Coronavirus - Business Continuity Planning

18 March 2020

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For all clients, contacts and business partners of Cooke & Arkwright - we wanted to advise you of our continuity planning as a business to ensure that our staff are kept safe and that we continue to be able to support our clients through this unprecedented situation.

Our focus as a business is on the health and wellbeing of our staff and clients, but we are confident that our systems and processes for situations such as this will ensure we are able to provide a seamless service to our clients and enable our colleagues to continue to work with minimum disruption.

This is a fast moving situation, and our directors are communicating regularly to keep the situation under review and keep our staff informed every step of the way.  We are following UK government guidance with regards the responsibility to protect ourselves and each other. Our staff are all set up to work remotely and we anticipate moving to full remote working over the coming days.  We anticipate this remote working is likely to continue for some time until UK Government advice changes.

We recognise the challenges that this unprecedented situation will bring for our clients, and throughout this crisis we remain available to our clients and occupiers to help you with specific property related issues where we are able.  Whilst we have now stopped face to face meetings in line with government guidance, we are fully contactable by telephone and email, and if you have any difficulties with contacting your usual contact then please let us know and we will ensure this is rectified.

If you do have any queries, please speak with your normal Cooke & Arkwright contact who will be able to discuss our arrangements and how these relate to your circumstances more fully.

Andrew Gardner, Managing Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. These negotiated reductions yielded savings of c.£3.5m which, crucially, allows the WRU to re-invest in rugby throughout Wales. They advise the WRU across the group portfolio including the National Centre of Excellence in the Vale of Glamorgan. The valuation issues across the WRU portfolio are complex requiring a high level of understanding of the funding and finances of professional sport in Wales. Cooke & Arkwright’s experience and understanding of these issues and application to the rating valuation have yielded these substantial negotiated reductions. The WRU and the Millennium Stadium entrust our work to organisations with the required levels in experience and expertise in dealing with these complex issues. I am glad to say we have this expertise in Wales. I would have no hesitation in recommending ratepayers making use of this Welsh based expertise.

Steve Phillips, Group Finance Director, Welsh Rugby Union Group