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The Week That Was #124... 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word

Gower, bamboo nappies, Chinese robot wars, foster carers: just another week hitting the headlines at Working Word HQ.


1. Glorious Gower lands eight page spread in the new issue of Choice magazine!

In the course of our work with Visit Swansea Bay we have arranged for dozens and dozens of journalists, bloggers and vloggers to experience Swansea Bay, Mumbles and Gower, but it’s always still really exciting when a new newspaper or magazine lands on our desks with the resulting coverage – especially when it’s a fab eight page spread, like in the case of the new edition of Choice magazine.

In April we arranged for Norman Wright, editor of Choice, and photographer Clive Nicholls to visit Gower for a few days of exploring, adventure and gastronomy and not only is the write-up rather glowing but the images are some of the best we have seen, capturing the natural beauty of the region in all its glory.

And this week we also arranged for the Telegraph to include a section on Gower in an article they had planned about beautiful landscapes under an hour from UK cities, with a reference to staying at King Arthur Cottages, one of Visit Swansea Bay’s accommodation partners. Check it out here. 


2. Robots and bamboo nappies, all in a day’s work for Big Ideas Wales

From Robot Wars to ethical bamboo nappies, its fair to say our work with Big Ideas Wales provides us with plenty of variety every week. And this week has been no different, as we shared the stories of two young women each making a name for themselves across the country, but for quite different reasons! First up is April Prince, an 11 year old from Wrexham with a huge passion for engineering robots which has actually seen her featured on China’s version of Robot Wars. Following her is Rhiannon Williams who is tackling the waste pollution crisis head on by developing a business making reusable nappies from bamboo fibres. Both April and Rhiannon have engaged with the Big Ideas Wales service which encourages entrepreneurship in young people in Wales. We’ve shared both of their individual stories to media picking up front page South Wales Echo coverage and a piece on BBC News online, to name a few.


3. Amazing foster carer shares her story with Woman’s Weekly 

This week we got to share the story of an incredible Five Rivers foster carer who made the decision to foster following the death of her husband. Inspired by her daughter, who had already embarked on a fostering journey, Lesley began the process and has now been fostering with Five Rivers for four years.

Woman’s Weekly covered Lesley’s story in this week’s magazine- pick up a copy this weekend to read more about Lesley’s inspiration fostering journey.


4. Wales has what the world wants

From denim to children’s bicycles, coins to gourmet salt, and beer to compound semiconductors - products designed and made in Wales are being exported to the four corners of the globe.   

How do we know? We’ve been working with Trade and Invest Wales to promote the success of some of Wales’ leading exporters and highlight their importance to our economy. With success stories like these, is it any wonder major companies are looking to establish bases in Wales?

Take a look at the film above, but don’t forget to keep an eye out for any of the products included when you’re away this summer.  


5. CIPD Wales announces entries for its 2018 awards

This week we helped CIPD Wales, the professional body for HR and people development, announce that entries for its 2018 awards are open following the phenomenal success of last year’s inaugural awards, gaining coverage in HR News, Wales 247 and Business News Wales.

Thousands of people work in the people profession across Wales, with HR and leadership development spanning every industry, and the CIPD Wales awards celebrate the outstanding people development work that takes place across Wales.

If you’d like to nominate someone for their outstanding work in people development, you can do so here:


In other news.. 

The Enterprise Troopers land at Cardiff final

On Tuesday we were at Cardiff Metropolitan University to witness pupils from Cadoxton Primary School in Barry to be crowned the winners of Enterprise Troopers, a Welsh Government national competition looking to find and nurture entrepreneurial young talent from across the country. And we took S4C’s Ffeil and Made in Cardiff along for the ride, with coverage broadcast throughout the week. Congratulations to all of the finalists!