From high schools to hot dogs, here’s a peek behind what we’ve been up to this week…
1. Telling the story of British steel across the airwaves
We’ve been working with Radio 4 on a documentary on our client Liberty Steel’s extraordinary story of investment in the steel industry, at a time when others are pulling out of the sector. We can’t wait to hear the programme in a couple of weeks’ time, which will focus on chairman Sanjeev Gupta’s vision for a new kind of UK industry that’s agile enough to hold its own against foreign competitors. The documentary is part of Radio 4’s ‘Untold’ series which airs at 11am on Tuesday mornings.
2. Could the next Snapchat come from Wales?
The search is on to find Wales’ brightest tech start-ups and help them go global – and it was down to us to help TechHub Swansea launch a nationwide search for the next major players. With £10k per team on offer and mentors from JustEat, Google, and New Look all signed up, the scheme is a budding entrepreneur’s dream.
We’ve made a big splash in sector press and the Welsh media calling on tech-whizzes across Wales to come up with a business plan that can pack a punch. Could we be on the verge of discovering the next Periscope or Netflix? Watch this space…
3. Breaking ground at Newport development site
On Tuesday we visited the site of client Tirion Homes’ new development in Newport, along with the board of the house-building company and Economy Minister, Edwina Hart.
The huge former steelworks site is being redeveloped into a flagship 500-home urban village and this week operations took a big step forward with the start of work on a multi-million pound contract to clear and clean the land in preparation for construction. The project is expected to generate up to 1,500 jobs and inject around £140million into the local economy.
Everyone donned their hard hats and hi-vis jackets and posed for some pictures surrounded by a lot of rubble, soon to be transformed by the giant diggers (everyone loves a digger pic). The announcement of the commencement of remediation work at the site and the ministerial visit generated a lot of positive media coverage in the days following
4. Teaching with Tech
Education is a huge part of what we do – and this week Principal Paul Norton opened the doors to show us everything that goes on behind the scenes at one of Wales’ leading private schools – Kings Monkton in Cardiff. As a school leader he has to wear a lot of different hats, jumping between strategic planning and exam prep to coding and karate in any given week.
Mr Norton was also spied in Independent Schools Magazine this month, talking about all things tech. We nabbed a spot in the mag for a feature about affordable ways to use software and gadgets in schools to make a real difference in lessons.
More Cloud technology, mobile devices, and apps – less teachers on segways. (Meaning you don’t break the bank or your neck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCfP01A3gnE)
5. Reacting to Facebook’s big new feature
Social media giants Facebook rolled out their new ‘reactions’ globally this week, so users can now react to posts in a variety of ways without commenting. Naturally, this is pretty big news, so we blogged about the implications of this radical shift for PRs and marketing bods. Have a look on there to get the full low-down!
And in other news…
As the saying goes, work hard, play hard. It’s this spot on philosophy we stuck to when, after a work-filled week, we headed down to hot-dog supremos Hogwurst to fill our boots. Needless to say, it really hit the spot. Here’s a snap of Hannah’s loaded dog.