John Webber | Colliers International | Birmingham

John Webber


Head of Rating

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Professional Summary

I have over 30 years’ experience in the rating industry and lead a 90 plus rating team at Colliers International.  When I took over responsibility for the team in 2005, it consisted of only a dozen people and has now grown into one of the leading rating advisory teams in the country.  I am a member of Colliers International Management Executive as well as sitting on the company’s promotion panel. 

I am regularly called upon by the national media to give my views on a range of business rates issues and I am vocal commentator on the 2017 Revaluation.

I started my career in the Valuation Office Agency in Kidderminster.  I joined Gerald Eve in 2000 where I spent 10 years before moving to Gooch Webster (now Colliers International). I sit on the National Retail Panel of Rating Surveyors Association which provides guidance on how the RSA town committees work with the VOA and valuation matters.  John sits on the RICS Rating Diploma Committee having passed the prestigious qualification in 2014.

Philip Harrison and I founded 'Accurates' in 2007, the Collier's Compliance and Audit team, which although forms an integral part of the Rating Team is now a leading brand in its own right.


Colliers' UK business rates team provides a comprehensive, integrated service. We call it 'the complete circle of business rates advice'. Our results speak for themselves. Since the start of the 2010 business rate list, we have saved more than £500 million for our clients through:

  • Auditing historical valuations and reclaim overpaid business rates
  • Challenging business rates valuation
  • Managing business rate accounts



Membership Involvements

FRICS - Fellow Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Investment Property Forum


Vodafone, Wilkinsons, Poundland, Fujitsu, Signet, TUI UK, SEGRO, The Coopertaive Group, SIG, Aston Villa Football Club, Primesight, Mapeley, NBTY, Listers Group, West Bromwich Building Society, Mercedes Benz, A F Blakemore & Sons, ASDA logistics.

I have Upper Tribunal experience and was an Expert Witness in the Optical Express (Southern) Ltd v Birmingham City Council [2003] case as well as extensive experience of dealing with Valuation Tribunal cases.


Business Rates / Rating, Business Rates / Rating
Property Types
Hotels, Industrial & Logistics, Office, Retail
Featured Research
2 Jan 2019
Business Rates 2019 - 2020 UK & Ireland
The business rates your organisation pays can often be one of your largest liabilities. This means it is important to ensure your rateable value is 100% correct.
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2 Jan 2018
Business Rates 2018 - 2019 UK & Ireland
The business rates your organisation pays can often be one of your largest liabilities. This means it’s important to ensure your rateable value is 100% correct.
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Featured News
6 Aug 2020
Massive Surge in Business Rates Appeals (CCA) Revealed Today as Covid-19 Leaves Its Mark - As Many Checks in Three Months as Last Three Years Says Colliers
Business rates experts at Colliers International call for a radically different approach from the Government /VOA to cope with new unprecedented volumes of appeals in “Wartime scenario”
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4 Aug 2020
The Government needs to reveal its business rates strategy for the retail and hospitality sectors now says Colliers
Business Rates Experts Calls on Government to act now to reassure retailers and hospitality sector that they won’t be facing exorbitant business rates bills in 2021.
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30 Jul 2020
Government Grant Schemes to Close Leaving Thousands of Small Businesses Stranded Still Waiting for Support
Business Rates Experts at Colliers International Call for Government to Redistribute £1.5 billion “Unspent Fund” to support Small Businesses that have “fallen between the cracks” through no fault of their own
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21 Jul 2020
Government postpones the business rates revaluation for a further two years
Postponement of business rates revaluation for a further two years, from 2021 until 2023, and has called for evidence for a wider review of the rating system.
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