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John Webber | Colliers | Birmingham

John Webber


Head of Rating


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Professional Summary

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.


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



Memberships & Involvements

FRICS - Fellow Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Investment Property Forum


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 logistics.

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

Featured Research

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Colliers Industrial Rating Revaluation Report 2023

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Business Rates 2021 - 2022 UK & Ireland

Understand how business rates come into play in each area of the UK and Republic of Ireland.
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2 Jan 2019

Business Rates 2019 - 2020 UK & Ireland

The business rates your organisation pays can often be one of your largest liabilities. This means it is important to ensure your rateable value is 100% correct.
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Featured News

25 May 2022

Public Purse to lose out over £150 million this year due to holiday homes loophole

Colliers call for further reform of the system and warn recent announcements in Queen’s Speech could make matters worse.
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23 May 2022

COVID-19 disruption valuation tribunal started

Meanwhile latest figures show COVID-19 business rates relief fund still mired down by delays and local politics - nearly fifteen months on.
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