Specialist Business Rates Advisors

Our knowledge of the Business Rates system, including Rating valuation and complex case law, combined with excellent negotiation skills from years of brokerage experience has helped secure significant monetary savings for many clients following successful business rates appeal the majority of which have been settled without recourse to the Valuation Appeal Panel.

Gary Walton - DirectorGary Walton, RICS Registered Valuer with over 19 year’s experience. He has worked in the Assessor's Office (the government body responsible for setting rateable values) and has in depth expertise of wide range of markets such as commercial, licensed trade, healthcare and educational, having previously been employed with firms such as Christie & Co and CB Richard Ellis.

I can’t recommend Gary highly enough as he saved us about £12,000 a year on our business rates by negotiating our appeals on our behalf

Dev Fowdar, Managing Director, Thistle Healthcare Group Ltd

Email:  Gary.Walton@businessratesadvice.com

Below are some of Gary's recent cases;

  • New Monteith House Care Home- Carstairs, North Lanarkshire- negotiated a rates saving of over £50,000 per annum.
  • Whitecraigs Children's Day Nursery, Stirling reduction in the rateable value from £31,000 to £16,000, which resulted in rates saving of over £35,000 over a five years period.
  • Little Scholars Children's Day Nursery, Dundee - attendance and presentation at Valuation Appeal Committee, securing a further reduction in the rates saving of around £15,000 until the next revaluation.
  • Bourbon Nightclub, Frederick Street, Edinburgh  RV reduced from £98,000 to £50,000
  • Greenaple Day Nursery, Hamilton, reduction in the rateable value from £52,000 to £29,000 giving a rates saving of £44,500 until the next revaluation.
  • Ashton Road Hotel, Gourock - securing a reduction in the rateable value from £54,000 to £28,500 until the next revaluation.
  • Enchanted Forrest Nursery, Thornliebank, Glasgow - rates saving of £10,000 per annum
  • Abbeymill Childcare, Paisley  reduction in the rateable value from £40,000 to £12,500, resulting in a rates saving of over £20,000 per annum

Craig Maxwell, MRICS - DirectorCraig is a Chartered Surveyor with 17 years' experience in all the main property sectors for a wide range of purposes including Rating, loan security valuations, development appraisals, acquisitions and disposals.

Craig joined us in April 2016 from the Asset Management team of West Dunbartonshire Council where for 4 years he managed a substantial number of Council owned property assets and was responsible for the day to day management of Clydebank Property Company assets following its acquisition by the Council. Previously, Craig worked in the Scottish property market for established firms including James Barr (now part of GVA Bilfinger), Cushman & Wakefield and Knight Frank; specialising in Brokerage, Valuation and Professional Services.

Throughout his career to date, he has dealt with a number of Rating appeals on behalf of occupier clients and has also advised clients on a wide range of consultancy matters in the past including rent reviews and lease restructuring on behalf of both landlord and tenant clients such as Scottish Enterprise and Motorola. Craig has undertaken valuations on behalf of banking and developer clients including organisations such as RBS, Redevco and Deutsche Bank.

Email: Craig.Maxwell@businessratesadvice.com

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