Sweet success for jamjar at annual PR awards

By Raspberry Jim,

Photograph of the jamjar team with Jason Mohammed at the CIPR PRide Cymru 2019 awards


Creative communications agency jamjar took home four awards at the annual Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Cymru Wales PRide Awards.

The Cowbridge-based agency, which specialises in PR, digital, social, marketing and creative, took home two gold awards and two silver awards on the evening.

Held at The Exchange Hotel, which recently re-opened in Cardiff Bay, and attended by 300 PR professionals, jamjar was recognised by its industry body for its work with Techniquest and Slim Chickens.

jamjar won two awards – Best Consumer Relations Campaign and Best Low Budget Campaign – for its work with American restaurant chain Slim Chickens. The multi-channel launch campaign for the Cardiff restaurant of Slim Chickens included a partnership with Cardiff Devils and Britain’s Got Talent food artist Nathan Wyburn.

CIPR judges praised the innovative campaign, commenting that jamjar had demonstrated “a the-sky-is-the-limit” mentality to delivering this creative campaign. The judges continued by saying:

“The strategy made the most of every outlet available to them and delivered outstanding outputs and outcomes. The audience group was well considered and, as a result, the campaign reached the right people at exactly the right time. It is clear that this campaign will have a lasting impact on the Slim Chickens brand.”

jamjar’s work for educational charity Techniquest was also recognised with a gold award for the Best Not-For-Profit Campaign with the judges praising the campaign’s “energy and invention” whist giving STEM mainstream relevance:

“The jamjar team achieved fantastic levels of coverage and exposure across all channels – and excellent Google stats too. Techniquest is clearly reaping rewards in terms of investment, profile and reputation as a result of this programme.”

These latest wins come after huge successes within the industry in the past few years, having been recognised with over 20 prestigious awards from the CIPR, Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Welsh Business Awards, making jamjar one of the leading agencies in Wales.

Lyndsey Jenkins, managing director of jamjar, said:

The jamjar team has grown over the past year and I’m incredibly proud of the new expertise we’ve been able to bring to our clients as a result.

“The latest wins are a testament to the hard work and dedication of my talented team, and we’re all so delighted to be recognised and celebrated by our industry peers for our creative and results-driven approach.”

Rhian Moore, Chair of CIPR Cymru Wales, commented:

“We know we have a huge number of talented communicators in Wales. The results we have seen at this year’s PRide Awards show the breadth of skill, professionalism and talent through a number of industries. The campaigns and examples of work showcased in the awards prove the value PR and compelling communications bring to businesses, our economy and society. Well done to everyone who made the shortlist and a massive congratulations to all our winners.”

Image – Steve Pope Photography

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.

Cardiff Bus appoints new Operations and Commercial Director

By Raspberry Jim,


Cardiff Bus has announced that Gareth Stevens has been appointed as the operators new Operations and Commercial Director.

A well-known expert within the bus industry, Gareth Stevens has been promoted to the role after spending the last six years as the operator’s Commercial Manager.

On his appointment Mr Stevens said:

“I am delighted to have been promoted to this role. Having started in the public transport industry at a young age, I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to see and experience the improvements made to bus travel, and to be involved with developing and implementing these changes at different levels.

“I feel passionately about this role and I’m focussed on ensuring best practice delivery, alongside legislative compliance and the maximisation of efficiencies, effectiveness and quality.

Cynthia Ogbonna, Managing Director of Cardiff Bus, said:

“I am delighted that Gareth has been appointed our Commercial and Operations Director. Gareth bring exceptional skills, knowledge and experience of the transport industry. He will complement a strong executive team and will play a key role in driving forward our strategy.

Cardiff Bus is the major provider of bus services within the Cardiff area, with 700 employees and 220 vehicles.

Union “dissatisfied” with “sham” consultation over redundancies at Allied Bakeries’ Cardiff factory

By Raspberry Jim,

Three men stood infront of a factory with the Kingsmill logo behind them


The Allied Bakeries’ factory in Cardiff, which produces Kingsmill bread, is set to halt bread production in mid September and become a logistics depot, with a potential loss of 185 jobs.

The bakery has been running since 1971 at its Maes-y-Coed Rd site and the union representing its workers have fought “tirelessly” in the hope of keeping bread production open and saving jobs.

However Allied Bakeries have now announced that the consultation with the union is “at an end” and that bread production will halt next month on 13th September.

