The Week That Was #320

Launching a fin-ed competition with the help of Welsh rugby’s famous fives. Grape expectations for Welsh Wine Week 2022. From Newport to Netflix: Local residents invited to get a Foot in the Door with a job on popular Netflix series. Exploring the history of Dylan Thomas in Swansea Bay. Turning employees into entrepreneurs with The Open University in Wales. 

1. Launching a fin-ed competition with the help of Welsh rugby’s famous fives

We put Welsh rugby internationals Gwen Crabb and Will Rowlands, who both play at number 5, through their paces this week as we launched Principality and Young Enterprise’s annual Fiver Challenge, which asks students aged 5-11 years to create, research and plan a business with just £5. To launch this year’s challenge, Welsh rugby’s number 5s paid a special visit to a Welsh primary school, where the pupils mean business! Take a look at our film , and read about the story on Wales 247 and the Herald.

2. Grape expectations for Welsh Wine Week 2022

If you’re a wine lover, you may have heard about the much-anticipated return of Welsh Wine Week. What you may not know is that Wales has around 30 vineyards, each of which are all contributing to Wales’ title as a leading wine producer, and many of them will be hosting events at Welsh Wine Week.

From June 4th – 12th, vineyards across the nation will be welcoming guests to learn more about Wales’ burgeoning wine sector. Wine connoisseurs will be encouraged to take part in a number of free events, competitions, expert guided tours and tastings, all while experiencing the country’s picturesque vineyards and personally sampling award-winning vintages.

You can read more about Welsh Wine Week and the week’s schedule on Pembrokeshire Herald and Wales 24/7.

3. From Newport to Netflix: Local residents invited to get a Foot in the Door with a job on popular Netflix series

It takes a whole range of skills and professions to make a TV production tick. That’s why we’ve been working with Ffilm Cymru’s Foot in the Door scheme, sending out a casting call for local residents to be part of a major Netflix series.

Newport based hairdressers, make-up artists and carpenters, as well as admin, security and construction specialists, among other professions, are invited to apply for a trainee placement. The placement offers three days of free ‘set ready’ training provided by Sgil Cymru, four weeks of work experience on set, bursaries to help with transport, childcare and other costs, withpay at least at a living wage.There may also be some opportunities to be taken on as full-time crew too. Read about it on Wales 24/7.

4. Exploring the history of Dylan Thomas in Swansea Bay

It’s been 70 years since the publication of Dylan Thomas’ Collected Poems 1934-1952, yet his influence on the culture of Swansea shines just as brightly. So brightly, in fact that Choice Magazine published a nine-page feature on Thomas’ brilliance and consistent influence on Welsh culture following a press trip we organised with our client, Visit Swansea Bay. Working with Visit Swansea Bay, we delivered a bespoke trip for Choice to immerse themselves in everything the area has to offer, from its magical history, award winning coastlines and vibrant food and drink scene: all covered over nine glossy pages of Choice’s June issue.

5. Turning employees into entrepreneurs with The Open University in Wales

New research by Open University has found that almost half of young Brits (45 percent) feel trapped in a job they can’t stand, while 82 percent of young people dream of being their own boss.

To support those who want to take the leap into entrepreneurship, The Open University hosted a virtual ‘Unlock Your Inner Boss LIVE’ challenge where TV and Radio presenter Gemma Cairney was put at the helm of a new business for the day, assisted by OUriginal experts from across the UK who talked her through each ick and issue.

Feel like a BOSS by visiting The Open University’s YouTube channel, or hear more about the issues faced by those dreaming of entrepreneurship via Wales 24/7.