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The Week That Was #103... 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word

From celebrating Welsh language music with events across the country and bagging BBC Breakfast coverage, announcing impressive results for Wales’ largest building society, via the Commonwealth Championships, here’s five peeks behind our week…


1. It’s Dydd Miwsig Cymru! Find your favourite new sound

Dydd Miwsig Cymru Hapus! That’s happy Welsh Language Music Day to the non-siarad Cymraegs among our readers.  The day celebrates all forms of Welsh Language music – from folk to funk and hip hop to rock- and we’ve been working to show how it’s easy to tune in and discover new music you’ll love. Today sees the culmination of a lot of hard work as we’ve been organising gigs, events and experiences all over Wales and the world for people to hear Welsh language music. We secured media coverage all across the country and social interactions that have made our hearts sing, including a spot on the prestigious BBC Breakfast sofa for our ambassador Huw Stephens yesterday, while the news- and interviews with Hollywood star (and former Super Furries frontman) Rhys Ifans- was all over BBC6Music today. We’ll leave you with the words of Rhys Ifans: “It’s a many faceted scene- there’s everything from crazy folk music to people who are at the foothills of grime.  Get into it.  It’s a complete, total, whole, gold mine of a musical world and it’s on your doorstep.  Dig it up.”  Have we convinced you to try some Welsh language music? Whatever you’re into, there’s something for you, try our six specially curated playlists here.


2. Announcing Principality’s annual results

Despite huge falls in the stock market this week and continued financial uncertainty across the country thanks to Brexit, our client Principality Building Society announced its strongest annual results to date on Wednesday. Wales’ largest building society helped 5000 first time buyers get on the housing ladder in 2017 and grew its net mortgage lending by £917m. We shared the good news with media, resulting in Principality being the main story in Wednesday’s Western Mail business section, an interview with CEO Steve Hughes on BBC Radio Wales and trade coverage with Property Reporter (to name a few!)


3. Flying the flag for Wales at the Commonwealth Championships

For any sports player, representing your country in the game that you love has to be the ultimate goal. Well, for three former players from Coleg y Cymoedd, this dream became a reality after the boys were selected to play for Wales at this year’s Commonwealth Rugby Nines Championships in Australia.

The talented trio, who were all part of the college’s rugby academy, will play for the U23s Wales squad at the tournament in Queensland next month. Pick up a copy of this week’s Pontypridd & Llantrisant Observer to read more.


4. Sharing Waterstone Homes’ property top tips

This week, our client Andrea Gardner, Sales & Marketing Director at luxury housebuilder Waterstone Homes, has been busy sharing her expertise on the property sector, giving her top tips on getting into the industry. With tonnes of experience in the new-build world, we secured a career profile on Andrea in leading property title Show House as well as an in-depth interview on Waterstone Homes with What House.

Andrea, who is a passionate supporter of equal opportunities, also contributed to a feature on opportunities for women in the industry, which you can read here.


5. Managing employee absences on National Sickie Day   

We’ve all had some kind of lurgy this year, whether it’s a humble cold or the wipe-out flu but you might have noticed more than your fair share of absences in the office this week. That’s because Monday was National Sickie Day. The day of the year which holds the record for the highest number of sickness absences. The employment team from Capital Law was on hand to offer advice to businesses on how to handle sickness absences and when it’s appropriate to challenge them. You can find out all you need to know here on Wales Online.


And finally...

Getting community transport plans on the road with the CTA

There’s nothing we love more than getting our teeth stuck into a new project and that’s exactly what we’ve been doing this week with the Community Transport Association. We took a trip to the glorious countryside of Monmouthshire to an event in Abergavenny to launch the Connecting Communities in Wales project. The initiative, created by the CTA, aims to tackle Wales’ diminishing public transport pool by establishing new community transport links and identifying gaps in current CT provision. Keep your eyes peeled for project developments over the next few months and read our coverage from this week here.