1 November 2011back

An Independent Arts & Business Cymru

Arts & Business
Only Boys Aloud at the A&B Cymru Awards 2011

For over two decades Arts & Business Cymru has worked as part of a UK wide organisation. From today, it is able to further tailor its activity to the specific needs of Wales by becoming an independent charity.

Arts & Business Cymru specialises in brokering and developing sustainable relationships between the private sector and the arts, playing a valuable role in the country’s economy. From offices in Cardiff and Llandudno, it works with businesses ranging from multi nationals to sole traders and flagship arts organisations to individual artists. It is the specialist in partnering both sectors to address issues of business growth, corporate social responsibility and staff training, development and retention.

Under the leadership of its Chief Executive, Rachel Jones, A&B Cymru has been key to the success of many arts projects. Among the most notable was the brokering of the partnership between the Principality Building Society and Only Boys Aloud. The initial sponsorship in Summer 2010 brought such benefit to both partners that it quickly grew into a substantial 3 year deal. The Choir, which engages teenagers from across the South Wales Valleys, already has 200 members and, thanks to Principality, this valuable initiative has a bright future.

A Welsh Board of Trustees has been established under the chairmanship of Huw Roberts, who chaired the A&B Cymru Advisory Committee for 2 years. Recently retired from his role as Director of Welsh Affairs at the Royal Mail, Huw has an impressive business and political network.

Other founding members of the A&B Cymru board include: Simon King, Managing Director, Core Matters; Alison Love who recently left her position as a Partner at Hugh James to set up her own business Alison Love Limited; Samantha Maskrey, Director, Present Choices and Lynne Sheehy, CSR Manager, Legal & General. Each member has supported A&B Cymru for many years through membership of the advisory committee and proactive involvement with its work.

The devolved Arts & Business Cymru is already forging ahead with new programmes of work, as well as working tirelessly to ensure that the service to all members remains unaffected during this transition.

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Arts & Business Cymru says...

"Many exciting times are ahead for A&B Cymru as we continue and develop our work throughout our country. I am particularly delighted that we have such a focussed and effective board supporting us. The expertise they bring, as well as their deep understanding of and commitment to A&B Cymru, will ensure a smooth transition into our exciting new chapter. I strongly believe that becoming independent will enable the team to bring even greater impact on the people and communities of Wales."
Rachel Jones, Chief Executive, Arts & Business Cymru

"Today marks a new era for Arts & Business Cymru. I welcome the decision of the A&B Limited board to devolve its powers in Wales to Arts & Business Cymru. This move is a natural progression, reflecting the broader devolutionary developments. We have a great team in Arts & Business Cymru and I and my fellow board members are totally committed to working with them and the Welsh Government to advocate the arts to business and to ignite and inspire new partnerships."
Huw Roberts, Chair, Arts & Business Cymru

"Without A&B Cymru my arts organisation wouldn’t be in existence today. Its no-nonsense approach to creating diverse and innovative partnerships between the arts and business communities in Wales have SO greatly enriched our cultural landscape. I am delighted that A&B Cymru is able to continue its crucial work which has such impact on people across the entire country.”
Tim Rhys Evans, Musical Director, Only Boys Aloud