John James, Organising Regional Secretary for Number 2 Region of the Bakers Food & Allied Workers Union, has been leading negotiations on behalf of the union along with the local union branch committee.

Mr James says:

“We are very dissatisfied with the consultation.

“We believe that it has not been meaningful and has been a sham as the company did not enter into the consultation with an open mind.

“It was apparent that they had already made their decision.

“They have also failed to supply the union with the information that we need to assess the decision and consult with them on whether there are any other options available. It will be a very sad day for Cardiff if bread production is to finish at the bakery after so many years and more should be done to help to prevent some or all of the job losses.”

Mr James has since contacted ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service), and with support from Cardiff based law firm Watkins & Gunn, intends to take legal action on behalf of his members against Allied Bakeries.

Clive Thomas, Managing Partner of Watkins & Gunn, who have represented the union for over 30 years, said:

“Meaningful consultation and the disclosure of information to facilitate this is vital in any redundancy situation. The union need this information so that they can consult meaningfully with the company to find ways to avoid the redundancies or at least keep them to a minimum.”

“Due to the absence of any meaningful consultation due to Allied Bakeries’ refusal to provide the required information, we are instructed to issue a claim for a Protective Award, initially to ACAS under their early conciliation scheme, and, if necessary, to take it to the Employment Tribunal”

A company spokesman from Allied Bakeries has said:

“Earlier this year Allied Bakeries announced the loss of a major own-label bakery contract, following which we have undertaken a detailed review of our bakery network to optimise our production capacity, locations and routes to market.”

“If these proposals are accepted it will regrettably result in some redundancies and we understand that this announcement will be unsettling for our colleagues in Cardiff.

“If these changes go ahead we will provide support to anyone impacted to help them find a new job, either at another Allied Bakeries’ site, or elsewhere in the local community.

“Unfortunately, bread is in decline in the UK and an excess of bread manufacturing means that bakery closures are a consequence of that, coupled with the big retailers wanting cheaper products that are dictated to by cost rather than the quality of the product.”

Watkins & Gunn are experienced trade union lawyers and offer a wide range of legal services from their offices in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypool.

New Patent Analytics Service supports the innovation of UK businesses

By Raspberry Jim,

Photograph of Matthew Veale of Wynne-Jones IP, smiling and standing against a red background


UK businesses looking to maximise and future-proof the commercial success of their innovations can now get an in-depth picture of the market, competitors, opportunities and risks thanks to a brand-new service launched by Wynne-Jones IP.

The intellectual property firm, which has offices in Cardiff, Cheltenham and London, has launched a Patent Analytics Service giving clients an insight into the patent landscape to support them in making informed decisions about their business strategies.

Headed up by Matthew Veale, who has a search specialist background, the team will be using PatSnap and a suite of other state-of-the-art patent analytic tools to deliver a tailored and detailed service.

Supporting Matthew is a dedicated team of IP attorneys and IP paralegals with specialist search skills, who collectively have an in depth understanding of the client’s business plans and technology enabling them to provide tailored advice, contextualised for the client’s business environment.

The new service will ensure that businesses avoid the pitfall of investing in technology that is already patented by other companies and in turn will avoid costly wrong investment.

In addition, it can also be used proactively to identify gaps in IP protection in a profitable technical field so that inventions can be focussed towards these areas and made proprietary without infringement on another company’s IP.

It will also provide a reassuring check before a product or service launch that the technology is novel and inventive, reducing the risk of infringement allegations from other companies.

Partner Elliott Davies said that this service would be vital to businesses looking to tap into established or emerging markets, helping them to uncover new opportunities or identify weaknesses in their portfolio.

He said: “Our new Patent Analytics Service is for any businesses which rely on innovation and who want to spend money on IP wisely. Using Analytics will push them ahead of the competition and help keep them there.

“Intellectual property is of vital importance to UK businesses, this service intends to allow businesses to make the most of their innovations. From talking to our existing clients and to IP-rich companies generally we have received the clear message that there is a big demand for better informed IP strategy.

“Every business needs an IP strategy. The only way to make decisions is to have the information. The best way to get information on IP, specifically patents is to use Patent Analytics. Patent Analytics can unlock detailed insights to help forward plan and create profitable IP and Research & Development strategies.

“It not only identifies any potential risks to the patent’s commercialisation, but also helps the client to focus on, and exploit the most valuable aspects of their product to drive even greater commercial success.”

