January – was the month that ….

By Raspberry Jim,

We were shortlisted!

Awards
Coming back after Christmas can be difficult with January blues – but being shortlisted for a Welsh Business Award certainly made it less blue!

We were delighted to be named a finalist in the Excellence in Marketing and Communications category, alongside some other brilliant companies across Wales.

We’re looking forward to the awards ceremony in March.

 

We weren’t the only ones to be shortlisted…

Some of our brilliant clients were also shortlisted in this year’s Cardiff Life Awards!

Greenaway Scott and CJCH Solicitors were shortlisted in the Legal and Financial category, Techniquest was shortlisted in the Education, and Leisure and Tourism categories, and the Wales Millennium Centre was shortlisted in the Leisure and Tourism category.

Well done to all of them!

 

We got behind the camera…Sony vidThis month we’ve started work on a recruitment campaign for our client Sony UK TEC.

As a world-class manufacturing facility based in Wales, Sony UK TEC offers an amazing opportunity to those at the start of their careers. We asked staff what makes it such a great place to work and here’s what they had to say.

Watch the video here.

We added the finishing touches to the next phase of #joincwmtafcareerdevelopmentFollowing on from our exciting award wins for Cwm Taf UHB, we are delighted to be supporting them once again!

This month we have been working with Cwm Taf University Health Board to add the finishing touches to a new campaign targeting therapists and radiographers.

It’s due to launch next month, so watch this space.

 

We had even more great coverage!

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Our clients have once again been making the headlines with our support this month. Here is just a snapshot of some of the coverage we have achieved for CJCH Solicitors, Greenaway Scott, Techniquest, Oil 4 Wales, Sony UK TEC, Wynne Jones IP, Verde Corporate Finance.

 

We said shwmae to S4C

This month we have been working with S4C to generate applications for its new programme FFIT Cymru.

FFIT Cymru will follow five people committed to changing their lifestyle. It will be shown on S4C in April 2018. The series will be presented by Lisa Gwilym along with a team of experts; personal trainer from Penarth Rae Carpenter, a dietitian Sioned Quirke who lives in Pont-y-clun and psychologist Dr. Ioan Rees’s who lives in Pen Llŷn.

As part of our exciting campaign, we have had over 160 applications from people wanting to take part in the show. We now can’t wait for it to air later in the year.

Y mis hwn rydym wedi bod yn gweithio gydag S4C i gynhyrchu ceisiadau gan y cyhoedd ar gyfer ei sioe iechyd a ffitrwydd newydd sbon, Fit Cymru.

Fel rhan o’n hymgyrch cyffrous, rydyn ni wedi derbyn dros 160 o geisiadau gan bobl sydd am gymryd rhan yn y sioe bydd yn darlledu ym Mis Ebrill.

Ni fedrwn ni aros i weld y canlyniadau!

 

Welcomed new Verde Corporate Finance director Craig Blackmore

Craig

Verde Corporate Finance appointed highly experienced commercial accountant Craig Blackmore.

Mr Blackmore will lead Verde whilst also maintaining his roles as CFO at Global Welsh, a not for profit company whose aim is to connect the international diaspora of Wales, whilst continuing to coach on the Accelerated Growth Programme.

 

Wales Millennium Centre audience got a surprise they’ll Never Forget!

Audience members who saw The Band at the Wales Millennium Centre got far more than they expected!

After watching the fantastic musical, based on the songs of Take That, Gary, Mark, and Howard themselves took to the stage for a surprise performance.

We’re sure it was the Greatest Day of their Lives!

https://youtu.be/hsAUl-v2fn4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top technology you didn’t know was made here in Wales

By Raspberry Jim,

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This summer Sony UK Technology Centre (UK TEC) 4K cameras will be beaming the World Cup in Russia into homes worldwide.

However, many of those tuning in will be unaware that these state-of-the-art cameras have been manufactured right here in Wales.

Wales is developing a globally renowned reputation for technological, engineering and manufacturing innovation.

Medical technology, advances in computer manufacturing, and aerospace engineering, are just some of the areas which the nation is revolutionising.

