Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has announced a partnership with the highly successful Wales Week London / Wales Worldwide initiative, which celebrates and promotes all that is good about Wales through a programme of events around St David’s Day.
The link-up will see Wales’s iconic PGI Welsh Lamb and PGI Welsh Beef brands featuring as partners of the major Welsh business and cultural festival, and promoted over Wales Week London and Wales Week Worldwide’s extensive social media channels.
For HCC, the timing could not be better, as February and March will see the high point of a UK-wide campaign designed to promote the environmental credentials of sustainably produced lamb and beef from Wales.
Wales Week London has grown rapidly from its inception in 2017. Last year it promoted over 100 events in over 50 venues, to over 10,000 attendees. Its social media impact alone was impressive, generating two million impressions. Due to its success, activities are spread over two weeks, with the 2020 celebrations running from 22 February to 8 March.
Food is a major part of the festivities, with Welsh food being showcased at events in Paddington Station, 10 Downing Street, PwC and BAFTA, as well as at leading London restaurants run by renowned Welsh chefs Bryn Williams and Tom Simmons, helping to raise the profile of Wales’ finest ingredients.
“London has been an important market for some time for Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef,” said HCC’s Market Development Manager Rhys Llywelyn. “But partnering with Wales Week London and Wales Week Worldwide will bring an extra dimension to our work.”
“We have a major initiative during the early months of 2020 to highlight how Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef are high quality and sustainable foods, reared non-intensively using the perfect natural environment that we have. By working with our new partners we’ll extend the reach of this campaign to key consumers in the south-east of England in particular, as well as people in other parts of Britain and beyond, where the profile of activities around St David’s Day is increasing and attracting growing audiences.”
Dan Langford, Chair of Wales Week London said,
“The Wales Week initiative is designed simply to support any Welsh organisation that could benefit from the noise, reach and engagement we create around the time of St David’s Day in London.
“It’s a perfect fit for Hybu Cig Cymru / Meat Promotion Wales and we’re delighted that they have come on board. Wales Week is a wholly collaborative initiative that leverages the combined energy of our partners and event organisers, showcasing the very best of Wales to the outside world.”