The Week That Was #49...5 peeks behind the week at Working Word
From show stopping homes to BBC birthday celebrations via a Sherlock appearance, here's five peeks behind our week in public relations.
1. New Year, New Job? Make sure you check your old contract before you start packing up your desk
January is famously known for being an insanely busy month for recruiters, with New Year’s resolutions and renewed career ambitions driving employees to jump ship and pursue new opportunities. But, in all this haste to move elsewhere, it can be easy to slip up on the legalities of current contracts and land yourself in workplace hot water - potentially ending up with no job at all!
To cut through the legal jargon, we secured an opportunity for David Sheppard, employment associate at Capital Law, to talk through exactly what employees should be aware of before handing in their notice, securing coverage across Wales Online and South Wales Evening Post. At the other end of the employment scale, we put forward David’s colleague’s Cathryn Foreman’s advice on redundancies in industry bible Management Today.
2. Penblwydd Hapus BBC Radio Cymru
This year sees BBC Radio Cymru celebrate a milestone forty years on the air. Penblwydd Hapus!
With the landscape, economy and culture of Wales having seen many changes over the past four decades, the station decided to mark its anniversary by reflecting on these developments, while also looking forward to what the future has in store.
As the growth of the Welsh technology scene has been one of the most dramatic developments during BBC Radio Cymru’s time on the air, we arranged for Idris Price, a director of ESTnet (the network for the Welsh technology industry) to join the Post Cyntaf programme to highlight all that has been achieved over the year as well as what is set to come.
If you represent one of Wales’ 3,000 plus technology businesses, you may want to put yourself forward for this year’s Wales Technology Awards.
3. Showcasing Cardiff's very best homes
For those of you looking for your next dream home in and around our bustling city centre, worry not, because help is at hand. To save you trawling through Rightmove, Wales Online has put together a list of the five best new housing developments in the area available to view and snap up this month. Naturally, we were keen to showcase our client Waterstone Homes’ luxury Chapters development in Dinas Powys, which has just two homes remaining.
Not only did the development make the cut, but the available homes scooped up the number one spot on the guide. And with Waterstone Homes having recently won not one, but two awards, at the prestigious International Property Awards for the superior design, style and quality of their properties, it’s really not hard to see why.
4. Experiencing the ultimate science lesson
A must see for any budding science fans, a group of lucky learners from Coleg y Cymoedd’s Nantgarw campus got to experience the ultimate out-of-classroom lesson with a once in a lifetime trip to the world-famous CERN research centre in Switzerland. What a PR dream, hey?
The learners followed in the footsteps of their college lecturer, Anthony Mitchell, who was picked along with 24 other Welsh physics teachers to tour the prestigious science hub in Geneva last year.
From a first-hand glimpse at the iconic hadron collider to particle physics lessons from experts at the centre, via visits to Lake Geneva and the History of Science museum, the learners had an action-packed two days enjoying all things science. We worked with regional press to tell their story and you can read the full account here.
5. Celebrating repeat customers with Roland DG
As one of the UK’s biggest players in wide-format printing, Roland DG is continually supplying machinery and support to a range of businesses, helping them to expand their offerings and grow stronger. With so many fantastic stories behind the scenes, we’ve been busy telling the story
of its relationship with Surrey-based Signs and Lines.
Since the company started operating in 2006, its founder Mike Andrews had been using Roland DG machines to ensure he could provide his customers with products of the highest quality, safe in the knowledge that he’d receive excellent customer care from Roland. And, when the firm invested in a second commercial printer to keep up with growing business demands, we contacted Mike and put together a case study exploring how Roland DG machines had made a huge impact on the success of Signs and Lines, targeting key trade platforms to secure a number of hits including leading platforms Print Week and Sign Update.
In other news: SHERLOCK SPOILER ALERT: Redbeard takes centre stage
This week saw a very proud moment for our very own Anthea, whose beloved pup made an on-screen appearance on prime-time TV as no other than Redbeard on BBC’s Sherlock. In fact, the famous pooch played a pivotal role in the series finale with the shocking revelation that Sherlock’s beloved Irish setter (*spoiler alert*) was actually not a dog, but the detective’s childhood friend.
Anyway, for those of you that tuned in, we’d say that Redbeard’s performance was Oscar worthy, wouldn’t you agree? And if you missed it, you can catch up on iPlayer here.