To celebrate St David’s Day, we are taking a look at some of the groundbreaking products which you might not realise were created right here in Wales.

 

High-tech Broadcast and professional cameras
Ever watched Wimbledon? The Ryder Cup? Or the last football World Cup?

Then chances are you’ve seen a Sony UK TEC camera in action!

The Pencoed-based factory produces thousands of professional and broadcast cameras for use across outdoor sporting events, news studios and international events annually.

Last year the factory pushed the boundaries one again by becoming the only Sony factory outside of Japan to begin manufacturing the latest in broadcast technology, the 4K camera, HDC-4300.

This next generation technology provides high definition viewing at 4,000 times the definition of standard television viewing.

The latest 4K models, which have won an award at the 68th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards, are shipped from the Pencoed factory to sites around the world.

 

Raspberry Pi
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Raspberry Pi, the single board computer which has taken the world by storm, is manufactured by Sony UK TEC.

The credit card sized computer, which aims to encourage computer programming skills among school-aged children, reached its 10 million manufacturing milestone in Pencoed last year.

Named Britain’s best-selling computer, it 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 computers annually.  However, demand quickly soared and Sony UK TEC went on to produce one million in its first year, and just last summer the site celebrated manufacturing 10 million Raspberry Pi computers in Wales.

 

Telensa

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Telensa is an award-winning wireless street lighting control company based near Cambridge.

Its wireless node devices plug into energy-efficient LED street lights to create a wireless network and a map-based central application to manage them.

The smart device controls energy efficiency, daylight savings settings and other day to day considerations which make the lighting more cost effective and practical.

The company moved production to Sony UK TEC from Malaysia last year with the Welsh site to become its sole manufacturer.

Telensa’s devices have been deployed in over 40 cities across the UK, with five in Wales, with a global footprint of over one million wireless streetlight controllers, including one-in-ten of the UK’s streetlights.

 

LED Roadway Lighting

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LED Roadway Lighting is a tenant at Sony UK TEC creating sustainable, energy efficient lighting solutions.

Their sustainable LED lights provide long-term savings and ongoing maintenance savings, reduce energy consumption, and light pollution, while providing 60% energy savings compared to traditional street lighting.

Sony UK TEC’s team players have worked with the LED Roadway team to help manufacture these sustainable lighting solutions in Wales since 2010.

 

CyDen

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CyDen creates IPL (intense pulsed light) hair removal products for use in the home.

This type of technology converts light energy into heat to prevent the hair follicle from growing any further and gradually reduce the need for shaving.

The company distributes its products to 11 international markets and has recently opened its first overseas office in Tokyo.

 

 

Welsh IP firm among top sponsors at CoInnovate 2018

By Raspberry Jim,

Leading intellectual property firm Wynne Jones IP is among the top sponsors at a prestigious Cardiff event championing worldwide technological innovation.

The firm is “thrilled” to be supporting the annual CoInnovate 2018 conference, which encourages industry-leading collaboration between established and developing innovators in the technology sector.

Wynne Jones IP, which advises businesses on all aspects of patents, trade marks, design rights and copyright, is sponsoring the IP Management Expert Corner at the event at Mercure Holland House Hotel on January 24.

They will be joining sponsors including European Regional Development Fund, The University of Manchester Intellectual Property Limited, Innovate UK, and Endeavr.

Commercial director at Wynne Jones IP, Jayne Nation, said it was a privilege to be supporting this international event which has the potential to create unparalleled technological advancements.

She said: “Wynne Jones IP is thrilled to be sponsoring the IP Management Expert Corner at this year’s CoInnovate event.

“We are delighted to be able to support an event, which plays such a vital role in bringing together some of the world’s leading innovators with the aim of driving technological change.

“One aspect of innovation that we, as patent attorneys, feel is vital in supporting the development of any innovation is intellectual property.

“With that in mind, we will be on hand to provide expert advice to participants during the event, to ensure they are able to grow and enhance their products with maximum effect.”

