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May Newsletter


The Digital Roundup
The first shout out this month goes to Relentless Software and their game Blue Toad: Murder Files, which last week reached the number 1 spot on the UK APP Store!
A happy fourth birthday to Crunch Accounting who’ve multiple reasons to celebrate, including featuring in the Accountancy Age top 100 firms list and having just secured their 1,000th client!
Great news from Neujuice Design  who have been commissioned to design the musician Tricky's new website.
Congratulations to Madgex  who have just launched a new job board for BrokerHunter.com, the premier financial services employment website.
Big developments from White Hat Media who have announced they are to open a new office in (wait for it) The Seychelles!
Fantastic to hear that Clearleft will be opening up their new office as an event space for Brighton Digital Festival!
And finally, we’re stoked to announce that Tom Nixon has joined the Wired Sussex team a as start-up curator for the FuseBox.

….. 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.


Brighton's digital sector in the news
It’s been great to see the amount of press that our region has been getting recently, as a place that’s continually punching above its weight when it comes to cool, creative & digital happenings. In case you missed them, here’s the Guardian article on the growth of regional tech. sectors, for which Wired Sussex was interviewed, Venture village on the Brighton technology scene and Urban Times on Brighton’s reputation for the creative industries. 

If you are a member of Wired Sussex, your dues help us to promote this sector on the national and international stage, attracting more clients, talent and investment. (and if you are not a member, here’s why you should be)


Brighton Digital Festival: a new brand and website 
Brighton Digital Festival is gearing up for September, and promises to be another fantastic celebration of digital culture. We have been working hard on providing a platform of resources that event organisers can use and benefit from, including a new brand and website. You can read more about these over at designer Bryan Kidd’s blog where he’s documents thoughts and creative process when developing a new visual identity for the festival.
 
The new website will not only act as a hub for promoting what’s on during the festival but also as a valuable resource kit for anyone wishing to get involved. Remember, this is an open festival and will only be as good as we all make it.  So if you fancy putting on an event here’s some help....


Brighton Digital Festival: help with putting on your own event
Grass roots Fund.
Deadline to apply: Friday 17th May.
We know that even a small amount of cash can make a difference when organising an event. That’s why we have set aside some of the funding we received for the festival for a grassroots fund to help support 20 such events with micro funding of £250 each. We hope these small pots of cash will contribute to covering the costs of running an event and, in doing so, support events which otherwise might not be able to happen. More information on how to get your hands on the cash can be found here.

BDF – Monthly meetup
Tuesday 4th June, 6pm – 9pm at Marwood Coffee Shop.
This is a regular meet-up for anyone interested in getting involved with the festival.
At the meeting you will be able to discuss and share event ideas, hear about the latest progress and chat with others involved; including the festival manager Tom Bailey.
The event is open to anyone interested but it would be great if you could sign up to let us know that you’re coming.



Recruitment issues? Here's how to get more out of our jobs board.  
We have always prided ourselves on being able to deliver much more than other jobs boards when it comes to helping digital, media and tech companies attract the right talent to grow your businesses. Now, for the month of May, we are going even further by offering all job posters a free consultation on their recruitment challenges and strategies for future growth. Follow the link for more details of how to take advantage.


Connected TV: what does it mean for production companies and how can you benefit?
Interested in how TV is changing and what opportunities and pitfalls this can present your business? Well, at the next ConnectedTV Brighton event, we’ll be hearing from Managing Directors at two of the UK’s leading production companies; Jo Ball, from Ricochet Television and Emma Wakefield, of Lambent Productions. They will be sharing their experiences and discussing how production companies are adapting, how they deliver content for the new more connected consumer and what that means for web and games companies. 

The event is exclusive to members of Wired Sussex and that includes employees of Wired Sussex member companies. It's free to attend but please register here to guarantee your place.


The FuseBox & why it's needed
The FuseBox is our new support hub for the creative and digital industries. It’s still very much in beta mode, but we recently held a gathering for people who have helped us get the project off the ground. Those who came along brought books as housewarming presents and our MD, Phil, spoke at the event about why the FuseBox is necessary.


Does your company develop apps? Would a trade mission to SF help you grow? 
Fancy heading to San Francisco to learn from some of the biggest brands and platforms in mobile app development? Well UKTI are organising a four day mission for technical directors and mobile app architects. So if you fancy joining them on a week-long mix of master classes, workshops, and hackathons, then read on for how to apply.  
  

Funding opportunities for digital buisnesses
Another of the benefits of Wired Sussex membership is getting to hear about the latest funding opportunities within the sector either by networking with other members or through our monthly funding letter.- N.B. if you haven’t already you can sign up to receive our funding letter via your WS account page!
Here are a couple of the latest:

Innovation Vouchers - Start-ups plus small & medium-sized businesses from across the UK can apply for an Innovation Voucher. They are designed to encourage businesses to look outside their current network for new knowledge that can help them to grow and develop. A grant of up to £5000 is available to businesses to work with a supplier for the first time and is used to pay for knowledge or technology transfer from that supplier.
Closing date: Ongoing

Creative Skill Set – are running a number of training funds aimed at freelancers working in or returning to work for the TV, film and audio industries. There is £800 - £1500 available. 
Closing date: Ongoing

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