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It’s been quite the week of news, hasn’t it? Despite the global sands shifting, the wheels have kept turning at Working Word HQ, where we’ve told stories of a great steel rebirth, donned our hard hats and celebrated a spruce-up at an 800 year old pub.  We’re sure you all need a drink tonight…

1) Saving the steel industry one plant at a time

No stranger to the media limelight, steel giant Liberty House was back in the headlines this week as it reopened yet another mothballed steelworks - this time a former Caparo plant in the heart of south Wales. First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones AM, joined Liberty’s Executive Chairman Sanjeev Gupta at the plant in Tredegar to formally mark the restart of the mills before heading to Liberty Steel Newport to celebrate the one year anniversary of the steelworks re-opening. We invited journalists from across the UK to cover the event and the story captured the imagination of regional, national and trade media, securing coverage across the board.

2) Meeting building milestones set to bring state-of-the-art education to the Valleys

We donned hard hats and high-vis jackets this week at the building site of our client Coleg y Cymoedd’s new £22m Aberdare campus, where the official ‘topping out’ ceremony was held. Construction buffs out there will know this marks the highest point of the building being put in place. But for Coleg y Cymoedd, not only does this mark the next significant milestone in the construction of its new campus, but we also used the opportunity to announce to media that the college will come with a student-run salon and restaurant which will be open to the public and community of Aberdare. WalesOnline covered the story which you can read here.

3) Sharing stories of a restaurant renovation giving new life to the Old Swan Inn

It’s fair to say that our client Knife & Fork Food has well and truly put its stamp on the south Wales food scene over the past few years, with award wins, Michelin entries and CAMRA recognised pubs. But above all that, it’s renowned for delicious pub classics with a twist, and cosy, minimalist interiors. Following a £40,000 investment, the pub group brought its oldest venue the Old Swan Inn in Llantwit Major in line with its three sister pubs, giving the 800-year old pub a simply stunning makeover. We shared the news to lifestyle and business media, and you can read one of the pieces of coverage here.

4) Continuing Coastal’s housing commitment

With the housing crisis high on the news agenda of late, it made a pleasant change to announce some positive news on the topic this week. Our client, Coastal Housing Group, has received a multimillion pound investment to support the new development of quality, affordable homes across south Wales. It is hoped that the £20million funding package will pave the way for the leading south Wales housing association to invest in further regeneration projects in and around the retail and commercial districts of the region, following the success of similar developments in Swansea, Bridgend and Port Talbot.

5) Proving it’s not too late to move home in time for Christmas

Famously one of the most hectic events of a person’s life, moving house, can be stressful enough at the best of times, let alone at Christmas. For Waterstone Homes clients Camilla and Tim, this is exactly what they decided to do just ONE WEEK before Christmas … with a PHD and a two-year-old to contend with! The young couple wanted to share their top tips for others thinking about making the big move at such a busy time. Unsurprisingly their heart-warming story captured the attention of Wales Online and the Western Mail. You can read their tips here. For those of you inspired by their story, there’s still the opportunity to part-exchange to one of the two remaining Dinas Powys homes before Christmas 2016.

 

And finally:

This Armistice Day, we leave you with a beautiful quote from poet Laurence Binyon:

 “The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.”