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The Week That Was #51...5 peeks behind the week at Working Word

From Tom Hanks to toddler tantrums to announcing a new CEO at one of Wales’ biggest businesses, here's five peeks behind our week. 

1. Announcing Principality’s new Chief Executive

It doesn’t get much bigger in the world of Welsh business than announcing the new Chief Executive at Principality Building Society to the media, which is exactly how we’ve spent our morning. Steve Hughes, currently the Group Finance and Transformation Director, is the new man at the helm of the UK’s 6th biggest building society.  He’ll be taking over from outgoing CEO Graeme Yorston in March. Congrats Steve!

2. Bye bye January, hello summer holidays

So the weather might have been a bit bleak over the last few days, but as the old saying goes, things can only get better. And if all else fails, take a leaf out of Daily Mirror journalist Steve Denham’s book, who embraced Gower in all its beauty for a weekend break despite some typical Welsh rainy weather.

But don’t worry, the sun eventually came out for his trip which we organised alongside our client Visit Swansea Bay, where Steve and his family glamped on Gower, surfed at Rhossili and went horse riding at Clyne Farm overlooking Swansea Bay. Steve told Daily Mirror readers that Rhossili is “THE beach”, “bigger and more beautiful than I remembered it”. Safe to say, this tale of a weekend in Gower, which featured in the Daily Mirror’s Getaway supplement, is giving us serious holiday inspo.

3. TEDx Cardiff tickets came and went

On Thursday, tickets to the Cardiff leg of the world famous TEDx series went on sale to the public, selling out in less than a day and causing See Tickets’ server all kinds of hassle.  Hosted at the Tramshed on April 22nd, it will be the biggest ever TEDx event in Cardiff, and we’re pleased to say there’s already a quartet of excellent speakers confirmed. This week, viral podcaster Mark Leruste and Cardiff playwright Lisa Parry joined the adventurer Ash Dykes and Hangfire Smoke House street food heroes Samantha Evans and Shauna Guinn. We’ll continue to provide you updates ahead of what’s sure to be one of the most insightful and uplifting events in our capital city this year.

4. Welcome to the Year of Legends

Wales has a wealth of legends and 2017 has been designated as the year to treasure them! In the spirit of storytelling we’re tasked by our client Mid Wales Tourism to put their legends on the map and we’ve been helping to attract more visitors to the region by sharing its impressive mythology. BBC Cymru Fyw and today’s Western Mail have already featured our legends and click onto Wales Online tomorrow for an even bigger feature…

5 . Talking taste on BBC Radio Kale-s

Our very own Caroline Holmes was on BBC Radio Wales this week to discuss perseverance, children and… kale. As part of the BBC Scientific Terrific campaign, a study has found that if you eat a food item you don’t like on a regular basis then eventually it will become palatable. Caroline was on hand to give her thoughts on how putting the research to practice would go down with her three-year-old son and broccoli. Spoiler: not great!

In other news…

This week we had the pleasure of being joined in the office by Sarah, who has just moved back to Cardiff after living and working in New York for the last five years. During her time in the Big Apple, Sarah spent most of her working time on the red carpet, where she managed the film premiere of some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. As well as picking her brain about all the celebrities she’s met (Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and George Clooney - to name a few), we asked for her top tips on how to survive the concrete jungle, which you can read here.

And finally…

We had to wipe away the tears at Working Word HQ this week when we waved goodbye to our longest standing employee, who has retired after nearly two decades at the company. In true Working Word style, we gave Ginny a beige, sugary, calorific send-off. From all of us at Working Word, we would like to wish Ginny a very happy retirement!