HARRIS LAMB SECURES £53,000 REDUCTION IN BUSINESS RATES ASSESSMENT FOR CHESTERFIELD TANNERY

Rating experts at Harris Lamb have successfully challenged a Valuation Office assessment on behalf of a Chesterfield tannery, resulting in its business rates assessment being slashed by over £50,000. Working on behalf of Spire Leather, one of the few remaining traditional leather tanneries in the country, the business’ Rating team spent months working through the VO’s Check, Challenge proces...

BUSINESS RATES HOLIDAYS FOR KEY SECTORS HIT BY CORONAVIRUS

Andrew Hulbert, Director of Business Rates, on the special measures being put in place by the Government as businesses struggle to cope with the coronavirus crisis None of us could have foreseen the confusing, concerning and often frightening circumstances the UK finds itself in today. The past four weeks has seen the coronavirus become the sole topic of conversation, leaving everyone worried abo...

2022 BUSINESS RATES REVALUATION LOOKS INCREASINGLY LIKELY AMID BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS

The scheduled 2021 Business Rates Revaluation Is looking increasingly likely to take place in 2022, according to business rates specialists at Harris Lamb. The Queen’s Speech, which set out the Government’s legislative agenda during the State Opening of Parliament yesterday, highlighted the fact that with the last three years having been largely dedicated to Brexit negotiations, planned ef...

COULD WE REALLY BE ON THE WAY TO REALISING A REFORM OF THE BUSINESS RATES SYSTEM?

Last week saw something we have been hoping for a long time; an inquiry was launched by the Treasury Committee to look into how the Government’s Business rates policies have affected business. Of course, it’s rather long overdue – Rating professionals throughout the industry have been pleading for such a review for years in the hope that such a step would leave to a complete reform of th...

UK BUSINESSES AND THE BUDGET: WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

There had been a huge amount of hype in the run up to the Chancellor’s Budget this week, with business owners being very keen to see those contentious business rates being reduced. But what are the salient points to focus on? Nigel Fletcher of our Rating team sheds some light... Major Government announcements often promise much but, with the devil being in the detail, real benefits can be les...