The Week That Was #314

1. Discussing the question of constitution with BBC Walescast

Despite the Senedd being in recess for Easter, we’ve been making sure the Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales has still been securing media coverage with the release of the latest episode of Walescast – BBC Wales’ political podcast. In the extended special edition of the podcast, co-chairs Dr Rowan Williams and Professor Laura McAllister chat with the BBC’s Felicity Evans and James Williams about the Commission’s goal to give the people of Wales a voice and ensure that the country is ready to face any challenge that arises. Listen here.

2. How to…raise the reputation of working in hospitality and tourism

The pandemic hit the hospitality and tourism industry hard, leaving many businesses struggling to retain or attract staff. To address this, we’ve teamed up with the Welsh Government via Visit Wales and Working Wales to help challenge perceptions of working in what is one of our most vibrant sectors. Our series of ‘How to’ films promote the diverse and interesting skills people can develop through it, from Leyli Homayoonfar of the Bab Haus demonstrating how to chop an onionthe Dead Canary making the perfect Old-Fashioned cocktail, and the Parkgate Hotel making the dreamiest looking bed. This week also saw us release a new film highlighting how flexible work patterns mean you can fit a job you love around family, hobbies and friends.

3. One in a million foster mum finds fostering following redundancy

In this week’s issue of Pick Me Up magazine, we secured an opportunity on behalf of our client, Fostering Company North East, part of the Five Rivers Child Care family, on the heart-warming story of foster carer, Amanda Tinnion.

Amanda made the switch to fostering after she was made redundant from her career at Virgin Media right before the pandemic. Amanda now specialises in caring for groups of siblings with the aim of keeping brothers and sisters in foster care together.

To read about Amanda’s new direction and why fostering siblings is really important to her, grab a copy of Pick Me Up magazine and read the story in full.

4. Sharing Welsh export successes

As part of our export campaign with Welsh Government, we’ve been shining a spotlight on some of Wales’ best exporters.  Newtown-based CellPath manufactures equipment used in cancer diagnosis and has announced plans to expand in the Middle East and South Asia.  We shared its story with media, securing coverage in a range of titles including EU ReporterBusiness LiveMed Tech Innovation and the Shropshire Star.

5. And they’re off….C2Cycling team leave Cardiff for Edinburgh

On Tuesday, 28 amateur cyclists set off on a gruelling 600kn bike ride from Cardiff Castle to Edinburgh Castle to raise vital funds for Velindre Cancer Centre and LATCH, the Welsh children’s cancer charity.  The C2Cycling team have already raised over £50,000 for the charities and in celebration of their tremendous efforts, we made a film of them setting off and secured media coverage of the ride in Wales247.  Find out more here