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.


Jeremy Hunt will scrap business rates for thousands of high-street shops

Tory PM contender plans to scrap tax for 25,000 small businesses across five regional cities.


Tory leadership hopefuls propose major tax reforms for small businesses

Two MPs have declared their support for small business owners in their campaigns to secure the Conservative leadership


Call for Chancellor to end ‘business rates chaos’ for small companies

Phillip Hammond should end the staircase tax, bring business rates bill increases under control and commit to more frequent rates revaluations at the Autumn Budget, according to the Federation of Small Businesses.

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What will rising business rates mean for SMEs?

Here, Steve Noble, chief operating officer of Ultimate Finance, says tells us what rising business rates will mean for SMEs.


Business rates hike will ‘potentially finish small businesses’

Small business owners have spoken out about the shake-up in business rates that threatens to hit the smallest companies the hardest.


Company owners in the dark about business rate changes

More than a third of business owners are unfamiliar with the business rates changes put in place by the government.


Budget 2016: Business rates shakeup to benefit small businesses

George Osborne has announced that some 600,000 small businesses will be taken out of business rates from next year.


BCC: Let’s avoid increased business rates

The government’s plan to allow councils to retain business rates shouldn’t be used as an opportunity to increase rates, says the BCC.


Empty property relief to be scrapped

Most small businesses will soon no longer be able to benefit from empty property business rate relief.


Councils could scrap small business rate relief

Changes heralded as making small business rate relief (SBRR) automatic could lead to councils scrapping the tax break altogether, according the Forum of Private Business.

Office & home working

Beware rogue surveyors

Every business pays a contribution to the government to help fund the services provided by local authorities. Find out how to reduce these business rates.

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5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers

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Benefits of switching to the right business bank account

We've teamed up with the Current Account Switch Service to explain the benefits of switching your business bank account.

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Business Companion: a reliable voice in the misinformation age

Business Companion is a one-stop-shop for accurate and up-to-date legal guidance, whatever sector you’re in — and it’s all completely free