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June Newsletter

The Digital Roundup
Loads of great news from our members this month, and the first shout out goes to Baxter & Bailey and Bozboz who teamed up to respectively design and build the new MET website, which has been garnering praise all around; having been featured in Design WeekCreative Boom and Transform this month.
Congratulations to Propellernet who have been recognised as one of the UK’s ‘best places to work’ for the fifth consecutive year!  And, if you’re sick of commuting to London for work, why not check out their Ditch the Commute campaign showcasing all the fantastic opportunities right here in Brighton.
High five to Ithaca Audio; their immersive audio installation was selected in Creative Review Annual’s ‘Digital, Experimental’ category!
Huge congrats to eLearning companies LEO Learning and Kineo; they were both recognised as ‘Top 20 Content Development Companies’ by Training Industry!
Cogapp’s brilliant Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 404 error page was featured on Hyperallergic; an online art editorial.
We’re excited for FuturLab’s upcoming VR game, after seeing the first trailer for Tiny Trax!
Great to see Ollie Aplin’s therapeutic project MindJournal doing well and raising awareness around mental health. This month he appeared on the BBC, Virgin’s Live.Life.Better. podcast and even wrote an article for The Guardian!
Lots of celebrations on the horizon for iCrossing; they’ll be turning 20 this month!
Congratulations to Madison Solutions founder Matt Chambers; he won ‘Business Person of the Year’ at the Seahaven Business Awards.
Big news from Silicon Beach Training; they’re expanding their services to six new UK locations!
We saw an awesome animated film by Persistent Peril for Cats Protection’s Annual Review.
We’re loving the new brand identity look Pegasus unveiled this month.
Exciting times for writer Nick Raistrick; he just published a 'Homage to bad copywriting' called 'Get the Easton Look'.
Finally, a massive well done to Jellyfish, RocketMill, iCrossing, Propellernet and SiteVisibility who stormed the recent Drum Search Awards!

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

Brighton's digital sector in the news
Brighton’s reputation as a hotbed for digital talent gained further validation after Tech City UK unveiled a report last month: ‘Tech Nation 2017’, looking at the UK’s digital landscape.

Not surprisingly, Brighton came out as a forerunner; noted as having more high growth companies than both Cambridge & Oxford, digital business turnover up by 31%, a high quality of life at 93% and Brighton’s ability to attract talent seen as a major competitive advantage.

You can check out the full report here.

National Freelancers Day, Drinks 
Thursday 8th June, 7-9pm at The Skiff
The 8th June is National Freelancers Day and to celebrate we’d like to invite all our freelance members along for drinks at The Skiff!

This is our way of celebrating the vibrant freelance community here in Brighton and the fantastic cultural and economic contributions you make to the region’s digital ecosystem.

The evening will be a good chance to meet others working in the local freelance community and share a couple of drinks together.  The event is free to attend, just let us know you're coming so we have the right number of beers! Hope to see you there.

Upcoming Breakfast Sessions
Our Breakfast Sessions provide hints, tips and best practice advice to our Members on a variety of subjects. The next two in the series are:

Funding Your Next Game
Thursday 22nd June, 9-11am, at The Skiff.

This month’s session is for those overseeing the financial and production aspects of a video game; from freelance developers to employees of indie and international games studios.

We’ll be joined by Juliet Tzabar (CEO at Plug-In Media), Johnny Marshall (End of Level Boss at Sock Thuggery) and Adam Betteridge (CEO of Authentic Media Group). Our panel of experts will discuss the strategies they’ve used to successfully raise funds for their video games project; from raising private investment, crowdfunding, to winning public funding.

So, if you’d like to discuss different routes and get tips on how to successfully raise finances, this session is for you!
Building an Authentic Brand
Thursday 27th July, 9-11am, at The Skiff.

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.

Making the most of Membership
We’ve been running a lot of events this year (30 so far!) and we’ve noticed that a few new members have joined specifically to attend certain events.

This is great, it tells us our events are covering the right things, but there’s much more to membership than just the events. Here’s a quick overview on some of the other ways that we can help you grow your business.

Looking for junior software engineers?  
Interested in learning about a degree-level apprenticeship programme that can connect your business with junior software engineering talent?
The University of Chichester runs an IT (Software Engineering) Degree Apprenticeship programme to provide its students with both degree-level learning and practical business experience. The programme is match funded, with two thirds of employment costs paid by Government and only one third by the companies themselves.

If you think your business could benefit from the scheme and would like to hear from other Wired Sussex member companies already involved or ask us questions, come along to our briefing event on the 29th June.

You can find out more information and register for a ticket here.

This event is exclusive to Wired Sussex Members. For more information on how to become a Wired Sussex Member click here.

'Love Your Job' - guest blog post opportunity
Did you know we run a regular blog series called ‘Love Your Job’? Giving Members the opportunity to share insights into what it’s like to work for their company, and help raise their profiles amongst job seekers.
If you’re currently recruiting and want some extra exposure for your advert, do get in touch for more info on getting involved.

Let's get together 
Members’ Summer Meetup, 4th July, at Patterns in Brighton.
Whether you're a freelancer, director or an employee of a larger agency, we’d love you to join us for our summer Members’ Meetup.

If you've not been before, the event offers a great opportunity to network with others working in the sector locally. Why not come along and share your latest news, learn about potential joint working opportunities or just to 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.

Helping you create valuable user experiences 
At our last Breakfast Session we were joined by Luke Hay (UX Consultant and Google Analytics trainer / Senior Conversion Strategist at Fresh Egg), Natasha Popoola (Senior UX Researcher & Designer at Makemedia) and Tom Prior (Director of Design & User Experience at Makemedia), who shared their expertise and do’s and don’ts around creating valuable user experiences.

Spaces for the event were in high demand and we know some of you weren’t able to come along. So, in case you missed it, here are the key points from the session.

Open Studios: Talent Week
Now in its seventh year, we are excited to be running Open Studios:Talent Week as part of Brighton Digital Festival 2017

Open Studios: Talent 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 and attract talent. 

If you are interested in finding out more about this year’s Talent Open Studios week, please drop us a line.

Paid Search Director

You’ll be working with a great group of clients across the retail, fashion and travel sectors and leading a team of consultants driving market beating results through innovative campaigns.

As Paid Search Director, you will play a leading role within our paid media team driving paid media strategy, innovation and commercial growth as well as growing the team and developing skills and competencies.

More information here.

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