jamjar nominated for six CIPR Cymru Wales PRide Awards

By Raspberry Jim,

jamjar nominated for six CIPR Cymru Wales PRide Awards

jamjar PR has been shortlisted for six awards in the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ (CIPR) annual PRide Awards for Wales.

The creative communications agency has been shortlisted for Consumer Relations campaign, STEM campaign, Not for Profit campaign, Healthcare campaign, Best Use of Digital and Outstanding Small Consultancy of the Year.

For the STEM Not for Profit categories, the agency’s work for the Cardiff-based educational charity Techniquest’s 30th anniversary was shortlisted.

Its work for Dirty Martini is recognised in the Consumer category, for the launch of the first Dirty Martini outside of London in Cardiff.

While the nursing recruitment campaign it designed and delivered for Cwm Taf University Health Board, #joincwmtaf, was shortlisted in the Best Use of Digital and Healthcare categories.

The Cowbridge-based agency is also once again shortlisted for Outstanding Small Consultancy, having previously won the award three times in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and coming runner up in 2016.

On being shortlisted, jamjar’s managing director, Lyndsey Jenkins said: “We work extremely hard to deliver creative, engaging and results-driven communications campaigns for our clients so this external acknowledgement for our work is very gratifying.

“It’s testament to the hard work of my talented team and I look forward to celebrating with them at the awards ceremony later in the year.”

Since it was established in 2012, jamjar has won 15 awards including a Welsh Business Award in the ‘Excellence in Marketing and Communications’ category and a Wales Marketing Award from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

The CIPR PRide Awards recognise work considered outstanding for clients and employers across the UK’s PR sector. Over 950 entries are received from public relations teams, consultancies and individuals across the UK and over 300 PR teams, consultancies and individuals are shortlisted for awards by CIPR PRide, across the UK.

The CIPR PRide Awards are judged by over 70 judges, based outside of their nation/region of entry.

Sony UK TEC celebrates ‘unprecedented growth’ and production milestone

By Raspberry Jim,

Sony UK TEC celebrates ‘unprecedented growth’ and production milestone

Sony UK Technology Centre (Sony UK TEC) is celebrating “unprecedented growth” which has seen staff and production numbers soar.

In the last five years, the Pencoed-based facility, has seen staff numbers leap by 200 taking its team of local employees to 540.

The growth in staff numbers, which has been a huge boost to the local economy, has coincided with a production milestone at the award-winning factory, with Sony UK TEC manufacturing the best-selling British computer of all time.

This week the facility has celebrated reaching the 10 million Raspberry Pi manufacturing milestone after only five years.

Sony UK TEC has played an instrumental role in the journey of the Raspberry Pi, the third best-selling general purpose computer of all time globally.

Raspberry Pi was originally manufactured in China, but founder Eben Upton moved production to Sony UK TEC in 2012 due to the facilities’ capacity and innovative automated processes.

The facility was first approached to make 10,000 of the low-cost, credit card-sized computers annually.  However demand quickly soared and Sony UK TEC went onto produce one million in its first year.

Production rapidly grew with numbers reaching five million in just two years and now, at peak capacity Sony UK TEC can make up to 100,000 Pis per week.

Sony UK TEC Managing Director Steve Dalton OBE said: “The last five years has seen unprecedented growth across our Pencoed facility, something we are understandably incredibly proud of.

“Our growth has been intrinsically linked to the success of the Raspberry Pi and we are delighted to reach the 10m manufacturing milestone. This is a significant achievement for everyone involved in its production, especially our devoted Sony Team, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and distributors Premier Farnell.

“It is also a significant achievement for the Welsh manufacturing sector to have an internationally successful, high volume, low-cost electronic product manufactured right here in Wales.

“This technology and growth has challenged our highly skilled team of engineers and technicians to develop new processes and drive innovation through the spirit of continuous improvement.

“In addition we were able to support the Pi Foundation further by introducing Pi manufacturing to our Japan counterparts and there is now a ‘made in Japan’ version of Pi.