Specialist Further Education College celebrates student successes

By Raspberry Jim,

A table of Awards at Beechwood College


The success of young people with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) has been celebrated at a specialist Further Education college in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Beechwood College in Sully, a specialist day and residential service for young people over the age of 16 with an Autism Spectrum or Asperger’s Syndrome has hosted its annual Students’ Awards Day.

The families of 57 day and residential students travelled from across Wales and England to watch the presentation of certificates in a marquee in the College grounds.

Unlike mainstream Further Education establishments, Beechwood College measures success based on completion of learning programmes which incorporate a range of goals set with the students, their families and their existing support workers when they arrive at the College.

These goals can include both achievement of formal qualifications but also the attainment of essential life skills, which are aligned to their current and future needs such as home management skills, as well as their own goals which reflect personal interests such as sport activities.

This year, 63 qualifications were achieved from the awarding body Agored Cymru which were made up of accreditations in Art, Music, Enterprise, Creative Media and Drama and all 57 students achieved non-accredited learning in home cooking skills and leisure activities.

Awards presented this year included an Eco Award for students that have done the most to promote ecological projects, an Entrepreneur Award for students who have run an enterprise scheme and shown the most entrepreneurial skill, and a Work Experience Award for students that have shown the greatest commitment to their work experience opportunity.

Students finishing at Beechwood College this year have met more than 95% of their learning programme goals. 


Angela Kent, Director of Education and Care at Beechwood College said:

“Our Awards Ceremony is a much-anticipated annual recognition of our student successes.

“Our integrated learning approach, which involves the active participation of the education, clinical and residential teams, aims to provide each student with a 24-hour learning environment tailored to their specific needs.

“Our goal is to provide a very broad range of experiences and skills for each individual, preparing them for later life and developing their skills in their areas of interest.

“It is a tribute to the hard work of our students and the efforts of the Beechwood College team that the students have achieved such a broad range of qualifications.

“Our largest ever student group completed Duke of Edinburgh Awards aimed at building confidence and team working skills this year. 9 completed their Bronze Award and 4 completed their Silver Award.

“Learning even the simplest of skills needed to build independence can be challenging for young people with Autism, so we are extremely proud of everyone.”


A parent of one of the students at the College, said:

“Beechwood College staff are keen for students to develop and that is reassuring for us as parents.

“What is very important to us is that Beechwood is a very transparent organisation and we feel our son is in safe hands with them as safeguarding is the number 1 priority for us.

“We see Beechwood as an extension to our house and we are all part of the same family.

“It is so reassuring to find a placement that is so motivated and wants to really help our son progress and be happy and safe.

“Beechwood truly care. As parents that is more important to us than anything.”

Opened in 2004, Beechwood College is a specialist day and residential service for young adults over the age of 16 with a formal diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Condition or Asperger’s Syndrome.

The College is registered with the Welsh Government as a Further Education (FE) College, and with Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) as a care home for younger adults and students typically attend the college for between 2 and 4 years.

Based upon the principles of TEACCH, PECS and Makaton, the College’s goal is to provide opportunities and experiences for each individual, regardless of ability, to prepare them for later life. The integrated approach to learning has qualified lecturers, residential and clinical teams partnering together so that each student’s personalised education programme is developed and reinforced consistently as a 24-hour learning environment which can lead to formal accreditation.

Beechwood College is part of the South Wales-based Ludlow Street Healthcare Group. Employing more than 1100 staff including extensive clinical teams, Ludlow Street Healthcare is a provider of tailored care solutions for adults over the age of 16 who have a range of complex mental health, personality disorder and physical health needs.

Watkins & Gunn founding key partner in “ground breaking” veteran owned business portal

By Raspberry Jim,


Welsh law firm Watkins & Gunn has become a founding partner in an online portal designed so that the public can specifically find veteran owned businesses.

Veteran Owned UK is the largest UK Online Business Directory for veterans founded by Scott Johnson, a former Royal Engineer Bomb Disposal Engineer, after seeing many similar directories online in the USA.

It was created to support veterans owning businesses by providing the public with a user-friendly directorate to locate businesses supplying products and services specific to the customers’ needs, and now boasts over 950 members. 

The portal is designed to provide veteran owned business with greater exposure to the public and to build closer working relationships within the veteran owned business community.

Watkins & Gunn which has offices in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypool were “eager” to support veteran owned businesses in the UK and to partner with the first directory in the country.

