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.
Blackpool Council is the local governing body responsible for the Borough of Blackpool. As a unitary authority, it has the combined powers of a district council and a non-metropolitan county. Blackpool 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 Blackpool region.
A typically large industry is the tourism sector, which can also be subject to business rates in Blackpool. Properties such as retail stores in the tourism 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.
Blackpool also relies heavily on the wholesale, retail and repairs of motor vehicles sector, which accounts for 17% of employment in Blackpool. Blackpool council small business rates relief could apply to many businesses in the wholesale, retail and repairs of motor vehicles sector. Another large contributor to the economy in Blackpool is the manufacturing industry, which supports approximately 4,300 jobs. Your business rates in Blackpool 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 Blackpool. This means that unless RVA are able to find a reduction in your Blackpool 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 Blackpool and the rest of England and Wales.