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October Newsletter

The Digital Roundup

This month, we’re starting out with some awesome acquisition news. Movem, an innovative tenant referencing platform, has been acquired by Barbon Insurance Group and The TrailerFarm, who create trailers for games, has been picked up by Keywords Studios. A big congrats to you both!

High-five to Pragmatic; they were named one of the UK’s most inspirational independent agencies by The Drum.

Very exciting times for Learning People and SkillsFox; they’ve received a £2.5mil investment to fund the companies’ geographical expansion and services. They also appointed senior advisor Tony Glass to their Advisory Board, providing day-to-day counsel to both businesses.

Exploring the similarities between African wildcats and domesticated pet cats, Persistent Peril animated an educational mini-series for Cats Protection.

Amazing news from our FuseBox resident Bluedotaug; they’ve been awarded a grant from Innovate UK to help them develop their platform providing immersive visualisation of complex noise data.

Congratulations to Crunch’s CEO and founder, Darren Fell, who scooped the prestigious ‘Practice Accountancy Pioneer of the Year’ prize at this year’s Accounting Excellence awards.

It’s another great client win for Hyve; they announced their latest public sector customer, Anglia Ruskin University.

We love this new interactive guide by Curate Labs & Magazine. Their ‘Wander Through Copenhagen’ website includes a cherry-picked selection of places to visit in the capital.

Highlighting some of the hazards of working at height, Make Real launched a series of VR experiences for Vodafone.

Artillery recently completed the brand look, including the open titles and graphics, for a VR experience with David Attenborough at the Natural History Museum. Nice one!

FuseBox resident and founder of Hatsumi, Sarah Ticho, recently wrote a guest blog for Immerse UK around the challenges and opportunities of immersive tech for healthcare.

We’re looking forward to checking out Propellernet MD Nikki Gatenby’s new book ‘Superengaged’; sharing the story of Propellernet and new ways of working and operating your business.
…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

5G On Sea: the 5G Brighton testbed launches

Last week, together with partners Coast to Capital LEP, Digital Catapult and University of Brighton, we launched the UK’s latest and fastest 5G testbed. Based at our home and collaborative R&D space, The FuseBox, the 5G Brighton testbed allows local digital, media and tech businesses to test and explore their ideas, products and services on this incredibly fast, very stable, low latency mobile technology before its UK roll-out in 2020.
Find out more about the 5G Brighton testbed and how you can access it here.


Looking for junior developers?

Wednesday 28th November, 9-11am at The FuseBox
Are you interested in learning more about a programme that helps you find junior developers? At this event, you will get to find out more about Creative Process Digital’s Software Developer apprenticeship programme and hear from Wired Sussex member companies who have already joined the programme about their experiences and why you should get involved. Come along!


Talent Talks: extra promotion for your job ads

In a new series of behind-the-scenes blog posts, ‘Talent Talks’, we chat to recruiting member companies about what they look for when hiring and what it’s like to work at their business. This month, we spoke to brand design agency Liquid Studio and web software development company Bright Interactive, so give them a read.
If you’re recruiting and want some extra promotion around your jobs and help to raise your profile amongst our network of job seekers, getting involved with ‘Talent Talks’ is a great way to do so. Get in touch if you’re interested in participating.


Digital Finance Clinic with Plus Accounting

Tuesday 16th October, various sessions between 9-11am at The FuseBox
Are you responsible for your company’s finances and looking for some advice around them? We run one-to-one sessions with chartered accountants Plus Accounting to provide our members with financial support and guidance. Book your session here.


Recruiting for multiple roles?

If you’re recruiting, don’t forget we offer big savings on the bulk purchase of job adverts - saving you money and increasing the promotion around the roles you’re looking to fill. You can find out more here.


Join us for informal networking and seasonal celebrations

Tuesday 11th December, 5:30-11pm at Patterns
We know it’s probably a bit too early to start talking about Christmas, but we’ve got to admit we’re already excited for our big Members’ Christmas Meetup!
If you’ve not been before, our meetups are a lot of fun but also offer loads of opportunities to make connections with others working the local digital, media and tech sector, so grab your free ticket here.


Tips to help you write gender-neutral job ads

Without even realising it, we regularly use language that’s subtly gender-coded, and this is no exception when it comes to writing job adverts. It can affect how people perceive your company and could lead to you missing out on top talent as a result, with people less likely to apply to job ads that favour another gender.
Here are some tips and tools you can use to help avoid gender bias when putting together your next job advert.


Explore some of Brighton’s best co-working spaces

Are you considering co-working and want to check out some of the great spaces around the city? There’s still time to explore Spaces, Freedom Works and The Skiff as part of this year’s Brighton Digital Festival Open Studios!
We also took a few snaps of our own Open Studios at The FuseBox, which you can check out here. If you would like to find out more about our home and innovation hub, you can do so on our FuseBox website.

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