Business Rates

Business rates represent a large cost for occupiers of commercial premises and owners of vacant property. For Rating List 2017, legislation, and the introduction of the 'Check, Challenge & Appeal' system, is complex, and ratepayers need to be aware that ill-advised challenges against their rating assessments could even result in increases, rather than reductions.

How we can help you

We deal with all aspects of business rates and will work with you to reduce your liability by reviewing your current assessment and recommending an appropriate strategy to both reduce the liability moving forward as well as recovering any overpaid business rates. We do this by negotiating with the Valuation Office Agency and liaising with the local billing authority. We can also actively manage your property portfolio to ensure all applicable rates reliefs are obtained. Our objective is to save you money.

How we do it

We are a team of surveyors operating across the UK who are fully compliant with RICS Rating Consultancy Code of Practice. Whether you are an occupier paying business rates on property you use, or an owner with empty property on which you are paying rates, then we are on hand to help and advise you on the best route to take to save money and set up accurate payments and budgets.


Business Rates services

• Business rates appeals
• Business rates audit
• Business rates management
• Completion of statutory Valuation Office forms
• Detailed savings and budgetary reports
• Empty property rates mitigation
• Negotiations with the local authority

I engaged Luke to help me out with getting my business correctly rated which he duly achieved on my behalf. Aside from the financial help this afforded me in terms of grants and rebates, it was so nice to have such a friendly, approachable and clearly skilled professional in my corner when dealing with the local authority. He was always easy to communicate with and gave me great piece of mind throughout the whole process of navigating the rating system, and without his help I would have likely not achieved the same result and ended up with several more grey hairs on my head instead!

Luke Meessmann owner of Absolute Studios

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