The Week That Was #76... 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word
From showcasing Wales’ young entrepreneurs to the retirement of a CEO via energy savvy schools and summer holiday debates, here’s five peeks behind our week.
1. BBC Wales shine a spotlight on young entrepreneurs
We’ve been collaborating with the BBC Radio Wales – Wales at Work show for the past few months to tell the stories of young entrepreneurs in Wales on behalf of our client Big Ideas Wales, a Welsh Government programme which encourages young people aged between 5 and 25 to develop entrepreneurial skills and start a business.
And last night the entire Wales at Work show was dedicated to the subject of youth entrepreneurship in Wales, featuring several of the young entrepreneurs we have been publicising recently. The Beeb focused on bright sparks like Dafydd Jones (who created the Doze app), David Vaughan (a quail egg farmer) and Luke Riddiford (owner of Ridd’s Ramps garage in Aberdare). Also on the show was Big Ideas Wales role model, Kevin Green, who offered advice to young entrepreneurs on their business journey.
Listen again to the show here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08yzskb#play
2. Sharing the news of the new CEO at the 176 year old company
From the young bucks at the start of their careers to a CEO coming to the end of his career, this week was the end of an era for our client Andy Wilkins who’s retired after 11 years at the top at Plutus Health. But as one door closes, another opens, as Martin Ricketts steps into the role as CEO for the company which was formed 176 years ago. So we’ve been on the case speaking to key business journalists in Wales sharing the news of Martin’s appointment. As a former Barclays employee, Martin is also a volunteer for blood banks, combining his passion of motorbikes with a lifesaving blood transportation service. Read more about Martin’s appointment here.
3. Shining a light on emergency foster roles in Gloucestershire
We’ve been working with media across Gloucestershire this week on behalf of our client Five Rivers Fostering, following the launch of an emergency placement foster scheme to stem the shortfall of foster carers currently impacting vulnerable children in the region. You can read more about the scheme on Gloucester Live and in yesterday’s Gloucester Echo. Watch this space for further Five Rivers updates!
4.Putting Coastal at the heart of topical summer holiday discussions
So, school is officially out for the summer! And while many families will be packing up their bags for a sunny summer holiday, or thinking up new ways to their children entertained around the house for a whole six weeks, business owners will be left managing the impact of working parents during the holiday season. How businesses effectively manage this is a hot topic in the media at the moment and we put our client Samantha Morgan from Coastal Housing Group at the forefront of this discussion. As a responsible employer, Samantha’s comment on Business News Wales discussed Coastal’s methods for managing this conundrum, while not compromising the wellbeing of their tenants.
5. Supporting energy saving initiatives with Salix
We’re big on green initiatives here at Working Word, so it’ll come as no surprise that we love working with our client Salix Finance, the company behind interest-free loans for public sector organisations to improve their energy efficiency by installing new energy efficient tech.
This month we showcased how Salix helped out New Inn Primary school in Pontypool, providing it with a £29k loan to replace hundreds of its inefficient lights. The improvements are set to save the school over £5,000 a year (around £57k in total!) and drastically reduce its carbon emissions.
A cause obviously worth shouting about – we secured coverage in this week’s Western Mail Education pages (check out p.2) as well as pieces in the Pontypool Free Press and on Building 4 Education’s website.
We’re super excited about a campaign we’re working on with Sport Wales aimed at boosting female engagement in sport across Wales. Now, we can’t say too much as it’s all top secret here at Working Word HQ, but make sure you keep your eyes peeled for our big launch on Monday!