- Posted by: Mike Hedges MS
- Category: Press Releases
Mike said….. ‘I welcome this extra money for SME’s to strengthen Bilingual customer services. SME provide vital goods and services within the economy and it is good that these are being supported to adopt bilingual customer service practices. I urge SME’s based in Swansea East to seek advice on how they can access this funding’
Welsh Language Minister Alun Davies has announced that the Welsh Labour Government is committing £400,000 to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to become more bilingual.
The objective of this funding is to increase visibility of the Welsh language in the community. The project will also increase understanding and maximise opportunities to strengthen bilingual customer services. The money will be allocated to establish a network of local practitioners to provide Welsh language support to businesses.
This is a commitment outlined in the Welsh Labour Government’s recently published Welsh language strategy – Cymraeg 2050 – which aims to increase the number of Welsh speakers to a million, as well as increase the use of Welsh.
The Welsh Language Commissioner currently works with large businesses and national companies to promote and facilitate Welsh language services, including the finance sector and large supermarkets. This new network of practitioners will ensure that support is available to local SMEs and micro businesses to become more bilingual.