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Welsh language support is good for business


The Welsh Government has published a White Paper on increasing the use of the Welsh language in Welsh public life.

The White Paper ties in with the Welsh Government’s ambition for there to be 1 million Welsh speakers by 2050.

FSB has welcomed moves to help support SMEs to be more bilingual. Many small businesses already utilise Welsh in their business and would welcome support to continue to do so while many others would wish to incorporate bilingualism in the future. More support for a small business to produce materials bilingually or to undertake some of their business in Welsh will no doubt add value to many businesses operating in Wales and mainstream the use of the language within business.

The announcement of £400,000 of funding for SMEs last week was a step in the right direction towards providing support to small businesses, and we look forward to discussing how this money can be used with the Minister.

Mike Learmond, North Wales Senior Development Manager, said: “The Welsh language plays an important role in our society. Many of our members already use Welsh in their business, and many would also welcome support to begin doing so. This support could include a translation service, and support to provide bilingual literature amongst other things.

“This announcement comes at a time when I’ve been representing FSB at the Eisteddfod – celebrating our Welsh arts and culture, and how much our heritage – including the Welsh language – means to Wales. I look forward to seeing how the Welsh Government develops Cymraeg 2050 and will work with the FSB to ensure that small businesses are supported to become more bilingual.”