The UK business rates team covers everything from challenging business rate valuations to examining your business rate records.
Our expertise covers the entire spectrum of the business rates function, from challenging business rate valuations to examining your business rate records for evidence of overcharging. We have advised clients on business rates for over 50,000 properties, ranging from one-off buildings to large property portfolios. We have offices throughout the UK and Ireland and we have an experienced team with over 90 specialists being 100% devoted to offering clients rating advice.
Colliers International business rates team includes four Rating Diploma holders (described by the RICS as “the gold standard in terms of measuring the capability of rating surveyors”), more than any other private practice firm. The team also includes several specialist senior leaders formerly with the Valuation Office who were responsible for providing technical advice and guidance to surveyors across the Agency and liaising with colleagues in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic. Colliers are active participants in the work of external rating bodies and have specialists sitting on the panels of the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation and Rating Surveyors' Association.
Negotiating better business rates is an integral part of our service however, we also offer a comprehensive rating service. Our expertise covers the entire spectrum of the rating function, from challenging rateable values, to Rate Account Management and examining rate records for evidence of over-charging.
Colliers International were among the first to pioneer a business rates account management service over a decade ago. We currently manage payments of more than £250m a year on over 25,000 properties. Accurates, our business rate audit and compliance division, has become one of the leaders in its field.
We manage the client’s rates liability using a dedicated accounts team and surveyors to deal with portfolio changes and appeals. The appeals process is only one of the tools we use to minimise your rate liability. We can take on responsibility for the rate function altogether, providing a service that integrates our expertise in rating and management accounts.
Traditionally, surveyors have focused on challenging rateable values, leaving clients to deal with the payment of non-domestic rates. We can manage your company's rate function for you.
We will ensure that only correct rate demands are paid and that any refunds and interest due are paid promptly. We make sure all payments are traceable against individual properties and we provide regular, comprehensive reports to keep you in touch with all developments.
Our Services include: Dedicated specialists, Rate demands, Funding and payment, Reporting, Forecasting.
Empty rates are the breaking point for some in the current market. By eliminating business rate relief on empty properties, companies are being penalised for situations where there is no income. Empty rates are making a bad situation worse.
We’re collecting evidence of the detrimental effect empty rates have had on businesses for the British Property Federation’s campaign against empty rates. We’d like to hear how the government’s latest tax has affected business in your area. Speculative or regeneration projects not going ahead? Changes in demand for property/vacancy rates? Rent levels influenced by rising vacancy rather than falling demand? More secondary or end-of-life properties being demolished rather than rented at affordable levels?
We play a key role in the consultation that precede new legislations’ introduction, helping to limit its impact on owners of empty properties. With a legal consultant on board, we can offer proactive advice on managing and minimising rate liabilities now and in the future. We can ensure compliance with new and existing legislation.
The team forensically examine historic rate liabilities, identifying overpayments and reclaiming them on behalf of clients from Billing Authorities.
The Accurates team is made up of highly skilled, forensic rating compliance audit specialists. The majority are Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation qualified former local authority revenues officers. The other part of the team is made up of data and systems analysts, whose prime objective is to supplement your own existing cost management systems. Accurates is the industry leader, due to its specialist expertise, in providing advice on whether or not rate liabilities (current and historic) demanded by billing authorities, are compliant with current local tax collection/enforcement legislation and best practice.
We forensically examine your historical payments record to identify instances of overpayments in rates, which can be as a result of inaccurate calculation at the time, or through charges that were not compliant with the legislation in force.
Our services include: Desktop assessment of liabilities, Liability and collection compliance, Best practice and due diligence audits, Business rates health-check, Web-based compliance audit report, Business rate administration.
Rateable value is the keystone of your business rates. However, it is not an exact science and is based upon a hypothetical opinion of value reached by the Valuation Office. It is a complex area and requires specialist rating expertise to challenge it. We work closely with our agency and valuation business and draw upon their in-depth market knowledge in order to effectively analyse data and query the approaches adopted by the Valuation Office.
Our rating surveyors have extensive experience in both the public and private sectors – many of them provide evidence at valuation tribunal and lands tribunal cases. We monitor all changing legislation and are well positioned to provide all of our clients with regular update newsletters throughout the duration of an instruction.We deliver timely advice on whether it's appropriate to launch appeals, setting out a clear business case. We have the valuation expertise and specialist rating knowledge to ensure that your rateable value is at the lowest level. We actively respond to the government on any prospective changes to legislation and we will ensure that you are informed of any changes in the law that might affect your rate liability. Our objectives include: Co-ordination with other bodies, Prior agreement, Material change of circumstances, Methods of valuation, Case law.
