Cooke & Arkwright and Cardiff Blues seal partnership

Commercial property specialists recognised as official supplier to Cardiff Blues

22 September 2015

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The partnership marks a ten-year relationship which has seen the club save more than £500,000. Cooke & Arkwright provides a number of high profile sporting venues with consultancy and advice, and has been working with the Cardiff Blues for more than a decade, saving the club approximately £570,000 in business rates alone.

The 'official supplier' status was finalised this month and benefits include the firm featuring on the Cardiff Blues website and match day hospitality.

Andrew West, Partner and Director at Cooke & Arkwright said, ” We are delighted to be able to continue our strong working relationship with the Cardiff Blues by becoming an official supplier. To remain at the forefront of professional rugby in Wales takes considerable investment and we have worked with the club over a number of years to help them save money on their rates at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park, and at their training centre at the Vale Resort in Hensol.”

Peter Ghattas, Finance Director at Cardiff Blues said, “As a commercial organisation, it's very important for us to make every penny count and the money that we've saved on business rates gets ploughed back into the region. We are pleased to be continuing our partnership with Cooke & Arkwright as their advice and assistance has directly contributed to the region's continuing success.”

Cooke & Arkwright have also advised the SSE SWALEC, the Cardiff City Stadium, the Parc Y Scarlets, and also the Millennium Stadium, where the firm is delivery rates savings of almost £3.5m between 2005 and 2017.

I have worked with Jeremy Symons over the past three years successfully leasing and buying property in support of my business. I continue to be very pleased with his knowledge of the market and expertise. Our relationship over this time has resulted in acquiring 20,000 sq ft at Capital Business Park in Cardiff, leasing 11,000 sq ft at Southpoint, and subsequently leasing an initial 42,000 sq ft at Parc Bedwas, followed by a succession of expansions of a further 11,000 and then 47,000 sq ft, enabling us to centralise all of our operations at Parc Bedwas in a single 100,000 sq ft facility. The acquisitions were completed at the perfect time for tenant purposes and the rent fixed throughout the term at very economical rates. A job well done.

Bob James, Aerfin