Welsh at Work (small organisations)

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Gwesty Cymru

Huw and Beth Roberts established luxury Aberystwyth hotel Gwesty Cymru in 2007.

Working in the tourism industry, they believed the use of Welsh language would contribute towards creating a “unique cultural experience” for guests.

As part of their Welsh language policy, they have bilingual signage, publish bilingual recruitment adverts, play Welsh and English music, greet all customers in Welsh and use social media in both languages.

RenewableUK Cymru

Cardiff-based organisation RenewableUK Cymru was established in 2006 and employs five members of staff.

Director David Clubb aims to raise awareness of the importance of Welsh to the organisation’s business activities and reach parts of the population who engage primarily in Welsh.

Staff members write posts in Welsh as part of a bilingual blog and started two Twitter accounts with bilingual content.

Staff are strongly encouraged to develop their language skills, with three currently attending residential and local courses.

Rhiannon Cyf

Since the business was established in 1971, the Welsh language has been all-important to Tregaron-based jewellers Rhiannon.

The company has been completely bilingual for the last 40 years and Welsh remains an important asset to their day-to-day dealings.

Director Gwern Evans continues to stress the importance of the Welsh language to the business and says it is imperative their staff can converse with customers in both Welsh and English.

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