“We look forward to continuing this successful partnership, reaching the next significant milestone and creating even more of these revolutionary computers.”

Mr Dalton  OBE was joined at a celebration event at Sony UK TEC by his senior staff and manufacturing team, along with Raspberry Pi Foundation founders Eben Upton and Pete Lomas; and distribution partners RS Components and Premier Farnell.

Founder Mr Upton said: “The last five years has been extremely exciting for us as we watched the Raspberry Pi become Britain’s best-selling computer of all time.

“When we initially began manufacturing it here at Sony UK TEC we could never have imagined it would be the soaring success it has become – and for that we are entirely grateful to Sony and our distribution partners.

“We are particularly delighted that the Pi has set the benchmark for utilizing innovative and progressive manufacturing right here in the UK, as it was always our wish to make the computers in this country.

“Thanks to Sony UK TEC’s unparalleled manufacturing standards, comprising the latest techniques and the very best in engineering talent, we were able to create a product which has become a global best seller – with 14million sold, two thirds of which has been built in South Wales.”

Sony UK TEC produces thousands of HD broadcast and professional camera systems and is the only manufacturing facility outside Japan to manufacture the latest 4k broadcast technology. It also has a host of lucrative third-party manufacturing contracts smart street lighting system Telensa.

Sony UK TEC engineer recognised among Top 50 influential women in manufacturing

By Raspberry Jim,

Sony UK TEC engineer recognised among Top 50 influential women in manufacturing

A Sony UK Technology Centre engineer, pioneering industry-leading research, has been recognised among the most influential women in the UK-wide sector.

Jessica Leigh Jones was named among the Telegraph’s Top 50 Women in Engineering thanks to her innovative work at the progressive Pencoed facility.

The Newport resident, who works at Sony UK TEC’s Advanced Manufacturing Research and Operations Centre (AMROC), was recognised at an event at London’s Banking Hall.

The Telegraph initiative, supported by the Women’s Engineering Society, aims to promote the uptake of the engineering profession among women and celebrate those who have made a contribution to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) sector.

On her recognition, engineer Ms Leigh Jones said: “I am honoured to be recognised among these inspirational women who are leading the way in the UK’s engineering sector, and paving the way for generations of women to come.

“This initiative promotes the rich contribution of women in STEM, and I hope to use this as a platform to demonstrate the variety of opportunities available to young people in engineering.”

Ms Leigh Jones was inspired to pursue her love of engineering thanks to her father, who worked as an aircraft electrician at Ministry of Defence St Athan.

After studying a degree in Astrophysics, she followed her passion for engineering, which led her to the award-winning Welsh facility renowned for its innovative projects. These include the AMROC initiative, manufacturing the latest 4K broadcast and professional cameras, and carrying out third party collaborative manufacturing for brands including Raspberry Pi.

Having been raised in an engineering-focussed family, gender stereotyping in the sector was never a consideration for Ms Leigh Jones. However, she feels that educating people on their career opportunities could narrow the gender gap.

She said: “Currently just nine per cent of engineers and only one per cent of electricians are female. This is very low, although I do not personally think that the percentage matters.

“What is important is that all people, regardless of gender, ethnicity or background, are given the opportunity to pursue careers in engineering if they want to.  There is undoubtedly conscious and unconscious bias that still exists that prevents this from happening, but the way to tackle this is through informing and educating.”

Ms Leigh Jones also felt the support of her Sony UK TEC colleagues, along with the unparalleled skillset she has acquired in producing high-standard manufacturing products for worldwide distribution, contributed to her recognition.

“It is so inspiring to be part of an organisation whose rate of innovation is unparalleled across industry and throughout Wales,” she said.

“It is very rewarding to see technologies that we have developed at Pencoed being used globally throughout the brand. Sony is a dynamic organisation with innovation hard-coded into their DNA. I am unduly grateful for the opportunities I have received since joining.

“I was very fortunate to be supported throughout the nomination and awards process, and would like to extend my thanks to Kevin Edwards, Gerald Kelly and Naomi Climer for their support.

