Cream of the crop crowned at Wales HR Awards
Mar28

Cream of the crop crowned at Wales HR Awards

Top Welsh employers and HR professionals were recognised at the second annual Wales HR Awards on Friday evening.   Hosted by journalist and broadcaster Sian Lloyd, the awards – created in 2017 by leading recruitment agency Acorn and commercial law firm Darwin Gray in partnership with the Wales HR Network – saw companies from every corner of Wales attend the glittering black-tie event at the Exchange Hotel in Cardiff.    ...

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Finalists revealed for Wales HR Awards 2018
Mar01

Finalists revealed for Wales HR Awards 2018

 The 2018 Wales HR Awards finalists have been announced following a record number of entries.     Launched in 2017 by leading recruitment agency Acorn and commercial law firm Darwin Gray, the Awards will see 350 HR professionals from Wales descend on the Exchange Hotel in Cardiff for a black-tie evening to celebrate the success of more than 50 finalists.     Hosted by the BBC’s Sian Lloyd, the Awards recognise the best HR...

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Keynote speakers announced as entries deadline approaches for  Wales HR Award 2018
Jan09

Keynote speakers announced as entries deadline approaches for Wales HR Award 2018

The Wales HR Network is extremely excited to announce two truly inspirational keynote speakers from the Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award in Wales at this year’s Wales HR Awards, just weeks before the deadline for 2018 entries.   Partnership Manager for the DofE Award charity, Ian Gwilym, who has a 30-year career supporting young people to ensure they succeed in a work environment, will give an insight into the DofE and the fantastic...

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Wales HR Network starts Christmas festivities to celebrate a successful year
Nov28

Wales HR Network starts Christmas festivities to celebrate a successful year

Following the launch of the first ever Wales HR Awards in March, the success of a number of inspiring seminars and workshops run throughout the year and the latest announcement of new categories added to the 2018 Wales HR Awards, it is time for the Wales HR Network to celebrate.   On Thursday 30th November, the Wales HR Network, created and run by Acorn and Darwin Gray, will kick-start the festivities in Cardiff with its Christmas...

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Specialist care firm expands with new branch in Brecon
Nov14

Specialist care firm expands with new branch in Brecon

Seren Support Services, a specialist in delivering high-quality home care services across South Wales, has extended its reach and ability to service its clients by opening a new office in Brecon, as part of its ongoing expansion plan.   The care provider, which employs some 120 staff, provides care and home support services across the Neath Port Talbot area for hundreds of home-based patients. The company has made the investment in...

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Call of the Wild wins coveted award for work with elite athletes
Nov01

Call of the Wild wins coveted award for work with elite athletes

A Welsh training company has recently secured a much sought-after award in recognition of its work improving the performance of an English Premiership rugby team. Call of the Wild was awarded the Team Building Experience of the Year Award at the international Conference and Incentive Travel (C&IT) Awards 2017, for its Elite Team Performance work it conducted with Worcester Warriors.   The C&IT Awards are seen as the Oscars...

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“That’s an Elf of an airport!” – Elves take to the sky for training!
Oct31

“That’s an Elf of an airport!” – Elves take to the sky for training!

Bluestone’s elves touchdown at Cardiff Airport to the surprise of staff and passengers… Staff and passengers at Cardiff Airport were given an early Christmas surprise thanks to an unscheduled flight of elves. It came as Bluestone National Park Resort in Pembrokeshire sent its team of actors to the airport terminal as part of a genuine training exercise.     Bluestone’s Imagineere Liam Hewer said;   “Bluestone takes Christmas...

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Royal recognition for Bluestone’s commitment to staff training
Sep13

Royal recognition for Bluestone’s commitment to staff training

Bluestone National Park Resort has been awarded the Princess Royal Training Hallmark for outstanding employer contribution to training and development.   The Pembrokeshire holiday company, which employs more than 700 locally based staff, was among 40 organisations ranging from banking giants to charities to be recognised for its training excellence.   The company was scrutinised by assessors who reviewed the business’ performance...

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Welsh working parents to get free childcare for 3-4 year olds
Aug11

Welsh working parents to get free childcare for 3-4 year olds

The Welsh Government’s have announced plans to offer free childcare for working parents. Working parents will benefit from 30 hours of early education and childcare for 3 and 4 year olds, for up to 48 weeks a year. Parents will receive a combined total of 30 hours of early education and childcare during term time. The current free early education provided by the Foundation Phase will form part of this offer. For 9 weeks of the year,...

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CIPD Wales releases new events calendar
Aug03

CIPD Wales releases new events calendar

CIPD Wales has just launched their new calendar of events for HR professionals in Wales. You can download the full programme of CIPD Wales events here. CIPD members will already have received a brochure in the post, but the Head of CIPD Wales, Lesley Richards, is keen to stress that the events are open to anyone working at any level within the HR profession, whether or not they are studying for or have a CIPD qualification. There are...

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Welsh start-up helps recruiters face up to Right to Work challenges
Jul27

Welsh start-up helps recruiters face up to Right to Work challenges

Credas, a Cardiff-based technology start-up, is using real-time facial recognition technology to help companies speed up and simplify the process of ID verification, employee and client onboarding, whilst enabling companies to easily comply with Right to Work legislation. Launched in May 2017, Credas has developed a suite of products and services designed to cut the time and cost it takes to onboard staff by using real-time facial...

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18 year old Swansea web developer scoops Wales Region Rising Star Award
Jul27

18 year old Swansea web developer scoops Wales Region Rising Star Award

Thomas Design, one of the longest established design and marketing agencies in South Wales, has scooped the Wales Region Rising Star award in this year’s National Family Business Awards. The awards, which took place on 15 July 2017 in London’s iconic Wembley Stadium, recognised over 350 family business leaders and entrepreneurs – celebrating the achievements of Britain’s finest family-run businesses. The Rising Star award was received...

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South Wales fast becoming UK ‘tech hub’, as digital jobs see regional boom
Jul27

South Wales fast becoming UK ‘tech hub’, as digital jobs see regional boom

  A recent report carried out by Tech City identified the significant growth of the UK tech sector, indicating that the UK may well be fast becoming Europe’s digital capital. This was supported by the digital tech investment in the UK, 50% more than any other European country. Despite London historically dominating the industry, Cardiff and Swansea are rising competitors. From opportunities to lifestyle, there are many reasons...

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Wales officially worst place for interview fibbers!
Jul25

Wales officially worst place for interview fibbers!

We’re told by VisitWales that we live in a land of legends, rich in storytelling! However, new research shows Welsh storytelling skills could extend to the workplace, as welsh workers admitted they were the most likely in Britain to tell porky pies at a job interview. The research, commissioned by professional CV-writing company Purple CV saw 21.7% of Welsh workers admitting they told lies during an interview – closely...

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Welsh fintech start-up helps charities worldwide

A social entrepreneur who wanted to combat the inefficient donation system for international charities met his business partner at an event which helped to bring the idea to reality; building a partnership with a donor which manages £100 million in funds, and working in international markets. In September 2016, Ben Joakim from Monmouthshire attended leading tech event, Digital where he crossed paths with Laura Bailey from Zerado,...

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