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Empty Property Rates can be the breaking point for an investor or occupier ...

November 10, 2017

Vacant rates payments are a huge concern for many participants in the current property market

There is still a limited opportunity to appeal your business rates in Scotland even though the Revaluation deadline has now passed

October 20, 2017

If you are concerned about your business rates, we can help even if you have missed the deadline ...

Barclay Business Rates Review Published

October 9, 2017

Recommendations have been broadly welcomed by the Scottish property sector

Are you eligible for relief on your business rates?

July 7, 2017

In this article we explain two types or relief available in Scotland - Empty Buildings and Charitable.

Business Rates Calculator

June 30, 2017

If you are worried about the rise in rates then you might be able to lodge an appeal but please note that you have until September to do this to don't leave it until later - contact our team to see if you have a case in the first instance.

Business Rates Relief; Charitable Relief

June 9, 2017

In our previous article regarding Empty Building Buildings Relief on 2 June 2017, we undertook to advise on potential business rates relief schemes available to ratepayers.

Business Rates Relief; Empty Buildings Relief ...

June 2, 2017

In our previous article regarding Small Business Bonus Scheme on 17 March 2017, we undertook to advise on potential business rates Relief schemes available to ratepayers, which can prove very beneficial to eligible businesses.

Criticism of review of rates system in England ...

May 26, 2017

In election season, rating experts in England have slammed the Conservative party’s plans to reform business rates announced in its manifesto.

Time is running out to appeal your business rates

May 19, 2017

There is only a limited time for landlords, tenants and occupiers alike to lodge an appeal on your business rates. Don't keep putting it off.

Business rates jump are making retailers rethink expansion plans

May 12, 2017

The increase business rates bills is seeing a huge impact on retailers overheads - particularly so in prime and prominent retailing pitches.

The business rates appeal system in Scotland and England is not the same ...

May 5, 2017

Ratepayers should be aware that there are significant differences in the appeal system between Scotland and England.

New RICS Rating advisor guidelines ...

April 28, 2017

Enhanced guidelines bring clarity following revaluation ...

Hospitality Sector 12.5% relief not automatically applied ...

April 21, 2017

Ratepayers need to make an application to their local Council for rates cap

The impact of business rates increases already being felt ...

April 14, 2017

Recent Survey finds that more than half of firms facing hiked business rates are already planning cutbacks!

Barclay Review of Business Rates ...

April 7, 2017

Former RBS chief to lead Scottish business rates review

The Revaluation is finally upon us ...

March 31, 2017

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Aberdeen Nursery to close ...

March 24, 2017

In our article of 17 January 2017, we reported that many Children’s Day Nursery values have increased significantly and in some cases they have more than doubled ...

Business Rates Relief; Small Business Bonus Scheme

March 17, 2017

In our previous article Business Rates Calculator dated 8 March 2017, we undertook to advise on potential business rates Relief schemes available to ratepayers, e.g. Small Business Bonus Scheme, Empty Property Relief etc, which can prove beneficial to eligible businesses.

Budget 2017: Government support for Pubs in England towards their business rates liability

March 10, 2017

... and the Scottish Government has introduced a scheme to cap rates increases in the hospitality sector at 12.5% in 2017-18

New Draft Rates Assessments are now on line and a number of nursery operators are expecting a large increase in their rates

January 15, 2017

There is no consistency in approach or fairness in general in the way nursery properties are assessed for rates; in some cases, we are seeing similar sized nurseries (in terms of Registration) having completely different Assessments.

2017 Revaluation Draft Rateable Values Announced ...

January 13, 2017

Draft Rateable Values have been issued by the various Assessors throughout Scotland and the VOA in England . How does how this affect your business and rates bills?

Are you paying too much for business rates

December 6, 2016

We have managed to achieve significant rates savings on behalf of several clients via the rates appeal process. The attached flyer (below right) shows a small selection of the numerous successful outcomes we have achieved.

Business rates calculations postponed

May 5, 2015

Many nursery operators will now have to wait until 2017 to appeal their business rates as government delays revaluation