Andy Street, West Midlands Mayor, is acutely aware of the problems facing high street traders.
Perhaps the most interesting of his proposals is that local authorities should have greater powers to reduce rates for new and expanding businesses. (To which, one might add, established firms struggling to avoid insolvency).
With business rates now estimated, by the Centre for Retail Research, to account for 42% of all taxes paid by retailers, now is the perfect time for firms to challenge their rates demands.
Commercial Property Advisors (CPA) undertakes all paperwork , including surveys, for its clients , on a risk- and worry- free basis of no win, no fee.It is known for the promptness of its response to all requests for help and advice, and for its desire to keep clients apprised of all developments in the appeals process.
Tinkering with business rates by successive governments has done little to erode the injustice of a tax which, sadly, is all too easy to collect, and often unintelligible to the layperson.
The Local Government Association estimates that 103,060 businesses have outstanding appeals against their 2010 rating decisions. Clearly, there is no time to lose, in contacting CPA for positive results.