The Week That Was #398

1. Writing Katie’s Christmas Cards on BBC Radio Wales

On Monday, a very merry Katie Owen opened her first Christmas card all the way from a smallholding in Nasareth (no not that one, the one in the Nantlle Valley!) on BBC Radio Wales.


Our latest production for the broadcaster sees 15 episodes unfolding every weekday until Christmas Day, sharing special stories of what the festive time means to people up and down the country.


This week, listeners have heard from Gaynor, the owner of a magical toy shop nestled in Ponty market; Rob Morgan, the owner of Gower Fresh Christmas Trees that houses Wales’ largest herd of reindeer and Miriam William at Tafarn y Plu, a community run pub in Llanystumdwy.


But unlike Santa’s Christmas deliveries, we didn’t deliver these cards overnight. Since October we’ve been gathering the jolliest Christmas memories and messages turning them into radio-ready episodes.


Tune in to Behnaz Akhgar and Eleri Sion’s shows on BBC Radio Wales and join Katie as she finds out what Christmas means to people across Cymru. You can catch up on this week’s episodes on BBC Sounds.

2. Speaking to Wales’ bright future

As part of our long partnership with the Welsh Government’s Seren Academy, this week we launched the ‘Seren Speaker Series’, continuing to ignite the aspirations of Wales’ brightest learners. Hosted by BBC’s Jason Mohammad, the speaker series has seen Seren learners hear from inspirational individuals with Welsh roots who have gone on to achieve greatness in some of the world’s most competitive industries. Across two days of filming at the University of South Wales’ Atrium campus, Seren speakers delivered talks and took questions from a live audience of learners. Videos will be accessible to all year 8 and 9 learners on the Seren Academy programme in the new year.   

3. Carmarthenshire sparks sustainable future for EV tourism

Investing £1m in its EV infrastructure, Carmarthenshire has a total of 130 charging points throughout the county – with 43 of those being rapid charging points, more than any other rural Welsh county has made available – running across key rural routes used by visitors. Carmarthenshire is the third largest county in Wales by area and is a popular destination for tourists, so the local authority saw it vital that its net zero objectives were embedded within its tourism strategy, considering electric vehicle infrastructure key to encouraging environmentally conscious travel. We shared the news of the fully-operational network this week, on behalf of our client Discover Carmarthenshire, and have so far secured coverage in Wales 247 and GreenEconomy Wales, with more to come.

4. Hosting a Wales Business Insider roundtable at our new office

Our new offices in Cardiff Bay played host to a Wales Business Insider roundtable this week, which was attended by thirteen key players from the Welsh business scene, and which we helped to arrange on behalf of our client, the British Business Bank who sponsored the event. Following on from the launch of the British Business Bank’s £130m Investment Fund for Wales in late November, the central topic at hand during the roundtable was the business funding and investment landscape in Wales. Key takeaways from the roundtable will feature in the next edition of Wales Business Insider, out in February.

5. Working Word take to Cardiff Young Professionals

This week Working Worders were in attendance at the final Cardiff Young Professionals event of 2023. It was heartwarming to see the presentation of a £1,000 cheque to the organisation’s chosen charity of the year Dreams and Wishes Charity. With sponsors Acuity Law and Ffion Morgan speaking on the evening, we loved meeting everyone in attendance and enjoying a festive tipple. Don’t forget to say hello if you see us at the next one in the new year!