The Week That Was #327

1. Touring Ireland with travel influencers

We organised a four-day press trip through Ireland’s Ancient East for travel and food influencer Llio Angharad on behalf of our client Celtic Routes. Getting the ferry from Fishguard over to Wexford, Llio took us with her as she stayed in pods built into the cliffside, dined at the restaurant of celebrated Irish chef Paul Flynn in Waterford and walked through Wicklow Mountains National Park. As well as Instagram Stories that made us feel like we were on the trip with her, Llio has created an Instagram Guide to visiting Wexford which you can check out here.

2. An evergreen initiative with Salix Finance

As a part of Cardiff Council’s ambitious One Planet Strategy to become carbon neutral by 2030, our client Salix Finance has funded a £1.3 million-dollar green investment in which 11 of Cardiff’s primary, secondary and Special Educational Needs schools will receive energy saving upgrades. These upgrades are expected to reduce the council’s consumption and operational carbon emissions by up to 20% across the 11 locations. You can read more about this evergreen initiative at Business News Wales and Wales 247.

3. Celebrating one million milestone with Helo Blod

Our client Helo Blod, a friendly, fast, and free Welsh translation and advice service is celebrating translating one million words. Helo Blod has introduced more than 1,000 businesses across Wales to the benefits of using more Cymraeg, as part of the Welsh Government’s push to double the daily use of Welsh by 2050. Helo Blod’s merchandise is also available free to businesses – including bilingual signage, tote bags, Iaith Gwaith badges, and more. You can share in the celebrations by checking out our coverage in Nation.Cymru and Wales 247 and the South Wales Guardian.

4. Sharing Principality’s support to Ukrainian refugees

This week we told the heartwarming story of our client Principality Building Society, which has successfully homed a family from Ukraine in one of its vacant properties in Cardiff. The mutual is hoping to provide homes for more Ukrainian families through a further five vacant properties. You can read the full story which we shared with media on Business Live.

5. Get Talking! Launch of summer challenge to boost kids’ speech skills

With the summer holidays looming for many, what better time to launch a nationwide challenge to help families make the most of their time with their children and give a huge boost to their communication skills?

As part of our work with the Welsh Government’s Talk With Me campaign, which provides speech, language, and communication (SLC) advice for children aged 0-5, we’ve developed the Get Talking Summer Challenge to help children develop their vocabulary, build sentences, and express themselves. The launch of the seven-week challenge on July 15th was covered by news outlets including Nation.Cymru, Shropshire Star, Rhyl Journal, North Wales Pioneer, and Wales247, with a TV news package also currently in development.