From foster parents to fighting for junior doctors’ rights, here’s five peeks behind our week…
1. Capital Law instrumental in junior doctors’ dispute breakthrough
Our client Capital Law has been working with the British Medical Association for a number of months as they attempt to bring about a positive resolution to the ongoing junior doctors dispute. And on Wednesday the stalemate was broken for the first time in months when it was announced that an agreement has been reached on new contract terms and wider issues raised by members. The Acas update states, ‘Following ten days of intensive talks to seek to resolve the long running junior doctors’ dispute, an Acas statement setting out the terms of an agreement has been presented to the government and NHS employers, and to the BMA.’
Rather impressively the case was run by Capital Law’s Public Law and Regulatory Associate Nicola Mead-Batten, together with Commercial Disputes Partner Stephen Meade, who challenged the way the Secretary of State for Health, Mr Hunt, came to his decision to impose the new contract back in February. Some elements of the new contract, if approved in the referendum, will be implemented in August this year and all junior doctors will move on to the agreed new terms between October 2016 and August 2017.
As soon as we heard that a new agreement had been reached, we broke the story of Capital Law’s pivotal involvement in one of the country’s biggest news stories.
2. Innovation Point – a new catalyst for Wales’ tech businesses
Things are hotting up in the world of Welsh tech with the launch of revolutionary company, Innovation Point, which will help push Welsh businesses to the forefront of the sector – Brian Meechan from BBC Wales news even donned some pretty fancy scrubs to see what all the fuss is about!
Working with both Welsh Government and the private sector, Innovation Point (the company behind Digital 2016) is helping Welsh businesses grab their rightful slice of an ever growing worldwide technology market. The term “ever growing” shouldn’t be taken lightly either, as the sector is worth an estimated £8.2bn to the Welsh economy.
A year in planning, Innovation Point has hit the ground running, offering expert advice and support to Welsh companies. The new enterprise sits at the heart of the funding community and has already engaged with leading aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, a range of SMEs and created a significant collaboration with Cardiff University….not too bad for a first week in business!
3. Updating London’s antiquated sewer system with Asset International
When London’s sewer system was completed in the 1860s, it was a marvel of civil engineering. Today, the antiquated system is under significant pressure, with many parts of it remaining largely unaltered since the system’s creation. As part of a vast multi billion pound city-wide investment programme to modernise the system, Asset installed a huge sewerage pipeline in the East London neighbourhood of Beckton, not far from the Olympic Village. The pipeline (much of which was submerged in the Thames) will help prevent 16 million tonnes of sewage entering the River Lee – a tributary of the Thames – every year.
Such is the scale and scope of the ground breaking project that when we got in touch with key trade title WET News about the story, they commissioned a double page spread feature on the project.
4. Kicking off Fostering Fortnight with a bang!
To mark the start of Fostering Fortnight (16th – 29th May) we arranged for our friends at Carmarthen-based fostering agency Family Fostering Partners to appear on the Jason Mohammed show on BBC Radio Wales to talk about the urgent need for 500 extra foster carers across Wales. Managing director of Family Fostering Partners, Judith Rees, and foster carer Lee Smith talked about the huge opportunities for foster carers and urged the people of Wales to consider it as a potential career option.
5. Liberty House help re-rejuvenate Welsh steel…
There was some good news for the steel industry this week as we worked with our client, Liberty House, to announce the re-opening of Tredegar steelworks next month, as the company steps up its drive to transform the UK steel industry. As part of its GREENSTEEL strategy, Liberty is set to re-start steel pipe and tube manufacturing at Tredegar, closed by administrators in 2015. We secured coverage in a host of UK and Welsh national newspapers – including Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror and Western Mail – as well as this piece in City AM.
And in other news…
What does the BBC White Paper mean for all of us…?
So, initial question….what is a White paper in the first place?
A “White paper” is a final proposal put forward by the Government. It essentially states the Governments position on the BBC and forms the foundation of the Royal Charter, which sets the level of the licence fee and provides the constitutional basis of the BBC. The current Charter runs out this year – so the BBC is up for a massive overhaul!
The corporation that has arguably (it seems necessary to say this these days) given us countless hours of viewing/listening pleasure…be it watching David Attenborough cuddling an orangutan, or made us hold a baited breadth when Louis Theroux challenges some of America’s most notorious criminals, is under the watchful eye of John Whittingdale, the secretary of state for culture in Westminster.
With the proposed abolishment of the BBC Trust and suggestions it should be replaced by a unitary board, people can only hope that whoever will eventually preside over this board will prioritise the needs of the general public over threats from commercial competitors.
One thing is for sure though, the echo of a faint cry will be heard from students around the country who have been stung by the iPlayer loophole – up until now you could watch BBC programmes on demand without a licence fee – but no more, they’ll have to stump up the cash with the rest of us!
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Working Word is a PR, digital and brand agency based in Cardiff and London, telling transformative stories for clients all across the UK.