Brighton Fuse Freelancer Report – Executive Summary

“An effect of the recession and subsequent signs
of recovery has been a growth in self-employment
over the last decade. This development has been
interpreted in various ways. Many in the policy
arena raise concerns that this is an economic
illusion: that these many individuals represent
displaced employment, possibly the residual that
is left after the essential workforce is identified. It
is suspected that the self-employed are keeping up
appearances with occasional odd jobs, struggling
by and would prefer the securities of a ‘real job’. Continue reading

FuseBox24 radical business support programme: Showcase and Policy Recommendations events

Following on from our Brighton Fuse Research Project, the FuseBox24 programme has applied arts, design and humanities approaches and insights to innovation driving the new creative and digital economy.

The following events will be discussing what has been discovered about the power of arts to fuel innovation.  Come along to hear innovator success stories and the research results of the Arts and Humanities Research Council-supported FuseBox24 radical programme of start-up business support hosted by Wired Sussex at the FuseBox in Brighton. Continue reading

What about the freelancers?

There can be few creative-digital professionals in Brighton and Hove that have not heard of the Brighton Fuse project. This research showed the first solid evidence of the astounding growth of the cluster, the importance of creative and design skills to this growth, and the resilience and innovation in the city’s firms. Everyone from Government ministers to the Financial Times to the World Economic Forum sat up and paid attention. But some voices rightfully asked “what about the freelance sector?” Continue reading

Statements of support



Statements of support


Click here to read statements of support from Caroline Lucas (MP for Brighton Pavilion), Mike Weatherly (Conservative MP for Hove & Portslade) and Ed Vaizey (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries & MP for Wantage and Didcot)




Join us at Brighton – The SuperFused City? on Tuesday 15th October to hear the findings from the Brighton Fuse Research Project

Brighton: The SuperFused City?
What the Brighton Fuse Research Project tells us about the future of business

Tuesday 15 October 2013
Doors open 6.00pm
Sallis Benney Theatre, Grand Parade,
University of Brighton

Sign up to attend here

We would like extend a special invitation for you to join us at Brighton: The SuperFused City? to discuss with us the implications of the Brighton Fuse research findings for Brighton & Hove and for the UK economy.

For the past two years, the Brighton Fuse team have been investigating how Brighton’s creative, digital & technology cluster functions.

The project has been funded by the AHRC and delivered by Wired Sussex, the Universities of Brighton and Sussex and the National Centre for Universities and Business.  With a large team of researchers collecting, collating and analysing data, stories and experiences, it is one of the most detailed analyses of any cluster ever undertaken in the UK.

At this special event on 15th October, we will be unveiling the results of this research, and sharing with you the individual, corporate and economic insights that it has generated.

We will discuss the value and challenges of creating a SuperFused economy, and how people, businesses and cities might benefit from our findings.

We believe that a new formula for success has emerged in the digital economy and for Brighton & Hove to truly benefit from the city’s new economic drivers, there needs to be radical changes to the way we understand and support the creation of value.

Please join us at Grand Parade to discuss the findings with us and with each other. We hope it will prove to be an interesting and exciting evening. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

If you would like to attend the event, please register for a place here. 


Tuesday 15th October 2013

Doors open 6pm
Report and discussion 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Networking 8.30pm – 9.30pm

Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton,
58 – 67 Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY

Knowledge Exchange Fellowship Vacancy

The AHRC in partnership with Wired Sussex is looking to recruit a Knowledge Exchange Fellow to be based at The FuseBox, an exciting new business support initiative in Brighton.

Developed from the Brighton Fuse project this is a unique opportunity for a suitably qualified researcher to become a fully embedded Researcher-in-Residence to help shape and deliver new models of business support and new approaches to co-creation, innovation and growth for the creative, digital and IT (CDIT) sector and to develop new methodologies of knowledge exchange between arts and humanities research and business.

This Fellowship will be funded by the AHRC while the Fellow remains employed by his/her institution. Mentoring support will be provided by the University of Brighton.

1 year full-time. Start date October 2013

Full details of the role and its requirements, including background information, can be found on the AHRC website –


The Brighton/Cherokee Nation Digital Cultural Exchange Project

Brighton Fuse isn’t just concerned with mapping the size, shape and flavour of the Creative, Digital and IT sector. It’s also looking to the future. The Brighton/Cherokee Nation Digital Cultural Exchange is part of an experimental strand of the research that investigates the development of communication, collaboration and co-creation skills driven by digital technologies.

The Brighton/Cherokee Nation Digital Cultural Exchange project is an ambitious experiment in using digital media to drive a cultural exchange project. Two secondary schools in Brighton and Hove and three schools in the Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma, are getting to know each other through the use of digital technologies to communicate, collaborate and co-create. This video shows the Brighton launch event where 40+ year 8 children mashed up their interpretations of their cultures with help from artists SDNA.

Brighton Fuse Cherokee Nation event image

Brighton Fuse Cherokee Nation event image

Brighton’s Bid For Ultra Fast Broadband

Brighton recently submitted a bid to Government for funding to improve broadband capacity in the city for businesses. The bid document contains interesting information of the city’s economy and its Creative, Digital and IT sector. See the bid document here