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The Week That Was #84…5 peeks behind the week at Working Word

We’ve had festival fever, gone dizzy for Digital, bananas for books and bagged New York Times coverage. Read on for five peeks behind our week…


1. We got Digital!

More than 2,000 tech heads from across the UK and overseas descended on Cardiff earlier this week for Digital. The fifth annual event, complete with a new festival feel that included a street food offering, could not come at a more exciting time for the Welsh tech scene. Addressing delegates at the event, TechUK’s president and keynote speaker Jacqueline de Rojas shared her excitement about Wales’ future tech potential and called on the sector to seize the digital opportunity of the fourth industrial revolution. Digital’s new location at Cardiff’s Tramshed and Tramshed Tech brought the cool factor and broadcast media were keen to join the festival fun. Did you spot Digital on Tuesday’s BBC Wales today evening news? If not you can get the full story with last night’s BBC Radio Wales Digital special.


2. Read on readers: the Cardiff Book Festival starts today

It’s finally here. After spending the last six months organising the Cardiff Book Festival alongside Brian Meechan and Cerith Mathias, the festival opens today at The Angel Hotel.  Over the course of this weekend in Cardiff you can be transported to Munich during the Second World War, to the summit of Everest, to a Ziggy Stardust show or the battle of Passchendaele. Writing, whether fiction or non-fiction comes alive when it's discussed and debated. Expand their mind and get along to something this weekend. Tickets are available here.


3. A ‘fab’ announcement for the Welsh technology industry

If you’ve no idea what a semiconductor is, much less what it does, you’re not alone. But, you might be surprised to learn that much of your day-to-day life depends on them. Your smartphone, computer, and the internet that brings this blog to your screen could not function without this technology.  

Here in Wales, the technology has special significance for our economy and job creation. This week, Working Word supported the announcement of the latest headline news for the UK semiconductor industry.

In a move that secured around 500 skilled jobs, the German technology giant, Infineon Technologies, announced that it had agreed to sell its Newport fabrication (fab) unit to Neptune 6. The sale will see the site become a crucial element in Wales’ compound semiconductor cluster, CS Connected.    

Within an hour, news of the deal was making headlines across the globe. You can read it for yourself in (among others): The New York Times, Reuters, WalesOnline, Compound Semiconductor, New Electronics, and the South Wales Argus.      


4. Family construction group hit growth targets out of the park 


When you’ve been in business for over 80 years and you’re as proud as punch of your year-end results, letting your stakeholders and the wider business community know is really good business practice. We particularly love shouting about such good news and are equally as proud as punch for getting the exact coverage desired by our friends at Jehu Group, namely a full page spread in Western Mail’s Business pages. Intrigued to know what these impressive figures are? Their annual turnover jumped by a staggering 20% to over £41m. A big llongyfarchiadau to Jehu and Waterstone Homes team.


5. A conversation on homelessness with Wales’ business community

Back in spring, our client Christopher Nott (Capital Law) wrote a moving blogpost addressing the problem of homelessness in our capital city.  It picked up some real traction, with business leaders in Cardiff expressing their desire to help, but also a highlighting a general lack of understanding around the root of the problem and what the possible solutions could be.  The story was picked up by the charity Llamau, which has been working to end youth homelessness in Wales since the 1980s. 


Working together, Capital Law and Llamau put together an event called ‘A conversation on Homelessness’, which we attended on Wednesday.  The event was intended to provoke ongoing discussion between members of Cardiff’s business community about what can be done to support those campaigning to end homelessness in Wales, and saw talks from Huw Thomas (Cardiff County Council Leader), Jeff Smith (BigMoose), and an emotional interview between Sion Barry (Western Mail) and two young adults who had experienced living on the streets.  We were proud to be involved and look forward to offering our support in the future.


And finally...


It’s fair to say the office was rather excitable this week as we welcomed a new Working Word team member to the gang. Say hello to Bethan Jones-Arthur!

 Valleys native Bethan is a fluent Welsh speaker and Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies graduate. In past roles, she has used her love for writing on projects for the Welsh Government, a Welsh cancer charity, leading recruitment agencies, and many more clients. We are thrilled to have her on board!