Local online company Purah Beeswax Candles has helped Welsh translation service Helo Blod reach its one million word milestone this month after choosing the service to promote its business for the past 12 months.

Purah Beeswax, which is a sustainable candle company based in Llannon near Cross Hands, supplies over 20 stockists across Wales as well as its ever-growing online service.

As a result, Helo Blod’s services are providing the company with a crucial lifeline to translate their social media channels as well as their product descriptions.

“With seventy per cent of my customers based here in Wales, I think it’s only right that I use the language of the country that I’m selling to,” said owner Helen Louise Williams.

“After introducing more Welsh to my online and physical stores, I’ve seen my customer base grow significantly.

"And now, after using Helo Blod, I feel that I can connect with my customers in a whole new way.

“Although I can speak Welsh, I can only speak it at a very basic level, and I certainly wouldn’t have been able to use it as effectively and confidently as I had without the support of Helo Blod. Their service has definitely filled that gap.”

Helo Blod is a free Welsh translation and advice service which has enabled more than 1,000 businesses across Wales to the benefits of using more Welsh as part of a push to help double the daily use of Welsh by 2050.

Launched in March 2020 to support the Welsh Government’s Cymraeg 2050 strategy, Helo Blod offers businesses and charities up to 500 words a month translated, free of charge.

The fast and friendly service also offers text checking of up to 1000 words as well as practical advice, guidance, and support to help businesses use more Welsh, including providing bilingual signage.

Over the past two years, 1,121 businesses across Wales have said ‘helo’ to Blod either online or by phone, with the service proving popular among cafes, shops, professional services and food and drink producers who are looking to add more Welsh into their website content, product signage, social media posts or advertising.

Helo Blod merchandise is also available free to businesses– including Welsh open/closed door signs, tote bags, colouring pads and Iaith Gwaith badges, helping businesses make the use of Welsh Businesses.

Businesses who want to introduce a litle more Welsh into their marketing can say helo to Blod on 03000 25 88 88.