From BAFTA nominees to launching Cardiff’s first ever book festival, here’s five peeks behind our week:
1. Honouring BAFTA winning stars at official nominees party
As the TV and film fans among you probably already know, the BAFTA Cymru awards are creeping closer each day and this week the recipients of two very special awards were announced. We helped break the news at the BAFTA Cymru official Nominees Party, held at the Sherman Theatre.
BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated make-up artist, Siân Grigg, who has recently been brushing shoulders with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of The Revenant received the Siân Phillips Award, while Welsh comedian and Monty Python legend Terry Jones was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution Award.
We co-ordinated the press, the interviews and got the story out there as soon as the announcements were made, bagging coverage across Wales and in national outlets including Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Sun and The Mirror. And now it’s only nine days to go until the big event…we’re off to get our frocks and tuxes dry cleaned!
2. Bringing book lovers to Wales
It’s no secret that the Working Word team are all proud book-nerds so it’s been a real treat helping out with the launch of Cardiff’s first ever Book Festival. Today, organisers unveiled the full programme, revealing the big names from the world of books that’ll be at the event in October. We invited key media along to the launch, secured broadcast coverage with BBC Good Morning Wales, Made in Cardiff, and broke the news simultaneously on WalesOnline and on the festival’s social channels – even getting #CardiffBookFest trending in Cardiff with help from a nifty little animation that we created for the event, which you can view here. You can pick up tickets to talks from the likes of Owen Sheers, Exotic Marigold Hotel writer Deborah Moggach and journalist Miranda Sawyer here.
3. Saving start-ups…with a sandwich board
There’s no request too big or too small for the Working Word team – so when our client Jardine Norton wanted to make an impression as sponsors of the Wales Start-up Awards we were on hand to help.
It’s not unusual for small businesses to have to wait months to get paid, when what entrepreneurs and small business owners really need is to get the cash they’re owed to keep working and growing. Jardine Norton make cash flow infinitely better to manage for small businesses by simply buying those invoices off them, so it was important to let the audience of entrepreneurs and SMEs know about their resource.
Safe to say, we caused quite a stir among the event attendees when we turned up armed with a sandwich board and matching business cards. With mentions of Jardine Norton on Wales Online, the Western Mail, and on social media following the awards – the word is certainly out there!
4. The countdown is on for Caerphilly’s hottest business awards
We’re well and truly in the midst of Wales’ autumn award season and next up it’s the turn of Caerphilly County Borough. Home to some of Wales’ biggest manufacturing firms, as well as the successful Welsh ICE hub renowned for nurturing start-ups and SMEs, Caerphilly is packed to the brim with quality business talent. We’ve been getting the word out to local media and through social that the deadline (Friday 7th October) is creeper closer and closer with only two weeks to go!
5. Breaking business barriers for Venturefest Wales
With less than a week to go until the investment and collaboration event Venturefest Wales, we’ve been ramping up our PR activity. Throughout the summer we’ve been busy promoting the event to start-ups, SMEs, entrepreneurs, academics and investors from Wales and beyond.
For a big push in the media this week, we’ve told the story of a start-up that secured investment thanks to last years’ event, in Business in Wales magazine and placed a feature on WalesOnline in which expert speakers set to appear at the event gave their advice on breaking through the barriers that are holding Welsh businesses back.
There’s still time to nab a free ticket to Venturefest Wales – but you’d better be quick!
In other news…
Our Caroline Holmes was included in WalesOnline’s 35 under 35 list, a round of the top young professional women in Wales. Alongside property professionals, lawyers, entrepreneurs and more, Caroline was praised not only for her strategic role here at Working Word, but also as a founding member of young professionals network FiftyOne3 and chairwoman of Grŵp, representing women in Wales. Congrats Caz!
At Working Word we always have a crisis comms plan up our sleeve for our clients and take our teams’ CPD (Continuing Professional Development) very seriously. Put these two together and you get the CIPR Cymru Wales Autumn Conference, which put Kara and Lydia through their paces at Hensol Castle this week on up-to-date crisis communication strategies. Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is dedicated to raising standards in public relations across the UK, which we always take a real interest in at WW HQ. Coming up in next month, we’ll have all fingers and toes crossed for our eight CIPR PRide Award nominations, showcasing the broad range of work we do here. Our nominations include: best social media campaign, best business, best consumer campaign as well as best media relations campaign. Watch this space.
It was big woops and cheers at Working Word HQ on Monday for Anthea, who passed her driving test after much hard work and dedication. Next up…finding a car! (And probably being designated driver on WW lunch runs for at least a week.) Well done Anth!
Dydd Gwener hapus!