Port offers rent-free period for tenants with charitable status
Today (30th March 2020) the Port of Milford Haven has announced rent support to its tenants with charitable status.
Charities such as Patch, Paul Sartori and others will be given a three-month rent-free period to see them through this extremely challenging time.
Andy Jones, CEO at the Port of Milford Haven, said: “We are all facing an uncertain couple of months ahead, but we recognise that charities are a vital part of Pembrokeshire’s community. And to many, they are a lifeline. We felt it was important to help them help the most vulnerable in our community and we hope that this rent-free period will go some way towards that.”
Commenting on the announcement, Tracy Olin, Manager at Patch, said: “We are so thankful to the Port for this support. Yet again they have stepped in to help us, while we help those less fortunate in our county. The money saved on rent will go towards purchasing much needed food as well as fuel for our delivery vans.”
Andy Jones, CEO at the Port, added: “As a business we are firmly rooted to Pembrokeshire and as a Trust Port we have a purpose to build the Haven’s prosperity. This purpose is backed passionately by our staff who are eager to support the local community in as many ways as we can as we collectively battle with the threat that Covid-19 has brought to all our lives.
“We are continuing to look for other ways to support our community and we are talking with our commercial tenants about how we can support them, however we are very aware that our own financial position is also uncertain and so we must be cautious. Without doubt, the best way we can contribute to the UK’s effort to beat this virus is to keep our port running safely and efficiently, providing fuel and vital food and medical supplies to the Country. Our staff, as key workers, are central to this and therefore their health and wellbeing remains our core focus.”
Notes to Editors
Port of Milford Haven
The Port of Milford Haven is the UK’s top energy port and Wales’ busiest port handling around 20% of Britain’s seaborne trade in oil and gas. It is widely recognised in the industry as the energy capital of the UK.
The Port, along with the cluster of energy-related businesses along the Waterway, is a key driver of economic activity in Pembrokeshire, attracting inward investment and supporting over 4,000 jobs.
The Port of Milford Haven also owns and operates Pembroke Port and Milford Dock. Activities such as cargo handling, ferry operations, fish landing and cruise calls as well as a first-class marina are spread across these two sites.
One of the most prominent on the West Coast, the Port is in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the only Coastal National Park in Great Britain. It is marked as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and has many areas designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
The Port of Milford Haven is a trust port – an independent, commercially run organisation that has statutory responsibilities governed by its Acts, to maintain and improve navigation and the provision of Port and Harbour services and facilities. Additionally, the Port provides significant financial and in-kind support to a wide variety of local causes. All profits are retained within the business to fund these objectives.
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