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The Week That Was #92…5 peeks behind the week at Working Word

We’ve been busy launching the nation’s first Internet of Things Accelerator and sharing exciting news about a new shipping container village for Barry. Here's five of our faves from this week... 


1. Plans for new Barry ‘box village’ unveiled by Loftco

We’ve been helping innovative property developers Loftco unveil plans for a new shipping container entertainment complex in Barry, near the site of their award winning Pumphouse development (that’s home to Hang Fire Smokehouse, as BBQ fans will know). The firm are currently acquiring the Hood Road Goods Shed site and will soon deliver their new ‘box village’, which will feature a number of pop up cafes, restaurants and bars once complete. It’s still early days in the process but we were happy to share the news with Wales Online, with subsequent features appearing in the Echo and Western Mail announcing Loftco’s exciting plans.


2. Launching the nation’s first Internet of Things accelerator


Not clued up on IoT? Something of a buzzword in tech circles, the Internet of Things maps out a vision of a future enhanced by smarter environments, created by even smarter people. We’re talking connected homes, smarter cities and intelligent healthcare that saves lives.

The Internet of Things Accelerator Wales (IoTA Wales) is a national first. Launching today with a full page in the Western Mail, the 12-week programme will see 10 smart start-ups receive a 50k cash injection, plus a further 70k of in kind support, intensive training and mentoring.

So if you’re a small company with a big idea which could drive the evolution of IoT, apply to the IoTA today: 


3. Promoting Capital Law’s intellectual property and employment law experts

This week we celebrated securing our first piece of coverage on the UK Government’s Intellectual Property Office blog for client Capital Law, which was penned by one of the team’s leading IP lawyers. The piece looks at when celebrity secrets are unintentionally revealed by trademark applications, looking at recent applications by power couple Beyoncé and Jay Z as an example. You can read the blog in full here.   

We’ve also been advising workers across the UK on their employment rights during the chilly winter months, securing coverage on behalf of Capital Law’s employment team everywhere from Kent to Cambridge. Read more here!


4. Wales celebrates the best in procurement at glittering event

Wales is one of the leading countries in the world for best-practice procurement and this week saw our top public, private and third sector organisations take to the stage at the Mercure Holland House Hotel to celebrate their achievements at the Go Awards Wales. And we were on hand to secure coverage for the event in titles including Business News Wales, South Wales Evening Post and South Wales Argus.


5. Axiom online gets a makeover

There’s no doubt about it, if you want to give the best first impression to a potential new customer, your website better be on point.

This week, we were proud to launch the new website for Axiom Manufacturing Services. Now, Wales’ leading contract electronics manufacturer has a website that really shows the world everything it has to offer.    


And finally...

You might have seen the news that Finance Wales has rebranded as the Development Banc of Wales, making a promise to help Welsh businesses finance expansion. To mark the launch of the newly-named venture, the organisation held a series of events across Wales to showcase its offering. Our operations director Caroline Holmes was part of the expert panel at the Cardiff event, speaking about her experiences of raising finance to fund a management buyout and what the future looks like for Welsh companies.