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.
West Sussex County Council is the local governing body responsible for the borough of Ashford, in Kent. West Sussex business rates are charged on most non-domestic premises. This includes most commercial properties such as department stores and warehouses, which make up the typical economy in the West Sussex region.
A typically large industry is the transport and storage sector, which can also be subject to business rates in West Sussex. Properties such as warehouses and offices in the transport and storage 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.
West Sussex also relies heavily on the retail sector, which contributed to the overall estimated GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of £28 billion in 2019 for the West Sussex region. West Sussex business rates relief could apply to many businesses in the retail sector. Another large contributor to the economy in the West Sussex area is the business administration and support services industry, which represents 8.9% of employment in the region. Your business rates in West Sussex 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 West Sussex area. This means that unless RVA are able to find a reduction in your West Sussex 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 West Sussex and the rest of England and Wales.