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March Newsletter

The Digital Roundup
Lots of member news this month and the first shout out goes to Pixel Dot; they just celebrated their fifth birthday and were shortlisted for two Employer Brand Management Awards for their work with RunMyProcess!
Congratulations to Brandwatch on the launch of the Vizia 2 platform -  a social media analytics tool that displays real-time data across multiple screens and visualisations.  
We saw a fantastic new brand identity unveiled for Clearleft this month; you can read about the process and thinking behind the refresh here.
Exciting news from 4D, they’ve just opened a new data centre, ‘4D Gatwick’, in Crawley.
Good news from animator Nick Murray Willis; he’s been commissioned by BBC Three for a ten-part animated web series!
Wonderful results for Rose Media Group, their ten-week launch campaign for itsu shop in Brighton proved their most successful branch opening yet.
A busy month for Wolfcub; they added a case study about their work with Ian Fleming Publications to their website, developed a brand identity for min wayn, completed a brand overall for architectural firm Cloisall Co and created a website for Chipp’d – Phew!
We saw a lovely new animation from Persistent Peril for the wearable tech firm: Ripple.
Big news for privacy focused, search engine Mojeek; they’ve just expanded to over 100 servers in Custodian Data Centres.
Exciting times for Elucidat; they recently moved to a new office in the North Laines in Brighton, launched a new analytics software feature and won a Brandon Hall Award for ‘Best Advance in Content Authoring Technology!  
Hi-five to Midnight Communications, they were chosen by Sussex Wholefoods, Healthy Supplies, to deliver a media relations campaign and just took home a silver award for the best ‘Corporate and Business Communications Campaign’ at the recent CIPR PRide Awards 2016.
Sparkling success for Cobb Digital, who’ve been chosen to create a new website and digital marketing strategy for sparkling wine company, Ridgeview.
Lastly, well done and fingers crossed to all our finalist members in the Sussex Digital AwardsCarouselMagnify CreativeTomango4D Data CentresPragmaticFocus Digital MediaMidnight CommunicationsKitch MediaRMV ProductionsBozbozBenchmarq and Shake It Up Creative!

….. 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...

Talent2017: A Skills Festival for the Digital Sector
15th – 17th March, various venues across Brighton.
It’s March and that means Talent2017 is here!  

A new festival designed to help businesses in the region attract, train and retain the talent they need to thrive. It’s taking place between 15th and 17th March and there’s loads of ways that you can benefit. Below is an overview of the events we’ve organised and you can check out the full programme here.
Have fun and get involved!

Talent2017: Jobs Fair
15th March, Jurys Inn (Brighton Seafront)
The first day of the festival will showcase the best job opportunities and companies in the digital, media and tech sector in Sussex.

With sector-specific exhibitors; CV surgeries and workshops for job seekers; plus, talks about how to get into and progress further in the sector, there are opportunities across the board to help you land your dream job.
If you are looking for a career (or a new role) in digital, don’t delay and register for a free ticket now

Talent2017: Skills Summit
16th March, City College, Brighton
A one-day conference designed to help digital businesses learn how to find and develop the talent they need to succeed.
This conference is for you if you're a business owner or manager, or work in HR, careers or training, and would like to hear innovative strategies for up-skilling and motivating staff in your business, and contribute to the ongoing discussions on how we can work together to overcome skills gaps within the sector.
We’ve got a full programme of expert speakers, workshops and best practice business case studies, with practical takeaways for your business.
There are still a few places left – you can sign up here

Talent2017: Experience Day
17th March, various venues, Brighton.
The Experience Day is a range of events providing an opportunity for students and young people to gain insight and experience into what it’s like to work in the digital industry. If you’re interested in finding out more, check out this blog post from Jenni Lloyd. 

Talent2017: Special Thanks
Huge thanks to our headline sponsors iCrossing, to sponsors Crunch and to supporters: Madgex, Jellyfish, WPM, City College Brighton and Hove, The Unit, Gene, The University of Sussex and Equal Experts. Talent2017 would not have been possible without your support.

New Wired Sussex website on the way!  
You may remember that last year we announced plans to rebuild the Wired Sussex website from the ground up. Well, after consultation with members, ideas workshops, site surveys and pitches, we are pleased to announce that we’ve appointed local digital agency Bozboz to handle the rebuild.
We would like to thank everyone that has contributed to the project so far; your ideas, passion and vision for the new site have really helped us focus and set us off to a great start.
We believe Bozboz are a great agency for the job; they have been members of Wired Sussex for a number of years, are part of our local community and create fantastic work.
We will continue to post regular updates on the project and offer members the opportunity to help shape the project further.
Thank you & watch this space.

Upcoming Breakfast Sessions
Inspiration, knowledge and guidance to kick start your day.

These 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: 

Selling Your Business
Thursday 23rd March, 9am - 11am, at The FuseBox
Interested in how to approach selling your business? Then this session could be for you. Presented by members who have been there and done it, they will share their stories and experiences; offering valuable insight and advice.
We'll be joined by David Amor, who in 2014 sold his business Delinquent to Sweden’s Mag Interactive. Also joining us will be Graham McAllisterDirector at Player Research; an award-winning studio that recently joined the global Keywords Studios Group.
If you’re an entrepreneur interested in understanding how to sell a business, this session is for you. You can grab a free ticket here.

Successful freelancing tips
Recently we held a breakfast event on ‘Being a Successful Freelancer’, where a panel of experts: Richard Nash, Charlotte Ricca-Smith and Jim Callender answered questions and shared their knowledge about freelancing. 
Spaces for the event were in high demand so, in case you missed out, here are the key points from the morning.
You can sign up for our next freelancer breakfast session here.

Supporting the Virtual and Augmented Reality Scene
VR and AR technology is a key focus for our Digital Catapult Centre Brighton programme of business support.

We’ve been hosting regular meetups dedicated to growing the local scene by bringing together businesses, enthusiasts and academics passionate about exploring the applications of this immersive technology.
At our last event Curiscope, a company who are pioneering educational adventures in VR and AR, gave a presentation on this topic.
In this blog post Curiscope’s CEO, Ed Barton, shares his thoughts on the future of VR/AR as a teaching platform and why he believes Brighton is such a great location for companies looking to make the world a better place using immersive technology. 

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.
Here’s a couple of the latest: 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!

Front- End Senior Web Developer

Pixeldot is a strategic brand consultancy with a single focus: challenging brands with strategic thinking and creative outcomes.

They are looking for an ambitious senior web developer, with an eye for design excellence to join the team. You’ll be joining an intrepid team of creatives and strategists to help grow their digital division. 

This role is best suited to a developer with plenty of Wordpress experience and a penchant for great front-end development. 

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