Paisley First is stepping up the fight against increases in business rates by lodging appeals on behalf of its members within Paisley’s Business Improvement District.
In the next few weeks, BID members should start to receive their 2017 Business Rates Valuation Notice from the Scottish Assessor.
Businesses only have six months to appeal these new rateable values otherwise, they will be locked into them for the next five years. The published deadline for submitting appeals is 30th September 2017.
Paisley First has appointed Colliers International, who are experts in the field of business ratings, to work with all BID members who are facing an increase in their business rates to ensure that they are not squeezed out of business.
Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson said:” If your business rates have increased and you wish to lodge an appeal, it is imperative that you contact Paisley First as soon as possible so we can get Colliers International working on each case straight away.”
“This service is being provided at no extra cost to BID Members. Colliers will complete all the necessary paperwork and meet with the assessors on behalf of each business – all the BID member has to do is give Paisley First written permission that Colliers can act on their behalf.”
“It’s important that our members are given every opportunity to reduce the amount they have to pay.”
“Keeping rates down will also help us in attracting new businesses to Paisley”.
Reducing a business’s rateable value will mean that they do not need to pay as much in rates, and also it may bring their rateable value within the Scottish Governments Small Business Bonus Scheme whereby properties with a rateable value of up to £15,000 will not be required to pay rates, and those properties with a rateable value of £15,001 to £18,000 will receive a 25% discount.
In order to see how these new business rates affect you, please contact BID Manager Andrew Mitchell as soon as you receive notification of your 2017 Valuation Notice. Andrew can be contacted at 0141 237 8120 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click here for our Business Rates Information Sheet.