The Digital Roundup
Lots of great news from our members this month and the first shout-out goes to Movem
founder Peter Ramsey who has been named one of BusinessCloud’s ‘35 Tech Entrepreneurs Under 35
A big happy 20th birthday to Neujuice
! They gave themselves a well-deserved birthday present: a new website and brand redesign
Good news from RMV Productions
who were recently commissioned by Arm Holdings to create a VR experience
to explain how traditional data centres work and the scale of these huge installations.
Congratulations to LEO Learning
; their innovative game Impact Cx: The Quest
won a prestigious mobile learning award at the 24th Annual Communicator Awards.
Exciting times for DabApps
; as part of their plan to expand their services to South Wales and the South West, they’ve opened a new office
Martin Searle Solicitors
launched a new campaign
, running throughout June, offering free telephone advice for employers and employees to stamp out sexual harassment in the workplace.
Interesting to hear about Make Real
’s latest co-creation with SOLVIN; an engaging installation
for the SS Great Britain museum to highlight the revolutionary achievements of engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Good luck to Ben Potter
; he’s been nominated for The BD100
, an inaugural celebration of the UK’s 100 most influential business developers.
One of Europe’s fastest growing companies
(and new Wired Sussex member) SaleCycle
has just opened an office in Brighton, creating 30 new jobs.
We’re loving Lolly Studio
for the World Health Organisation’s 70th anniversary, communicating their success and future goals.
High-five to Propellernet
; their recreation of Britain’s favourite advert – Sir Ridley Scott’s 1973 Hovis ad – for Evans Cycles won ‘Best Use of Search
’ at the European Search Awards. And more recently they teamed up again to create a piece of music from the heartbeats of commuter cyclists
to celebrate 10 years of their Ride to Work Scheme.
was recognised as one of the UK’s most exciting, innovative and disruptive creative companies in Creative England’s CE50 list
And finally, CDO Partners published a study
analysing the affordability of housing in Brighton, which was then featured in The Argus.
….. 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...
Join us for some sun, fun and networking
Members’ Summer Meetup, Tuesday 17th July, 5:30pm – 11pm at Patterns, Brighton
If you’re looking for a relaxed, informal way to make connections with people working in the digital, media and tech sector, then our Members’ Summer Meetup is not to be missed.
The evening offers a great opportunity to network with others working in the sector locally and chat to us about how we can better support you and your business. So, 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 folks.
The event is free for Wired Sussex 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.
Only a few days left until Talent2018!
5th – 7th June, various locations in Brighton
Our skills festival for the digital sector, Talent2018, is right around the corner. With only a few days left until the festival, this is your last chance to grab your tickets! Check out what’s coming up:
Tuesday 5th June, 11am – 4pm at Brighton Dome
The Jobs Fair is your chance to get face-to-face with some of the best digital companies from Brighton and beyond and learn about their job opportunities. You could even land your dream job!
Also, expect lots of informative talks throughout the day from those working within the sector, CV clinics, and some cool immersive virtual reality experiences.
Don’t miss out and grab your free ticket now!
Wednesday 6th June, 9:15am – 3pm at Sallis Benney Theatre
The Skills Summit will bring people together to explore how we can develop a sustainable talent pool that will benefit both individual organisations and the wider digital sector in Sussex. We’ll have a range of talks from some of the most prominent companies in Sussex’s digital sector, sharing their advice around attracting, training and retaining talent.
Plus, we have a special keynote from Eugenie Teasley of Uber, which titled ‘Ubers workplace culture: what do you do when it all goes really, really wrong?’ should make for some interesting lessons to be learned!
Lastly, everyone will have their voice heard at a special ‘world café’ style workshop, where discussions will be captured and transformed into a manifesto for best practice around digital skills and talent.
So, if you're a business owner, manager, work in HR, careers or training, and would like to gain practical insights for your management strategy, this event is for you.
