On 21st June 2019 we were delighted to be awarded the Financial and Professional Service Business of the Year Award at the Cardiff Business Awards at City Hall in Cardiff.

Over the last 10 to 15 years or so we have been very fortunate in winning a number of awards for design including RICS Regional and National, RIBA, Insider, Education Building Wales and BCO to name a few but. This Cardiff Biz Award is particularly exciting and special to us as it acknowledges the efforts and decisions we have made in order to become one of the leading architectural practices in Wales.

From Rio’s inception, the creation and delivery of high-quality design has been our primary focus. We have developed the practice through client satisfaction and repeat business because of our reputation as innovators and good designers. Nevertheless, being good designers is not enough, in order to be successful we need to have a good business acumen also.

We believe that the key factors which have enabled the success of our business and ultimately has won us this prestigious award are:

Staff - We have invested a great deal of time in selecting and nurturing our staff to be the best that they can be. Mentoring, training, providing an inspiring environment within which to work and then rewarding staff means that our team are highly skilled and highly motivated. The result is a high-quality service and satisfied clients.

Clients - Understanding our client’s business’s is critical. We take time to learn what our clients need for them to be successful. What is their culture, values, goals and aspirations and what can we do to enhance or improve what they do?

Expansion - Since Rio’s beginnings in 2000, we have grown steadily and sustainably. Not rushing to win work which doesn’t fit with our values, but focusing on clients and projects where we believe we can add real value through our approach to design. This has resulted in a robust business, with long-standing, loyal clients and a steady flow of work, which we are able to manage effectively and provide the highest quality of service.

Location - Our original base is Cardiff where we have seized on the opportunity to grow our business within a vibrant and growing City, working on the highest profile projects and with the City’s key Investors and Developers. We have also created bases in other City’s including London and Manchester, and now most recently in Edinburgh where we currently see major development and city expansion, and therefore opportunities for us to grow.

Adaptation - In our rapidly changing environment, we recognise that continuous and flexible adaption is crucial. Diversification, bringing new skill sets into the practice, enhancing the range and quality of our service, is being received well in the market. We have moved the business into new areas including Interior Design, Master-planning and Urban design, Breeam and CfSH Assessment and more recently to providing marketing quality Visualisation and Movie Animations.

The Cardiff Business Award acknowledges that we are not just good architects and designers, but that we are an intelligent, innovative business that thinks and acts strategically.

We are very proud of the award and look forward to building further on what we have already achieved.