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The Week That Was #133... 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word

From announcing BAFTA Cymru nominations and stepping back to school with Treads shoes, via South Wales’ tech hub and family blogger fun in Swansea Bay, it’s been a busy week at Working Word HQ. Here’s five peeks behind our week. 



1. And the nominations are…

It’s BAFTA Cymru time again and yesterday we helped announce the nominations for the 27th British Academy Cymru Awards, which will be held at the St David’s Hall, Cardiff on the 14th of October. Born to Kill and Keeping Faith/ Un Bore Mercher lead with six nominations, with Bang and Craith each receiving five nominations and Charlotte Church and Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas received their first nominations in the Presenter category. Other nominees include Laurence Love Greed and Grammy Award winner Amy Wadge for their work on Keeping Faith/ Un Bore Mercher’s music as well as Sian Phillips Award recipient (2008) actor Ioan Gruffudd receiving a nomination for his role as Andrew Earlham in Liar. To get the full lowdown on who’s been nominated across 20 production, performance, craft and game categories, click here, and check what the BBC had to say about the nominations here.

It’s not just the glitterati that get to sip champagne and walk the red carpet, us mere mortals can too, tickets are available to purchase at the St David’s Hall Box Office on 029 20 878500 / Good luck to everyone who’s been nominated. Pob lwc i bawb!



2. Kick-starting the school term with Treads shoes

As mums and dads across the country have been busily prepping their kids ready for the return back to school, school uniforms have no doubt been at the top of many a to-do list, along with concerns about how they can get the best value for money. With many parents complaining of their children’s school shoes barely lasting a term, despite being from trusted brands, it’s no surprise that they’re looking for alternatives.

Look no further than Treads - the indestructible school shoe brand created by single dad of three, Simon Locke, who was fed up of constantly having to replace his son’s broken school shoes. We arranged for Simon to speak about the idea behind the brand with Radio Wales’ Wynne Evans on Monday’s show. Listen for yourself here.



3. Can South Wales challenge London as a tech hub?

South Wales’ tech industry is one of the fastest growing in the UK.  According to Business News Wales, the number of digital enterprises here jumped almost 10% last year.  The IT sector alone employs around 30,000 people.  It’s home to some seriously exciting start-ups in proptech, fintech, and artificial intelligence, but can the region really challenge London as a tech hub?  We pitched Stephen Doran, CEO of the CSA Catapult to Business News Wales as a tech expert that could help answer that question.  You can read his insight, alongside the thoughts of other bright minds in the sector, here.



4. Making moves in property

It’s a been a week of big news for housebuilder Waterstone Homes as the company announced that it is appointing a brand-new Managing Director to drive business growth following a highly successful year for the company.

The high-end property developer is welcoming former Regional Operations Director at Lovell, Lee Woodfine, to the team, bringing with him more than 30 years of experience. You can read more about his appointment on Wales Business Insider, Business News Wales and Housebuilder and Developer, and be sure to also check out this week’s Western Mail Business in Wales supplement. Best of luck Lee!



5. Blogging fun in Swansea Bay

A few weeks ago blogger family Extraordinary Chaos visited Swansea Bay for a few days of fun in the Gower sun. From surfing at Rhossili, to bushcraft at the Down to Earth Project, Sarah Christie and her young family had a wonderful few days which she chronicled in a series of blog posts outlining their time in South Wales.



And finally..

The third ever Cardiff Book Festival has begun! This weekend sees the written word come alive, aloud and off the page at 44 events covering everything from beauty, Brexit, women, working classes, crime, children, dementia, dystopia, fiction, fun and much more.  Come and give your mind a treat. Tickets still available here.