“I would like to thank Alton Convent School, Hampshire for my nomination. I am a Patron of Science & Engineering at Alton and donate an award to the school for Engineering & Entrepreneurship annually.”

Welsh health board uses 360-degree video to attract new doctors

By Raspberry Jim,

Welsh health board uses 360-degree video to attract new doctors

A health board in Wales is using the latest 360-degree video technology to give potential new recruits the chance to get a glimpse of what it has to offer.

As part of its #JoinCwmTaf recruitment campaign, Cwm Taf University Health Board has tapped into the highly interactive video phenomenon in a bid to attract more doctors from across Wales, the UK and overseas to work at the health board.

Showcasing its health park, general and district hospitals, prospective medical staff get an immersive visual experience of what it’s like to work at Cwm Taf.

With panoramic views of Cardiff city centre, the Brecon Beacons and the Heritage Coast, the recruitment video also gives those looking for a career change the chance to visualise themselves living in south Wales.

When viewed on a mobile device or through virtual reality headsets, the 360-degree video gives viewers the capability to change their viewpoint or move around within the video to explore the environment.

This is the latest innovative move from the health board in its #JoinCwmTaf recruitment drive after winning a Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) Excellence Award for its nursing campaign.

The campaign complements the Welsh Government’s #TrainWorkLive campaign to attract medical students, GPs and nurses to Wales.

Kamal Asaad, Medical Director at Cwm Taf University Health Board, said: “We are on the lookout for skilled medical staff to join our team. We know that what we have to offer is pretty unique but it’s hard to appreciate it unless you experience it for yourself. Our 360-degree video is designed to do just that.

“It gives potential new recruits the chance to immerse themselves in our unique environment and see for themselves what our health board and the wider south Wales area has to offer.

“With cutting edge facilities, career development and progression opportunities, an excellent standard of living and a community spirit that is like nowhere else in the world, we’re confident that what we have to offer will be attractive to those looking for a career change.”

In addition to the 360-degree video, nine consultants and doctors from the health board star in the campaign. In a series of short videos, medical staff with a variety of specialities, share their experiences of working for the health board and living in the region, which covers Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil.

Entitled ‘C is for….’, the campaign showcases life at Cwm Taf focussing on the unique culture, clinical leadership, career progression, camaraderie and community spirit that exists.

Joanna Davies, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development at Cwm Taf University Health Board, said: “When we surveyed our staff on what they liked best about working for the health board, the overwhelming response was the staff.

“We couldn’t agree more! Our workforce are our great asset so we felt that there is nobody better to promote working at Cwm Taf than our current medical staff. We are delighted with the final campaign which we hope will entice new doctors from across the world to join the health board.”

Cwm Taf University Health Board employs 8,000 staff, 643 of which are doctors. Based in the heart of the south Wales valleys, it has two General Hospitals, four Community Hospitals and two Health Parks.

For more information visit www.joincwmtaf.wales

Cardiff Bus ‘goes back in time’ with vintage open top service for the summer

By Raspberry Jim,

Cardiff Bus launch vintage open top bus for the summer

People across the city are getting a chance to “travel back in time” this summer thanks to Cardiff Bus.

The bus operator, working with the Cardiff Transport Preservation Group, has helped restore one of its vintage open top vehicles from the 1970s, to run from the city centre to Cardiff Bay for the summer period.

Passengers can hop on the classic bus, which features the celebratory tramways cream and maroon colours, and travel between St Mary Street, Wyndham Arcade, and the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay.

Starting from July 14 and running until August 27 the classic bus, which offers an open top view of the Bay, will run on selected dates on weekends.

This is the first time the vintage vehicle has returned to the regenerated Bay – as last time the company operated a similar service the modern Cardiff Bay was about to be developed.

Cardiff Bus commercial manager Gareth Stevens said it was an exciting opportunity not to be missed.

He said: “We are delighted to be running the original Cardiff Bus along the bay route from this weekend.

