Press Releases 2017

Yr Atom hosts ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ evening offering advice to local businesses

18.09.2017

A ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ evening, which provided free advice to local businesses and prospective employees, was held at Yr Atom in Carmarthen this week.

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This latest event is one of many events held at Yr Atom this year with the aim of supporting local businesses and organisations within the town.  The objective of the ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ event was to offer advice to local business owners and demonstrate how the Welsh language can benefit their businesses.  It was also an opportunity for businesses, employees and the local community to discuss the benefits of bilingualism in business. 

During the event three prominent local business people took part in a panel discussion on the use of bilingualism in their businesses.  The panel, which was chaired by Radio Cymru presenter Marc Griffiths included Janet Collins of LHP, Eurig Lewis from Jackie James and Justin Thomas from Aramar.

Earlier in the year up to 50 of the town’s business owners and leaders attended the first ever business breakfast event held at Yr Atom.  During that first event those present discovered more about what Yr Atom has to offer and what support and help is available to businesses in the town.  As a result of that successful business breakfast event and following positive feedback from those who attended Yr Atom staff decided to hold further events in order to bring the town’s business community together.      

Angharad Harding, Manager at Yr Atom said:

“Following the extremely successful business events held at yr Atom earlier in the year and the interest generated we decided to hold this Welsh in the Workplace event.  The event was very well attended and we had a very positive discussion and I’d like to thank all the panelists for their contribution and to Marc Griffiths for chairing. 

The aim of this event was to demonstrate the importance of the Welsh Language in the workplace and that being able to use Welsh and English fluently is not only a big advantage for your business but it’s also an advantage for those who are looking for work.  Many employers value Welsh Language Skills because they can help create a better relationship between a company and its customers; helping to attract new customers and increasing loyalty from existing customers.  It has been shown that using Welsh can generate goodwill, particularly in Welsh-speaking areas like Carmarthenshire. Many customers like to deal with businesses that offer a Welsh experience – seeing and hearing the Welsh language being used is vital for many people when they decide who they will use.

Also, if you're an employee looking for work your Welsh language skills could be a valued asset. Being able to speak and communicate in Welsh is a skill which is valued by employers in Wales as there is an increased demand in certain sectors, such as healthcare and childcare, from employers for staff who can communicate in Welsh.”

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Janet Collins from Carmarthen and Haverfordwest based Accountants, Auditors and Chartered Tax specialists LHP was a member of the discussion panel.   She added:

“I’d like to thank Yr Atom for holding this event and for inviting me to be on the panel.  We had a very interesting discussion and it was encouraging to see so many people from within the Carmarthen business community attend and take part. 

Using the Welsh language in the workplace has always been a natural part of how we conduct our business at LHP. As a company established in west Wales we’re very proud of our Welsh roots and the language of course is a key part of that.  The fact that we’re able to provide our services through the medium of Welsh enables us to reach a much wider audience and there is no doubt that it provides us with a natural advantage over our competitors, especially in an area like Carmarthen.”

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk