The Week That Was #313

1. “Nothing beats the magic of theatre and, my goodness we’ve missed it!”

After a long-awaited return to live theatre performances, Michael Ball last week hosted a star-studded free concert at the Wales Millennium Centre, the first televised event to take place at the venue since the start of the pandemic. Last night, our team secured Michael a spot on the sofa of BBC’s The One Show to promo the show.

With performances from its host plus legendary jazz and soul singer Gregory Porter, singer and TV personality Charlotte Church, Grammy Award-winning songwriter Amy Wadge, and Strictly Come Dancing’s Amy Dowden, it’s not to be missed.

Catch the magic of the theatre from the comfort of your living room on BBC Wales and BBC Two, Easter Sunday, 17th April at 6pm and later on BBC iPlayer.

2. Supporting entrepreneurial women in Wales

Research has shown than fewer women enter business awards than men and, together with Business Wales, we are looking to change that.

We’ve shared the stories of four Welsh businesswoman who have taken the plunge and entered awards, documenting their experiences, the challenges they’ve faced and how awards have helped them and their businesses to grow.

You can read the first of our four case studies on Youmna Mouhamad, the founder and CEO of Nyfasi, which manufactures an innovative detangling product for people with afro hair, here. And don’t forget to follow Business Wales’ social channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn where you’ll be able to follow the stories of all of our case studies!

3. Talking murals and intellectual property with Property Week

In January you may remember that McDonald’s hit the headlines when Cardiff’s much loved ‘My City, My Shirt’ mural was painted over, to be replaced with a burger ad. Following a public outcry, the mural has since been repainted. On behalf of our client, Capital Law’s Intellectual Property team, we secured a feature in leading industry title, Property Week, answering legal questions about who is entitled to remove or destroy building murals. See the online piece here, which was also published in their weekly print edition.

4. Talking growth capital and gender bias in the business community

When the new issue of Wales Business Insider dropped this week we were pleased to see our client, British Business Bank, featured throughout. The British Business Bank supports businesses at different stages of growth and in the new April issue of the magazine, Bethan Bannister, senior manager for Wales, discusses the various growth finance options available to Welsh businesses.

Also in the same issue, Laura Mallows, founder of Mallows Beauty, a vegan beauty brand in receipt of a British Business Bank Start Up Loan, touched on the continued challenges many women face in business.

Read what both Bethan and Laura had to say in the latest issue of Wales Business Insider.

5. Nancy Clancy reclaims his name from the bullies in our BBC podcast

Nancy Clancy. That’s what David Clancy was called by school bullies. The Cumbrian hairdresser turned writer wrote a brilliant piece about homophobic hate crime for the A Writing Chance scheme, which gives voice to previously underrepresented voices. The column wowed his mentor, the Daily Mirror’s Brian Reade, and is performed by Michael Sheen in the latest episode of the podcast we’re producing for BBC Sounds, Margins to Mainstream with Michael Sheen here.  And read about how David’s neon sign lit up the town of Ulverston here.