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 20 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;

  • The McMillan (Restaurant), Glasgow - Revaluation 2017; negotiated a rates saving equating to £65,000 over five years
  • Ascensos, Blair Court & Stirling House (Offices), Clydebank - Revaluation 2017; negotiated a siginificant reduction for the various Assessments within each building resulting in rates savings for the client of £160,000 over five years
  • New Monteith House (Care Home), Carstairs, North Lanarkshire - negotiated a rates saving of over £50,000 per annum
  • 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 up to the 2017 Revaluation
  • Bourbon (Nightclub), Frederick Street, Edinburgh - RV reduced from £98,000 to £50,000
  • One Ashton Road (Hotel), Gourock - secured a reduction in the Rateable Value from £54,000 to £28,500 up to the 2017 revaluation

Craig Maxwell, MRICS - DirectorCraig is a Chartered Surveyor with 19 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 and previously 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, Craig 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. 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

Below are some of Craig's recent cases;

  • Past Due Credit Solution (Offices), Blair Court, Clydebank - Revaluation 2017; negotiated a reduction in RV from £71,000 to £52,000 resulting in rates savings for the client in excess of £47,000 over five years
  • Forrest Media (Site), Bridge Street, Cambuslang - Following extensive negotiation with the Assessor, achieved an amendment in the Valuation Roll to show the property as a ‘Premises’ entry. This showed an annual rates saving for the client of over £8,000 in 2016/17 and in excess of £10,500 per year for a minimum period of five years from 1 April 2018
  • T&M Convenience Store (Shop), Paisley Road West, Glasgow - secured a reduction in RV to £15,000 resulting in the client obtaining 100% rates relief under SBBS, saving over £25,000 for the duration of the Revaluation cycle

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