UK firms can be forgiven for failing to see beyond the fog of confusion currently surrounding business rates. On the one hand, kindly Dr Jekyll, government emissary, offers £1.5bn. in extra relief.
Meanwhile, lurking around the corner is the grim prospect of Mr Hyde and his rates bills, hefty despite the one-third taper, and made even more painful with the removal of furlough.
Most of us remain unconvinced by Dr Jekyll, whose rates "relief", vague in its criteria , looks less like an effective remedy than a sleight of hand to reject Covid as an acceptable "material change of circumstance".
Commercial Property Advisors (CPA) offers a better prospect of reduced overheads by undertaking to appeal rates bills, through its team of experienced professionals, including RICS-qualified surveyors.
Commision is based solely on positive results, and free consultations are offered on a no obligation basis.
If both Jekyll and Hyde turn out to be working as secret government agents, dedicated to raising revenue at our expense, the time has come for a serious challenge to rates bills, before the queue of appeals becomes a stampede.