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.
The Northampton Borough Council was re-organised in 2021 to become the West Northamptonshire Council (a unitary authority) and the Northampton Town Council (a parish council). Between these two governing bodies, they provide the majority of government services to Northampton. Northampton council business rates are charged on most non-domestic premises. This includes most commercial properties such as offices and warehouses, which make up the typical economy in the Northampton region.
A typically large industry is the financial sector, which can also be subject to business rates in Northampton. Properties such as office buildings in the financial 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.
Northampton also relies heavily on the private sectors such as logistics, which along with other industries in the private sector saw employment grown 6.5% between 2010-2018. Northampton Borough Council business rates relief could apply to many businesses. Another large contributor to the economy in Northampton is the manufacturing industry, which works with large trucks delivering products across the UK. Your business rates in Northampton 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 Northampton. 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 Northampton and the rest of England and Wales.