Survey reveals 95% of Welsh women polled experience Imposter Syndrome

By Raspberry Jim,


Around 95% of Welsh women surveyed suffer with Imposter Syndrome with work identified as the biggest contributor, according to research from Warrior Women Collective. 

The findings reveal that an overwhelming majority of women feel inadequate either professionally, personally, or socially and undeserving of their accomplishments, according to the women’s networking initiative. 

The survey found that 85% downplayed their success, while 88% found it difficult to take compliments. 

Despite this 58% of respondents felt they deserved their success, which could show that women don’t want to appear to be “bragging”, according to Charlotte Morgan, co-founder of Warrior Women Collective. 

The main factors which were cited as contributing to feelings of Imposter Syndrome, include work and work meetings, being around other wives and mothers, after being isolated for longer periods, when talking to friends, and social media. 

Warrior Women Collective, which runs empowering, thought-provoking, female-focussed networking events , carried out the research ahead of its next event on September 17th

The event, which will be held online, will explore the issue of Imposter Syndrome and feature a host of successful female speakers. These include Hanna Andersen from career coaching and leadership training practice As We Are, Yvadney Davies from mothers’ lifestyle blog Mums That Slay, and Sinead Kennedy Krebs from motivational podcast The Imposters Club. 

All three women will be sharing their own stories and experiences to over 100 attendees on Zoom, in a bid to inspire, champion, and engage with women from various backgrounds. 

Ms Morgan said:

“We thought it was really important to delve into the issue of Imposter Syndrome for our next event, as we know a lot of women can relate to this. 

“The fact that 95% of those surveyed had experienced this didn’t shock us, as we knew it was a wide-spread issue. However, we felt the results provided a really revealing look into how women approached their successes and ultimately celebrated them. 

“We felt that it was encouraging that those surveyed felt they deserved their success, however they were likely to downplay it in a bid to avoid appearing arrogant.” 

Co-founder Amy Holland added: 

“Through Warrior Women Collective it is our mission to build a strong, supportive, empowering network of women from all walks of life, who can uplift and inspire each other. 

“We believe that this event will be absolutely crucial to helping women to re-evaluate their feelings around success. 

“Whether they are going for a promotion at work, raising amazing children, starting a passion project, or simply comparing themselves to others in social situations – we want women to overcome these feelings and celebrate their amazing achievements.” 

Warrior Women Collective aims to empower and celebrate women through their series of female-focussed events. The uplifting, inspirational, and empowering  events aim to engage women in thought-provoking and positive discussions.  

They have featured speakers including some of Wales’s leading businesswomen and entrepreneurs, including Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, and Hannah Pycroft co-founder of Spectrum Collections, while also shining a light on thriving female-run businesses.  

Their popularity has soared over the past three years, with up to 1,000 women attending their 12 events last year and a 290% surge in attendees from the previous year.  

‘Transformed’ Nantycaws Filling Station nears completion

By Raspberry Jim,


An Oil 4 Wales filling station in Nantycaws which has been “totally transformed” is nearing completion leading to the creation of vital new jobs in the community. 

The filling station near Carmarthen, which has been undergoing extensive building and redevelopment works since 2018, is set to be completed in October. 

Anticipation for the launch of the new site has been mounting, as it will generate jobs, and create a new community hub, shop, and restaurant. 

Ten additional staff will be recruited across the site, adding to nine roles which have been created over the past year. 

The new development will see the existing site along the A48 completely transformed, with a new restaurant built under Oil 4 Wales’s restaurant brand Hollol Gymraeg, offering views of the Black Mountains from its balcony and serving Welsh produce. 

Alongside this, its on-site shop will offer a wider range of essential goods and Welsh products, with staff providing bilingual services. The inside design of the new site has been overseen by Ministry of Furniture.

The facility is also set to host meet and great evenings with Oil 4 Wales’s rugby ambassadors including Ken Owens, Jonathan Davies, and Go Compare opera star Wynne Evans along with many others.   

The new development from Oil 4 Wales, which provides oil and fuel supplies to 90,000 customers nationwide, has been created thanks to significant investment from the family-run business. 

