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The Week That Was #83... 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word

 

From sharing a student success story to announcing new CEO of the world’s first compound semiconductor cluster, here’s five peeks behind our week. 

 

1. Catapulting stories across Europe

We’ve been sharing a big announcement from the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult, which has announced Stephen Doran as its CEO.  Our news secured coverage in everything from Wales Business Insider to international trade titles PowerPulse, EE News Europe, and Electronics Weekly.  The Catapult forms part of the world’s first compound semiconductor cluster, based in South Wales, which this week signed a £38m deal to develop firms across the UK working on the tech behind everything from smartphones to driverless cars. 

 

2. Building the image of construction

Some may agree that the construction world’s unfortunately got a little bit of a bad rep. Horror stories of cowboy builders, financial scams and safety breaches take some of the blame, along with every day gripes of building work being costly, disruptive and down-right inconvenient. But the truth is, the construction industry of today is not the same as the one we once knew and businesses throughout the sector are working hard to tackle these misperceptions head on.

Leading the way is our client, Jehu Group, who has just appointed its very own Responsible Business Manager, Lynsey Holley Matthews.  In her role, she’ll drive the company’s responsible practices, ensuring it operates ethically, respecting the environment, their workers and the people their building work affects. 

It’s an important subject, and we just had to get Lynsey’s voice heard, securing a full page spread in the Western Mail’s Business pages, where she shared her expertise.

 

3. Sharing students’ summer success stories

Imagine jetting abroad for a sunny week of work experience only to land your dream first job? Well, for Coleg y Cymoed student Ryan Desimer, that was exactly the case. The aspiring chef is set to swap the South Wales Valleys for a career in Spain after impressing restaurant staff during a week-long placement in Barcelona.

We just had to shine the spotlight on Ryan’s summer success story, securing coverage of his big news in this week’s Pontypridd & Llantrisant Observer. Check out p. 10 to read more!

 

4. Bring on the Cardiff Book Festival

The second ever Cardiff Book Festival opens the page just a week today, with three days of talks, debates and discussions bringing the written word alive and off the page.  With this year’s story set to start very soon, the authors and speakers have been all over the media this week.  The Sunday Times front page and news review shared an extract from Robert Harris’ new historical thriller Munich, and we’ve coordinated an interview for the best-selling novelist with Wales Arts Review, which will go live this Sunday.  Aspiring writers have the chance to pitch their novel to Curtis Brown’s Cathryn Summerhayes on Twitter using #CBFPitch, and @TaffyAgent went on Monday’s Wynne Evans show on BBC Radio Wales to fill listeners in on what hopeful writers can do to impress an agent.  Look out for GQ editor Dylan Jones in tomorrow’s Western Mail Saturday Magazine on his new David Bowie biography. And tune into tonight’s Made in Cardiff and Sunday morning’s BBC Radio Wales Lucy Owen show to hear our MD Dan Tyte talk about all the fun of the festival.  Tickets are still available here, starting at the super expensive price of free up to £30 for a weekend wristband. 

 

5. Explaining the legal minefield of drug testing at work

We’ve been speaking with the Birmingham Mail this week on behalf of client Capital Law regarding the legalities of drug testing in the workplace. A member of their employment team shone some light on the situation for both employers and employees and discussed the difference between employee rights and employer’s health and safety practices which could infringe on such rights. You can read the full article here.

 

And finally...

We count our blessings that we’ve not been subjected to the devastation of Hurricane Irma, and only had a slight battering from Storm Aileen. Early Wednesday morning on her weekly jog, our Lydia Jones was quick to be one of the first to photograph and tweet a fallen tree in Bute Park, Cardiff. Her pic was subsequently used in a tweet by S4C Tywydd and featured on S4C’s Weather report.  Go careful out there, readers.