Published 1st March 2019
The Woodworks Garden Centre and Café in Mold are taking fawr (big) steps to increase the amount of Welsh within the Garden Centre and Café. Since the launch of our retail outlet over 15 years ago, P&A has always felt a strong responsibility to maintain our Welsh as a living language and support and promote it where we can, as part of our everyday working life.
Now branded as The Woodworks and being located in the heart of the Welsh speaking community of Mold, it’s even more important for us to show our commitment to the use of the Welsh language.
Working closely with Ffion Whitman, Welsh for Business Officer for North Wales, The Woodworks Garden Centre and Café now have an array of Welsh signage, Welsh elements on the café menus, bilingual social media and have staff enrolling on an online language course to increase the amount of Welsh spoken within the Garden Centre and Café.
See our bilingual video showcasing how we are integrating the Welsh language into the Woodworks and everyday life…
The initiatives principal aim, set up by the Welsh Language Commissioner, is to promote and facilitate the use of Welsh language in business. Welsh for Business have services in place to help, support and encourage local companies to take on the challenge.
The progress that The Woodworks Garden Centre and Café have made saw the company being selected by Welsh for Business to feature in an online media campaign produced by the Cardiff agency, We Are Cowshed Communications. The campaign which launches on St.David’s Day highlights the small changes a business can introduce to make a difference; the confidence needed to start can be provided by their dedicated Welsh officer.
Iwan Gwyn, Manager at The Woodworks Garden Centre said “It’s great to have the practical support from Ffion and to learn about how other companies have made such positive changes.
“The free translation and proofreading service that is also available is a huge help in creating bilingual social media posts for non-Welsh speaking members of staff.
“We have a loyal base of Welsh customers and they are pleased to see our efforts in keeping the language alive and it’s great to see non-speakers giving the language a go!”
Operations Director Rhys Hughes is also on board and has been striving to raise the profile of Welsh language within the company for many years and encourages staff to interact as much as possible with each other in Welsh as well as with customers in the Garden Centre. “Crystal Pritchard, who is learning Welsh, is a brilliant pioneer and our Welsh customers are enjoying it” said Rhys. Now with Welsh speaker, Iwan Gwyn, on board as Garden Centre Manager, there is even more focus on developing a bilingual environment for both customers and staff.”
The Woodworks Garden Centre and Café stock a variety of Welsh giftware, plants and a large range of cabins and timber buildings. Offering a warm Welsh welcome, the café serves a variety of dishes using locally sourced ingredients.