Business rates

Articles, news and analysis on business rates issues for UK SME commercial properties, such as shops, offices, pubs, warehouses, factories, holiday rental homes or guest houses.


Inflation could spell £2bn rise in business rates

Business rates are forecast to rise by almost £2bn in the 2024/25 tax year, adding to the strain that small firms are already facing.


Business rates set to add £1.56bn to bills

Firms are urging the chancellor to freeze business rates in his autumn statement to stop an extra £1.56bn being added to bills.


Business rates relief ‘likely’ to extend beyond April 2024

Business rates relief for SMEs is 'likely' to continue into 2024/25. John Webber explains why this isn't so good in the long run.

Accounts & Tax

What is rateable value in 2023?

What is rateable value and how has it changed as of 1 April 2023? What you need to know if you want to appeal your rates bill

Accounts & Tax

Businesses set to pay extra £3bn business rates from April

50% discount for retail and hospitality business rates ends in March, just as inflation sends what companies have to pay soaring


Sunak vows to slash business rates

Rival Liz Truss describes CBI call for Conservative leadership candidates to hold cost-of-living summit as 'bizarre' as government mulls energy blackouts for industry this winter


Independent shops ‘open’ to idea of online sales tax

Independent retailers write to chancellor Rishi Sunak saying they are open to the idea, supported by big chains such as Tesco, Sainsbury and Waterstones


Two thirds of councils haven’t paid Covid rates relief

The £1.5bn Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund was to help businesses that did not already qualify for the £16bn pandemic business rates holiday

Accounts & Tax

How to challenge your business rates

It’s up to you to challenge if you think you’re being asked too much in business rates. And with 85% of his challenges being accepted, Steve Hughes of RVA Surveyors says it’s worth doing


Businesses call for £12bn tax hike to be scrapped

Lord Bilimoria, head of lobby group CBI, is just one voice calling on the Government to drop a £12bn tax raid on businesses in April, while the gym sector asks for business rates to be scrapped


Business rates relief fund yet to pay out single penny

Government's bruited £1.5bn business rates relief fund for businesses most affected by Covid has yet to make single payment, leaving over 400,000 businesses dangling


Rishi Sunak eyeing online sales tax for the spring

Taxing online sales and home deliveries seen as one way to right the scales in favour of independent retailers stuck with paying high business rates

Partner content

What are the funding options for hospitality businesses?

Hospitality businesses have faced a number of challenges in the last couple of years. Find out what funding and support is available.


6 types of business funding for UK tech companies

Here we explore six types of business funding that can help your UK tech company expand and reach its goals.

Business Loans

A guide to getting a small business loan

Everything you need to know on what small business loans are and what types of loan are available for your business.

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Why your small business should be selling on TikTok this Christmas

Getting the most out of TikTok can help you reach a new audience and grow your business this Christmas.