Thursday 7th June, 6pm - 8:30pm at Sallis Benney Theatre
This is a very rare opportunity to meet some of Brighton’s top freelancers and agencies and get one-to-one advice on how to create an outstanding portfolio or improve an existing one. Get your free ticket here.
A special thanks
We want to say a massive thanks to our Talent2018 headline sponsor: Legal & General, sponsor: the University of Brighton, and supporters: DabApps, MAG Interactive, Brightwave Group, iCrossing, Lumesse, Cooden Tax Consulting, Creative Process and Plus Accounting. The festival wouldn’t be possible without you.
Using additional expertise to grow your business
We’re working with the University of Sussex to help Wired Sussex members solve specific challenges they may be facing, by connecting them to an academic from either the Department of Informatics (VR, AR, Data, Haptics) or the Department of Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, History, Geography, Anthropology). Find out how you can get involved.
Want to help us run events for Brighton and Sussex's digital, media and tech sector? We’re looking for an experienced Events Coordinator to join our team! Check out the job spec here.
Upcoming Breakfast Sessions
The Wired Sussex Breakfast Sessions 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?
Being a Successful Freelancer
Thursday 28th June, 9am – 11am at The FuseBox
To celebrate National Freelancers Day, our next Breakfast Session will be for all our freelance members. Whether you want to know how to improve your marketing, discuss how much to charge or find new clients, bring your issues and questions to this session and learn from your freelancer peers and experts. Be sure to guarantee your place and get your free ticket here!
Mastering Marketing Automation
Thursday 12th July, 10am – 12pm at The FuseBox
At this session, we will explore marketing automation and the strategies you can use to streamline your approach to marketing; helping you gain a deeper insight of your audience, nurture customer engagement and craft a more results-driven approach to sales.
We’ll be joined by Lindsey Pickles (Director and Founder of Bright Dials Digital Marketing) and Adam Lee (Director and Founder of No Pork Pies) who will share their key insights from their combined 35 years in marketing.
So, whether you’ve just launched a start-up and looking to scale or a seasoned industry professional wanting to reassess your current goals, this event is for you!
Clearleft’s Ampersand conference: ticket giveaway & discount
Friday 29th June at Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton
This month we've partnered with Clearleft to run a big discount on tickets to their upcoming web typography conference, Ampersand, along with a few free tickets to give away to Wired Sussex members. Whether you’re a designer or developer, a seasoned professional or just starting out, this conference is for you! Find out more here.
Are you responsible for your company’s finances?
Digital Finance Clinic, Tuesday 3rd July, 9am – 11am at The FuseBox
We team up with Plus Accounting to run free 20 minute 121 sessions that give Wired Sussex members the chance to get expert advice around their current financial positions and future financing desires, from payroll and R&D tax claims, to dealing with the HMRC and exit strategies.
If you’re responsible for your company’s finances and looking for advice and guidance regarding it, book your free session now!
Key findings: Brighton’s digital & immersive sector
Last month, we saw Brighton’s digital sector in two leading reports. Immerse UK’s recent Immersive Economy in the UK Report found Brighton’s immersive sector is #3 in the UK and the number of companies in the city specialising in immersive tech is 4 times higher than the UK average.
In Tech Nation’s 2018 report, which maps the UK’s digital landscape, it was great to see shout-outs to our members CoverageBook, Propellernet, LEO Learning, Totara, Spaces, Platf9rm, The Skiff, mpb.com and TrustedHousesitters. We were also super honoured to see our MD Phil Jones named as an influential person in our local sector. Check out Phil’s latest blog, ‘In Praise of Being Ambitiously Small’.
Explore cutting-edge VR technology
Thursday 14th June, 6pm – 9pm at The FuseBox
Did you know we run monthly meetups exploring how Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality is being used to revolutionise various industries? At our next VR Brighton Meetup, we’ll look at cutting-edge immersive tech, from implementing smell into VR experiences to giving users six degrees of freedom in mobile VR. Find out more and grab your free ticket.