New volunteer board member at Beacons Creative Wales

17 December 2021
  • Land Agency Director Cooke & Arkwright, Chris Hyde

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Beacons Creative Wales Limited welcomed a new member to its voluntary board of directors in December, when it was joined by Chris Hyde, Director of Land Agency at Cooke & Arkwright.

Beacons Creative is a social enterprise based in Brecon which provides employment and training opportunities to adults with disabilities in a safe and caring environment. They design and create a range of beautifully handmade, wax based products at the centre including environmentally friendly candles, soaps and firelighters, as well as skincare and wholefoods.

The social firm is led by a strong voluntary board of directors brought together to provide leadership, a broad range of management skills and a wealth of experience. They give up their time to oversee the legal, strategic and financial management of the company.

Commenting on his new volunteer role Chris, who lives with his family in Brecon, said, “I’d been a customer of Beacons Creative for a long time as they bake the most delicious homemade bread.  Completely by chance, I met a couple of their board members in Brecon, and told them how much I admired what they did in giving people a chance in life. Not long after, they contacted me and asked if I would volunteer to join their board which I was only too happy to agree to.”

One of Chris’s first contributions was in true festive spirit when he gave up his time on Friday 17th December to man Beacons Creative’s Christmas stall at Cardiff’s open air Christmas market.

Chris said, “Whilst we didn’t have any bread or soap to sell, we did have an array of beautiful candles, all made by hand with responsibly sourced ingredients. It was a really successful day. I was busy from the first minute to the last, and had a lot of fun at the same time. I was especially pleased to see a few colleagues come along during lunch hour and buy some presents for Christmas.”

Mansford has expanded its investment portfolio over the last few years. Over this time Andrew West has provided us with a full rating valuation service which has involved giving a view on liabilities prior to acquisitions, as well as conducting negotiations with Valuation Officers on our UK estate. The portfolio includes a wide range of properties from shops, offices and pubs to major leisure schemes. He has been particularly successful in mitigating our liabilities to empty property rate, which has been an issue on acquisition prior to implementing our development and letting strategy. I have no hesitation in recommending Andrew's expertise in rating valuation for all property types. The profile of property within his portfolio and the successes achieved are testament to his position as an extremely accomplished rating practitioner.

Leopold Hall, Partner, Mansford LLP