The Week That Was #336

1. Bisley CEO talks business energy prices.

We’ve been engaging with key business and industry editors around the UK these past few weeks to share comments from Bisley CEO, Richard Costin, relating to the escalating cost of energy bills. This week Building, a key industry title dedicated to the construction sector, published comments from Richard who said that ‘his firm’s gas bill had increased by 681% a rate of inflation it “cannot afford to absorb” and added that following the Prime Minister’s announcement last week relating to energy price freezes ‘that the PMs plans lacked the “clarity and detail” necessary to assess them, but doubted they would be enough’.

2. Clients and Working Word join forces at the M4 Business Event

Working Word are proud sponsors of the M4 Business Network events, and at the penultimate breakfast event of the year, we brought along guests including Capital Law, Itec and Axiom Manufacturing Services. Members and guests were taken on a journey through BBC Wales’ Economics correspondent, Sarah Dickins’ journalism career. Whether it was catcalls from miners in Newport, or chides from Thatcher in the Rhondda Valley, nothing stopped Sarah from progressing to where she is today, as a veteran news journalist at BBC Wales. After letting the audience in on the various bumps in the road to her success, Sarah discussed the current period of low growth and high inflation facing individuals and businesses and highlighted opportunities for Welsh innovation in green energy. Sarah’s message was one of positivity and hope and demonstrated how innovation can stem from periods of economic instability.

3. Announcing the appointment of Jonathan Morgan as the new principal at Coleg y Cymoedd!

Former Cardiff City footballer Jonathan Morgan has been appointed as the new Principal of Coleg y Cymoedd. After more than 25 years in education, including the last five in senior roles at Coleg y Cymoedd, he will take on the role from Karen Phillips. You can read more about his story in the South Wales Echo, Caerphilly Observer, Caerphilly Observer, WalesOnline, Business News Wales, FENews, Wales247 and Business Live.

4. Waste free on wheels is the Weigh to Go

To help reduce single use packaging, ex-chef Owain George established a refill shop on wheels for Welsh households and communities who are looking to become more sustainable in their domestic buying choices. Since the business was established in March 2021, Weigh To Go has grown exponentially expanding into several communities across South Wales and also now boasts a bricks and mortar shop location in Ogmore-By-Sea. We shared Owain’s business growth story on behalf of our client British Business Bank which supported Owain in receiving a Start Up Loan to back Weigh To Go’s click and collect system. Coverage was secured in the Western Mail, South Wales Echo on Wales Business Insider and Business News Wales.

5. Spotlighting the woman who’s fostered over 100 children

Providing a home for more than 100 children and young people is no small feat, but for Five Rivers Child Care foster mum, Linda, looking after others is what she does best. Hoping that her story will help inspire others to consider fostering, and to raise the profile of our client, Five Rivers Child Care, we secured national coverage for Linda’s story this week in popular women’s weekly title, Best magazine. The story is part of a wider campaign we’re running for Five Rivers throughout September on empty nesters – to encourage parents to think about fostering once their own children have flown the nest.