The Week That Was #318

Our campaign with Mind Cymru aims to #SortTheSwitch. Start Up Loan propels Tarian Drums to the main stage. Helping Wales’ health watchdog to get to the root of the dental problem. What the new cladding proposals mean for industry. Coleg y Cymoedd learner sinks the competition.

1. Our campaign with Mind Cymru aims to #SortTheSwitch

For some young people in Wales, the move from specialist child to adult mental health services isn’t working. Some feel abandoned, isolated and ignored. Their voices need to change the system for the better. Right now. That’s what young people told us and Mind Cymru as, over the past few months, we’ve co-created a bilingual campaign to #SorttheSwitch.

Our team has helped develop the brand, messaging and design for a campaign determined to change things for the better. You can help Wales’ young people get the support they deserve by emailing your local Member of the Senedd. Find out more here.

2. Start Up Loan propels Tarian Drums to the main stage

Wales’ first bespoke drum kits are set to appear on some of the biggest music stages in the world after the company which makes them signed a contract to provide customised kits for British rock band, The Struts.

Pontyclun-based Tarian Drums has our client, British Business Bank, to thank for its early success after receiving a £10,000 Start Up Loan to help launch their business. This week we secured a radio interview with Tarian Drums founders Rhys and Geraint on BBC Radio Cymru talking about their emerging company and their drums’ upcoming appearances on stage at Lollapalooza Paris and Shepherd’s Bush Empire. We secured further coverage sharing their business journey in the Western Mail, the South Wales Echo, on Business Live, Wales Business Insider and Business News Wales, to name a few.

3. Helping Wales’ health watchdog to get to the root of the dental problem

Many of us will have described solving a difficult problem to be like “pulling teeth”. But this week a damning report launched by Swansea Bay Community Health Council revealed that some patients have literally had to resort to performing their own dental care at home.

Working on behalf of the Community Health Council we set about sharing that report with our media contacts to ensure the experiences and first-hand accounts of the issues faced by Welsh patients were heard. You can read those for yourself with WalesOnline, the Daily Express, or ITV.  

4. What the new cladding proposals mean for industry

With Michael Gove’s recent assertion that British property developers need to find £4bn to help address the cladding scandal, it’s no surprise that many within the construction industry are up in arms about paying to fix the problem created by  historic Government building codes and regulations.

This week we secured a feature in Design & Build’s April issue on behalf of our client Capital Law to discuss the legal questions around whether developers have a leg to stand on when it comes to fighting the Government on this case. The piece was authored by Martha Mordecai, a construction legal specialist at Capital Law.

5. Coleg y Cymoedd learner sinks the competition

Coleg y Cymoedd learner Ruben Duggan, from Caerphilly, has been crowned the UK’s top plumbing apprentice after beating off competition from across the country to win a national competition. The talented learner has been crowned this year’s HIP Apprentice of the Year following a tough two-day contest in Worcester. We shared his fantastic achievement with media, securing coverage in titles including Wales 247, Employers News and the South Wales Echo.