Director Sally Owens, whose father Colin founded the company in 2010, said they were delighted to finally be launching the “unparalleled community asset”. She said: 

“The Nantycaws Filling Station has been a project that we have been keenly developing over the past two years, so we are delighted to be approaching completion. 

“We believe that we have created a genuinely unparalleled community asset for the people of Carmarthenshire, and we can’t wait for everyone to see it. 

“Our relaunched Nantycaws Filling Station has been totally transformed and will feature a host of new features. 

“We are launching an entirely new restaurant offering a varied menu, serving up locally sourced Welsh produce, ales and wines. Our shop has also been transformed and now offers all the Welsh produce, gifts and shopping essentials you could need.  

“We are also looking forward to hosting special events and meet and greets with our Welsh rugby ambassadors, which we’re sure everyone will enjoy. 

 “Our mission has always been to work with the community, and for the community, and through this development we feel we’ve truly achieved that. 

“As ever we are dedicated to providing value, both at the pumps, and via our bulk oil distribution service as the only Welsh company covering the whole of Wales.  

“The journey which we began at Nantycaws in 2010 has been amazing and this development is a tribute to the passion and commitment of our company to the county, and also the commitment shown by every member of the wonderful team at Oil 4 Wales.”  

Traveline Cymru ‘delighted’ to be shortlisted for two Wales Transport Awards

By Raspberry Jim,


Traveline Cymru is “delighted” to have been chosen as a finalist in two categories at this year’s prestigious Wales Transport Awards.

The Welsh Government’s travel information provider has been shortlisted in both the Customer Care Award and Women in Transport Award categories.

Traveline Cymru, which is part of umbrella organisation PTI Cymru, was recognised in the Customer Care category thanks to its dedication to providing millions of pieces of up-to-date information, advice, and support to travellers in Wales annually.

In May Traveline Cymru’s contact centre reported an overall satisfaction rate of 94% from the previous 12 months, thanks to the service’s ease of use and helpfulness, with customers rating services highly.  

It also delivered over five million pieces of transport information with a suite of bilingual services in 2019.

Traveline Cymru has also excelled this year when faced with flooding and the coronavirus pandemic with staff going “above and beyond” to aid travellers and provide the latest information, all while adapting to new ways of working and receiving rapidly changing information.

While Managing Director Jo Foxall has been recognised for her tireless dedication to the organisation in the Women in Transport category.

Ms Foxall has been shortlisted after working unremittingly for PTI Cymru since joining 16 and a half years ago.

Over the last year, she has led the team to even greater success and soaring industry and customer satisfaction ratings.

She has also overseen teams through a turbulent first quarter and supported them to adapt to agile working in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Traveline Cymru being shortlisted in two categories, Ms Foxall said she was delighted that their continued dedication was being recognised. She said:

“We are delighted that Traveline Cymru has been selected as a finalist in two categories of this year’s Wales Transport Awards.

“Our dedicated staff have gone above and beyond once again over the past 12 months to keep travellers across Wales up-to-date with all the latest information. They have also faced unprecedented challenges this year, and adapted seamlessly to home working without affecting customer service.

“I am also thrilled to have been recognised in the Women in Transport category alongside some of the industry’s most driven and successful leaders.

“I’d like to thank the judges for recognising our continued commitment to supporting coach, bus, and rail passengers nationwide, and we look forward to the awards ceremony later this year.”

Traveline Cymru provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ for travel information in Wales. The not-for-profit company is based on a partnership between the Welsh Government, public transport operators in Wales and Welsh local authorities. It provides route and timetable information for all bus, coach and rail services in the country via a bilingual website www.traveline.cymru, its Freephone telephone service (0800 464 00 00) and a suite of services for mobile phone users, including a bilingual app.    

Champion High Street says town digital transformation ‘key’ to post-coronavirus recovery

By Raspberry Jim,


Creating thriving digital high streets and towns is “key to driving Wales’s economic recovery after coronavirus”, Adrian Emmett chair of the Treorchy Chamber of Trade has said.

Mr Emmett, who recently led Treorchy to victory in the ‘Great British High Street Awards’ campaign run by the UK government in partnership with Visa, is speaking out following the Welsh Government’s announcement of a £9 million fund supporting economic recovery in town centres.

While he welcomed the announcement, which includes £5.3 million to make town centre adaptions supporting traders and improving public safety, he urged the Welsh Government to ensure their plans include the digital transformation of towns as lockdown eases.