Wynne-Jones IP is a UK firm of intellectual property specialists, with offices in Cardiff, London, Cheltenham and Telford. Trading for over fifty years, the firm advises businesses and inventors in a wide range of sectors worldwide on all aspects of IP rights, strategy and renewals.

Cardiff IP experts smash Headway fundraising target

By Raspberry Jim,

Generous intellectual property experts have raised over £2,000 in the last year for people fighting to rebuild their lives after a traumatic brain injury.

Staff at Wynne Jones IP generated the funds for brain injury association Headway, after it was selected as their charity partner for 2017-2018.

Initially the firm, which advises businesses on all aspects of patents, trade marks, design rights and copyright, set a fundraising target of £1,500 over the two years.

However, thanks to the determination of staff across its Cardiff, Cheltenham, London, and Telford offices, over £2,127 has been raised to date.

Fundraising activities have included staff climbing the roof of the O2 Arena in London on June 15.

The funds will help to support the charity’s work to improve the lives of people who have suffered a brain injury, by offering support, services and information to survivors, their families and carers.

Amy Kasprzyca, Senior Marketing Executive at Wynne Jones IP, said it was a privilege to support the charity which provides priceless support to thousands of people across the UK.

Miss Kasprzyca said: “Headway is a charity which has made such a vast difference to the lives of thousands of people who have sadly suffered a traumatic brain injury.

“Not only does it offer invaluable support to those directly affected to help them rebuild their lives, it also guides their families through a potentially challenging time, and even offers advice and information to professionals in support services and legal fields to ensure the continued care of survivors across the UK.

“It has been a pleasure to raise vital funds for Headway’s fantastic work this year. Our staff have united behind this cause and we hope that the money raised will enable them to continue their amazing work.”

Wynne Jones IP will continue to fundraise in 2018 for Headway with events being organised throughout the year.

Miss Kasprzyca added: “Our team are more than ready to throw themselves into fundraising once again this year, and we look forward to raising as much as possible for Headway in 2018.”

 

Daredevil Oil 4 Wales director jumps 12,000ft for charity

By Raspberry Jim,

A daredevil Oil 4 Wales employee has plunged over 12,000ft to raise vital funds for brave patients battling cancer.

Paul Owens, a director at the national oil distributor, has undertaken a skydive to raise funds for national research and awareness charity Cancer Research UK.

 The 37-year-old, who is based at Oil 4 Wales’s Cardiff office, signed up for the challenge in a “moment of madness” after choosing to raise more funds for charitable causes in 2018.

Mr Owens, a director at the firm which supplies 65,000 domestic and commercial customers across Wales, jumped at the chance to take part when he received an email at work.

The Llantwit Major resident said: “Everyone said I must be mad to sign up for this! But it’s something I’ve always wanted to have a go at, so when we got the email I decided in a moment of madness to sign up.

 “I was quite excited and nervous before, but I just kept reminding myself it was for a great cause and that spurred me on.”

 On the day of the jump at Swansea Airport Mr Owens joined 10 other people to ascend to 12,000ft where they prepared to take part in a tandem skydive.

He said: “Sitting on the edge of the plane and looking out was both exhilarating and nerve-wracking, and is certainly a feeling I’ll never forget.

 “But it was an absolutely amazing experience and it’s something I’ll never forget. I’ve definitely ticked that off my bucket list and encourage everyone to give it a go.”

Mr Owens said what made the experience even better was raising over £500 for the charity, which helps to fund pioneering research into cancer diagnosis and treatment.

His employer Oil 4 Wales, which supplies 16,000,000 litres of fuel annually to some of Wales’ leading businesses, generously supported his fundraising efforts with a donation of £100.

The company, which prides itself on working for the community and with the community, has demonstrated its continued support for charitable and community causes throughout 2017. This has included donating fundraising prizes to local events, sponsoring community shows, and supporting school initiatives throughout Wales.

 Oil 4 Wales managing director Colin Owens said this reinforced the company’s commitment to supporting local communities across Wales.

He said: “We would like to congratulate Paul on his fantastic achievement and the great amount raise for such a worthwhile cause.

