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The Week That Was #116... 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word

From birthday boating and BMX racing to uncovering the shocking impact of delayed treatment across Wales, here’s what we’ve been up to this week…

 

1.Boating to Flat Holm and toasting Wales’ booming tech sector

For the past two years, Innovation Point has been supporting the development of young companies in the tech sector, and has delivered nearly £3m of new investment into the economy.  We helped the Innovation Point team arrange a second birthday boat trip to Flat Holm Island, the site where Marconi made the first ever wireless radio transmission across water in 1897. The celebrations took stakeholders, businesses supported by Innovation Point, and media along for the ride to see the place where Wales first showcased tech innovation to the world. The trip finished with a reception at Pier 64 in Penarth, where chief executive David Warrender shared the organisation’s plans to deliver £20m to the economy by exploiting the growing market for artificial intelligence.  We shared the story with the media, securing coverage in the Western Mail, the South Wales Argus, BQ, Compelo and more.

 

2.Lives on hold – talking about the impact of delayed treatment in Wales

A new report on the devastating impact of delayed treatment in Wales was released by the Board of Community Health Councils in Wales on Thursday, revealing many people across Wales waiting for NHS treatment are risking long-term reliance on painkillers, mental health problems, unemployment and family breakdown. We co-ordinated interviews with BBC and ITV in Welsh and English, resulting in broadcast coverage including lead stories on Good Morning Wales, Post Cyntaf, BBC Wales Today, and ITV Wales News.

 

3. Taking the leap for charity

This week we told the story of sixteen-year-old Crystal Liu, a college student who jumped 12,000ft out a plane to help people battling with heart disease.

After being tasked with raising money for charity as part of her studies, Crystal, who is studying her A-levels at Coleg y Cymoedd, decided to dive right into the deep end and take part in a sponsored sky dive, despite having never done anything like it before. The brave teen raised more than £400 with her giant leap and you can read more about her experience in this week’s Rhondda Leader.

 

4. Sharing the story of a World Championship dream

A young biker is a step closer to competing in the BMX World Championships in Azerbaijan this summer after our client Five Rivers Child Care stepped in to help with travel costs.

Seamus Doherty began racing when he was just six years old, and after competing across the UK for the last three years he has successfully made it through to the sports’ ultimate test! To help him along his way, this week we secured coverage in his local paper, the Torquay Herald Express.

You can follow Seamus’ progress in the competitions on Facebook @SeamusDohertyBMXRacing.

 

5. Talking Tech with Growth Business

We love championing Welsh business success stories so when we heard about Treforest-based Laser Wire Solutions, who started out as a two-man band working out of a garage but are now on track for a £10m turnover just three years on, we had to spread the word.

We teamed up with Growthbusiness.co.uk to put together a profile on the company’s exciting growth, sharing its story to date, its exceptional international success, its future ambitions, and tips to anyone starting their own business. You can view the full piece here.

 

And finally...

 

Easing us back from the bank holiday with a song

As a proud sponsor of the M4 Business Network, you’d expect us to sing the praises of its prestigious business breakfast events. Well, this week we don’t need to because our guest speaker, the celebrated opera singer and nationally recognised face of GoCompare, Wynne Evans (a.k.a Gio Compario) did it for us.

The man who helped a Newport-based insurance brand become one of the UK’s most recognised names was in fine voice as he address a packed audience of over 160 Welsh business leaders at the Celtic Manor Resort, as he shared stories from his career on screen, stage, and on the airwaves of BBC Radio Wales.    

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