On the announcement Mr Emmett said:

“We welcome today’s significant investment into the recovery and support of town centres across Wales as they adapt to life with coronavirus measures in place.

“While we recognise that supporting high street businesses to attract custom and footfall back to town centres is absolutely crucial, we would also call on the Welsh Government to prioritise the digital transformation of towns and local authorities.

“Supporting towns to adopt and utilise digital technology to enhance and promote their physical presence, will be fundamental to enabling them to recover in the coming months as consumer confidence remains stalled and shopping habits are altered irreversibly.

“As our independent stores, local shops, national chains, and all others emerge from this devastating pandemic, we’re beginning to see the extensive impact of this crisis on our retailers.

“Lockdown has seen many retailers transition their offering online overnight in a bid to retain their essential customer base and survive.  But while significant strides have been made in digitising the high street, we mustn’t halt progress now that lockdown measures are easing and we must support digital longevity.

“Digital towns are the key to driving Wales’s economic recovery out of coronavirus, and we’d urge the Welsh Government to make this a consideration as they support economic regeneration.”

Mr Emmett has previously championed successful digital transformation, with Treorchy, which claimed the UK-wide award in 2020 and set a standard for recovery in post-industrial towns, now acting as an example of successful digital adoption to local authorities across Wales.

Alongside Treorchy, Crickhowell was named the Great British High Street Awards’ UK-wide Champion, while Cowbridge claimed success for its Digital Innovation thanks to support from Welsh-based TownTech solution NearMeNow.

Mr Emmett has been working on a roadmap for the digital towns of the future with acclaimed entrepreneur, Victoria Mann, founder of NearMeNow, to bring its vision for digital towns to fruition.

Mr Emmett said:

“Wales is in prime position to lead the way on the economic recovery of towns from this pandemic. However, it’s crucial that we listen to town leaders and high street businesses, and that technology and digitisation is prioritised in every aspect of these vital recovery plans.”

The digitisation of high streets has come to the fore in recent months as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Figures reveal a surge in online shopping during the pandemic and subsequent lockdown in March.  According to e-commerce company Wunderman Thompson Commerce, online shopping rose to 62 percent during lockdown, compared with 43 percent before the pandemic struck.

As a result, embracing digitisation has “never been more important than now”, said Ms Mann. She said:

“Now, it is more important than ever that we build on this framework and create truly united, digital local authorities, towns and high streets which will drive sales, and ultimately will be the key to Wales’s economic recovery.

“We are thrilled that the Welsh Government has announced this fund to support the recovery of pandemic-hit high streets, however we think it’s vital that digitisation is considered within their plans to support local authorities in successfully adopting towntech.”

Phase One of NearMeNow’s solution was trialled in Cowbridge and won App of the Year at Wales Online’s Digital Awards, was highly acclaimed at the national Pitch@Palace Awards and has been recognised by Retail Insider as a Top 60 Global Retail Innovation.

NearMeNow was also recently highlighted in the Welsh Government’s Delivering Economic Transformation for a Better Future of Work report, which identified it as a potential solution for the Foundational Economy, helping to “strengthen the presence of the physical shop front both on the high street and in the community”.

The tech solution is now partnering with the UK Champion High Street and working with three local authorities in a bid to drive digitisation in their towns. The team is in discussions with key stakeholders across the Cardiff Capital Region and Welsh Government to inform digital integration.

On NearMeNow’s innovative plans, Ms Mann said:

“We’re delighted to be supporting local authorities across Wales to introduce meaningful and lasting change to their digital high street infrastructure, which will enhance their profitability and prosperity going forwards.

“As a TownTech which has been working tirelessly on digitising Wales’s high street for a number of years, we are ideally placed to offer support to local authorities looking to secure business futures.

“Digital high streets have a fundamental role to play in this unprecedented, challenging retail economy, so it is imperative the Welsh Government prioritises this in their recovery plans.”

‘Rising star’ trainee solicitor claims Junior Lawyer of the Year Award

By Raspberry Jim,


A Cardiff trainee solicitor, who helped set up a homeless pro-bono advice service and created a new source of income for law firm Watkins & Gunn, has won a top industry award thanks to his “tireless determination”. 

