Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Advising the Millennium Stadium Plc on reducing their business rate liability and saving them money

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Andrew West
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Sector: Retail and Leisure

Service: Business rates

Client: Millennium Stadium Plc



  • Client looking to minimise its ongoing liability to business rates in order to devote as much revenue as possible to the promotion and development of rugby throughout Wales at all levels from grass roots through to the National Team.
  • The Millennium Stadium plc wished us to reflect the revenue and crucially the expenditure generated and incurred at this iconic Welsh building, within the valuation.


  • A full receipts and expenditure valuation was undertaken.
  • Our experience in representing many of the elite sports team stadia in Wales gave us a unique understanding of the funding, finances and operation of professional sports teams and the stadia from which they conduct their business.


  • 2005 Rating List -
    • Original assessment - £2,000,000 RV
    • Agreed assessment - £1,375,000 RV
    • Consequent financial savings - £1,484,107
  • 2010 Rating List -

    • Original assessment - £2,250,000 RV
    • Agreed assessment - £1,650,000 RV
    • Consequent financial savings - £1,929,000
  • All of the savings of £3.4m will be re-invested in rugby at all levels throughout Wales.


“Cooke & Arkwright have been providing rating valuation advice to The Welsh Rugby Union Limited (WRU) and Millennium Stadium plc for many years. They were recently successful in achieving substantial reductions in the assessments of the Millennium Stadium, covering both the 2005 and 2010 rating list. I would have no hesitation in recommending ratepayers making use of this Welsh based expertise.” Steve Phillips, Group Finance Director, Welsh Rugby Union Group

The disposal of 120,000 square feet on the Heads of the Valleys Industrial Estate was a particularly satisfying task. The building had been rebuilt following fire damage, and Jeremy Symons and his team were successful in identifying a nearby purchaser looking to expand. The sale price, at £4,000,000, represented a record sale price for a property of this nature in the area, and with great tenacity and endeavour was completed in a timely fashion. An excellent result.

Richard Hayward, Richard Hayward Properties