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March Newsletter

The Digital Roundup

The first shout-out this month goes to SiteVisibility; they won a digital marketing strategy consultancy project for a US-based global B2B educational business, as well as a technical SEO consultancy project for a major UK-based education travel group.
 
High-five to Pragmatic who were named one of the UK’s top web developers and designers by Clutch, a B2B ratings and reviews firm.
 
It’s been a very busy start to the year for Wildheart Media; they launched three new websites for their clients across Sweden and Brighton.
 
Great to see the next generation using immersive technology to teach and learn; Plumpton College agriculture students joined forces with the team from Countryfile to create a VR video explaining best practice for milking and looking after dairy herds.
 
Congrats and good luck to Be The Fox; they’ve been shortlisted in the Creativepool Annual Awards for a series of films they made for Casumo championing eccentric ‘sports’.
 
Exciting times for GOVR who have launched their VR café in Brighton: a community hub for creative, experimental and critical work in VR and digital.
 
Another great success story from Buff Motion; they created an animated brand film for Bond UK, the UK network for organisations working in international development, to communicate their services and vision.
 
We loved Curate Labs & Magazine’s 2019 annual digest, an illustrated newspaper filled with thought pieces and perspectives to inspire entrepreneurs and young professionals.
 
Congratulations to Platf9rm who expanded their second co-working space, growing their creative business community in Hove Town Hall.
 
…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

Spring ahead on your recruitment

To help our members recruit, we’re offering the next 5 companies who advertise with us a whole host of extra promotion and support for their roles, including a free print advertisement and a launch day banner advert on our website!
 
So, if you want to build some extra buzz around your vacancies - now’s a great time to post! Find out more.

 

Save the date: Talent Fest 2019

We’re delighted to announce the dates for this year’s Talent festival! This 3-day event starts on the 18th June with a Jobs Fair, the largest digital careers fair in the South; followed by a Portfolio Clinic on the 19th June, helping people perfect their portfolios; and a Skills Summit on 20th June, a conference for digital businesses on how to attract and retain the best talent.
 
If you’re interested in getting involved in Talent Fest 2019, either as a sponsor, speaker or recruiting company, get in touch to find out more. Plus, sign up to our Talent mailing list to recieve updates about the festival and other recruitment news and opportunities.

 

Upcoming Breakfast Sessions

Our 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? Coming up, we have…
 
How to Work Effectively with Other Freelancers
Wednesday 27th March, 9-11am at The FuseBox
Are you a freelancer interested in collaborating with others and expanding your network? At this Breakfast Session, we'll be looking at how to work most effectively with other freelancers. We’ll have talks from Nancy Platts, Charlotte Young, Scarlet Cummins and Samantha Harland who’ll be sharing their advice and experiences on collaborating with others. Come along!
 
Telling Your Brand's Story
Tuesday 30th April, 9-11am at The FuseBox
Your brand is far more than a logo, it’s a story that brings your business to life. At this Breakfast Session, Brand Language Consultant Al Robertson will discuss what makes for a strong brand personality, how you can create a tone of voice that cuts through the noise and what makes for truly gripping content. Get your free ticket.
 
A special thanks to Plus Accounting for sponsoring our upcoming Breakfast Sessions!

 

How to win the right work for your business

Last month, we held an event on identifying and winning the right work for your business. It featured some really insightful talks from our members Ben Potter, Alice Reeves (The Joyful Web) and Stuart Davies (Creative Bloom) who discussed barriers to growth and tips for qualifying leads.

If you missed the event, you can catch up on the advice shared and videos from the day here.

 

How combining Arts and Tech skills can lead to better business

Wednesday 20th March, 12-1pm at The FuseBox
At this FuseBox Brown Bag Lunch, Martha Bloom from the University of Sussex will talk about her research into the ‘fusion’ of Arts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) knowledge in the Creative Industries and the value and challenges of obtaining a fused skillset in today’s businesses.
 
Whether you’re an artist, technologist or an agency director, come along to participate in an interesting discussion and an opportunity to hear about, and directly feed into, academic work in this area.

 

Fancy a break from reality?

Our Immersive Discovery Day is an away-day of immersive exploration for Wired Sussex members. Designed to help companies engage with immersive tech and spark innovation within their business, the day provides a thorough overview of the immersive landscape and gives practical insight into this technology that might add value to your own business, by showcasing the latest cutting-edge equipment and a range of unique case studies where it’s been put to work successfully.
 
Interested in getting your business involved? Find out more.

 

Building online communities: the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of social media

Monday 25th March, 12-1pm at The FuseBox
Do you work in social media and want to learn how online communities form? Join us for a unique event, where Sam Bernard from the University of Sussex will talk about his fascinating research into the impact of Trump supporters online and what it means for social media strategies. Register for your free ticket here.

 

Not long to go until our Members’ Spring Meetup!

Tuesday 2nd April, 5:30-11pm at Patterns
There are only a few weeks left until our Members’ Spring Meetup! It's the perfect opportunity to network with others in the local digital sector, meet potential collaborators, hear about projects which could benefit your business and chat to us about how we can further support you - all while enjoying a drink overlooking the sea.
 
If you’re a Wired Sussex member or an employee of a member company, we hope you can join us for some good conversation, springtime fun, and pizza courtesy of our sponsors Fastnet. With over 180 people already signed up to attend, you won’t want to miss it! Grab your free ticket here.

 

Access and learn about 5G technology

Wednesday 27th March, 6-8pm at The FuseBox
We’re looking for our next cohort of companies to join the 5G Testbed Accelerator Programme. Designed for start-ups and scale-ups, this 12-week programme provides access to the tools, facilities and expertise needed to discover, develop and test new products and services using 5G technologies.
 
Find out more about the programme and how you can take part at this upcoming event.
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