The Week That Was #130... 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word
From getting results on results day, helping a young entrepreneur's business take off, natural pet food for our four legged friends and sharing how Dŵr Cymru kept us cool this summer, it’s been a busy week at Working Word HQ. Here’s five peeks behind our week.
1. Going behind the scenes of the Dŵr Cymru midnight shift
The hot summer has been a blessing for many, but it’s proved a challenge for Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water who’ve been working around the clock transporting water to areas that are running low.
To show them going the extra mile, we pulled the midnight shift with the Emergency Logistics Team in North Wales where tankers are running throughout the night to make sure the customer’s supply remains uninterrupted.
The end promo gives a snapshot of the dedication and commitment Welsh Water staff have shown this summer.
2. Big Ideas Wales continues to hit the headlines
This week we’ve been busy telling the story of Joe Charman, a 20-year-old business student from Swansea University who has built on his passion for aviation by developing an airport and flight simulation software business, Pilot Plus, which now boasts over 3000 customers worldwide. And the most impressive part of all is Joe started it at just 16 years old with £200! Four years later, with the assistance of Big Ideas Wales, his business is flourishing and this week he was featured as the front page lead page in both the Western Mail and South Wales Evening Post’s business supplements. He also made a splash on Walesonline and the Business News Wales newsletter.
Additionally, a few weeks ago we shared the story of Jordan Bishop, owner of Stridez, who set social media alight with the launch of his swimwear business, which designs swim shorts for men with large thighs and lean waists. And now this week Jordan appeared on Heno, discussing how he came up with the idea for Stridez, and how pleased he was that he was recently named as one of the top 35 under 35 in the Western Mail/Walesonline. Watch it here.
3. Celebrating A-level success
It may have been a while since the team at Working Word sat their A levels (some much longer than others) but thanks to our client Coleg y Cymoedd, we get to share all the excitement, nerves, and success stories of Results Day.
Yesterday (16th August), the team was at Coleg y Cymoedd’s Nantgarw campus to broadcast the day’s top stories. You can check out some of the great results on Wales Online here.
4. We’re going barking mad for new client Burns
We’re pretty excited to be working with Burns Pet Nutrition, a family run Kidwelly-based pet food producer on a mission to create natural pet food that aids our furry friends’ digestive systems. As a team of dog lovers, we couldn’t wait to get started on activity and this week we’ve been warning pet owners about looking after dogs in the throes of a heatwave (which is coming back at some point. We hope). So far our advice from Burns founder John Burns has been covered by the Derry Mail, Birmingham Mail and the Newcastle Chronicle.
5. Putting exams to the test
Across the country this week, thousands of students worked up the courage to fight through their nerves and open that envelope and discover their A-level exam results. Would that hard work have paid off? Had they done enough? We hope they all got what they wanted. But, Peter T. Howe, principal of UWC Atlantic College, had a different question to ask – why do we still make students sit exams at all?
That was a question the editors and readers of tes, one of the UK’s leading education publications, also wanted to know. You can read why Peter thinks exams themselves are failing, here.
National coverage for employment law experts
Zero hour contracts are never far from the news agenda, with good reason, but despite the criticism that surrounds them, employers across the UK still rely on them. To shine a light on the impact such contracts have on employees, we secured a comment opportunity for client Capital Law and employment lawyer Richard Thomas to talk about the employee pitfalls of zero hour contracts. You can read the full piece in the Independent here.