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The Rating Specialists Ltd can help Reduce the Rate Liabilities for Enterprises both Large & Small...


What are Business Rates?


Business Rates are a tax on the right to occupy commercial property and typically equate to approximately 48% of annual rent. As such, they represent one of the largest overheads for businesses and substantially impact on the profitability of many organisations.


Business rates are calculated by multiplying the ‘rateable value’ of a property by the uniform business rate (UBR). The ‘rateable value’ is the Valuation Office’s estimate of a property’s market rent at a set valuation date. We are currently in the 2010 Rating List with rateable values being based on a valuation date of 1st April 2008. (pre-recession)


Since Business rates are based on the Authorities’ or Valuation Office’s estimate of the annual rental of a property, the calculation of them is often open to challenge. The Rating Specialists Business Rates team consists of both Chartered Surveyors and Audit Specialists, drawing on our experience in managing the complexities of the rating system. Our role is to actively seek to reduce your rate liabilities, ultimately placing your company in a better financial position.




Appealing Your 2010- 2017 Revaluation

If you think that the rateable value of your property is wrong you have the right to appeal and hopefully gain a reduction!


Business Rates & the Licensed Trade

This guide explains how pubs and licensed premises are valued, and how you can check the valuation of your premises.


Increase In Small Business Rate Relief

The Chancellor announced in the Budget that the Government is DOUBLING the level of small business rate relief.


Client Reductions

Just a small selection of reductions successfully achieved by The Rating Specialists Ltd.


How the V.O.A Calculate Rates Bills

Watch these 5 videos on how the Valuation Office Agency Calculate rates bills for businesses