From to royals to results, bank holidays to bake off and city deals, here’s five peeks behind our week:
1. Inspiring holiday-goers across the UK
The summer isn’t over just yet and to top it off, it’s a bank holiday! Of course, no British bank holiday would be complete without a severe weather warning (standard), but Monday should bring…. sun! If you need inspiration on where to spend your bank holiday weekend, then look no further than this double page travel feature on Gower and Swansea Bay in the Plymouth Herald. We secured this coverage thanks to a press trip we organised, working alongside our client Visit Swansea Bay. Bring on the bank holiday folks!
2. An A*mazing result for Kings Monkton
It’s been a brilliant year for Kings Monkton so it’s fitting that the school’s academic year has drawn to a close on a high note. This year has seen a glowing Estyn report deeming teaching standards to be ‘excellent,’ and praise from the Independent Schools Association announcing that the school is now one of the fastest growing independent schools in the UK.
Just last week we celebrated a milestone for the school as its first ever sixth-formers flew the nest after securing a flurry of A* – C grades at A level. This week it was the turn of GCSE results and the pupils definitely did not disappoint, with 67% of pupils scooping A* and A grades. It was celebrations galore at the school, particularly for Hannah Yusef who managed to scoop an incredible 13 A*s and her younger sister Amani who sat five exams a year early and splashed across the Welsh media. Top of the class!
3. Wales’ Wolf cubs of Wall Street
Financial services can get a bad rep sometimes – not least because of the credit crunch, the recession, and the excess and debauchery that was exemplified in Leonardo DiCaprio’s brilliant portrayal of Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street.
But in reality, financial services is so much more than a boys club made up of number-crunchers. We’re spreading the word about the Welsh Financial Services Graduate Programme, a pioneering scheme that gets talented young graduates a series of six month work placements with leading employers, and a Masters’ degree to boot. This week we’ve been bigging up seven of the fresh-faced young professionals who are breathing fresh life into the sector, helping to demonstrate the wide variety of career paths available to the next generation. If you want to learn more, join them – and us – at the Welsh Finance Conference later this year.
4. What happens next? Expert GCSE advice from Gower College Swansea
This week saw a lot of the office reminiscing about GCSE results day, which for most of us feels like many moons ago. But for thousands of students across Wales, this week marked the next step of their educational journey as they picked up the results which would determine what happens next. To shed some light on what can be a very nerve wracking time, we secured an opportunity for Mark Jones, Principal at Gower College Swansea, to talk about some of the options on offer to young people in the education pages of the South Wales Evening Post.
5. 24Housing Magazine crowns ‘Queen of the Day’
It’s not every day that we get to work with royalty at Working Word, but this week saw Debbie Green, CEO at Coastal Housing Group, crowned ‘Queen of the Day’ by 24Housing magazine. The feature sees Debbie discuss how she would use her regal powers, which include putting an end to inequality, ensuring skills development for all and banning materialism across her realm. If that wasn’t impressive enough, Coastal was also included in the trade title’s list of the top 50 housing associations in the UK.
In other news …
If you’re a fellow newshound, you’ll no doubt have heard about the Cardiff city deal. To recap, the UK Government has agreed a £1.2bn City Deal for the Cardiff Capital Region in partnership with the Welsh Government and 10 local authorities. The City Deal will finance investment in infrastructure, skills and employment creation activities. The aim is to increase levels of productivity, prosperity and employment in the Cardiff Capital Region, with a target of creating 25,000 jobs over the life of the City Deal.
Our Dan Tyte formed part of a panel this week, alongside Professor of Creative Economy at Cardiff University (and former editor of The Independent) Ian Hargreaves, CEO of Arts Council for Wales Nick Capaldi and Head of Marketing, Communications & Audiences at BBC Wales Cymru Richard Thomas to discuss the role the creative sectors can play in contributing to the economic objectives of the City Deal. Their thoughts will now be fed into the Growth and Competitiveness Commission for consideration. One to watch.
This week we welcomed the return of the Great British Bake off, and the wonderful Mary Berry back onto our screens- and we loved it! Of course, we’re all for supporting our Welsh roots and are already loving Louise from Cardiff.
We can’t wait to see what the next nine weeks has in store for us!