Business Rates Newsletter February 2022

Business Rates Newsletter February 2022

Welcome to our latest Newsletter! We are delighted to let you know that the Graham + Sibbald Business Rates team have expanded their service offering to now include Financial Management. In addition to appeals, the team will now also undertake audits of annual rates bills in order to identify any potential saving opportunities by way…

Business Rates Newsletter December 2021

Business Rates Newsletter December 2021

Welcome to our December Newsletter which concentrates on the business rates issues outlined within the Scottish Budget 2022/23 announced Thursday 9th December. We will provide further comment once any relevant Statutory Instrument is issued. We wish all our clients an enjoyable and healthy festive period and all the best for 2022!   Download our newsletter

Business Rates Newsletter October 2021

Business Rates Newsletter October 2021

Welcome to the October edition of our Rating Newsletter. Assessor’s staff and Finance Departments throughout Scotland are beginning to return to their offices and negotiation on the huge backlog of Valuation and Rates Invoice appeals gathers pace. We have been in negotiation with both departments but discussions have often stalled due to required re-inspections. Assessors staff…

Marta Calanca

Marta Calanca

Business Rates Officer Marta Calanca joined Graham + Sibbald in 2021 from Barnardos Charity. In her former role, Marta was responsible for all business rates related issues including applying for various types of business rates relief during the health crisis on behalf of the charity’s property portfolio across Scotland. Her attention to detail, strong work…

Getting the balance right on town-centre rates

Getting the balance right on town-centre rates

Are high rates killing the Scottish town centres? Rating Consultant, Tim Bunker argues for a balanced approach.   There is a lot of talk about how excessive business rates are causing the ‘death’ of Scotland’s town and city centres. However this ignores the fact that rates are only one of a number of challenges that…

Business Rates Newsletter April 2021

Welcome to our April Newsletter with updated comment on the Scottish Rating system and news on Appeals and Rates Relief. Fortunately, light is appearing at the end of a dark tunnel since our previous edition. The Scottish Government announced details of the further relaxation of restrictions across Scotland. From Monday 26 April, hospitality venues such…

Business Rates Newsletter – September 2020
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Business Rates Newsletter – September 2020

Rating Revaluation 2022 Postponed! The First Minister announced that the next Revaluation due in 2022 has been cancelled. There has been no explanation and this contradicts the recommendations made in the Barclay Review of the Scottish Rating system – which was instigated by the Scottish Government. The below is an extract from the First Ministers…