London celebrates Wales on St David’s Day

28 February 2018

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We are delighted to be one of the sponsors of Wales Week in London 2018. Over 70 activities and events are taking place in the UK capital to celebrate and promote Welsh culture, sport, business, food and drink. Today the Prime Minister's St David's Day Reception takes place at Downing Street, where we will be represented.

There is a St David's Day Dinner at the Guildhall in the City of London and Lunch with the Football Association of Wales at the Adelphi Building in Covent Garden Riverside. Music will be enjoyed at a Concert in Westminster Central Hall and a Gig Night at the London Welsh Centre. You can sample a taste of Welsh produce at Borough Market and Paddington Station. There are many more events and you can check the full list here.

As one of Wales's leading commercial property advisory firms with Wales based experts on Welsh property, it is important for Cooke & Arkwright to support this great initiative and help develop stronger links between two key UK hotspots.

Take a minute to look at our short video to find out more about who we are and what we do.

With so much interest in Wales as a property investment destination, there has never been a more important time to showcase the best of Wales in London. A large proportion of our client-base comprise London based investors, occupiers and developers who turn to Cooke & Arkwright for specialist advice on their commercial property assets. Like other great Welsh businesses taking part, we are proud to raise our profile and build our networks in London.

Now in its second year, Wales Week in London has gained a strong following and it is a tremendous way to celebrate Welsh success stories. The initiative launched on Saturday 24th February and runs to Friday 10th March.

Happy St David's Day from 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. 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