“This is just one example of Oil 4 Wales’s commitment to supporting local residents and communities across Wales, something which we as a proud Welsh business are proud to be able to do.”

 

New Verde CF director to ‘drive continued growth’

By Raspberry Jim,

An industry-leading accountant with two decades experience in the financial industry has been appointed as director of corporate finance boutique Verde Corporate Finance (CF).

Craig Blackmore, who joined the company as a consultant in July 2017, has been promoted to the senior role due to his input during the last six months.

Verde CF, which is part of the Greenaway Scott Group, specialises in providing advice around mergers and acquisitions, business finance and growth capital.

Mr Blackmore has over two decades of experience in the business sector as a commercially driven accountant.

Principally trained with Deloitte, an international accounting firm, he acted as a director in a mid-tier accounting practice, before moving on to take up executive and non-executive financial director positions with a number of SME businesses.

Mr Blackmore will lead Verde whilst also maintaining his roles as CFO at Global Welsh, a not for profit company whose aim is to connect the international diaspora of Wales, whilst continuing to coach on the Accelerated Growth Programme.

The role at Verde is an extension of his proven desire to connect with fast tracked and developing businesses throughout Wales and further afield internationally.

During his time at Verde CF, he has worked alongside commercial law firm Greenaway Scott, which is also part of the GS Group, in a strategic and collaborative partnership to combine services that provide a multi-disciplinary team solution. This one stop shop for corporate advisory is unique in Wales.

On his appointment Mr Blackmore said: “I am delighted to step up to the role as a director of Verde Corporate Finance, and very much look forward to working with co-director director Nigel Greenaway and integrating Verde within the wider Greenaway Scott Group.

“Verde Corporate Finance has seen solid growth over the past year, acting on a number of interesting transactions including MBO’s and growth funding.

“It has been a privilege to contribute to its growth over the past six months along with our talented team. I am excited to take on this new role and look forward to working towards driving further growth in Verde CF in 2018.”

Director of Greenaway Scott, Nigel Greenaway, said Mr Blackmore’s appointment would provide a more in depth and expert service for Verde CF’s growing client base and to build on the solid start since its inception in 2017.

He said: “Craig has been phenomenal in his role as consultant since starting at Verde CF last year. As such we were delighted to appoint him to the role of director to help drive Verde’s continued business ambitions even further this year. We look forward to working with him to make this a fantastic offering supporting businesses across the UK.”

Verde has also welcomed Joanna Porgozelska, who will act as a financial analyst for the corporate advisory firm. Director of Verde Craig Blackmore said he was thrilled to welcome Ms Porgozelska to the team.

He said: “The addition of Ms Porgozelska to the team reinforces the impressive growth that Verde has seen this year. We look forward to working with her on future projects and we are sure her experience will strengthen our offering.”

Verde Corporate Finance operates as an advisory boutique within the Greenaway Scott Group, a multi-disciplinary professional advisory business within the mergers and acquisition sector.

 

Cardiff experts recover over £20m for international piracy victims

By Raspberry Jim,

Experts at Cardiff’s CJCH Consulting recovered over £20 million for companies which have fallen victim to international intellectual property theft last year, it has been revealed.

Consultants at the specialist firm, which offers industry-leading anti-piracy and compliance services, recovered the “significant sum” for its clients throughout 2017.

The figure includes recoveries for industries ranging from engineering, to oil and gas, and film, which faced severe copyright, primarily software, infringements over the 12-month period.

In order to recover any funds lost as a result of intellectual property theft, CJCH Consulting’s experts combine their technical knowledge, research and legal enforcement skills to recoup any losses.

Antony Crampton, Compliance and Investigations Director at CJCH Consulting, said the vast sum recovered was fantastic news for hundreds of businesses whose intellectual property was illegally targeted in 2017.

He said: “As a team we are thrilled to have recovered this significant sum of money for our clients across the UK and internationally.

“This achievement reflects the determination and skill demonstrated by our dedicated teams, who have worked tirelessly to recover these funds for our clients.

“Our Anti-Piracy and Compliance Team is developing an international reputation thanks to its expertise in this area, and with impressive results such as these it’s easy to see why.

