The Week That Was #100... 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word
From on air chats on the future of construction post-Carillion and insights into the housing market, a new dawn for digital, discovering Welsh language music and bagging front covers for our clients, here’s five peeks behind our week…
1. Giving John Humphrys the low down on the Carillion collapse
Despite being only three weeks into 2018, it’s safe to say that the collapse of construction industry heavyweights Carillion will undoubtedly be one of the biggest business stories of the year. With thousands of crucial public and private sector contracts in limbo and a huge number of jobs hanging in the balance, we worked with Capital Law to shine some light on the potential domino effect of the company’s liquidation.
Coverage rolled in throughout the week, first on Wales Online, the Western Mail and The Guardian, followed by BBC Radio Wales, and then on Wednesday Britain’s flagship morning news show, the Today programme played host to Capital Law’s Senior Partner, Chris Nott, who discussed the future of Carillion’s thousands of sub-contractors with John Humphrys and his team (listen in here at 15.40). Later that morning Chris spoke to ITV about the impact of the Carillion collapse in the Midlands where contracts worth billions are the focus of much concern, and in the evening Chris was live on BBC News 24.
2. Find your favourite new sound on #DyddMiwsigCymru
Whether you’re into indie, rock, punk, funk, folk, electronica, hip hop - there’s incredible music being made in the Welsh language for you to discover. That’s the message from Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens as he urges people and places across Wales to get involved and find their favourite new sound on the third Welsh Language Music Day (Friday 9th February 2018).
It’s easy to get involved with live and free events aimed at gig goers, parents and children, young people, students and businesses are happening all across the country organised by promoters including Sŵn, BBC Horizons, Forté Project and Clwb Ifor Bach.
If you want to listen from the safety of your smartphone, there’s six playlists curated by DJ Gareth Potter including Acoustic, Electronica, Campfire Sing Song, Chill Out, Workout and Legends to play on Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer – Get listening, sharing and letting us know your favourites!
3. Talking house and home with Principality’s HPI
After the rush of Christmas and with New Year out of the way, many homeowners will start thinking about moving house. To give homeowners and first time buyers insight into the housing market and average house prices in Wales, our client Principality released its House Price Index (HPI) early this week. The report for the last quarter of 2017 tells us the changes in house prices in each local authority in Wales, with the general outlook being that Wales is bucking the trend compared to the rest of the UK as house prices continue to rise. It was this news line that broadcast media loved, resulting in interviews and features on ITV, BBC Wales Today, Radio Wales and Radio Cymru to name a few.
To showcase some of the interesting stories from within the report happening in individual local authorities, we worked with Principality to create a short film about why people love living in Newport. The city reached a new house price peak in the last few months of 2017, thanks to a surge in new build properties built in the area. We asked some local Newport people to tell us what they love about their hometown, including Brad from Tiny Rebel and Graham the Bear from Goldie Lookin Chain. The video has made quite a stir on social and is well worth a watch…
4. A new dawn for digital communications
The UK is becoming a leader in compound semiconductor (CS) technology. Advanced CS tech will revolutionise digital communications of the future, forming a fundamental part of 5G, the internet of things, LiFi, autonomous transport networks, and more. We pitched a thought-leadership feature to major electronics magazine, CIE, from Stephen Doran, chief executive of the CSA Catapult, exploring the role of CS in advanced tech and how the UK electronics industry can exploit new developments in the field.
We secured coverage of the feature online and a full page in print, which hits desks across the UK today and into next week. Check out the full story here.
5. Putting a positive light on Blue Monday
It’s been a busy month for Kings Monkton School. While much of the nation was left feeling blue this Monday, we helped launch a new mental health awareness and wellbeing programme at the school. Kings Monkton is the first independent school in Wales to adopt RAIS – the Restorative Approach in Schools programme – which uses team building and problem solving exercises throughout the year to help young people become more comfortable with conversations around mental health. We shared the story far and wide, securing coverage in the Western Mail, Independent Education Today, and Ed Quarter.
You might have also noticed the cheeky smile of Kings Monkton pupils on the front cover of Cardiff Times – we designed an advert promoting the school’s brand new scholarships, boosted by an accompanying editorial piece. You can read that here, on page 51.
On Wednesday we went along to the latest Capital Ideas event hosted by Capital Law at Tiny Rebel Cardiff. The event was fronted by Wales Business Insider editor Douglas Friedli and his pal Richard Carpenter, who gave the eager audience the lowdown on their experiences touring each and every pub in Cardiff.
The beer loving duo explained how and why they visited over 200 pubs in Cardiff over a eight year period, rating each and every trip on their social media channels. Douglas and Richard shared their experiences, with input from experts from St Canna’s Ale house and Wrights Emporium.
Needless to say the ale flowed freely and an excellent night was had by all.