The Week That Was #251… 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word
Pumping up the miwsig for Dydd Miwsig Cymru. Tackling energy efficiency in the nation's empty buildings. Turning big ideas into (virtual) reality. Career development for care home leaders. A big win for hundreds of businesses across the UK.
Here’s five peeks behind our week at Working Word…
1) The Miwsig goes on in the run up to Dydd Miwsig Cymru
The sixth Welsh Language Music Day / Dydd Music Cyrmru is fast approaching on Friday 5th February. The day recognises and celebrates Welsh language music in all forms, from indie, rock, punk, folk, electronica to hip hop and everything in between.
Normally, this would mean gigs and performances throughout Wales and beyond, but this year’s celebrations are moving online, available to stream from the safety of your home. Watch this space for more details coming soon!
In a video we shot, produced and released at the end of last week, we wanted to capture the spirit of Dydd Miwsig Cymru to show that wherever you are the Miwsig goes on…
2) Making the most of our nation’s empty buildings
Across the country, thousands of public sector buildings are currently sitting empty as people continue to work from home. These present the perfect opportunity for organisations to invest in their energy efficiency without disturbing their staff. This can help reduce costs and tackle climate change, while also supporting a ‘green recovery’ following the pandemic.
Salix Finance’s Wales Programme Manager, Liam Gillard, shared his thoughts in a feature we put together on the real need to continue tackling climate change amid the ongoing pandemic, and stressed the importance of making the most of the current wave of vacant buildings by investing in energy improvements that will help rebuild the country in a more environmentally friendly way. You can read more about the subject in this month’s Energy Manager magazine as well as online on The Welsh Agenda.
3) Championing big ideas in virtual reality
As part of our work with Big Ideas Wales, the youth entrepreneurship service for 16-25 year olds in Wales, we’ve been telling the story of George Bellwood and Robin David. The two Cardiff University graduates, who launched their own virtual reality firm for the education, property and retail sector in 2018, have been growing their business as they help industries tackle some of the challenges they face in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Their business, Virtus Tech, creates virtual and augmented reality tours, with some of their latest clients including Cardiff University, co-working venue Tramshed Tech and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, creating for the latter the UK’s largest bespoke virtual tour for an education institution.
You can read more about the story on Business Live.
4) As the vaccine rollout continues, what’s next for care workers?
While the end of the pandemic is still a way off, care home workers and managers are among the first to be vaccinated and this affords them the opportunity to look forward after an incredibly intense and challenging year. This week we worked with Dr Clare Holt from Learna, on a feature for The Carer magazine looking at the development and progression opportunities that might be available to care workers and managers once the dust settles.
Dr Holt leads Learna’s Executive MBA in Healthcare Management, which is designed to support managers and leaders in health and care organisations to address any professional challenges they face. In her piece, she emphasises how the qualities and skills required in care work, are often the qualities that make good leaders.
The piece is available in the latest issue of The Carer magazine.
5) Landmark legal judgement brings hope to businesses impacted by Covid
It’s been a big week for businesses across the UK that have been impacted by Covid. Thousands of businesses had been told interruption of trade during the first lockdown was not covered by insurers, but on Friday last week, Supreme Court judges ruled that most policy holders did have cover. On behalf of our client, Capital Law, we secured coverage on Business Live with a comment from Richard Evans, associate in the Commercial Disputes team, highlighting the big win for businesses to recover losses from the closure of their businesses. Read the article here for more.