“We are proud to be supporting the fight against international intellectual property infringement and look forward to supporting our existing and new clients further in 2018.”

The figure comes on the back of a successful year for the consulting firm’s anti-piracy team, which attracted investment from the Welsh Government in March to create a global IP Anti-Piracy Unit at its Cardiff head office.

Alongside its Anti-Piracy achievements, CJCH Consulting and its legal arm CJCH Solicitors also recruited 36 new members of staff across both businesses in a bid to further strengthen its client offering last year.

And this year will bring even more good news, as 2018 marks the five-year anniversary since Colin Jones Solicitors merged with Clarke & Hartland to form CJCH Solicitors in its current form.

The merger took place in 2013 when founding partners Stephen Clarke, Tim Hartland, and Jacqui Seal, brought together the two established firms with over 30 years’ experience in the Welsh legal sector.

They chose to combine Mr Clarke’s expertise in intellectual property and criminal law, Mr Hartland’s specialism in criminal law and conveyancing, and Ms Seal’s skills in criminal and military law to create a fully comprehensive legal and consulting firm which met the evolving needs of people across Wales.

Now, CJCH is a Wales top-20 law firm with headquarters in Cardiff, which has grown to more than 100 members of staff. Its expertise covers the full range of legal services including commercial, corporate, dispute resolution, intellectual property, mental health, employment law, motoring, property, family, child care, crime, wills & probate.

Cardiff experts recover over £20m for international piracy victims

By Raspberry Jim,

Experts at Cardiff’s CJCH Consulting recovered over £20 million for companies which fell victim to international intellectual property theft last year, it has been revealed.

Consultants at the specialist firm, which offers industry-leading anti-piracy and compliance services, recovered the “significant sum” for its clients throughout 2017.

The figure includes recoveries for industries ranging from engineering, to oil and gas, and film, which faced severe copyright, primarily software, infringements over the 12-month period.

In order to recover any funds lost as a result of intellectual property theft, CJCH Consulting’s experts combine their technical knowledge, research and legal enforcement skills to recoup any losses.

Antony Crampton, Compliance and Investigations Director at CJCH Consulting, said the vast sum recovered was fantastic news for hundreds of businesses whose intellectual property was illegally targeted in 2017.

He said: “As a team we are thrilled to have recovered this significant sum of money for our clients across the UK and internationally.

“This achievement reflects the determination and skill demonstrated by our dedicated teams, who have worked tirelessly to recover these funds for our clients.

“Our Anti-Piracy and Compliance Team is developing an international reputation thanks to its expertise in this area, and with impressive results such as these it’s easy to see why.

“We are proud to be supporting the fight against international intellectual property infringement and look forward to supporting our existing and new clients further in 2018.”

The figure comes on the back of a successful year for the consulting firm’s anti-piracy team, which attracted investment from the Welsh Government in March to create a global IP Anti-Piracy Unit at its Cardiff head office.

Alongside its Anti-Piracy achievements, CJCH Consulting and its legal arm CJCH Solicitors also recruited 36 new members of staff across both businesses in a bid to further strengthen its client offering last year.

And this year will bring even more good news, as 2018 marks the five-year anniversary since Colin Jones Solicitors merged with Clarke & Hartland to form CJCH Solicitors in its current form.

The merger took place in 2013 when founding partners Stephen Clarke, Tim Hartland, and Jacqui Seal, brought together the two established firms with over 30 years’ experience in the Welsh legal sector.

They chose to combine Mr Clarke’s expertise in intellectual property and criminal law, Mr Hartland’s specialism in criminal law and conveyancing, and Ms Seal’s skills in criminal and military law to create a fully comprehensive legal and consulting firm which met the evolving needs of people across Wales.

Now, CJCH is a Wales top-20 law firm with headquarters in Cardiff, which has grown to more than 100 members of staff. Its expertise covers the full range of legal services including commercial, corporate, dispute resolution, intellectual property, mental health, employment law, motoring, property, family, child care, crime, wills & probate.

