What are business rates?
Business rates are perhaps the most feared and generally the most misunderstood of all taxes on UK property. Our rating surveyors are professionally qualified to fully investigate all possible rates scenarios.
We negotiate with both the Valuation Office Agency and local billing authorities to mitigate the impact caused by this significant property outgoing. We also check, authorise and can arrange payments of clients’ rates bills and carry out a full Rates Audit of past liabilities, recovering principal overpayments, interest and tax certificates.
We advise a variety of clients ranging from major PLCs with national property portfolios to local authorities, landlords and small individual businesses.
We have wide-ranging experience in a number of specialist areas including:
- The motor trade
- Prestige city offices
- High street retail
- Industrial and warehousing
- Retail warehouses and retail schemes
- Major printing works and glassworks
- Television and film studios
- Call centres and computer centres
- Independent schools and colleges
- Leisure and hotels
- Licensed properties, in particular free houses and nightclubs
Business rating advice is highly cost effective and more often than not, our professional fees on appeals are fully met from the cash savings achieved. No upfront charges are ever made before advice is given. We can also provide non-contingency fee consultancy advice at fixed rates where the client so requires.