The Week That Was #357

1. British Business Bank CEO spotlighted in new issue of Insider

When new British Business Bank CEO Louis Taylor visited Cardiff for a whistlestop tour to meet SMEs who had received British Business Bank funding and key stakeholders in the local SME finance ecosystem, our team thought that was a great opportunity to get him in front of the Welsh business press. We arranged his first interview in post with Wales Business Insider editor, Douglas Friedli, in which Louis chatted about the £130m Welsh investment fund set to launch later this year and how the Bank would shortly be appointing fund managers from a variety of locations across Wales. The interview was published in a full page spread in the new issue of Insider which dropped this week. Subscribers can read it online here.

2. Making Cardiff streets safer with the support of Big Ideas Wales

Across the UK, street harassment is at an all-time high, with 97% of women having experienced it in some form. In 2021, 23-year-old Big Ideas Wales entrepreneur, Jack Blundell, launched RouteBuddies – a safety app inviting users to meet in groups of three or more and walk home together across the Welsh capital. We had the pleasure of meeting with Jack to discuss the inspiration behind RouteBuddies and its evolution before sharing his story with the nation. You can read more on Wales Online or MSN, or watch his interview with Alexandra Hartley on ITV X.

3. A Great Point of collaboration with Media Cymru

Since the launch of Media Cymru, we’ve been sharing some of the exciting developments and opportunities our client has to offer creatives across Wales. One of the latest being a collaboration with London-based media group, Great Points Media and US-based Volume Global to build a hub at Great Point Seren Studios. The new facility, Seren Virtual Productions, will host film and television projects from across the UK and internationally.  It will also boast a virtual production research and training academy in collaboration with Media Cymru in an effort to continue developing the region into a thriving global hub for media innovation. We shared the exciting news with the media and secure coverage in Screen Daily , IMDB, Broadcast, The Knowledge, Televisual, UK Daily News, Wales Business Insider, and Wales 247 to name a few.

4. Gower Peninsula romances The Sun

Candlelit dinners on the coastline, enchanting walks on golden beaches… it could be a romantic getaway in a tropical resort, but it could also be a Valentine’s weekend spent in the first ever area of outstanding natural beauty: Gower Peninsula. We worked alongside our client Visit Swansea Bay to send The Sun on a whirlwind romance to Swansea Bay, Mumbles and Gower. Showcasing some of the area’s most iconic locations, from Mumbles Lovespoon Gallery to the dreamy Morgan’s Hotel in Swansea Harbour, the trip was a celebration of the beauty and charm of this stunning part of the South Wales coastline. Check out the article here.

5. End the decade-long failure and give young people a #voiceforjustice

In England and Wales, 71% of children sentenced in the youth justice system had speech, language, and communication needs (SLCN). Despite this, half of Wales’ 17 Youth Justice Services still do not have embedded speech and language therapists, and currently, no region has a full-time SLT on staff. This week, we worked with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists in hosting an event at the Senedd to call for representation of speech and language therapists across youth justice services. Lots of MSs came along to show their supportand we engaged with users across the RCSLT’s Twitter feed, which you can find here. You can read more about the event in this article by Wales 247.