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May Newsletter

The Digital Roundup

The first shout out this month goes to Elucidat, whose eLearning platform just surpassed two million users!
Congratulations to Madgex who, for the fourth consecutive year, have been recognised as one of the ‘best places to work’ in the UK.
Nice work from Ape Creative, they have created branding for MOR; a new healthier sausage range.
Great to see members collaborating for a good cause; 10 local agencies (PropellernetMadgexiCrossingGenePragmaticPlus AccountingClearleftDabAppsRibot and FuturLab) have just signed up to MakerClub’s BrightSparks mentoring programme, which gives disadvantaged kids access to free mentorship in design, technology and innovation!
Big news from FuturLab, they have just announced their working on a new game for PlayStation VR.
Exciting times for Gamer Network, they have just announced the acquisition of Rock Paper Shotgun.
Nexus have taken their brand a step further and enlisted a local animation studio to create an animated version of their logo.
Big news from MindTools, they have been awarded the 2017 Queen’s Award for Enterprise, recognising three years of exceptional growth.
Nice work from Makemedia, their sister company has just launched Loco Dojo; a VR party game for the Oculus Rift & Touch.
Congrats to Man Bites Dog, they’ve been recognised as one of the top 150 PR consultancies in the UK by PRWeek.
Well done to Propellernet for their win at the European Search Awards for ‘Best Use of PR in a Search Campaign’!
Exciting times for InCrowd, they have been nominated for two 2017 Sport Business Awards, plus shortlisted in both the Sports Technology Awards and BT Sport Industry Awards!

….. Remember if you’ve got any news you’d like us to shout about (including new products, service and clients) you can post it on our member news board or just drop us an email for inclusion in our next newsletter...

Join us for some sun, fun and networking
Members’ Summer Meetup, 4th July, at Patterns in Brighton.
If you’re looking for a relaxed, informal way to meet people working in the digital, media and tech sectors, then our Summer Members’ Meetup is not to be missed.

If you've not been before the event offers a great opportunity to network with others working in the sector locally. So why not come along and share your latest news, learn about potential joint working opportunities or just to have a chat with other like-minded folk.

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.

Have you seen the videos from Talent 2017?
In March we held Talent 2017; a three-day festival designed to help businesses in the region attract, train and retain the talent needed to thrive. Well we’re happy to announce that all the presentations and talks from the festival are now available to watch!

Looking to secure the best talent for your business?
The Skills Summit was a one-day conference that examined the skills challenges in our sector and how we can start to solve them. Participants shared best business practice and we looked at how universities, colleges and apprenticeship programmes might help.

The talks included insights, ranging from understanding your employer brand to growing your talent, delivered by some of the most prominent people and companies in Sussex’s digital sector.

You can view these talks here.

Looking for your dream job in the sector?
As well as showcasing great job opportunities with local member companies, the Jobs Fair featured a series of illuminating talks from industry experts on how to approach finding work, what companies are looking for and how others have landed dream jobs in the sector.

You can view these talks here.

Interested in Talent 2018?
If you’re interested in chatting with us about Talent 2018 and how it could benefit your business do get in touch.

Are you unsure how to handle employee grievances?
HR Digital Media Group, 18th May, at Madgex.
The next HR Digital Media Group session will cover ‘Managing A Fair Grievance Process’ and help you develop your knowledge and skills to fairly and effectively manage or conduct a grievance hearing.

This event is run in partnership between Martin Searle Solicitors, Wired Sussex and Madgex. It’s open to business owners, HR Managers, directors and employees responsible for personnel issues in Digital Media businesses. You can find more information on the event here.

Upcoming Breakfast Session: Creating Valuable User Experiences 
18th May, at the FuseBox.
Our Breakfast Sessions provide hints, tips and best practice advice to our members on a variety of subjects.

This month’s session will explore creating valuable user experiences and the strategies you can adopt to help make better, more data-driven decisions to create delightful customer experiences for your website or product.

We’ll be joined by Luke Hay (UX Consultant and Google Analytics trainer / Senior Conversion Strategist at Fresh Egg), Natasha Popoola (Senior UX Researcher & Designer at Makemedia) and Tom Prior (Director of Design & User Experience at Makemedia).

 Find out more and register for a free ticket here.

Into sci-fi, design and tech?
Our innovation hub, the FuseBox, is excited to announce that sci-fi author Al Robertson has become its first writer-in-residence. The first event with Al uses Philip K Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? to look at empathy-led design and emerging technologies. Interested? Find out more here.

Are you responsible for your company finances?
Finance Forum, 12th June, at The Skiff.

Did you know that we run quarterly events in partnership with Plus Accounting, aimed at helping employees at member companies responsible for managing the finances?

The ‘Digital, Media & Tech Business Finance Forum’ provides a friendly environment where you can discuss any financial challenges you face, share advice with peers and seek answers to questions you may have relating to your company finances.

The next session will focus on the importance of KPIs, financial reporting and how to set practical goals, the importance of accountability, what gets measures, gets managed and how to identify key drivers.

So, if you’re looking to better understand the financial performance of your company or develop strategies to effectively manage cash flows and capital equity, come along.

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!

5G Testbed Manager

The Digital Catapult is leading the delivery of a 5G Testbed in Brighton in a drive to develop the next wave of digital economy, focusing on SME engagement.

We are looking for an experienced professional that has a good understanding of the current state of the 5G and has hands-on experience with telecommunication network systems. The role offers an exciting mix of activities in engaging with practical deployment, running, and involvement with advanced service development activities around 5G infrastructure until 2020.

The 5G Brighton Testbed Manager will be based in Brighton, but will work very closely with our technology team in London, and anticipated to be there 1-2 days a week.

More information

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