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March Newsletter


The Digital Roundup
Fantastic to see so many members gaining recognition and winning awards for their work this past month; Mind Orchard received two Pixel Awards for their ‘LEGO Fire Hose Frenzy!’ game, ReadySaltedCode won a Google RISE for the innovative Dance DataVisualisation project, Lambent Productions picked up two trophies at the RTS Southern Awards, and Plug-In Media were recognised for having the Best Learning App at the iKids Awards!
In other news; it’s been a record month for our jobs board, we helped more members than ever before recruit the talented people needed to grow and expand their business.
There were a lot of office moves around Brighton; TILT and Spook Studios both relocated to New England House (hey neighbours!), and Bloom Worldwide set up a fantastic new space on North Road, Brighton.
Romance was in the air for Persistent Peril who announced on, Valentine’s Day, that they’re now being represented by prestigious London animation agency: Jelly.  
Congratulations to Cogapp, who were commissioned by Liberty to deliver a new microsite; Liberty80, to celebrate their 80th year promoting human rights and campaigning to protect civil liberties.
Exciting news from our members BTV Post who’ve just finished a full audio mix and mastering work on the documentary ‘Steve Jobs: His Story’ about entrepreneurial giant and founder of Apple.
Lastly, check out this lovely branding Osomi put together for the London road Portas Pilot project, it’s always great to see local businesses supporting local talent.

….. Remember if you’ve got any news you’d like us to shout about then just drop us an email for inclusion in our next newsletter.


Turn your business idea into a reality at the FuseBox!
FuseBox24 is a new 24 week start-up programme for innovators in the creative, digital sector delivered by Wired Sussex.  
The programme is open to applications now and starts on 28th April. It provides mentoring and expertise from the worlds of arts, technology and business and 24/7 access to the FuseBox.
If you are (or want to be) an early stage start-up, you can find out more about Fusebox24, whether it is right for you and how to apply here.

 The FuseBox was inspired by findings from The Brighton Fuse Report. To find out more about the research please visit – www.brightonfuse.com


The Wired Sussex Intern Placement Programme has launched!
Earlier this week we launched an Intern Placement Programme; to help our members attract, support and screen fresh talent looking to break into the creative, digital and tech sectors. 
The programme will run until March 2015 and opportunities for prospective interns are already advertised, with many more opportunities ready to be added over the coming months.
If your company would like to take on fresh talented interns for a grant assisted 6 week placement, find out more about the scheme and register your interest and we will be in touch!

 
Food for thought with our Freelance Breakfast Workshop
Our breakfast workshops are designed to be practical, focused guides to improving your business. Last week we held a ‘Breakfast Workshop’ on the topic of Becoming a Successful Freelancer.

The workshop was led by a panel of experts (David Lockie (Pragmatic Web), Martine Scott, (Puree Design) and Paul Allen, (Lark) who answered questions and shared their knowledge and advice.
Spaces at these events are always in hot demand and we wanted to share as much of the conversation and advice as possible, so here is a full breakdown of the event highlighting the key discussion points and takeaways from the conversation.

If you are interested in how our breakfast workshops might be able to help you, sign up for our events newsletter to keep informed about them.

 
Let's get together
Members' Meetup, 29th April, from 5.30pm at Above Audio.
Our next member’s meetup is happening on the 29th April. If you've not attended before, our meetups offer a great opportunity to network with others working in the creative, digital, media and technology (CDIT) sector, from all across Sussex.

Why not join us? You could share your latest news, learn about potential joint working ventures or just have a chat with other like-minded folk. It's all very 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.


Brighton Digital Festival - what our bid to the Arts Council England said…
Last week we submitted a bid to the Arts Council for £173,000 to help support the festival through 2014 and 2015. There are the three key themes to this bid, which we’ve outlined here.
 
We expect to hear back about our bid in May, but won’t be standing still in the meantime. We’ll be organising meet-ups, town halls and, with the community, preparing for another great festival this year.
 
So if you want to participate or just be kept in touch, let us know.


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 range greatly, with everything from product photography to e-Commerce platforms builds. However, what they all have in common is a need for help from 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!
 

Featured Vacancy 

Head of Business Development / New Business Development Manager

We are looking for a strategic, results focused individual to take charge of all new business acquisitions as our Head of Business Development / New Business Development Manager. You will be responsible for creating and delivering effective and creative new business strategy, working closely with PR, Client Services and the Account teams to ensure consistency in our approach.

 
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