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.
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council was created in 1974 to administer the newly formed Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell, in the West Midlands county of England. The council offices are located at the Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury town centre, which opened in 1989. Sandwell council business rates are charged on most non-domestic premises. This includes most commercial properties such as wholesale and warehouses, which make up the typical economy in the Sandwell region.
A typically large industry is the manufacturing sector, which can also be subject to business rates in Sandwell. Properties such as office buildings and warehouses in the manufacturing 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.
Sandwell also relies heavily on the retail sector, which in 2019 contributed (along with the wholesale industry) to 15% of Sandwell’s GDP. Sandwell Council small business rates relief could apply to many businesses in this region. Another large contributor to the economy in Sandwell is the health and social care sector which works with patients all around the UK. Your business rates in Sandwell 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 Sandwell. This means that unless RVA are able to find a reduction in your 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 Sandwell and the rest of England and Wales.