November: time to celebrate the year

It's our last monthly update for 2023 before we head into the holiday break - we'll be back early in the New Year with a look forward to everything 2024 has in store.

This party season we'll be celebrating a year full of successes with our members in Falmer and Croydon, and raising a glass to the wider business community at the Sussex Business Awards, where we're sponsoring the award for Innovation in Business.

Whatever your ambitions for next year, we're keen to understand how Sussex Innovation can support your business. Are you launching a new product or do you have a project you'd like to get off the ground? Contact our team below for a free consultation.


Thinking Innovation

This month's innovation insights and trends: examining a behemoth of retail and its unique model, and how to use coaching techniques to ensure career progression.

Read our lastest articles


  • Why has no-one copied IKEA?
    The Swedish furniture and lifestyle brand pioneered an out-of-town showroom and warehouse approach that has led to global domination in its category. So why have no competitors succeeded in replicating IKEA's model? Joseph looks into the innovations that make it unique.
  • Missed out on a promotion round?
    Ambition shouldn't be a pejorative term when it comes to looking after your career prospects. Richard explains how to apply strategic rigour to the path you want to pursue, and the benefits of giving structure to your ambitions.

What's Happening?

The latest news stories from the Sussex Innovation community include an exciting development for oncology spinout StingRay Bio, and national recognition for Definition Health's in-patient care portal.


  • ValiRx enters partnership with StingRay Bio
    StingRay Bio, a cancer drug spinout from the University of Sussex School of Life Sciences, has entered a collaborative R&D agreement with ValiRx, with a view towards licensing their technology.
  • Sussex health tech company wins national award
    Definition Health won a prestigious award at the Health Services Journal's annual ceremony in recognition of its work with Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust to improve patient outcomes with digital technology.
  • Maths anxiety causes students to disengage, says study
    Following a report from National Numeracy that found more than one-third of UK adults suffer with 'maths anxiety', a paper from the University of Sussex Business School found that the issue is exacerbated by teaching styles that rely on negative framing instead of creating a safe environment for trial and error.


Coming Up...

The most important dates for your diary next month. Our upgraded calendar is at your fingertips; thoughtfully curated to showcase a handpicked selection of top-notch events, brought to you by our valued partners across the South East! 

  • Silicon Brighton Big Festive Meetup 7th December - an informal networking event for local digital and tech businesses to get together, meet new contacts and share their experiences from the past year.
  • gdb Christmas Lunch 12th December - meet up with members of the Gatwick Diamond Business Club for a three-course feast and celebration of 2023.
  • Find Out About Upcoming Funding in Brighton & Hove! 20th December - the City Council's Shared Prosperity Fund will support local businesses with innovation and decarbonisation grants throughout 2024. Find out more about what they are and how to apply at this information session hosted by the Business and IP Centre.
  • Knowledge Hub: Craft Compelling Customer Personas and Content That Resonates 25th January - register now for our first Knowledge Hub session of the New Year, with expert advice on understanding your audience and creating targeted marketing campaigns from Fox & Bear's MD, James Dempster.



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