Winners Build on Success of Bilingualism

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BT has underlined its commitment to Wales and the Welsh language by relaunching its Welsh language policy supported by the Welsh Language Board and the Welsh Assembly Government.

The telecoms giant was last year's winner of the Welsh Language Board Bilingual Business Award/Gwobr Busnes Ddwyieithog Noddir Gan Bwrdd Yr Iaith Gymraeg in the Achievement Wales Business Awards for its contribution to bilingualism in Wales.

The new policy has been developed following consultation with the Welsh language Board and was relaunched by Assembly minister for culture, the Welsh language and sport Alun Pugh during a visit to BT's Welsh Language Bureau in Bangor.

He said: "As the number of people learning Welsh grows, it's also important that the number of opportunities to use the language in everyday life increases and companies such as BT are leading the way on this."

In addition to providing a dedicated Welsh Language Bureau for its Welsh speaking customers the company, which celebrated the tenth anniversary of its bilingual code of practice last year, also provides bills in Welsh and operates a highly popular Welsh language directories service on 118 404.

Alun Thomas, BT Welsh language policy manager, said: "BT was delighted to win the award. It proves that people appreciate its commitment to the Welsh language and that it is a fundamental necessity for companies working in Wales".

Meri Hughes, Welsh Language Board chairman, said: "BT has shown a strong commitment to the Welsh language" The Achievement Wales 2005 Business Awards set out to celebrate excellence in companies of all sizes in North and mid Wales. …