“At Cardiff Bus we are extremely proud of the role we have played in the city. For us, this was an ideal way to remember our own heritage while also thanking our loyal customers for all their support.

“We would encourage everyone across the city to take advantage of this rare and exciting opportunity to travel back in time on a vintage bus, to visit all of the fun packed events in the Bay over the summer – starting with this weekend’s International Food and Drink festival.

“Normal fares apply, including iff cards and All Wales Concessionary Travel Cards. Additionally, as we know the Bay is a great place to visit for visitors, all Baycar journeys and the vintage open top bus will accept contact bank cards as payment.”

The vintage vehicle has been brought out of retirement thanks to the Cardiff Transport Preservation Group. The group, which was founded in 1992 and now has over 200 members, has restored the classic design to allow it to transport a new generation of passengers.

Maintenance and restoration of the original model has taken place at the bus depot at Broad Street in Barry.

Thanks to their dedication, the heritage bus’s original features including an original step to get on, classic glass panels on the top, and Cardiff Bus colours have been restored.

Passengers can enjoy this classic service on July 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30; August 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27.  These days are subject to weather and vehicle availability and a standard bus may be used instead.

The service will run daily between St Mary Street, Wyndham Arcade, and the Wales Millennium Centre, however on the selected dates the Open Top Bus will be used instead.

Techniquest to sci-zzle this summer with new offerings

By Raspberry Jim,

Techniquest's Air-Mazing improvements this summer

Techniquest has unveiled the latest in a series of new offerings as part of its strategy to refresh and renew its visitor experience.

Ahead of the school summer holidays, the science discovery centre based in Cardiff Bay will be introducing three new interactive experiences.

The educational charity has given a new lease of life to its ‘Animate It’ exhibit to bring it into the 21st century. Tying in with technological advances, the new look ‘Animate It’ gives visitors of all ages the opportunity to create their own animation, either from scratch or by customising a series of figures and scenes. Once complete, visitors can watch their creation via a 55-inch screen and through a number of different viewing platforms from history such as the Praxinoscope, as well as being able to email it to themselves to share via their social media channels.

Through the school summer holidays, Techniquest will be trialling a web application to complement its hands-on interactive exhibits. Accessed through the centre’s free public Wi-Fi, the digital platform ‘Look Closer’ will allow visitors and its science communicators to delve deeper into the concepts behind a select number of exhibits, engaging further with STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

The third improvement being made is the introduction of a ‘human body hub’ featuring models of a brain mounted into a skull, a giant molar with dental cavities, an eye with eight removable parts including the iris, retina and lens, a heart, an occluded artery and arm with removable muscles. The human body hub will allow visitors to discover the structure of the different body parts and how they function.

The latest installations follow the launch of a virtual reality changing room last month allowing visitors to get a virtual representation of themselves in a range of costumes including professions, fairytale creatures and animals.

The developments are all part of Techniquest’s summer series, which includes BBC’s Terrific Scientific investigations, science demonstrations on the exhibition floor from Techniquest’s skilled staff and a new show for its Science Theatre. Sponsored by Air Products, Air-Mazing will delve deeper into what air is, what it contains and some of the amazing things that air can do.

Lesley Kirkpatrick, CEO of Techniquest said: “We’re always looking for ways to enhance our visitor experience and extend our appeal to audiences of all ages and we have invested in our offering ahead of the school break to do just that.

“Our new Animate It exhibit, Look Closer app and Human Body Hub will not only inspire and engage people in STEM, but will provide an engaging, memorable and innovative experience for those wanting a fun day out.

“We’re really looking forward to hearing visitors’ feedback on our improvements, particularly our Look Closer web application. This has come about as a result of a digital review of our offering. We believe we’re the first science centre in the UK to have its own bespoke digital application and it is something we hope to build on going forward.”

Techniquest is an educational charity based in Cardiff Bay. Visiting its science discovery centre is a good value, educational day out for all ages, whatever the weather. It prides itself on inspiring audiences to engage with science, technology, engineering and maths.

Techniquest is open every day throughout the summer holidays.