There's a strong business case for companies to use the language and there's more support than ever before to help businesses, large and small, to do that easily.

Welsh in Business Support Officers

There are 10 Welsh in Business officers who can help you increase your use of Welsh for free. They can offer practical advice and point you in the direction of support. They are based all over Wales and you can find your local officer's contact details here. Also as local community organisations, the Mentrau Iaith promote Welsh in all sectors, including supporting businesses to increase their use of Welsh.

Business Wales

Business Wales is the Welsh Government's business support service. Its fully bilingual website offers a wide range of resources to support business of all sizes to grow. Its mentoring service is available in Welsh and it offers some workshops and seminars in Welsh. Business Wales also have a directory of businesses on which you can denote that you offer a Welsh language service.

Welsh Language Commissioner

The Welsh Language Commissioner helps businesses of all kinds to develop their use of Welsh. It has regional officers who can offer practical support to businesses to help plan and manage their use of Welsh. It also assists workers and staff to use more Welsh at work and has resources to promote the use of Welsh in the workplace. You can find more information here.

Translation

Your local Welsh in Business Officer can help you with short translations for things like menus, signage and social posts for free. A proofreading service is offered free of charge of up to 1000 words specifically for small and medium sized businesses via the Welsh Language Commissioner. 

Companies can get advice on all aspects of translation from the Commissioner - including how to plan bilingual meetings and documents and guidance for those commissioning bilingual work. Your local Menter Iaith and the Association of Welsh Translators and Interpreters - Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru will also be of help.

Learn Welsh

Work Welsh is a new programme designed to support and deliver Welsh language training for the workforce. Work Welsh offers fully-funded, flexible Welsh language training. From beginners to fluent speakers, Work Welsh has something for everyone.

Resources

The Welsh for Business officers have a variety of resources such as open/close signs, posters and useful vocabulary pamphlets available for free. You can order lanyards and badges that signify that you or a member of staff speak Welsh from the Welsh Language Commissioner.

Social Media

It is far more cost-effective to ensure that the Welsh language is included in any marketing plan from the outset. It also provides an opportunity to assess the workforce’s linguistic skills and identify officers or volunteers who would be able to draft bilingual messages for your social media accounts. You can find more advice on using Welsh on social media in this guidance published by the Welsh language Commissioner.

Recruiting 

With nearly a third of schools in Wales offering Welsh medium education, our bilingual workforce is growing and employing bilingual staff is getting easier.  

You can offer traineeships and full-time jobs for bilingual staff by advertising on websites such as Careers Walessafle swyddi, lleol, swyddle or golwg360.

It is possible to recruit an apprentice for your company who can speak Welsh through the Apprenticeship Programme

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