The law firm already support veterans by offering a service to help ex-armed forces personnel claim compensation for noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and tinnitus and felt they could build on this and do more to help by becoming partners in this new venture. Through the directory they are also offering discounted rates for their legal services to ex-servicemen and women. 

By using the new portal, veterans can enter the directory free of charge but the portal also offers paid membership for a more “bespoke” service where businesses can add additional features to their listings.

Sir Mike Penning M.P, an official supporter of the venture says:

“Veteran Owned UK are breaking new ground by supporting veteran owned businesses through their online directory.

“They saw the UK needed a means of easily finding veteran owned businesses and created a website to solve that issue.”

No portal of this nature existed in the UK before Veteran Owned UK, despite the concept being popular in the US.

Scott Johnson (left) and Clive Thomas (right) stand side by side in front of a Veteran Owned UK sign and a Watkins & Gunn sign.
Mr Johnson (L) of Veteran Owned UK and Mr Thomas (R) of Watkins an Gunn


Mr Johnson of Veteran Owned UK said:

“When we started this website, one veteran told us that he loved the idea as he didn’t want to be treated as a victim or to be seen as “broken” because he was a veteran.

“There are lots of charities doing amazing work for veterans who need support.”

“What we at Veteran Owned UK want to do is encourage those working to make their own mark in the business world and boost to their chosen markets.

“Ex-military are often driven, focused and adaptable.

“Many use these skills in “civvy street” to become great employees, some decide to start their own business, and these are the people we want to support.”

Clive Thomas, Managing Partner of Watkins & Gunn, said:

“At Watkins & Gunn we are keen to support ex-military personnel.

“When we met Scott Johnson and he explained the concept of Veteran Owned UK, we saw an opportunity to support veterans in a new and innovative way, so felt we had to get involved.

“There is a huge gap in the market for veteran businesses to advertise themselves. By using the businesses showcased in Veteran Owned UK Directory, you can directly support veterans, whilst utilising a service or purchasing a product that you need.”

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.

Construction company Troika appointed to transform former Royal Mail Building in Newport

By Raspberry Jim,

Computer generated imaged of the competed work of the former Royal Mail building


A Cardiff-based construction company has been appointed to redevelop the former Royal Mail building in Newport.

Troika Construction has been appointed to transform the building on Mill Street, after its success working on Chartist Tower in the city.

The internal demolition has already taken place at Mill Street and Troika Construction are now starting on site in a project that is expected to be completed in 35 weeks.

The building will be redeveloped into quality office space, which the owners Garrison Barclay Estates hope will attract businesses based within out of town business parks to relocate back into the city centre.

The new office spaces will offer a spacious layout with high ceilings, natural light and a quirky design – something new and exciting for Newport’s workforce. 

The site has already received a huge amount of interest from prospective tenants. The modern and flexible office space has attracted a range of businesses from legal firms to a London-based cyber security company.  

The location of the building also offers an affordable solution against its neighbouring cities of Cardiff and Bristol where headline rent is considerably lower. Along with this, the building is ideally located next to Newport Train Station.


Mark Cotter, CEO of Troika Construct Limited, said:

“We are extremely proud to play a role within the mass redevelopment of Newport. This project, coupled with Chartist Tower, are huge projects that will make a real difference to the city when completed.

“At Troika, we endeavour to deliver projects within deadlines, budgets and to the highest quality. The former Royal Mail Building will be a fantastic space with modern and flexible workspace that will attract businesses back to the city centre and become a hive of activity.”

A Cardiff-based construction company has been appointed to redevelop the former Royal Mail building in Newport. Troika Construction has been appointed to transform the building on Mill Street, after its success working on Chartist Tower in the city. The internal demolition has already taken place at Mill Street and Troika Construction are now starting on site in a project that is expected to be completed in 35 weeks. The building will be redeveloped into quality office space, which the owners Garrison Barclay Estates hope will attract businesses based within out of town business parks to relocate back into the city centre. The new office spaces will offer a spacious layout with high ceilings, natural light and a quirky design - something new and exciting for Newport’s workforce. The site has already received a huge amount of interest from prospective tenants. The modern and flexible office space has attracted a range of businesses from legal firms to a London-based cyber security company. The location of the building also offers an affordable solution against its neighbouring cities of Cardiff and Bristol where headline rent is considerably lower. Along with this, the building is ideally located next to Newport Train Station. Mark Cotter, CEO of Troika Construct Limited, said: “We are extremely proud to play a role within the mass redevelopment of Newport. This project, coupled with Chartist Tower, are huge projects that will make a real difference to the city when completed. “At Troika, we endeavour to deliver projects within deadlines, budgets and to the highest quality. The former Royal Mail Building will be a fantastic space with modern and flexible workspace that will attract businesses back to the city centre and become a hive of activity.” Troika Construction work across South Wales and South West England on projects for the commercial and industrial sectors specifically government, hotel, office and residential schemes.

