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March Newsletter

The Digital Roundup
Congratulations to Madgex who’ve been featured in the Sunday Times' Top 100 Best Small Companies to work for in 2015!
A Happy 12thBirthday to Brighton Farm; the informal networking group that’s helped many thousands of freelancers over the years, dispensing free advice and support on a weekly basis– Thank you for helping to make Brighton a great place to freelance!
Fingers crossed for Persistent Peril, whose 'Phantom Power' video has been nominated for an award at Anifilm.
Good news from Futurlab; they’ve announced a partnership with Sierra to help with the release of their hit game Velocity 2X onto more platforms.
Tilt, are big in Japan this month after their work for Alzheimer's Research was featured in a new Japanese book celebrating the best of interactive design.
Exciting times for Lighthouse who announced the appointment of Brilliant Noise CEO, Antony Mayfield, as the Chair of their Trustees Board.
Great news from Box of Frogs Media, they’ve just won Best eBook at the iKids Awards Ceremony in Miami!
Finally, big developments from Fusebox alumni Maker Club, who‘ve just opened a ‘maker lab’ dedicated to digital and creative tech. learning.

….. 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.

Digital Skills Summit
Monday 23rd March, 12.30pm – 7.00pm at Komedia, Brighton
Are you keen to hear innovative strategies for up-skilling and motivating staff in your business, and contribute to the ongoing discussions on how skills providers and businesses can best work together to overcome skills gaps within the sector?

The Digital Skills Summit will bring together businesses and skills providers, to identify and address these shortages within our sector.

At the event you will hear; our keynote speaker, Dr Kion Ahadi (Creative Skillset), sharing insights, and a series of lightning talks from businesses that demonstrate innovative methods of recruiting, training and retaining their staff. A panel discussion will be followed by facilitated workshops.

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

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 2015’, looking at the UK’s digital landscape.
Not surprisingly, Brighton came out as a forerunner; noted as one of the fasted growing digital clusters since 2010, with the highest concentration of digital companies in UK, at 3.3X the national average!

You can check out the full report here.

Breakfast Drop-in for Start-up Essentials
Tuesday March 17th 9am – 11am at the FuseBox
Starting a creative or digital business and need some expert advice on the fundamentals around money, legal’s and the like?
We are running drop-in sessions for start-up businesses to get the best advice on everything from accounts and taxation, to funding opportunities and intellectual property. Our advisors are Nilden Ozkan (NLD Accountancy Ltd), Dean Marsh (Creative Law and Business) and Laura Evans (Brighton Chamber).
 Find out more and register for a place here.
This cross-border business fair for start-ups is supported by the ReCreate project, selected under the cross-border cooperation programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) England and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Looking for advice on running your own event or meetup?
As well as running our own programme of events, we also support event organisers in the local digital, media & tech community.

One of the great things about our local industry is the amount of community events run each month. From small and informal meetups to large scale conferences; there’s generally something on offer for everyone. 

With this in mind, we've pulled together some top tips and best practice for organising an event

From venue sourcing, marketing and promotion, to on the day and post event follow up advice, here’s some of the key elements for consideration when planning an event to help make it run smoothly and successfully. 

Feel free to get in touch if you are looking for any further advice on running a local event.

Let's get together - Wired Sussex Members' Meetup, 21st April, Osho Social.
2015 is well underway and that means it’s time for a big, quarterly Members’ Meetup!

If you haven't been before, the event offers a great opportunity to connect with others working in the digital sector; on average we see well over 100 members in attendance! The next meetup is happening on the 21st April and seeing as it’s a new year, we’re trying out a new venue right on the seafront at Osho Social.

So, why not come along and share your latest news, learn about potential joint working opportunities or just to have a chat (and hopefully soak up some sun!) 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.

Want to get your company news heard by a larger audience?
We’re often asked if being a member of Wired Sussex can help you to promote your company news. And the answer is a resounding Yes!

Here’s a quick run-through of 5 ways that becoming a Wired Sussex member can help you reach a larger audience and make stronger connections within the local cluster.

Are you looking for your first break into the digital sector?
Our Intern Placement Programme arranged its 90th paid internship in February.  

So far over 75% of these internships have turned into job offers. If you’re looking to start a career in anything from Marketing, SEO, Games Design to Web Development, be sure to check out these great internships  and apply quickly as the project ends next month. 

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 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 Job

Business Development Manager

Pure360, an email & SMS marketing provider in Brighton are recruiting a Business Development Manager to join their vibrant, friendly sales team. 

They work with over 1000 organisations including brands such as Rightmove, Virgin and innocent drinks.

They are looking for someone committed to supporting and developing their colleagues.  You can find out more here.
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