Benefit from the lowest fee that GVA Barr offer. 5% no win, no fee, no hidden costs*
Extended to ALL St Andrews businesses through BID St Andrews
February 8th saw GVA come to St Andrews to shed some light on the rates revaluation that is due to come into effect on 1st April 2017 and to help us understand how and why we should appeal these changes.
This information still applies to business who are eligible for the 12.5% ‘hospitality cap’. This cap only applies for one year, at which point your rates bill will revert to being based on the new revaluation amount. It will be too late to lodge an appeal at this point and you will be liable to pay these revised rates until 2022.
If you are eligible for the one year ‘hospitality cap’ but still feel that your revaluation is wrong, then you must lodge your appeal before the 30th September 2017. Any appeals lodged after this date will not be considered.
Hearings are both costly and time consuming. It is in the best interests of both parties that appeals are settled by negotiation.
GVA are one of the largest, most successful and integrated rating consultancies in the UK. The team who will be working with St Andrews businesses were previously Senior figures within the Fife Assessors office and both know the local area well. They also have excellent working relationships with the current Assessors and have an intimate knowledge of the legislation covering appeals. They are therefore best placed to help you launch a successful appeal where appropriate.
By coming together as a collective GVA James Barr are willing to offer the business of St Andrews an incentivized fee of just 5% of any savings achieved through any mitigation work including appeals, reliefs, exemptions or initiatives – offering no win, no fee and no hidden costs, they will:
If they find that your rateable value is correct they will advise you to withdraw your appeal. You will incur no cost if this is the case. There is no risk to your business to have your rateable value checked by GVA Barr experts.
In the highly unlikely event that your appeal goes before a Valuation Appeal Panel, RICS rules preclude an incentivised fee basis, and would incur further costs. As previously stated, most cases are settled by negotiation and no additional such costs would be incurred without your specific approval.
If you were unable to attend the meeting on Wednesday 8th Feb, but are still interested in appealing your rates, then please contact:
Gordon Martin, Senior Director, Business Rates, GVA
Tel: 0131 2558001, Mobile: 07962352621
Kevin Elder, Director, Business Rates, GVA
Tel: 01314696066 Mobile: 07944728927
Don’t forget to quote ‘BID St Andrews’ to be eligible for this offer. The offer is extended to all St Andrews businesses, not just those in the BID area, as BID St Andrews feel it is in the best interests of the business community as a whole to collaborate on this issue.
BID St Andrews would like to extend thanks to The Old Course Hotel for facilitating the town deal with GVA Barr.
*BID St Andrews are not financially affiliated with GVA James Barr in any way, and receive no commissions from successful appeals.