9:00am Thursday 5th September 2013
By Ed Mezzetti
LONDON Welsh have strengthened their ties with Oxford by moving all their non-playing staff to the city.
The Exiles yesterday unveiled a new partnership with Oxford law firm Henmans Freeth LLP, which will see them share offices in Cowley.
Welsh will move to the law firm’s Oxford Business Park South base, while a sponsorship deal will see their name on the back of Welsh’s shirts.
“We are delighted to be able to announce our partnership with Henmans Freeth for the season ahead and in so doing reinforce our commitment to Oxford and the region,” said chairman Bleddyn Phillips.
“We have been working closely with Henmans in recent weeks to establish areas of mutual interest and support, and to identify ways in which together we can bring benefits to our supporters, clients and the community at large.”
Phillips also reiterated the club’s desire to move their training ground from Richmond to the Oxford area as soon as possible.
“We are in the process of talking over a number of potential sites where we might do our training,” he said.
Welsh’s decision to move their administrative staff from Richmond to Cowley is part of their drive to broaden their Oxford-based activities, be nearer the Kassam Stadium and connect with their local supporters.
Part of the Freeth Cartwright Group of law firms, Henmans Freeth handle commercial and personal matters for a wide range of clients.
Sarah Foster, managing partner, said: “We are very proud of our connection to Oxfordshire and sport, and this corporate sponsorship deal strengthens that connection.
“It will help benefit the local community we serve through London Welsh’s community development programme and by securing the playing of Championship rugby in Oxford for families to watch.”
Welsh also announced a partnership with Chippenham-based unified communications voice, data and mobiles supplier, Solar Communications Limited.
Solar have featured in the Sunday Times Tech Track Top 100 companies for the last two years.
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