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The Week That Was #186… 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word


From the 20th anniversary celebrations of devolution in Wales, bringing BBC’s Question Time to the Senedd, climate change commitments, manufacturing shortlistings and sector-changing AI, it’s been another seven days of headlines and highlights for us. Here’s five peeks behind our week…


1. Future Wales Festival is a go!

Wednesday night saw the official start to the GWLAD, the Future Wales Festival celebrating 20 years of devolution in Wales and we are very proud to have been instrumental in its creation and curation. The festival has a huge range of events covering the issues that matter to us as a nation- culture, equality, politics, music, language, comedy, sport, arts and news. Many of the free events are sold out, such as tonight’s Machynlleth Comedy Fest event hosted by Tudur Owen and tomorrow’s talks from Charlotte Church and Guardian journalist Carole Cadwallader, who broke the Cambridge Analytica story. But a few tickets remain for panels such as ‘Wales: A Sporting Nation’, with Colin Charvis, Laura McAllister and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson having a lively chat about Wales’ success on the international stage. 

Check out what events are still available to book by visiting the GWLAD site here.

Penblwydd Hapus Senedd Cymru!


2. Bringing Question Time to the Senedd

As part of our curation of the GWLAD festival, we helped bring BBC’s Question Time to the Senedd for the very first time. The highly topical programme was broadcast as-live last night from the National Assembly for Wales building.  Question Time was also celebrating a big anniversary, having been broadcasting on the BBC for 40 years. Host Fiona Bruce held court over panellists Adam Price AM, Leader of Plaid Cymru; James Cleverly MP, Conservative Party chairman; Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Shadow Solicitor General, Labour; Mark Reckless AM, Leader of the Brexit Party in the Welsh Assembly and Gina Miller, businesswoman and complainant against the government's decision to prorogue Parliament. The programme stirred up the usual emotion online, in what has been a momentous week for politics in the UK. 

Catch up with the action on iPlayer.


3. College learners unite to tackle climate change


Climate change activist Greta Thunberg is inspiring people young and old across the world to commit to tackling climate change. This includes learners from Coleg y Cymoedd who have gathered en masse to show their commitment to fight against the environmental emergency we all face.

Hundreds of staff and learners from across the south Wales valleys joined forces at the college’s four campuses in recognition of the role they will play in meeting a global goal to cut carbon emissions by 45% over the next decade. Working in collaboration with the University and College Union (UCU) the college is encouraging more students and staff members to adopt greener habits and pledge to make more environmentally friendly choices. You can read the full story on Business News Wales here.


4. Making awards season happen for Axiom

Awards are fun, but sometimes we need to set aside the glitz and glamour to remember why we chase accolades. When a business throws its hat into the ring alongside the leading companies in their field, to be shortlisted can itself be a recognition of a business’ quality and the dedicated work of its team and all that they have achieved.

That’s certainly the case for Axiom Manufacturing Services, who have been shortlisted in no less than four categories at next week’s Made in Wales Awards. As a world leading high technology manufacturer, Axiom isn’t afraid of competition. That’s a good thing considering that it’s also just been announced that they have also been shortlisted in two categories at Electra, UK’s top electronics awards. In December, Axiom will travel to London to compete against international technology brands like microprocessor powerhouse, Arm.


5. A Welsh AI company changing the public sector 



We’ve been working with one of Wales’ most exciting AI companies to promote an upcoming crowdfunding campaign. We Build Bots uses AI to make customer service simpler and easier for the public and local councils, leading to better service and faster responses. The Cardiff-based innovator is now aiming to raise £350k to help it develop its AI chatbots to work with even more public sector organisations. You can find out more about the fundraiser here.