Trainee solicitor Jonathan Williams, who is due to qualify in January, has claimed the Cardiff & District Law Society’s Junior Lawyer of the Year Award. 

The 32-year-old received the accolade thanks to his innovative thinking and dedication, which has “made a real difference to Watkins & Gunn and expanded its client offering”, according to managing partner Clive Thomas. 

Since joining the award-winning firm in January 2019 as a trainee solicitor, Mr Williams has worked across numerous departments, including Personal Injury, Employment Law and Public Law, and hopes to qualify into the Disease Litigation department. 

However, the Swansea University graduate has set himself apart by helping to establish a new Disease Litigation Department at the firm, and supporting the creation of Cardiff Lawyers Care, a pro-bono advice service for the homeless and people facing the prospect of homelessness.  

Alongside this he’s also supported numerous military charities through the firm, and has previously served as a Trade Union Representative and Branch Secretary for the GMB. 

On his win, the dedicated trainee solicitor, said the past year has been “non-stop but worth it” and that all the hard work had “paid off”. He said:

“I’m totally over the moon to have won. It’s always nice to get recognition from your peers when you’ve worked so hard.  

“Everyone at the firm sent lovely congratulatory messages. There’s a real family feel at the firm and everyone is always supportive and pleased when one of us succeeds, which means a lot. 

“My supervisor Lyndsey Gordon-Webb has been incredibly supportive and I’d like to thank her for nominating me. A particular mention also has to go to Clive Thomas – he’s been incredible. He’s put his faith in me and given me a lot of autonomy and it’s paid off. 

“It goes to show trainees can come to Watkins & Gunn and get whatever they want out of it, if they put in the hard work.  

“It’s been non-stop – but worth it. And I’ve loved every minute of it.” 

Mr Williams has now been entered into The Law Society Excellence Awards, which will take place in October. 

On the prospect of winning those awards, Mr Williams said: “It would be incredible to win. I’m a new dad, so the last 12 months have been amazing – if I won the national award as well as the regional award, that would be the cherry on top.” 

On his achievements and dedication to the firm over the past 12 months, managing partner at leading firm Watkins & Gunn Mr Thomas, said he was “incredibly proud and pleased” for Mr Williams.  He said:

“We’d like to congratulate Jonathan on his very well-deserved award win.  

“He really has gone above and beyond since joining us last year, not only has he spent every spare minute working to support our clients , he has helped to strengthen and expand our offering to ensure we provide added value across the firm. 

“He shown exceptional professionalism, knowledge, and sheer dedication, and we are excited to see how his career progresses when he qualifies with us next year. 

“There is a no doubt that he is a legal star in the making, and we wish him every success in the national awards in October.” 

Watkins & Gunn offers a wide range of legal services including Accident Claims, Medical Negligence, Wills and Probate, Employment and HR services, Education Law, Public Law, Business Law, Divorce and Family Law, Childcare Law, Criminal Law, Road Traffic Law and Property.  

Loteri Cymru earmarks ‘unprecedented’ £40,000 for pandemic-hit Welsh charities

By Raspberry Jim,


Struggling charities across Wales are set to benefit from an “unprecedented” donation of £40,000 thanks to the all-Wales lottery, Loteri Cymru.

The lottery, which was established to support Welsh charities, has earmarked the sum to offer vital financial assistance to local causes affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

This comes after it was reported by the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) that charities expected to see their voluntary income plummet by 48% due to lockdown measures, while demand for their services continued to increase rapidly.

In a bid to offer a lifeline, Loteri Cymru has earmarked £40,000 to support charities across Wales this year, of which £10,000 has already been donated to Carers Trust Wales.

The funds will be split between the most vulnerable organisations which have been significantly affected during the pandemic, according to Phil Gerrish, marketing manager for Loteri Cymru. Mr Gerrish said:

“Lockdown has been an extremely challenging time for many of us, and for charities which provide invaluable services to millions of people, this concern has been even greater.

“Despite facing hugely concerning funding challenges due to social restrictions, they have continued to provide a vital lifeline to people in need.

“We wanted to show our gratitude to these dedicated charities with a donation of £40,000, which we hope will enable them to continue the life-changing work they undertake.