 

December was the month that …

By Raspberry Jim,

December – This was the month that …

We got festive!

crimbo

Yes all the jamjar ladies have embraced Christmas this year, and we even created our very own jamjar team photo (complete with fetching headwear!)

Earlier in the month we shared some festive cheer with our lovely clients by delivering our Christmas survival kits in a jamjar – of course!

We hope they helped get you through the party season.

 

Supported Cwm Taf’s latest campaign

CwmTaf

Our head jammer Lyndsey has been extremely busy supporting the next phase of Cwm Taf University Health Board’s recruitment campaign this month.

Over the past week filming has taken place for Cwm Taf’s award-winning campaign.

Cwm Taf UHB will be launching the campaign in the new year in a bid to attract more innovative Allied Health Professionals from across the UK and internationally.

 

We said shwmae to S4C

This month we were delighted to start working with S4C on one of their upcoming campaigns, starting next year.

It’s still in the initial stages, so watch this space for more details!

 

 

We saw some great client coverage

Max Boyce

Our clients have once again been making the headlines with our support this month. Here is just a snapshot of some of the coverage we have achieved for Sony UK Technology Centre, Techniquest, CJCH Solicitors, and Oil 4 Wales.

 

A Sony UK TEC engineer saw huge awards success!

Sony pic

Sony UK Technology Centre engineer Jessica Leigh-Jones claimed three top national awards over the past month, thanks to her dedication to “inspiring a new generation of female tech talent”.

She received top honours in the Manufacturer Top 100, TechWomen50, and Women of the Future 2017 Awards. Ms Leigh Jones was recognised thanks to her passion and dedication to advancing manufacturing and technology standards across the UK.

 

The Bear and Miss Saigon

Bear

We’ve been out and about supporting some fantastic shows at the Wales Millennium Centre this month.

First up we enjoyed Miss Saigon’s visit to Cardiff, which was absolutely brilliant! If you’ve not seen this show, we would urge you to go.

Then some of our littlest jammers got in the Christmas spirit with a special viewing of The Bear. This lovely little show was the perfect pre-Christmas treat!

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

From all the team at jamjar we hope you have a brilliant Christmas and we hope your 2018 is jam-packed with happiness!

 

 

 

Inspiring Sony UK TEC engineer claims three top tech awards

By Raspberry Jim,

A Sony UK Technology Centre engineer who is helping to “inspire a new generation of female tech talent” has claimed three prestigious national awards.

Jessica Leigh Jones received top honours in the Manufacturer Top 100, TechWomen50, and Women of the Future 2017 Awards.

The engineer, who is based at the leading manufacturing facility in Pencoed, claimed the Technology and Digital award at the Women of the Future Awards, which recognises women making an impact across a diverse range of professional sectors.

She was also recognised among the most exemplary 20 in the prestigious Manufacturer Top 100 list for 2017. This celebrates the invaluable contribution made by innovative and passionate individuals in the manufacturing sector.

Finally, she was named among the winners of the TechWomen50 Awards, following a public vote. These awards highlight the best female tech talent in the country, along with the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way for future generations.

Ms Leigh Jones was recognised thanks to her passion and dedication to advancing manufacturing and technology standards across the UK.

She has demonstrated this through her role at Sony UK TEC, which produces thousands of HD and 4K broadcast and professional camera systems each year, where she is a part of the facility’s landmark Advanced Manufacturing Research Operations Centre (AMROC) team. This facility helps to develop ground-breaking manufacturing processes of the future, focussing on the fourth generation of manufacturing, industry 4.0.

On her recognition, she said: “It’s humbling to have been recognised among some of the country’s most inspirational female tech talents, who are truly making a difference and driving progress in the UK’s tech industry.

“These awards are vital in recognising the unparalleled contribution women are making across technology-based professions, and supporting their limitless potential for driving innovation and change in the future.

“I am delighted to have won these awards, and cannot thank my peers throughout the industry, and those who voted for me, enough.

“These awards particularly resonate with me personally, as they link in with our ethos at Sony UK TEC. As a facility we champion continuous innovation and are always striving for excellence, something which I feel is reflected wholeheartedly through these awards.”