Thank you

30 April 2020
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Up and down the country we’ve all been getting behind the incredible efforts of the keyworkers going above and beyond to help others at this time. Today we wanted to reiterate this message of thanks to the real-life heroes; individuals on the front lines giving so much during this unprecedented time.

We asked the Cooke & Arkwright team to tell us about family members in their own homes who are key workers going the extra mile and this short film introduces some of the healthcare workers, teachers, supermarket staff and community volunteers they told us about. As a firm, we can’t express our gratitude enough, and are so proud of your outstanding efforts

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.

The Welsh Rugby Union Limited, Welsh Rugby Union Group