“We’re grateful to our lottery players who have made this donation possible and to the charities in Wales for their endless dedication.”

Loteri Cymru supports numerous Welsh charities annually, including LATCH – the Welsh Children’s Cancer Charity, Welsh Hearts, The Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales, Youth Cymru, and North Clwyd Animal Rescue (NCAR).

For just £1 a week, players can help raise vital funds for charities in Wales, as well as try their luck at scooping the £25,000 weekly jackpot cash prize.

Play today at www.loteri.cymru

COVID-19: Top tips on communicating with people with learning disabilities

By Raspberry Jim,


With updates on the Covid-19 pandemic provided daily, the sheer volume of information has been challenging for most people to digest, but more so for those with learning disabilities.

However, as communication is a basic human need and right, despite the many challenges of communicating this complex information, it’s important that people invest the time to make sure everyone has the opportunity to fully understand what is happening around us.

Communicating the changes effectively with those who have learning disabilities is essential to maintaining their mental health during this worrying time.

Dr Hayley Thomas, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Pinetree Hospital, a specialist care provider for those with learning disabilities, behaviours that challenge and complex mental health needs, explained that the changes in routine and the sheer amount of information to process can prove traumatic for those with learning disabilities.

In a bid to support families, carers and professionals, Hayley has offered her expert advice during Learning Disability Awareness Week on the challenges being faced and how to effectively communicate complex information and support those living with learning disabilities during the pandemic.


What are the communication challenges people with learning disabilities face and how has COVID-19 exacerbated these?

The challenges largely depend on the level of learning disability the person has. We have people at Pinetree Hospital who have mild disabilities and are able to use and understand verbal language and written communication methods pretty well. But, we also have service users who have significant communication impairments and struggle to process information and understand new situations.

One of the biggest challenges people with learning disabilities have faced is the change to their routine and predictable, familiar day. In particular, people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) find it hard to adapt to, and understand new situations; so being told overnight that they couldn’t go out or follow their normal routine was difficult for them to comprehend.

Another challenge of COVID-19 has been the complexity of the information being distributed. A lot of what is coming from the Government is very technical, so we’ve had to simplify it quite significantly. The challenge has been in explaining information in the simplest terms without losing its meaning or undermining the significance of the situation.

PPE and face masks have also had an impact on communication, particularly non-verbal communication. Some individuals rely heavily on being able to see someone’s facial expression to interpret emotions; whilst others might rely upon lip reading due to hearing impairments. All of which is made more difficult when those supporting them are wearing a face mask.


During the pandemic there has been some complex information to communicate, how have you gone about this? What tools, tactics, programmes have you used?

We have been using easy read guides provided by Public Health Wales and Public Health England, along with developing material specific to our service users.

We’ve created a lot of our own bespoke material that specifically meets the individual’s particular needs and circumstances. For some of our service users, we use packages such as Photosymbols, which uses pictures to supplement simple text. For others, we use augmented communication systems which are picture-based communications rather than speech or text to support their understanding. In order to ensure everyone is supported to be able to access the same consistent messages, we’ve needed to have the same information in a number of different formats.

We have also used a lot of Social Stories which are short stories created to illustrate certain situations and problems and how people deal with them in order to help our service users understand the changes to their particular routines. We’ve also put together a set of frequently asked questions, which we keep adding to, to ensure that we maintain a consistent message.


As restrictions start to lift, we’re still in a state of flux, what are your top tips for communicating with someone with a learning disability during this time?

The first thing would be to check the information that you are giving out.  While this may sound simple, there’s so much misinformation out there it’s important to check your sources to ensure what you’re communicating is accurate, up-to-date, and relevant to where you live. Also, it is important that it is communicated in a timely manner to avoid individuals seeing or hearing it elsewhere and misinterpreting it. Any confusion or misinterpretation could add to anxieties. 

The second tip would be tailoring your communication method to suit the individual and making sure the information is really clear and concise. For a parent or family member, use whatever method works best for the person you’re communicating with. For professionals, it’s about having the same information in multiple formats so that it’s accessible for all.

Thirdly, be open-minded in the way you share information. From videos to symbols, there are lots of different communication methods out there. Think creatively about how you can share the information in a way that is understandable to the individual.

