The Birmingham team will ensure you receive the best possible support in effectively forecasting and managing your rating liabilities, to help you save money and realise your saving potential. We advise clients on business rates, ranging from one-off buildings to large property portfolios.

The Birmingham team includes John Webber, the Head of Rating at Colliers International, who is considered a leader in the business rates industry. John is a member of the National Retail Panel of the Rating Surveyors’ Association and is a regular contributor on BBC Radio and National press publications. For example, John received national coverage speaking about the 2017 Revaluation, and he previously spoke to the national press at length about the release of the draft list figures, featuring on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Wake Up to Money, Radio Four’s Today Show, BBC Online, The Daily Mail, City AM, and The Financial Times.

John and the other 50 dedicated rating professionals based in the Birmingham office, can help reduce your liabilities and uncover hidden savings in a number of key areas. Particularly if you’d like to:


 
REDUCE YOUR PROPERTY’S RATEABLE VALUE

 
MANAGE YOUR BUSINESS RATES BETTER

 
SECURE MAXIMUM RATES RELIEF

 
REVIEW YOUR HISTORIC BUSINESS RATES AND COUNCIL TAX CHARGES

 
REDUCE YOUR EMPTY PROPERTY COSTS

Rating valuation

The appeals system has changed – Check, Challenge, Appeal. It is now necessary to log onto the new appeals system, register as a user and apply to have your rating assessment checked. As professional advisors we can guide you through this system to ensure that the process is as smooth as possible and that your liability is minimised.

We analyse all the data relevant to your rateable value to help us decide whether it’s appropriate to launch an appeal. If we do, we’ll negotiate the rating assessment with the Valuation Officer or Assessor, and we’ll take your case to the Valuation Tribunal, Valuation Appeal Committee, Lands Tribunal or beyond if we need to. Our team will ensure that the strongest case possible is put forward on your behalf and that timeframes are kept to a minimum.

Negotiating better business rates is an important part of our service but we can do much more for our clients.

Accurates

We see money where others don’t. With complete confidentiality, we forensically examine your historical (billing authority held) payment records for you, to identify instances when you have paid too much in rates. We can work with you to provide:

  • Business Rates Property Usage Review
  • Business Rates Empty Property Cost Management
  • Business Rates Forensic Audit

Here’s why you should choose Accurates:
  • We do all the work
  • Fast termination if a new tenant owner is found
  • No charities involved
  • 10 years’ experience in empty rates mitigation
  • No fixed fees – all fees are performance based

Can you be sure you haven't paid too much in the past? It's a complex area and not your core competency - mistakes can happen. All we need is a copy of your business rates bill to get started.

Rate Account Management

We combine our expertise in rating and management accounts so we can manage the payment of business rates on your behalf. Successfully managing your business rates can be a huge drain on resources. We currently manage £500 million in client funds each year and over 40,000 properties, helping clients to free up much needed time and resources.

We'll take on responsibility for the entire rates function, ensuring only correct demands get paid and that refunds and interest are recovered promptly. We'll provide regular, detailed reporting, making sure all payments are traceable against individual properties.