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October Newsletter

The Digital Roundup
We heard loads of great news from our members this month; with Madgex awarded a Gold Standard accreditation from Investors in People and scooping their Health and Wellbeing Award! 
Well done to Crunch Accounting who’ve been recognised as one of the top 100 UK accountancy firms!
Exciting news from Box of Frogs Media who announced a collaboration with A&B TV and Bulldog Licensing to produce a series of new interactive appbooks.
iCrossing had lots to celebrate; winning not only the ‘Digital Strategy’ and ‘Online Media Buying’ categories at the RAR Digital Awards, but also the ‘Financial and Professional Services’ category in the IPM Awards.
Great work from Mark Hadley Design who have just refreshed the Richmond Citizens Advice Bureau website.
Congratulations to Cogapp whose work on the Qatar Museum website just won Silver for the ‘Best Cultural Experience’ at the User Experience Awards in San Francisco.
Big news from Brightwave, their learning system, Tessello, has been implemented by UNISON to build an 'Organising Space' community platform.
Finally, there have been a few name changes and office moves amongst our members: Lambent Productions relocated to Gloucester Road in Brighton, DC Storm have rebranded as Rakuten Attribution (following their recent acquisition), and Ethical SEO have not only moved to Brighton but also rebranded as ‘We Are All Connected’

….. 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

Festival feedback
We hope you enjoyed the Brighton Digital Festival as much as we did here at Wired Sussex, with an amazing 160 events taking place all across the city, spanning 27 days and reaching not only local but international audiences – we are sure you’ll agree - it was a truly fantastic festival!
Brighton Digital Festival would love to know what you thought of the events you attended or put on and hear any suggestions you might have for improvement, so please take a moment to complete this short survey

From Brighton to Croydon; we can help you grow your business
Earlier this year we launched an Intern Placement Programme to help our members access skilled jobseekers who can add real value to their business. It's been a great success and so far 90% of the interns we’ve placed have stayed well beyond their original 6 week internships!
In a nutshell the programme offers companies in our sector:
  • Low risk: We select only the best candidates for you to interview.
  • Hassle free: We support you and the interns throughout the placements.
  • Cost effective: It's match funded so we'll pay 60% of the employee salaries.
  • Inspiration: You get enthusiasm, new ideas and fresh energy.
Could your company benefit from this scheme?  If you're based within the Coast to Capital LEP (Chichester – Brighton – Newhaven & up to Croydon) region then check out the website for more information and do get in touch!
Also, if you are looking for paid work experience to get into the sector, don’t miss out on the great internships currently being advertised. Check out these hints and tips on how to enhance your application and gain that all important foot in the door.  

Turn on and tune in - the FuseBox Session videos
Over the past five months we’ve run a series of fortnightly, guest talks for our members and those on the FuseBox-24 programme.
These ‘FuseBox Sessions’ were based around the theme of ‘ideas you can use’ and offered real value to anyone wanting to run or grow their business. Don’t worry if you missed out, we filmed all the talks and have made them freely available.
You can read more about the individual sessions and find links to all the videos over on our blog.
These events were supported by the EU’s European Regional Development fund through the INTERREG IVC programme ReCreate.

Digital Exchange - an innovative approach to improving broadband
Since the signing of the City Deal last March, Wired Sussex has been working with broadband suppliers to spearhead a plan to establish a Digital Exchange in Brighton's New England House.

Last month we were excited to hear that our efforts had been successful - funding to set up the Exchange has been secured. This funding has been apportioned from unallocated money in the Super Connected Cities Programme (money that would have gone back to government if left unspent).

The DX will establish a cooperative approach to the bulk buying of broadband capacity, which will enable businesses to access broadband with the speed and capacity they need at affordable rates, with the added bonus of allowing users to tailor their usage models.

Moreover, we believe that creating a place with the right equipment will enable people to work together to develop and deliver new services, meaning broadband provision for business users should rapidly improve, first in the New England Quarter and then across the rest of the city. You can read more about the scheme here.

Technology Strategy Board Day - understanding the funding and support available
Last month we joined up with Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board), to coordinate an event exclusively for our members on the funding and support available to the creative, digital and IT sector in Sussex.

At the session we offered one-to-one meetings, networking opportunities and talks from the individual bodies. Those talks are now available on our YouTube Channel and the accompanying slides are on our SlideShare account.
If you're interested in future events like these and more, then be sure to sign up for membership and to be the first to hear about all the latest Wired Sussex events by registering for Events letter.

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 help from 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 Vacancy 

Events Coordinator - Wired Sussex

From January through to the end of March we have a number of projects that require us to deliver a variety of events, including a project launch event, a Skills Summit, a launch of the findings of an R&D project and also a round table discussion in London to host.

We require an organised, enthusiastic and proactive person to take on the co-ordination of these events.

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