Bedford Council Business Rates

Business Rates (also known as non-domestic rates) are a tax levied by the government on all commercial premises. The Rateable Value of a property is set by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and collected by your local authority.

Bedford Council is the local governing body responsible for the Borough of Bedford, in Bedfordshire. As a unitary authority it has the combined powers of a district council and a non-metropolitan district. Bedford council business rates are charged on most non-domestic premises. This includes most commercial properties such as retail stores and warehouses, which make up the typical economy in the Bedford region.

A typically large industry is the creative and digital sector, which can also be subject to business rates in Bedford. Properties such as warehouses and department stores in the creative and digital sector can be incorrectly valued as usually their use can change over many years, and information may not have been updated with the VOA. This can have a huge impact on business running costs, as business rates can be in the top five costs for a business.

Bedford also relies heavily on the technology sector, where over 10% of businesses are based. Bedford council small business rates relief could apply to many businesses in the technology sector. Another large contributor to the economy in Bedford is the professional services industry, where the distribution of high-growth business activities is higher than the UK average. Your business rates in Bedford can be affected by any disruption or adverse access to your property and backdated savings could apply to the beginning of the Ratings List.

RVA Surveyors offers a ‘no reduction, no fee’ service, giving reassurance to all businesses when tackling their business rates in Bedford. This means that unless RVA are able to find a reduction in your Bedford council business rates, there is no cost to the business. Whether commercial property owners or tenants, RVA are able to help business rates payers achieve reductions in their business rates across Bedford and the rest of England and Wales.

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