Latest Information

Here you can find details of the research and events, news, information and resources about – or of interest to – the Brighton Fuse. You can leave us your email address so that we can keep you up-to-date with the project as it evolves or join a discussion on our LinkedIn page.

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.

BLOG: A quick tour to completing the Brighton Fuse Survey

Some of you busy creative and digital entrepreneurs have asked us what data are needed to complete the Brighton Fuse Survey. Very understandably, you want to be prepared for the questions before getting started with it. We thought that instead of sending the whole questionnaire, we’d write a quick tour of the survey, letting you know what sorts of things we are asking, and also warning you about the few times when you may need to access other data beyond what’s stored in your powerful brains.

BLOG: Finding the arts in the Fuse

Guest post by Stephanie Fuller, Senior Planning, Arts Council In my work I spend a good deal of time promoting the value of the arts and cultural sector to the creative industries as a whole and the economy in general.  Current enthusiasm for growth as an economic driver doesn’t do these organisations any favours – typically they are micro or small businesses and for the majority growth is neither desired nor appropriate.  Despite this they make a significant contribution to the economy through driving innovation, collaboration and exchange of ideas.

BLOG: No, really, why are you asking me that? The Brighton Fuse company survey Part II

Last week we talked about some of the effort that goes into crafting a good business survey.   The Fuse survey asks you to provide data on your business’ turnover, operating profit and employees. As an important note: we will of course treat these data as confidential – and you don’t have to respond to any questions that you don’t feel comfortable about answering.

BLOG: Why are you asking me that? (or: how we wrote the Brighton Fuse company survey)

After much blood, sweat, tears and biscuits, the Brighton Fuse survey went live just over a week ago. We’ve been delighted by the tide of results rushing in – if you have been invited to participate, please do fill your survey in as every response counts! Freelancers, we haven’t forgotten about you – we’re currently working on a second survey specifically tailed to your own work which will be going live in the autumn.

BLOG: Making Brighton Fuse social

  This is a guest post written by Ross Breadmore, consultant with NixonMcInnes. NixonMcInnes are a Brighton based social business consultancy. As I’ve stated a million times before, I love Brighton. I love working in Brighton. And I love working for a company that loves Brighton. Love love love. Brighton Brighton Brighton. So it was ace to be asked to help with Brighton Fuse, a two-year social research and development project “which will map, measure and assist Brighton’s creative, digital and IT cluster”. It involves a core team of researchers, academics and analysts, various bodies and delivery partners including our friends at Wired Sussex.

BLOG: Recipe of the week: A digital and creative city

We’ve been working on Brighton Fuse for a few months, and we’ve often talked about the project to different kinds of audiences. Almost every time someone asks the same question: Why are you looking at Brighton? Why not [insert name of almost any other city in the UK]?

BLOG: Why the Brighton Fuse survey is really really important

One crucial element of our research is the Brighton FUSE Company Survey, which is going live in June 2012. If you run a creative or digital business in Brighton & Hove, you will receive an e-mail inviting you to participate. Your participation really matters to us! We need a high response rate to develop reliable findings and sound recommendations which can help support your business in lots of ways.

BLOG: The Brighton Fuse: Getting started

Hello, and welcome to the Brighton Fuse! The Brighton Fuse is an extremely large government-funded research project being carried out by Brighton University, Sussex University, the Confederation for Industry and Higher Education, and Wired Sussex. We plan to create the most accurate picture of the Brighton cluster of digital and creative firms ever. Like you, we know that this is a super-interesting topic and our advisory board, which includes representatives from the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky, agree with us. The aim of the project is to explore one simple question: Does bringing together creativity with digital technologies lead to innovation and economic growth? Why would we expect this to be the case? 

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.

Lighting Brighton’s Fuse

Original article published by Crunch Accounting, 8 April 2011. It’s great to hear about the launch of ‘Brighton Fuse’ – a new £1 million government funded initiative which aims to further fuel the growth of the city.  

StartUp Britain

Original article published by Department for Business Innovation & Skills, 28 March 2011 Groundbreaking campaigns and projects announced to help inspire and support new businesses in the UK.