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Business Rates

Most business premises are subject to local taxation by the payment of business rates.  

The amount payable is set every year by Central Government and charged under the Uniform Business Rate multiplier.  Revenues are collected by your local authority.

There are several reasons why your rateable value may have changed:

  • You’ve made significant changes to the size, layout or use of your business premises
  • The premises are adversely affected by a change in circumstances. For example, a road closure or building works
  • The assessment does not correspond to a hypothetical rental value

You can check your rating assessment here. If you believe your rateable value may be wrong, we can carry out an initial investigation to establish whether a Rating Appeal should be lodged. If we think your assessment is wrong, we’ll work on your behalf to reduce your liability, including:

  • Submitting a formal appeal for an alteration to the rating list
  • Negotiating with the appropriate body on your behalf
  • If necessary, preparing and presenting your case to the Valuation Tribunal
  • Appearing as Expert Witness before the Lands Tribunal

For further advice on how to reduce your rates liability, please call us on 01782 715725 or email