Finally, whether you are a carer, family member or part of a professional team, have joint discussions about what information you actually need to share. It’s about knowing what’s important to the individual and what may cause them distress. People with learning disabilities have the same rights as everyone else to have information. So always share information, unless you have a really good reason not to.

Despite the complexity and uncertainty of the situation, we find ourselves in don’t shy away from communicating with people with learning disabilities and making sure they’re up-to-date with what’s going on. Like everyone else, it’s crucial for their mental and physical health to understand the new world around them.


Dr Hayley Thomas works at Pinetree Hospital in Cardiff, which is part of the Ludlow Street Healthcare Group.

Sony UK Technology Centre ‘proud’ to support key industries during pandemic

By Raspberry Jim,


Wales’s leading manufacturer Sony UK Technology Centre (UK TEC) is “proud” to have continued supporting key medical markets by operating at a reduced level through the coronavirus lockdown.

The Pencoed-based facility, which produces high-specification broadcast and professional camera systems, scaled-down its operation during the pandemic to ensure it could continue to supply technology linked to the medical and broadcast industries, as well to the food manufacturing, power and utilities, and education sectors.

The facility continued the production of a range of the Raspberry Pi computer models which have been in high demand around the world due to their application in the development of medical technology.

In addition, the professional service centre continued providing support for critical high-end products, including medical printers and cameras, as well as a full range of professional broadcasting equipment. The service has kept hospitals, clinics, medical centres, medical equipment providers, large broadcasting stations and freelance professionals across Europe up and running during this challenging time.

During that period, the factory introduced a raft of health and safety measures to safeguard its staff and ensure Government social distancing guidelines were adhered to.

This included the introduction of thermal and temperature testing on-site, separate work zones with designated exits and entrances, and a new one-way system.

With these in place, the facility will continue its steady operation,  now also delivering the new highly anticipated Raspberry Pi4 8GB computer which was launched on the market last week.

This comes following increased demand for the technology, with more people using it for home working and learning during lockdown.

The Raspberry Pi has also been utilised in the manufacturing of medical ventilators treating COVID-19 patients, and virus tracking technology worldwide.

On the stepped increase in manufacturing and the Raspberry Pi news,  Steve Dalton OBE managing director at Sony UK TEC said: 

“With all sectors worldwide facing unprecedented challenges during the coronavirus pandemic, we are proud to have been able to continue manufacturing to support essential services at this time.

“While our operation ran at a far reduced level for a few weeks, we were still able to assist key markets including medical, broadcast and education, providing the high level of quality and service that Sony UK TEC is renowned for.

 “A reduced number of our dedicated team has continued to work at the factory during the outbreak, with all precautionary measures in line with Government advice taken to ensure their safety.

“We’d like to thank them for their selfless dedication, and for adapting seamlessly to the measures we have introduced factory-wide.

“While manufacturing has continued, we have seen a stepped increase in our production volumes overtime to meet growing demand for the new Raspberry Pi4.

“We have always been proud to be a part of the manufacturing process behind the Raspberry Pi, and we are delighted to have been selected as manufacturing partner once again.

“Now more than ever, with Raspberry Pi being utilised in ventilator and testing technology for Covid-19, we are incredibly humbled to support its production.

“It has been a privilege to manufacture this life-changing technology and for our Welsh manufacturing facility to support people fighting this virus on the frontline worldwide.”


In order to maintain production, the Pencoed facility has introduced wide-ranging safety measures to ensure the health of its 300 staff working across the site.

These include face masks for staff, thermal and temperature testing on-site, mandatory handwashing, a one-way system, seven separate work zones with designated exits and entrances, virtual meetings, separate lockers, and spaced car parking areas. Mr Dalton said:

“The safety of all our staff at this time is paramount, as such we’ve overhauled our methods of working within the factory to ensure social distancing can be observed.

“We are currently running at just under 60% of our staffing capacity onsite, with numerous others working from home and supporting our vital day to day operation.

 “We hope that our steady move towards increased production underlines our commitment to supporting the growth of the Welsh and UK economy following the pandemic, but more importantly our commitment to supporting key industries fighting coronavirus worldwide.”

