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John Webber | Colliers | Birmingham

John Webber


Head of Rating


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Professional Summary

I have over 35 years’ experience in the rating industry and lead a 135 plus rating team at Colliers.  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' UK Management Executive as well as sitting on the company’s Balance in Business Committee. 

I am regularly called upon by the national media to give my views on a range of business rates issues and I am involved in lobbying MPs/ministers and senior civil servants on business rates matters.

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). 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.  I have also held the postion as Chair of the RICS Rating Diploma Committee having passed the prestigious qualification in 2014. I currently sit on the Rating Surveyors Association National Committee .

Along with Philip Harrison we 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


FRICS​, BSc  Dip Rat .

Memberships & Involvements

FRICS - Fellow Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, 

RICS Special Diploma in Rating 

Rating Surveyors Association 

Flex Space Association


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 .

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 Type

Hotels, Industrial & Logistics, Office, Retail

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