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The Week That Was #109... 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word

From spring staycation inspiration in The Sun to hitting Sunday Times headlines on house prices- via the small matter of a Princess and a castle- here’s five peeks behind our week.


1. National coverage putting a spring in our staycation planning

We are SO over the Beast from the East here at Working Word. We’re ready for spring, when it’s acceptable to be way too excited about a blue sky, not having to wear a scarf outside and starting to think about those exciting summer staycations. We’re getting serious inspiration this week from The Sun’s travel section, after our client Visit Swansea Bay hosted a press trip for the national title, jam packed with journeys along award winning beaches on their stunning coastline, stopping off for Swansea’s famous ice cream, Joe’s. Sounds like a recipe for the perfect spring time staycation. Check out the review here.


2. Analysing the employment ramifications for Ant and others

Responding to breaking news stories is one of our favourite things, and that’s exactly what we did on the back of the unsettling and sad news that Ant (of Ant and Dec fame) had been arrested for drink driving. While we felt for all those involved we knew it was an important issue that our client Capital Law would be able to shed some light on, especially given the uncertainty surrounding Ant’s employment with ITV as a result of the incident. We issued a comment from the employment law team highlighting employer’s rights in these kind of circumstances which was featured on the Metro’s website. You can read the whole story here  


3. Putting Principality at the heart of national property market conversations


Every quarter, we work with our client Principality Building society to share news of its House Price Index for Wales far and wide, adding to the ongoing conversations about house prices both in Wales and across the rest of the UK. The HPI has been hitting headlines in the last two weeks featuring in national and regional stories covering a range of topics, from The Sunday Times’ story on stamp duty devolution in Wales, to the Bristol Post’s story on Bristol commuters helping to make Newport the UK’s fastest growing property market. Read some of the stories adding to the conversation here and here.


4. A castle campus fit for a Princess

Each year UCW Atlantic College, which founded the international UWC education movement and co-created the International Baccalaureate, welcomes 350 students from around the world who share a vision to make education a force for peace and a motivation to create positive change in the world.  

These students earn their places on their promise and potential, socio-economic backgrounds play no part. For the majority, the chance to live and study at the College’s St Donat’s Castle Campus is made possible thanks to the support of scholarship and bursary programmes. However, one student set to join next September has caused an international media storm.

This week the news broke that Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, Duchess of Brabant, will become the 79th student from Belgium to UWC Atlantic College. From Hello Magazine, to the editors of OK! in Romania, everyone was captivated with the news that Britain will become home to a new royal. Here at Working Word, we ensured that they understood the most important message to tell, the Princess is joining a College that aims to make the world a better place for us all.   


5. Celebrating Big Business Ideas in Bangor

On Thursday we were at Bangor University for Big Ideas Celebrated, Wales’ national competition and showcase of entrepreneurial talent for 16-25 year olds. Dozens of young finalists were in attendance, setting up their stands, presenting their business pitches and courting the judges with their entrepreneurial ideas. Businesses ranged from an eco-friendly bamboo nappy company, to a pop-up street food van for dogs, a niche sneaker finding firm and a prop designer who already works with the likes of Comic-Con. The future of Welsh entrepreneurship is looking bright.


In other news...

School puts nurturing talent centre stage

When Kings Monkton School, Wales’ fastest growing independent school wanted to tell their community about how they nurture the confidence of future talent for the creative industries, they turned to our team to write a review of their production of Oliver! Kings Monkton’s inaugural musical theatre production hit the floor running with a confident production, showcasing a lovely mix of talented youngsters. The real star of the show was how humble and grateful the students were for the opportunity, replacing a lavish curtain call with a big thank you to the creative team behind the production. Bravo Kings Monkton! You can read the review on QA Education here.