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November Newsletter


The Digital Roundup
It’s award season again and we are delighted to see so many of our members gaining recognition; both Madgex and Propellernet are up for a host of Sussex Business Awards, including nominations for most innovative, healthiest and best workplace.
Other members already celebrating include: Glide Training who won a Natwest Venus Business Award, Kineo who picked up the Brandon Hall Silver award and Kanoti who took a Lovie Award. – A big well done to everyone!
Exciting news from one of the Wired Sussex founding members Epic, who announced they will be listed on the London Stock Exchange, after a massive £16.3m reverse takeover deal!
Finally, we are pleased to report Crunch are having a stellar year, they have seen a massive 71% income growth and have just recruited former Skype CEO and Vice President of eBay Europe, Michael Van Swaaij to the team as Chairman.

….. 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.


Wired Sussex wins funding for a new intern placement programme for the sector!
We are really excited to be able to announce that Wired Sussex has secured funding to launch a new intern placement programme. The programme will build on the success of our hugely successful Sussex Internship Programme

We expect to launch the scheme early next year and it is anticipated that it will place talented interns with over 120 digital, media and tech companies for 6 week grant-supported placements. If your company might be interested in taking part in this programme and wants to be kept up to date with developments, please sign-up to register your interest.


Brighton Fuse Report Findings
Last month we held a special event to unveil the findings of the Brighton Fuse Research Project; the culmination of a two year R&D exercise to analyse the growth and performance of the digital cluster in Brighton – it’s been one of the most comprehensive investigations into a cluster ever undertaken in the UK!

It was a fantastic evening with over 200 people in attendance, eager to hear the findings of the report and discuss its implications. If you missed the event check out this short video providing an overview of the project and its core findings or you can read the full report here.

We would like to thank everyone who gave up their time to help with the report. It’s a vital piece of research that will help raise the profile of our digital cluster and allow for better understanding of the challenges and opportunities we face. The findings will inform future strategies to make the cluster even more competitive by providing a blueprint for achieving high growth in other creative, digital businesses.


Workspace
Not surprisingly one of the key issues highlighted in the Brighton Fuse report is the lack of decent office space in Brighton. One of the ways we’ve been working to address this is by helping our members advertise spare office or desk space to the community. So if you’re currently in the market for a new space or have studio or office space you are interested in sub letting- here’s where to look.


The FuseBox - let's get together and make great things happen!
Between now and the New Year we are experimenting with some new, exciting ways of using our open collaborative work space; AKA the FuseBox, to support members of the Creative, Digital and IT community here in Brighton and Sussex.

We’d love for you to come along and get involved in the project by trying out the space and letting us know what you think of the resources available.
Whether you’re looking for a self-service meeting room, hoping to host an event or fancy meeting others at one of our collaborative work days, get in touch.
You can find all the particulars about the project and how to get involved here.

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


Our Big Xmas Meetup - Tuesday 3rd Dec, Above Audio, Brighton.
We’d like to invite all our members to our last event of 2013, to share some festive cheer at our Christmas Members Meetup.
There'll be seasonal tunes, festive decorations and dodgy jumpers a plenty! And we ho-ho-hope you get in the spirit of things and come to celebrate what has been a truly fantastic year for the digital cluster here in Brighton!
 
The event is free to our members and all employees of member companies, but be sure to register now for a ticket so you don’t miss out.


A Big hi-five to the Skiff!
This month we celebrate 5 amazing years of the Skiff, the friendly co-working space we co-manage for independent workers in the heart of the Brighton’s North Laines. It’s a fantastic milestone and we are proud to have supported them along the way.
 
So, we look forward to raising a glass with other Skiffmates at their annual ‘Skiffmas’ party on Friday 29th November.


Funding opportunities for digital businesses
Another benefit 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 regular 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:

Frictionless commerce - transactions in a digital landscape – £400k - £1m investment is available for projects that make it easier for businesses to work together and with their customers, helping to overcome problems around outdated regulation, poor data interoperability, and poor user experience.  Registration closes: 13 Nov 2013
 
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 between £800 - £1500 available. Closing date: Ongoing


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