office a fresh lick of paint this month.
Good news from We Are All Connected; they just announced a working partnership with Channel Mum, to develop their SEO strategy.
Exciting news from Brighton Digital Festival; they have appointed Laurence Hill as the new festival manager and just announced a £15k public/ digital arts commission in conjunction with Brighton & Hove City Council. Details of this commission can be found on our Projects Board.

….. 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...

Join us for fun, sun & networking
Members' Summer Meetup, 6th July, from 5.30pm at Patterns
Whether you are a freelancer, director or employee at an agency, from Brighton or beyond –we’d love you to join us for our summer Members’ Meetup.
Meeting other members and talking to Wired Sussex about your business needs is one of the best ways to get the most out of your membership.

Meet new members, share ideas, make connections with peers and find out how you could benefit from some of the projects we’re working on, including: plans to establish a digital hub in Bognor Regis; work to improve the broadband infrastructure in Brighton; an R&D lab helping fast track innovative digital products and services to market; and opportunities to work with Gatwick Airport through our new DRIVA initiative.

So if you are a freelancer, director or employee at a large agency, come join us.
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?
Plans are well underway for Brighton Digital Festival 2016; returning this September for a month-long celebration of all things digital culture. 

Europe's largest digital culture festival is the ideal platform for businesses to launch new products, exhibit the amazing work that takes place across the region and gain exposure with new audiences.
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 8th June where you can hear about the festival, how it works and the time-scales for 2016.

Creative, Digital & IT Open Studios Week
Monday 5th – Friday 9th September
Now in its sixth year, we are excited to be running Creative, Digital & IT Open Studios Week as part of Brighton Digital Festival 2016. 

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, please drop us a line.
Are you responsible for your company finances?  
We’re excited to announce a new series of quarterly events in partnership with Plus Accounting, aimed at helping those at our member companies responsible for managing the finances.

The ‘Digital, Media & Tech Business Finance Forum’ provides a friendly environment where you can discuss any financial challenges you face, share advice with peers and seek answers to questions you may have relating to your current financial position and future financing goals.

So, if you’re looking to better understand the financial performance of your company or develop strategies to effectively manage cash flows and capital equity do join us.

The inaugural event is taking place on Monday 18th July and is exclusive to employees at Wired Sussex Member companies. You can find out more information and register here.

Disruption and stability - the rise of Bimodal IT
29th June, 6:00pm - 8:30pm, at The FuseBox
Many companies struggle to balance demands on their IT delivery. On the one hand there’s a need to provide a reliable and stable service, and on the other companies need to be agile and able to innovate. Bimodal IT is a two-pronged approach which aims to help companies do both. 

This event could be useful for digital businesses and consultants helping clients deliver IT driven transformation, those who work with large companies or the public sector on technology, innovation and transformation projects, or anyone interested in developing service-based digital products

Find out more and register here

Tech Beyond the Screen: the Internet of Things, Technology & Positive Ageing
9th June, 6:00pm - 8:30pm, at The FuseBox
Tech Beyond The Screen is an ongoing series of events, exploring the opportunities and challenges as digital technology moves beyond screen-based devices and becomes fully embedded in the real world.
Next in the series we are exploring technology and positive ageing.
This event will help those looking to discuss, develop or market technology solutions to support people to age positively, either in their own homes or in residential care. The event’s free to attend, but places are limited, so please register here to avoid missing out.

The Wired Sussex Breakfast Sessions
Inspiration, knowledge and guidance to kick start your day.

These fortnightly 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:

How to reach and grow your audience
Thursday 7th July, 9am - 11am, at The FuseBox
Looking to improve your marketing efforts to reach a wider audience? Join us to hear from peers about the strategies they’ve implemented to help grow their business; using a blend of effective content marketing, paid advertisement, video content and SEO.  

Find out more and register for a free ticket here.

Developing a better brand
Thursday 21st July, 9am - 11am, at The FuseBox
A brand is more than just a logo, it’s your businesses personality and it colours how your clients and customers respond to you. Whatever size your business is, the guests at this session will offer valuable ideas, insights and answers to help you to develop a strong and meaningful brand. 

Find out more and register for a free ticket here.

Successful project management tips
Last month we held a breakfast session on ‘Better Project Management’, where a panel of experts: Nadine Schofield (Project Management on Demand) and Rifa Thorpe-Tracey (Code Monster) answered questions and shared their knowledge about effective project management and the tools and techniques that can help.

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

Getting that dream job in …   
For our ongoing series of behind the scenes blog posts we invite member companies to share words of wisdom on what it’s like to work in their industries and offer practical advice to those seeking to get started in the sector.

Here is the latest post from the 15Gifts Ltd team sharing stories and advice on what it's like to work in the sector. 
Do you have some advice you’d like to share? Get in touch to talk about taking part.
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 are really diverse, with everything from product photography to e-Commerce platforms builds. 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!

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