Business Rates

Reducing your costs + maximising support
100+ Years combined experience
21 Offices across the UK

If you are looking for a Business Rates team who can help minimise your costs and liabilities, then we are the team to come to. 

We can help if you are looking for advice and support that will help navigate the complex world of commercial property rates and take advantage of any relief schemes or discounts that are available.

Assessors will release final valuations by 1st April 2023 with any proposals to appeal required to be submitted by 31st July 2023. Please note that our team will be enforcing a 15 working day deadline in advance of the July submission date to ensure adequate time to complete the proposal.

The Scottish Government has introduced extensive changes to the Appeal process with ‘Appeals’ now replaced by ‘Proposals’ which have to be lodged with the relevant Assessors office prior to 31 July 2023. The Proposal has to include a Statement, comparable evidence and detailed reasons for the challenge. The Assessor may refuse the Proposal if they do not believe it meets the legislative requirements. The process is now more onerous and complex and the ratepayer therefore must be suitably represented.

Scottish Assessors Website

English Valuation Office

Everything we do is designed to help you and your business. We’ll work closely with you to provide a bespoke solution to your specific needs. Our rating service includes:

Rating Proposals

We are experts at Rating Valuation on all types of commercial property having dealt with an average of 5,000 appeals at each of the last rates revaluations. We can ensure that your properties’ rateable value is accurate, your rates liability is minimised and that you are paying the correct amount in rates.

Graham + Sibbald have been party to consultation on the new ‘Proposals’ procedure and required content. The purpose of such a complex system is clearly to reduce the overall number of ‘Appeals/Proposals’ lodged. It will be extremely difficult for a ratepayer to prepare such a detailed document and ensure it is accepted by the Assessor. We can assist with ensuring the legislative requirements are met and subsequent negotiations ensure the value is fair and reasonable in comparison with similar properties.

Rating Consultancy

Thanks to our in-depth knowledge of the Business Rates system, we can provide consultancy advice on all aspects of commercial property rates and help with budgeting and keep you up-to-date with all new legislative changes, highlighting opportunities for you to reduce your outgoings.

Vacant Property Rates Relief

You can apply for empty property relief if your commercial property is unoccupied and unfurnished. We can advise you on whether you are eligible for this relief and how much relief you may be due. We can then help you make your claim.

Financial Management

We understand that running a business can be costly so we are here to help. Our financial management service includes an audit of your annual rates bill to identify potential savings opportunities and check the invoicing from Councils.

Water + Sewerage Charges

We work with independent consultants to provide expert advice on the charges that should be paid for water and sewerage services delivered to commercial property. We can therefore provide you with a definitive figure of what you should pay. If we think that the charges that you are currently paying are not correct, we can negotiate on your behalf.

Assessor Information Notice

An Assessor Information Notice (AIN) replaces the questionnaires previously issued by the Assessor to gather the information required to produce the Valuation Roll. You have 28 days to complete and return the AIN or a fine can be issued. Any inaccuracies or missing information may also result in a fine. Contact us today for assistance with your AIN.

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Our Expertise

Thanks to our network of 21 UK offices, we are able to offer a unique blend of national coverage coupled with local expertise. Our specialist knowledge of the proposals process and relief options places us in an advantageous position when negotiating with Assessors.

Our team has over 100 years of combined experience and has had particular success in business rates appeals. We use our expertise to deliver significant savings to both public and private sector clients. We work on all types of properties ranging from shops and offices to pubs and petrol filling stations.

Our business rates team are fully supported by the resources within our Agency, Valuation and Building Consultancy Departments, who are all relevant to assist in checking Rateable Values. Ensuring a nationwide reach and the highest standard of service and expertise.