The Week That Was #394

1. Bisley launch Dubai showroom

Bisley, the Newport based office furniture manufacturer, is consolidating its grip in the Middle East with the launch of a new Dubai showroom, the largest Bisley showroom yet. Located in the central business district, the new showroom joins others in Bisley’s global portfolio including New York, Paris, and Dusseldorf, and follows the recent summer launch of Bisley’s Manchester showroom, which we told media about in July. The new 8,000 sq ft Dubai showroom is located on the 45th floor of the U-Bora office tower and enjoys panoramic views of the iconic skyline, with views of the Burj Khalifa and downtown Dubai. We shared the story with media this week, so far landing coverage in Wales Business Insider and Business News Wales, and Channel info.

2. Creating a buzz with the latest Start Up Loan

Teacher-turned-brewer and distiller from Chepstow, James Rowlands, has launched an artisanal, small-batch honey spirits business, after receiving a £9,000 Start Up Loan from our client, the British Business Bank. Business owner James, a trained microbiologist, has always been interested in the brewing and distilling process, and after pursuing his passion has now fully established Hive Drinks Co, which focuses on creating innovative drinks and spirits made almost entirely from honey. We’ve generated coverage for James’ story across Wales in the Western Mail, Business Live, Insider and the South Wales Echo.

3. Separation, stigma, support - helping dads dealing with divorce

Seek support from your employer, fill your mental battery, adopt your own parenting method and above all, please, please join a men’s mental wellbeing club. These are some of the core pieces of advice shared by Chris Trott, an ambassador for our client – Welsh men’s mental health charity, Helpu. To mark men’s mental health awareness month this November, we worked with Parenting Expert to help tell Chris’ story. If you know someone – father or not – finding it difficult to navigate divorce or suffering with their mental wellbeing this November, please share Chris’ story.

You can learn more about his journey on our client’s website:


4. Co-chairs sharing on the future of Wales

We’ve been working with the Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales since it’s establishment by the First Minister more than two years ago. Now nearing the end of its journey and the completion of its final report, and conclusions on an alternative constitutional pathway for Wales having found the status quo to be an unviable option. The report will be published in early January but ahead of that, the Commission’s co-chairs, Professor Laura McAllister and Dr Rowan Williams sat down with the Western Mail’s Welsh Affairs Editor, Will Hayward, to discuss how the Commission has gone about finding solutions to problems facing Wales’ future. You can read the interview here and keep up to date with Commission news ahead of its final report launch here.

5. Headlines on our new home in Cardiff Bay

Last month we made the exciting move to our new office in Cardiff Bay. The office purchase follows several years of growth and the delivery of creative campaign work for clients including: UEFA, MG, PerkinElmer, British Business Bank, Companies House, Welsh Government, Public Health Wales, Media Cymru and Irish-Welsh tourism partnership Celtic Routes to name a few. Our story was covered in the Western Mail and by Business Live where you can read more on our move and plans for the future.