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TAKE PART IN THE BRIGHTON FUSE FREELANCER SURVEY

After the success of last year’s Brighton Fuse survey we are undertaking a further piece of research, this time focusing on freelancers and their communities. We would like to ask you to help us get an accurate view of creative and digital freelancers. We are interested in what you do, what you need and how you work. Could we ask you to fill in this questionnaire? It will take about 20 minutes to complete and will help us ensure that you are understood and supported effectively. We know that your time is valuable but by contributing to the survey you will help us get a clear idea of the needs and contributions of the sector, and raise the visibility of the entire cluster – we can’t do this without the information direct from you. As an added incentive you will also be in with a chance of winning an iPhone 6. All information received will be anonymised and will only be used for this research project. You can find out more in this blog about the research written by the researchers. For more information and to participate in the survey, please click here. If you have any questions, you can visit www.brightonfuse.com, contact info@brightonfuse.com or rebecca@wiredsussex.com, or call us on 01273 692888 Many thanks in advance for contributing to this important and exciting project.

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?”

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)      

Brighton Fuse article in Financial Times

  Here is as an article about Brighton Fuse in today’s Financial Times – http://www.wiredsussex.com/Fusebox/FT-FutureFiftySchemes.pdf    

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.  Details Date: Tuesday 15th October 2013 Time: Doors open 6pm Report and discussion 6.30pm – 8.30pm Networking 8.30pm – 9.30pm Venue: Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton, 58 – 67 Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY

Our Submission To The Parliamentary Select Committee

  Our submission to the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Creative Economy draws on some of our emerging findings. You can read it here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmcumeds/writev/suppcrec/sce34.htm  

VIDEO – Latest TV Interview

Here’s an interview with some of the Brighton Fuse team at our Tales of a Creative City event discussing ‘What Brighton Fuse might be telling us about the future of the Creative, Digital and IT sector’. Brought to you by Latest TV.

BLOG – Recording Of Tales Of A Creative City

For those of you who weren’t able to make it along to our Tales Of A Creative City event, or those that did come and want to listen back heres a recording of the full event:

BLOG – Tales Of A Creative City

Last night we held our ‘Tales Of The Creative City’ event as part of Brighton Digital Festival. Our research team shared their thoughts and stories as well as the project’s early interpretations.

BLOG – Start Making Sense: Some preliminary findings from the (ongoing) Brighton Fuse Survey

We couldn’t help but having a sneaky look at the data we are collecting in the Brighton Firm Survey – here are some descriptives. These preliminary findings are based on a sub-set of our sample comprising 126 responses from CEOs, MDs, Founders and senior personnel at Brighton-based creative and digital companies employing, in total, just over 1,500 Full-Time Equivalent employees in Brighton.

Brighton Fuse – Universities and CDIT Clusters

Clustering of businesses is often identified as important, both to the growth of regions and the businesses themselves. But are the dynamics of knowledge-based, creative business clusters a special case? And how do they and should they link with universities? We have examined the evidence and thinking on creative clusters and university links. We suggest that the picture is complex, somewhat biased with happy success stories, but there are experiences to learn from and principles to guide future interactions.