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The Week That Was #277… 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word

Believing in business angels with the British Business Bank, Smashing taboos with Capital Law, Kicking off the return to normality with Sports Wales, Technological support for the NHS during the pandemic, Calling on Wales' runners to save lives.


Here's five peeks behind our week at Working Word...


Does Wales believe in angels?

Investment in Welsh businesses by syndicates of angel investors is growing, but it is still an underutilised route to funding. Is this because Wales doesn’t believe in angels? Or are smaller Welsh businesses not fully aware of the finance options that exist? We penned a feature on behalf of Mark Sterritt, UK Network Director, Wales at the British Business Bank, for the Western Mail and walesonline discussing the role of angels in local finance ecosystems, the impact of the pandemic and what sectors are ripe for angel investment. Read the piece here.


Breaking the silence around IVF in the workplace

This week our client, employment lawyer with Capital Law, Alex Christen, spoke with the Financial Times on the legal landscape when it comes to IVF treatment. Her comments on the subject contributed to a wider piece about women hiding fertility treatments from their employers for fear of being dismissed or overlooked – a sad reality that many have faced. Alex said a woman could not claim sex discrimination if she were dismissed by her employer as a result of being off work due to IVF. Alex also touched on the different ways employers can be more supportive towards employees going through IVF.

You can read the article in full online. It was also published in last weekend’s Financial Times.


Getting people across Wales active this summer

This week, we kicked off the second phase of the Back in the Game campaign with Sport Wales, calling for people across the country to get moving. With the school summer holidays having started and a summer full of international sporting events ahead of us, there’s plenty of inspiration to keep people active. To get people excited about this summer of sport, we’ve been busy making sure the word spreads as far as possible. To do this, we’ve refreshed our film trailer, created new social media adverts to target families, designed community flyers, sold in stories to press across Wales and commissioned an advertorial with Wales Online and North Wales Live. You can see some of our coverage so far on the Wrexham Leader, Denbighshire Free Press


Discussing how digital technology supported Wales’ pandemic response

Digital technology is playing an increasingly important role in our health and care. We’ve witnessed this particularly throughout the pandemic with NHS track and trace apps, virtual GP appointments and digital administration of our world-leading vaccine rollout.

For this week’s Western Mail, CEO of Digital Health and Care Wales, Helen Thomas, looks at the technology that has supported the NHS Wales through Covid-19 and considers what this means for the future of our healthcare. You can also read more about what digital healthcare means for you over on the Digital Health and Care Wales blog.



Runners called to become life saving donors

We’ve been busy announcing a lifechanging campaign called ‘Giving Runs in Your Blood’ on behalf of the Welsh Blood Service. In partnership with Run 4 Wales and Welsh Athletics, the powerful campaign aims to encourage Wales’ runners to ‘get set and give blood’ and make a lifesaving difference to patients in need through signing up to give blood.

Blood donations play a vital role in saving lives each day and support a diverse range of treatments from helping accident victims or patients with blood cancers to supporting mothers and newborn babies during childbirth. It is hoped the running community, made up of over 100 running clubs and 13,00 active runners, will help the Welsh Blood Service meet the 350 daily blood donations needed to supply hospitals across the country.

You can read more about the campaign that’s getting runner’s blood pumping in Shropshire Star, News From Wales, North Wales Business, Wellbeing News and South Wales Echo.

Fancy keeping pace with the campaign with a series of graphics and socials designed by the Working Word team? Follow Welsh Blood Service and watch as runners from all around Wales Get Set and Give Blood!