With over two decades of commercial property experience, most of which specialising in Business Rates, Ben's property knowledge is both diverse in terms of geography and asset type but also detailed. Large, small, common and uncommon property types, ranging from ATM's to distribution centres from boat moorings to hospitals, each asset requires their own consideration and valuation.
Ben is responsible for Colliers Business Rate appeal work in South West England and South Wales. Having also worked in London's West End Ben has a unique perspective regionally and nationally.
Clients include; property funds, developers, HNIs and occupiers from multinational PLCs to sole traders.
In addtion to providing expert rating advice Ben also provides consultancy to businesses concerned about how to bring properties into assessment. Ben also provides RV estimates and budget forecasts as well as rate audit and rate mitigation advice.
Colliers Rating team typically shares the risk/reward with Clients. As a result, fees are levied based on a percentage of the saving achieved which means Colliers are results driven and both Client and Colliers are mutually aligned to achieve the lowest rate liability possible. Over the years this has afforded strong, collaborative, relationships of great personal value.
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.
Founder of the Bristol based Rating team having relocated in 2008 from Colliers' West End office. The team is now 5 strong and growing.
On a personal note; married with two young daughters, a keen sportsman but not too keen to spoil ongoing efforts to find the perfect country pub. Captaining my hockey team has been great fun and continues to be hugely rewarding.
MRICS, BSc (Hons)
Member of the Rating Surveyors' Association
Memberships & Involvements
Business West Initiative
Landlords, occupiers and developers of; office, industrial and retail properties as well as alternative markets.
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.
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
I am a Chartered Surveyor specialising in business rates, with over 10 years experience in the industry.
Having joined the company as a Graduate Surveyor in June 2011, I was promoted to Director in early 2021.
I manage the portfolios of numerous businesses, ranging from independent ratepayers to large household-name retailers.
Adam joined the Rating Team at Colliers International in November 2017 as a Director . He is a corporate member of the IRRV (Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation) and has over 20 years experience. Adam started his career with Goodman Nash Ltd in 2001 as a business rates auditor and was promoted to Director in 2014.
Adam is part of the Accurates team which sits within the Rating department at Colliers, the team provides forensic audit and examination of historic business rates and council tax records back to 1990 identifying rating errors and overpayments for clients.