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.
St Helens Council is the local governing body responsible for the Metropolitan Borough of St Helens in Merseyside. As a metropolitan district council, it is one of five in Merseyside. It is a constituent council of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. St Helens business rates are charged on most non-domestic premises. This includes most commercial properties such as shops and warehouses, which make up the typical economy in the St Helens region.
A typically large industry is the manufacturing sector, which can also be subject to business rates in St Helens. Properties such as warehouses and offices 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.
St Helens also relies heavily on the transport and storage sector, which represents 11.7% of employment in the St Helens area. St Helens business rates relief could apply to many businesses in the transport and storage sector. Another large contributor to the economy in the St Helens area is the retail industry, which in 2019 contributed to St Helens’ overall GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of £3.4 billion. Your business rates in St Helens 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 the St Helens area. This means that unless RVA are able to find a reduction in your St Helens 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 St Helens and the rest of England and Wales.