The Week That Was #425

1. A chance to believe thanks to Michael Sheen and the Manics

The next generation of Welsh artistic talent have spoken about the transformational impact of the financial support they’ve received from Mab Gwalia.

As the arts sector faces funding cuts, we helped Mab Gwalia’s Michael Sheen announce some better news: another three years of funding – in conjunction with the Manic Street Preachers- for students from less financially able backgrounds go to drama school with coverage achieved in the Western Mail, South Wales Argus and Daily Star.  

A film from previous recipients shot in London and Cardiff has been racking up the engagement on social media, sharing the feels from projects which fight for fair. Check it out here.

2. Reminiscing MG’s global road trip

With their Charging into the Future adventure complete, our latest film finds twin explorers, Hugo and Ross Turner, reflecting on their monumental eight-month journey with MG’s all-electric Cyberster. Travelling with a car designed to celebrate MG’s centenary year in 2024, their epic route from London to Shanghai crossed continents to link 28 countries. The ultimate test drive of the roadster reimagined delivered electrifying experiences and unlocked new experiences around each turn in the road, allowing the team to explore new cultures and unforgettable sights, meeting incredible people at every pitstop. Check out our recap film of their entire journey and look back on the highlights at

3. Highlighting the skills gap in Wales with the Open University

Welsh businesses are lacking confidence in AI and green technology according to a report this week by our client, The Open University. The report, in partnership with the British Chamber of Commerce, also highlighted that despite performing better than their UK counterparts, almost half (47%) of Welsh companies are still experiencing skills shortages. Read more from the report at Nation Cymru, Green Economy Wales and in the Daily Post, and find out about the work-based learning and courses on offer from The Open University to help plug the skills gap.

4. Welsh exports make waves

We made a splash with Welsh business and national trade media this week when we shared how a Welsh marine equipment manufacturer achieved a $5m boost in export revenue after opening a new international base with the help of the Welsh Government. Newtown-based Makefast Group, which designs and manufactures equipment for the marine industry as well as systems for super yachts and luxury boats, has opened a US office in Maryland off the back of its sales in America and $5m in new deals as a result. It is now looking at replicating its success with a European base in the coming months. You can read more about their success in The Manufacturer, Marine Industry News, All at Sea, and more.

5. Shining a spotlight on the pioneers working across Wales’ cancer services

After weeks of hard work and planning, it was finally time to celebrate the pioneers improving cancer services across the country last week. The Moondance Cancer awards – which are Wales’ only dedicated cancer awards –celebrate and spotlight individuals and teams across NHS Wales and its partners who deliver, lead and innovate cancer services. The ceremony saw a total of 11 winners take home accolades across 10 categories, with teams and individuals from Cardiff and Vale UHB, Swansea Bay UHB, Aneurin Bevan UHB and Hywel Dda all scooping some of the biggest awards of the evening. We shared the news with media leading to coverage in Wales 24/7, Western Telegraph, Yahoo! News, Business News Wales and more.