Warrior Women Collective shortlisted for Womenspire Award

By Raspberry Jim,


Founders of Warrior Women Collective, Charlie Morgan and Amy Holland, have been recognised for their ‘remarkable accomplishments’ by gender equality charity Chwarae Teg.

Charlie and Amy have been shortlisted for a Womenspire Award in the Rising Star category.

The Womenspire Awards, run by Chwarae Teg, aim to celebrate the achievements of Welsh women in every aspect of life.

Since launching in 2017, more than 1,000 women from across Wales have been united through the events held by Warrior Women Collective. Bringing together like-minded women – in a relaxed, friendly and welcoming environment – the monthly events feature a range of inspiring female speakers – allowing their voices to be heard, their experiences to be shared and their stories to be told.

The events have not only helped to showcase and celebrate the diverse talents of strong Welsh women but have also helped to create meaningful, supportive connections which encourage women to thrive.

Charlie said: “We are so happy to have been shortlisted for this award. We initially launched Warrior Women Collective as we recognised there was a gap in the market for empowering, inspiring, and thought-provoking events tailored to women.

“So far over 60 inspirational women have been given a platform tell their stories at our events and over 40 local female-led businesses have had pop-up shops to showcase their products. I’m proud of what we’ve been able to achieve and I’m excited about growing our offering further in the coming year.”

Amy added: “Our events have been created by women and for women, with the aim of elevating their achievements, celebrating their successes, and helping women grow. What we have set out to do is very much aligned with the work of Chwarae Teg so we’re honoured to have been recognised.”

“As a response to COVID-19, we are adapting our events and content so that we can continue to engage with our tribe. We will be holding monthly panel events on an array of subjects as well as generating lots of feed good, inspiring content.”

Warrior Women Collective recently rebranded from Warrior Women Events to reflect its growing offering and to allow for future business plans. Already the duo have launched a new podcast and monthly newsletter to continue to profile inspiring Welsh women and they have more plans in the pipeline.

Local cameras for local derby – Sony UK TEC make history with Bridgend’s first televised football match

By Raspberry Jim,


Pencoed-based Sony UK Technology Centre (TEC) helped make history recently when it manufactured professional broadcasting equipment for Bridgend’s first live broadcast football match.

The much-anticipated derby match between Penybont FC and Barry Town Utd took place last weekend and was attended by a group of seven Sony UK TEC team players who were able to see the state-of-the-art cameras in action.

The game coverage was provided by Sony UK TEC customers, NEP Cymru, and was shown live on S4C via satellite link on Friday night.

The game marked the first time that Penybont FC has played in the Welsh Premier League following an undefeated league campaign season.

The team unfortunately suffered a 2-1 defeat, but nevertheless the match was historic for both the club, the town, and Sony UK TEC.

The manufacturing giant is an avid supporter and sponsor of the club, with the Managing Director of the facility, Steve Dalton OBE, having previously sat on the board. As such, manufacturing the camera equipment for this broadcast milestone was a significant moment in their partnership.

Rob Wilson, Director of Sony UK TEC, said:

“We are extremely proud that the top-quality cameras produced in our facility here in Pencoed were used for the first broadcast of a Bridgend local derby.

“We are committed to producing quality products that place us at the forefront of manufacturing innovation and excellence globally. We are proud of our team and how they have evolved to deliver high end professional cameras, therefore being a part of this historical moment for the local community was a fantastic accolade for Sony UK TEC.”

Alan Whitely, Member of the Board at Penybont FC, said:

“Although we are disappointed that we lost the fixture, it was a huge moment for us to have a match televised live. We are incredibly proud of all our players and staff who have worked tirelessly to get us to this point.”

Anthony Davies, also Member of the Board at Penybont FC, added:

“We would also like to thank Sony UK TEC for its continued support. Along with Steve Dalton’s role on the board in the past, the business has made a real difference to the club with their sponsorship over the years. Being a part of this history has created a special memory for the club that will stay with both the players and staff for a lifetime.”

Sony UK TEC is a socially aware business that seeks to minimise its impact on the environment, supports its local community through charity work and sponsorship, and has the welfare of its staff at the heart of its operation.

Its sponsorship of Penybont FC is one of several ways it supports the local community through supporting local community projects, NHS and healthcare charities, children’s charities, educational projects, sports clubs, local schools and local cultural projects.

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