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June Newsletter

The Digital Roundup

Kicking off this month’s newsletter, we have some great news from Elucidat! They received a £3.5 million investment to accelerate the development of their eLearning platform, grow their team and continue work internationally.

We saw some fantastic work by UnitedUs; they created a dramatic rebranding for national property developer Prime, helping them convey their collective vision for unbound health and care.

Congratulations to Pragmatic’s CEO and founder David Lockie, who was named in the prestigious BIMA 100, which celebrates the most influential, pioneering and change-making people in the UK’s digital industry.

Nice to see Designate ranked high in Campaign’s ‘Top 100 Creative Agencies School Report for 2019’, recognising their outstanding creative campaigns for big brands.

We heard an inspiring story from Aptivate who, 10 years after running IT training programmes for young women in rural Zambia, are now working with one of the graduates to harness the power of technology and continue to help transform lives and communities.

Paean Films unveiled a short piece for US brand Experient’s event management conference, encapsulating the essence of the event to inspire a new generation of strategic account managers to attend.

It’s onwards and upwards Hyve Managed Hosting who announced they are offering cloud services in Switzerland as part of their ongoing international expansion.

Great to see Mariam Crichton, Head of Project Management at Every1Mobile and Wired Sussex Board Member, featured in Show Media London’s ‘30 Ones to Watch’ list!

Finally, it was exciting to see Make Real, Curiscope, Platf9rm, Totara Learning and Futrli represented as community leaders in this year’s Tech Nation Report, which measures the UK tech cluster on the global stage.
…Remember, if you’ve got any news to share (such as new work, products, services, clients or award wins) you can post it on our Member News Board

Only one week until Talent Fest 2019!

18th – 20th June, various locations in Brighton & Hove
The countdown has begun for our digital skills festival, Talent Fest 2019. With only a few days until the festival, there’s not long left to grab your tickets! Check out what’s coming up below:

Jobs Fair
Tuesday 18th June, 11am - 4pm at The Clarendon Centre
Alongside a wide range of great local companies all looking for talent, the Jobs Fair includes advice-packed talks from industry experts, career masterclasses from Google Digital Garage, CV clinics, support for those interested in freelancing, and much more! So, if you're looking for a job in the digital, creative and tech sector, get your free ticket here.

If you’d like to find out how you can make the most of the Jobs Fair, check out our latest blog post.

Portfolio Clinic
Wednesday 19th June, 6 - 8:30pm at Sallis Benney Theatre
The Portfolio Clinic is a unique opportunity to meet some of Brighton’s top creatives and get one-to-one advice on how to produce an outstanding portfolio. Whether you’re looking for advice on your design, film, illustration or web development portfolio, come along! Get your free ticket here.

Skills Summit
Thursday 20th June, 10am - 4pm at The Old Market
How do we build workplaces which are inclusive to all, help attract a more diverse workforce and ensure everyone can benefit from a fulfilling career in digital? Join us at our Skills Summit conference for a unique conversation about how, together, we can attract, train and retain the talented people we need from all parts of society.

We have a range of fantastic speakers lined-up, including a special keynote from Anne Morrison, the former Chair of BAFTA and Director of BBC Academy, so find out more and get your ticket here.


A special thanks

Talent Fest 2019 would not be possible without the kind support of many of our members.

A big thank you to our headline sponsor American Express, our sponsor Madgex, and our supporters: Project Management On Demand, Brightwave Group, DabApps, Aimer Media, Animalive, Plus Accounting, Natives, Cogapp, Make Real, Saba, Mediatonic Games, Artemis Marketing and Pragmatic.


Freelancer? Want to support the next generation of talent?

We recognise that freelancing is as much a legitimate career option in our sector as becoming an employee, and so we are including a Freelancing Stand at this year's Talent Fest 2019: Jobs Fair to provide people with help on freelancing.

If you’re a freelancer who could spare a few hours on Tuesday 18th June to give advice and inspiration on pursuing a freelancing career to new and emerging talent, we’d love to hear from you!


Join us for sun, fun and networking

Tuesday 16th July, 5:30pm - 11pm at Patterns, Brighton
Our Members’ Summer Meetup is less than a month away! If you’ve not been before, this informal evening offers an excellent opportunity to network with others working in the local digital, media and tech sector and chat to us about how we can further support you and your business.

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.

A big thank you to Fastnet for sponsoring the event!


We’re hiring!

The Wired Sussex team is growing, and we have two exciting opportunities available for a Digital Marketing Assistant and an Events Coordinator. If you would like to find out more about the positions and what it’s like to work with us, come and say hi at Talent Fest 2019: Jobs Fair.


Financial advice for your business

Tuesday 9th July, various sessions between 9:30 - 11am at The FuseBox
Do you work for a digital company, or are you a freelancer, and have questions about finance? Would you benefit from some expert knowledge and guidance?

We’ve teamed up with Brighton's leading firm of accountants, business and tax advisors, Plus Accounting, to offer our members free and confidential advice through a series of 1-2-1 drop-in sessions. Find out more and book your session today!


Talking talent with Hyve Managed Hosting

In our ‘Talent Talks’ series, we shine a spotlight on recruiting member companies to find out what they look for when hiring and what it’s like to work at their business. This month, we chatted to Hyve Managed Hosting, which you can read here.

If you are looking for a new way to raise your company profile amongst our unequalled network of job seekers, then getting involved with our ‘Talent Talks’ blog series is a great way to do so. Get in touch.


Explore the world of immersive marketing

Wednesday 3rd July, 6 - 9pm at The FuseBox
Interested in how immersive technology can be used to reach new audiences? Our next VR Brighton Meetup will explore how Virtual and Augmented Reality is revolutionising the marketing and advertising industries.

So, whether you work in immersive, marketing, or just want to hear about some of the latest VR and AR projects, then come along!


How to become a successful mentor

Are you interested in becoming a mentor and helping others benefit from your experience?

Last month, we held a Breakfast Session looking at how to successfully become a mentor, featuring some fantastic talks from Rob Verheul (MD at Graphite Digital), Claire Hopkins (Director at Ideal) and Ben Bennett (COO at Omnitude). In case you missed it, you can watch the talks on our YouTube channel.
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