Business Rates

We have a decade of experience in non-domestic rating and could help you reduce your business rate liability

Business rates are a local tax, paid by occupiers of all non-domestic/business property. Rateable Values are assessed by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) in England and Wales and the Scottish Assessors Association (SAA) in Scotland. The tax is collected by the Local Billing Authority and the amount payable will depend on the rateable value of the property, the uniform business rate and any rate relief schemes you may be eligible for.

Due to the large number of properties across the UK and the fast paced, ever changing nature of the property market; rateable values are not always correctly assessed. This is why the VOA and SAA have appeal processes in place for ratepayers to challenge their assessments.  There are a number of ways to challenge your assessment including:

  • Compiled list appeals
  • Material Change of Circumstances
  • Error in the valuation roll
  • Transitional Certification
  • Empty/temporary rates relief
  • Deletion of properties


Christie & Co can advise how to appropriately challenge and mitigate your business rates liability; achieving the best possible result for you.  We always conduct a comprehensive and in-depth due diligence checking process prior to submitting any appeal, meaning you can be sure that when we make an appeal on your behalf – we are confident about the outcome.

The VOA and SAA are currently in the process of updating the rateable value applicable to all business properties across the UK.  This is known as the 2017 revaluation and business rates bills will be calculated using the new rateable values from 1 April 2017. As such, business occupiers are presented with a fantastic opportunity to challenge their rateable values, which have remained at the same level since the previous revaluation in 2010.

Should you wish to discuss your rating assessment and find out of how Christie & Co could help reduce your business rates liability, please contact us on 0161 833 6916.