Meet Our Experts

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.

Accomplishments

Founder of the Bristol based Rating team having relocated in 2008 from Colliers' West End office.  The team is now 6 strong and growing.

On a personal note; Married with two young daughters and a keen sportsman. Captaining my local hockey team was hugely rewarding.  

Expertise

Valuation and Advisory Services, Property Tax, Business Rates, Mixed-Use Properties, Healthcare / Medical, Hotels, Industrial and Logistics, Office, Retail

Clients

AVIVA, AXA PPP, BlackRock, Orange Business Services, tReds, Foot Anstey, Tapi Carpets and Floors, Turtle Bay, Simplyhealth, Foot Anstey

Education

MRICS, BSc (Hons)

Member of the Rating Surveyors' Association

Testimonials

Ben has been our point of contact for the past 12 months. From the first time we met and consistently since then he has provided an excellent and professional service. Ben has advised me on various aspects relating to Business rates, Accurates and the like.  He will always clarify that I understand all that he has discussed, advise what the next steps of action are, and the names of other colleagues that will be in contact to support and liaise with.  I find Ben to be an excellent representative of Colliers and I would not hesitate to recommend him and Colliers.

Clair Shiel, RAC

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We’ve worked with Ben for more than 10 yrs now and we’ve always been able to rely on his expert and thorough advice to ensure our position regarding NNDR is optimized. Over the years this has resulted in some very significant savings as well as some significant refunds.

This relationship is important to us as it not only allows us to achieve our financial objectives and demonstrate good governance, but it reinforces our credibility in a business with a particular focus on cost control.

And finally, it’s always a pleasure dealing with Ben – he’s responsive, courteous, good fun and highly knowledgeable.

Nick Jones, Head of Real Estate & Facility Management North & Western Europe

 

Affiliations & Memberships

MRICS

RSA

Business West Initiative

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