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The Week That Was #258… 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word


Highlighting the problems with toxic workplace environments. Filming with ITV at Bisley. A young entrepreneur launches a public speaking business. Using International Women’s Day to share the unequal gendered impacts of Covid. Sharing positive news for Coleg y Cymoedd.


Here’s five peeks behind our week at Working Word…



1) Calling out sexual harassment in the workplace


Four out of five women in Wales have experienced sexual harassment at work. To highlight the issue, we created a short film for Welsh Women’s Aid for their No Grey Area campaign, which calls out toxic workplace environments where sexual harassment can flourish.


2) ITV tells Bisley’s story of pivoting to the working from home trend

On Tuesday we arranged for ITV Wales Business Correspondent Carole Green to visit Bisley HQ in Newport to interview CEO Richard Costin, to discuss how the heritage office furniture manufacturer had pivoted at the start of the pandemic to create a new WFH focused collection to meet increased demand from consumers who were busy setting up home offices. The Bisley segment was included in a wider piece on ITV Wales at Six last night about the future of the office in a world where more and more people will likely be working from home longer term.


3) Young entrepreneur puts words into action with public speaking venture

This week we’ve been sharing the story of a 21 year old student who has built on her love of public speaking to launch a business which helps children to develop confidence skills. Olaitan Olawande, who is completing her Master’s in Applied Behaviour Analysis at Bangor University, set up her business Practice What You Speak with the support of our client Big Idea Wales, the youth entrepreneurship scheme in Wales that helps young people turn their business dream into a reality. As a result, Olaitan has been able to provide public speaking workshops to young people across the UK, with over 30 young people now ready to have the room in the palm of their hands. 

We turned Olaitan’s success into a media story which you can read more about on Business Live, Business 247 and the North Wales Chronicle.


4) Highlighting the impacts of Covid on women this International Women’s Day

The coronavirus pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for us all in the last year, but the impact on women in particular has been more detrimental than any of us could have imagined 12 months on. On Monday morning and for International Women’s Day, we arranged for Capital Law employment lawyer, Alex Christen, to speak with Claire Summers on BBC Radio Wales to talk about how the pandemic has impacted gender pay gap reporting and retirement pay gap reporting. Alex also shared advice on how employees can speak to their employers about gender inequality in the workplace. You can listen to Alex’s interview on BBC iPlayer from 01:51:57. We also secured coverage on Fresh Business Thinking where Mary Goldsborough, another employment lawyer at Capital Law, discussed how the pandemic will impact this year’s gender pay gap reports and what businesses can do now when it comes to their gender pay gap reporting.


5) A week full of positive news for Coleg y Cymoedd

It’s been a great week for Coleg y Cymoedd as we secured coverage for two stories.

We shared the news of a new partnership between the college and Protech Rail Engineering and Ganymede to create the ‘Protech Training Academy’- a programme designed to equip the country’s future workforce with the skills and experience needed to meet future demand in the rail industry. You can find out more about the partnership in News from Wales, FE News, and Wales 24/7

We also shared the inspiring story of a painting and decorating learner on International Women’s Day on Wales 24/7, News From Wales and FE News. Carrie Seymour is a domestic violence survivor who now feels uncomfortable having men working at her home due to her experience with her ex-partner. Carrie now wishes to make use of her talents in painting and decorating to start her very own business dedicated to helping other women who have or are facing a similar situation.