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.
Hilary rejoined Colliers in 2016 after leaving in 2008 to work for The Co-operative Group as Head of Rating & Valuation. Hilary's role is now to oversee Client Relationship Management and Business Development for the Rating team and to work alongside John Webber, overseeing the operational side of the team.
I have over 20 years experience in Business Rates Appeal work.
I specialise in the following sectors, large industrial, breweries, distribution warehouses, large foodstores and car showrooms.
I cover the greater Midlands Area, I am a member of several business rate forums, tasked with negotiating an agreed valuation basis with the Valuaiton Office, on various property sectors.
I regularly attend Valuation Tribunal and have presented at Upper Tribunal, including the Simpsons Malt Case, regarding VT/VOA procedure.
As an RICS APC Assessor, I am responsible for training the Business Rates Graduates within the Birmingham Office and as part of a team, mentor all of the Birmingham Office Graduates, across disciplines.
Philip joined the rating team at Colliers CRE in December 2004. He is a fellow member of the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation (FIRRV) and has approximately 20 years experience local government experience of the management and collection of local taxation charges. Philip is a former examiner for the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation (Level 3 Certificate in Local Taxation - Non-Domestic Rating Law) and a former External Quality Assurance Officer for the IRRV's Level III Diploma in Local Taxation.
Adam has extensive experience in rating valuation, having worked in both the public and private sectors, based within the North West.
This experience covers a wide range of properties including retail, office, large industrial, licensed premises and numerous public sector properties.
Howard is based in the West End Ofiice where he primarily advises clients on rating matters in the West End and South East markets. Some 35 years of experience in the Rating field covering some six Revaluations He is actively involved with coordinating retail rating appeals in a number of RSA Comittees in major towns. He has acted on behalf of a variety of clients with major office occupations in Central London.
Damien's first position within the surveying world was as a graduate working for RMC, based at their International Head Quarters in Thorpe, Egham, where he specialised in the contractors test method of valuation for rating purposes and provided leases consultancy and valuation advice to internal Group companies.
After six years working client side he took a position within the Professional Department at Strutt & Parker where he specialised in business rates advice and was an RICS registered valuer, undertaking commercial valuaton work for secured lending purposes. He was instrumental in the creation of a business rates advisory team within Strutt & Parker, and was appointed Head of Rating.
Damien joined Colliers International in January 2012 and is a Director within the London team providing advice on all property classes and continues to advise his first employer on the opportunities to mitigate their UK property tax liability.
With over 17 years commercial property experience 15 of which specialising in Business Rates, Ben's property knowledge is both diverse and detailed. Large, small, common and uncommon property types ranging from; ATM's to distribution centres, boat moorings to hospitals each requiring their own bespoke consideration and the application of each valuation methodology.
Ben is responsible for all Business Rate appeal work for Colliers in South West England and South Wales. Having also worked at Colliers West End office Ben has a unique perspective regionally and nationally.
Clients include property funds, developers and occupiers from multinational PLCs to sole traders.
Advice, other than the correctness of a Rateable Value, includes compulsory purchase compensation, new premises budget forecasts, liability forecasts and rate mitigation.
Uncommon within commercial property services, Colliers Rating department share the risk with Clients and also share the reward of the savings achieved. Being results driven affords a strong collaborative relationship with Clients.
Recent highlights include;
- Regional HQ building - consent order to reduced an RV from £1,600,000 to £900,000 following an appeal to the High Court Lands Chamber.
- A client with multiple properties saved over £500,000 following work to get the assessments reducecd to RV £0 from a particularly advantageous date.
Mick started his career in the Valuation Office before moving to private practice in 1989. He joined Colliers in June 1997 and since that date has provided advice on minimising business rates liabilities to a wide range of clients nationwide.
He has experinece in dealing with all bulk classes, including shops, offices and indutrial property but also has particular expertise in dealing with Licensed and Leisure properties.
Darren's property related career commenced with a South London residential property management company, before joining a national surveying firm specialising in Commercial and Industrial property. From here he moved to a West London company that covered London and the Home Counties which was subsequently acquired by what is now Colliers International.
As a Director of the Rating Department, Darren's experience covers core and specialist property and he is involved with client management for local and national companies.