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From  kick-starting Cardiff’s first book festival to tackling the gender pay gap, here’s five peeks behind our week…

 

1. Talking planning permissions and policy with Mail Online 

Hitting the headlines this week was the story of a building firm boss threatening legal action against a group of pensioners that didn’t approve of housing plans to build 12 new flats near their homes. We secured a spot for our client Jeremy Williams, Head of Construction, Energy and Projects at Capital Law, to put forward his thoughts on the case to Mail Online, showcasing his legal expertise by dismissing the builder’s claims and reinforcing the importance of planning permission as an act of public policy.

 

2. Helping close the gender pay gap with Cortecs

November 10th will mark this year’s Equal Pay Day – an event spearheaded by the Fawcett Society that draws attention to the gender pay gap in the UK. Although the gap is slowly closing, at the current rates of change, the World Economic Forum (WEF) estimates it will be 118 years before women around the world can expect to earn the same as their male counterparts. Boo to that.

To show support for the working women of Wales, we’ve been helping unique training provider Cortecs shout about its bespoke training session set for November 9th. The one-off course has been designed to help women find the confidence to speak up in the workplace and hone some vital negotiation skills to help them secure the pay they deserve. Read more about it here.

Sound right up your street? There are still some spots left but you’ll have to be quick to nab one. Spaces cost £5 with all proceeds being donated to the Fawcett Society. To book a place at the session, or find out more, email info@cortecs.co.uk or call 0845 226 8234.

 

3. Kick-starting Cardiff Book Festival with a business breakfast

This morning some of the team attended the first event of the Cardiff Book Festival programme, which is taking place across the weekend. To kick off the festival, leading Welsh business figures, including Group Chief Executive of client Principality Building Society, met at Park Plaza Cardiff to reflect on 2016 so far and look ahead to what we can expect of 2017, as businesses across the UK navigate through the challenges and opportunities of leaving the EU. A really insightful discussion to open the festival, which is set to be a corker of a weekend. If you’re interested in what else is going on, take a look at a piece we bagged on WalesOnline, 13 literary treats to indulge in at the Cardiff Book Festival this weekend.

 

4. Scaring ourselves with ghost stories of one of Mid Wales’ most haunted hotels 

With Halloween just around the corner (weekend) we were only too happy to research some of Wales’ most haunted hotels for client Mid Wales Tourism for a media enquiry with Look Magazine. Securing coverage in the leading women’s magazine we told readers about Gregynog Hall in Powys, Wales’ hidden gem which was built around 800 years ago and has even been featured in an episode of Most Haunted!

 

5. Putting the limelight on Caerphilly

Businesses in Caerphilly were celebrating this week as the final shortlist for the Caerphilly Business Forum Awards was announced, which we shared with local media. From long-running businesses that Caerphilly built its roots on, to the start-up companies currently making waves in South Wales, the shortlist reflected the business success stories of the last 12 months in the borough. Bring on the awards on 18th November! (You can buy tickets here).

 

And finally…

Ciao Holly Polly…

It’s a sad day at Working Word HQ as we wave goodbye to team member Holly, who is moving to Canada next month to swap Monday morning meetings for the ski slopes of Calgary. Although we’ll miss her, we’re really excited for her new adventure (and secretly jealous!) and wish her all the luck, bacon and maple syrup in the world!