Huw Thomas  BSc, MRICS
Director, Retail and Leisure Agency; Lease Advisory

02920 346312

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About Huw

Huw Thomas is Director of Retail and Leisure Agency advising landlords, retail occupiers and developers on Welsh High Streets, Shopping Centres and Out of Town Retail.

Huw is Director of Retail and Leisure Agency, Welsh specialists with unrivalled coverage and active on every high street across South Wales. He is an expert with over 20 years’ experience in selling, letting and acquiring shops, shopping centres and retail parks throughout the UK. He advises institutional and local landlords and developers on lettings and sales, and national, multiple and local retailers on leasehold acquisition and freehold properties. He also provides strategic development advice and is regularly involved in consultancy projects for public and private sector clients. He regularly acts as Expert Witness in rent review and lease renewal disputes. Huw is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Areas of Expertise

Experience

  • Letting agent on new 400,000 sq ft Friars Walk shopping centre, Newport for Queensberry Real Estate during 18 months leadup to launch
  • Retained retail advisors for retailers including Greggs Plc, Principality Building Society, Specsavers, Ladbrokes, Starbucks, Burger King, Connells Group, Austin Reed, British Heart Foundation
  • Retained letting agents on key Welsh shopping centres including Capitol Shopping Centre in Cardiff; St Elli Shopping Centre, Llanelli; The Rhiw Shopping Centre, Bridgend; Gwent Shopping Centre, Tredegar.

Qualifications

  • BSc
  • MRICS
  • Member of Shop Agency Society
  • Former Member of RICS Board and South Wales RICS matrics Committee

Interests

When not being henpecked by his three daughters, Huw enjoys singing and competing with Cordydd (a mixed voice choir based in Cardiff), road cycling and watching rugby.

Cooke & Arkwright have been providing Newport City Council with rating advice for over 20 years. Andrew, Jane and Huw provide a personal and professional service and have an excellent knowledge of the Council’s assets which has enabled the Council to achieve substantial rate savings. A useful service offered is the status report which provides us with a snapshot of what appeals have been made and appeals outstanding throughout the life of the List. I would recommend Cooke & Arkwright Rating Services to any company wishing to procure up-to-date and professional rating advice.

Eirian Jones, Estates Team Leader, Newport Norse
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