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.
Stoke-On-Trent City Council is the local authority of Stoke-on-Trent, a unitary authority in the West Midlands region. Being a unitary authority means that the Stoke-On-Trent city council has the combined powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. Stoke-On-Trent council business rates are charged on most non-domestic premises. This includes most commercial properties such as hotels and warehouses, which make up the typical economy in the Stoke-On-Trent region.
A typically large industry is the healthcare sector, which can also be subject to business rates in Stoke-On-Trent. Properties such as office buildings and warehouses in the healthcare 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.
Stoke-On-Trent also relies heavily on the leisure sector, which has one of the highest rates of employment due to businesses such as Alton Towers Resort. Stoke-On-Trent council business rates relief could apply to many businesses in the leisure. Another large contributor to the economy in Stoke-On-Trent is the retail industry, which works with large trucks delivering products across the UK. Your business rates in Stoke-On-Trent 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 Stoke-On-Trent. 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 Stoke-On-Trent and the rest of England and Wales.