Troika Construction work across South Wales and South West England on projects for the commercial and industrial sectors specifically government, hotel, office and residential schemes.

Mythical Creatures made with LEGO® bricks have arrived at Mermaid Quay

By Raspberry Jim,


Cardiff Bay is home to mythical creatures and more now that the BRICKLIVE Fantasy Kingdom has landed at Mermaid Quay.

Nine fabulous models made with a total of nearly 750,000 LEGO® bricks have taken over Tacoma Square, in the heart of Mermaid Quay, until Sunday 1st September.

Free to view, the display features an 11ft fire-breathing dragon, a unicorn and two hunting wolves as well as a wizard, princess, knight and huntswoman. Collectively the models took over 2,000 hours to build. There are also cute dragon whelps (baby dragons) displayed in the windows of various businesses in Mermaid Quay.

At the heart of the display is a throne – laid out in shimmering silk and encrusted with the finest LEGO® brick rubies, emeralds and sapphires – on which visitors can sit and take selfies. Mermaid Quay is running a weekly photo competition to crown a Selfie King or Queen each week – with FREE ice cream for a year from Cadwaladers Mermaid Quay as the weekly prize.


In addition, Mermaid Quay is running a host of other competitions, including:

  • A colouring competition to win a £100 voucher to spend at wagamama Mermaid Quay for young people aged 11 and under to bring their fantasy land to life with their best ever colouring in.
  • story writing competition to win a dinner for a family of four worth up to £75 from Bill’s Mermaid Quay with the theme of myths and legends for anyone aged 12 or over.
  • A themed fancy-dress competition to win fabulous treats at The Crepe Escape Mermaid Quay – open to all ages, the ‘fantasy’ theme means that visitors can let their imaginations run wild with a rich array of possible costumes – from princesses and knights to mythical creatures and unicorns!

This is the first time BRICKLIVE’s Fantasy Kingdom have been be on display in Wales and follows the success of previous displays at Mermaid Quay including the Great Brick Safari, Santa’s Sleigh and Big Cats, which all attracted many thousands of visitors.

The display is visible any time, but the throne will only be available to sit on 10am – 6pm daily. Visiting the installation is free of charge.

1500 Welsh Cubs gather to learn skills for life

By Raspberry Jim,


ScoutsCymru hosted it’s All Wales Cub Fun Day at the Royal Welsh Show Ground this month where 1500 Cubs came together for a day of fun and skills development.

The Cubs, alongside 500 adult volunteers, from across Wales enjoyed activities across four zones designed to encourage them to expand their skill set and work collaboratively with others.

The Adventure Zone activities ranged from high ropes to water games in a bid to get their adrenaline pumping.

The Outdoor Zone saw the Cubs learning how to fire light and cook while the Skills Zone had them taking part in an obstacle course which tested their teamwork and problem solving.

Finally, World Zone allowed the Cubs to experience a range of activities from Origami to Kung Fu inspired from countries around the world.

At the event, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Sally Holland, also launched the Rights Challenge Badge.

This badge aims to inform children and young people of their rights and what the role of The Children’s Commissioner for Wales is. 

The Cubs taking part in the Rights Challenge Badge have been encouraged to lead their own learning. They have been set a list of activities which will result in each Cub being able recall by name a list of children’s rights, as well as knowing who Sally Holland is and the work she does.

Rhian Moore, Chief Commissioner for Wales, said: “Our All Wales Cub Fun Day was a fantastic opportunity for Cubs from across Wales to learn new skills, meet new people and have fun. We can’t thank all of our volunteers enough as the day wouldn’t have been possible without all of their hard work.

“We are extremely proud to have been a part of the launch of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales Rights Challenge Badge. The badge encourages the Cubs to learn about their rights and to be aware of the people who are there to protect them which vitally important.”

Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales said, “It’s was a really well organised day and it was so great to be able to talk to children from all over wales in one day. “One child wrote on her kite ‘this is the best day I’ve ever had’ and I really think that is a great endorsement of the fantastic time the children had!”

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