From launching quirky new apps to leading the way for the future of steel – here’s five peeks behind our week:
1. Getting you your coffee – quicker!
Us Working Worders run mainly on caffeine and creativity so we know all-too-well there’s nothing worse than being stuck in a painfully slow queue for a coffee. Ordoo is an app that solves this problem by letting people place and pay for items on-the-go, and then skip the queue to grab their order when they arrive. Hooray!
We’re pretty well-practised at helping build-up businesses and supporting innovation which is why we love working with Venturefest Wales. The innovative business networking event has helped make Ordoo go from idea to reality by facilitating a chance meeting between entrepreneur Tom Dewhurst and investor Neil Cottrell. Now, not only has Neil lent Ordoo his expert entrepreneurial knowledge – he’s also come on board as an investor in the company. If your brain is buzzing with business ideas, find out what you could get out of attending Venturefest Wales here.
2. Raising money, hopes, and Twitter followers for Cardiff 10K
It may be more than a month until the annual Cardiff 10k road race, but it’s already causing quite a stir on social media as anticipation really begins to ramp up. Novice and veteran runners alike have been sharing their training and fundraising experiences on Twitter; including their route maps and training outfits, as well as plenty of selfies – and shoefies (yes, that’s a thing!)
For extra tips, motivation and comradery from fellow runners you can join the 4,600+ followers of the @Cardiff10K Twitter account. The account is growing by the day, gaining hundreds of new followers as more and more people sign up to race. Since we took over managing Cardiff 10K’s social channels in June, the account has leapt up to an average of 67,500 impressions a month!
And as race day creeps closer we’ve got loads of fun stuff planned for Twitter – from training t-shirt giveaways, vouchers and VIP race day entries. So give it a follow and stay tuned for more!
What’s more, our team received a touching thank-you email this week from Shaun Ruck who’s running the race to raise awareness and funds for Kidney Wales. We told his story in the local media and on Wales Online – helping boost his fundraising efforts and scoop an extra £100 of donations in just one day. Warm fuzzy feelings all around!
3. Lights, sculptures, action!
When the college’s 350 international students return to their St Donat’s castle campus they will be greeted by two enormous sculptures, which have been donated by world-renowned Lebanese artist Nadim Karam. And earlier this week the college was paid a visit from stand-up comedian and Bad Education star, Jack Whitehall, who arrived to film a new three-part adaptation of classic comedy satire Decline and Fall. Look out for UWC Atlantic College’s beautiful 12th century grounds on BBC2 next year.
4. Liberty House switches on new renewable power plant
Liberty House has been back in the news this week, marking the first stage of its plans for a new, clean and competitive UK steel industry with the commissioning of the first of a nationwide network of mini-power stations, designed to feed steel plants with on-demand renewable energy.
Wales’ newly appointed Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates, visited Liberty’s Uskmouth Power Station to hear all about the company’s GREENSTEEL strategy and for the symbolic switch on of the first ‘peaking plant’ unit.
So we’ve been busying ourselves securing coverage in a host of key titles including The Times, Western Mail, South Wales Argus, Wales Business Insider and regional titles all around the UK, as well as numerous trade publications.
5. Capital Law leads the debate on industrial relations and air pollution in Wales
Commercial law firm, Capital Law, is a legal expert in fields as diverse as construction, energy, employment law, intellectual property and banking and finance. This week they flexed their expertise in not one, but two, thought leadership pieces in the Western Mail.
The first piece ‘The future of industrial relations is hanging in the balance’ was penned by Capital Law partner and trade union legal specialist, Richard Thomas, and assesses the impact of the implementation of the Trade Union Act on unions and union leaders – posing the question ‘where could union leaders turn if calling industrial action becomes increasingly difficult under the new legislation?’
And secondly, in the latest Western Mail Go Green supplement and on Wales Online energy lawyer Jeremy Williams looked at the very real dangers associated with air pollution in Wales and identifies the potential ways we can safeguard the air we breathe in the future – from radical new parking schemes to pigeons sporting miniature pollution monitoring backpacks!
In other news…
Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge of 2014? Yes, the craze that swept social media where your Facebook news feed was full of your friends, colleagues and celebrities with buckets of ice cold water at the ready to raise money for research into the progressive neurodegenerative disease, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). From Oprah Winfrey to Lady Gaga, Mark Zuckerberg to Justin Bieber, just about everyone was getting involved, finding bigger and more inventive ways to throw cold water over themselves in the name of charity.
Fast forward two years and researchers have made a major scientific breakthrough in the study of motor neuron disease – discovering a gene that contributes to the illness – all thanks to the money raised from the challenge! Now that is what we call a RESULT.
It’s not often we toot our own trumpet but we’ve been shortlisted for not one, not two, but EIGHT CIPR Pride Awards. That’s an achievement well worth celebrating, so we took ourselves out to lunch at The Hellenic Eatery. Safe to say, we pretty much overdosed on Greek cuisine, (try the Gyros – trust us!) complete with piles of halloumi, olives, and laughter. #squadgoals