Manchester offices excel in reducing business rates

Over 3,000 businesses, including 100s of North West offices, have made significant savings

Manchester-based business rates reduction specialist, RVA Surveyors, has announced thousands of offices and commercial businesses across Manchester and the North West have made substantial savings, as part of its no reduction, no fee service.

RVA Surveyors works closely with a huge breadth of different businesses within the region from offices, retail, education and healthcare right through to industrial, food and drink, hospitality, leisure and sport facilities. RVA has been able to support these sectors by achieving historic and future savings through the Government’s Check Challenge Appeal process.

Local businesses from the office, retail, leisure and showroom sectors equated to 40% of those able to reduce their business rates liability by engaging RVA Surveyors, while nearly 30% of the reductions came from the manufacturing, industrial and plant industry.

With the Government’s pandemic support for businesses ending, thousands are facing rising costs in the relief, as part of recovery support for businesses impacted by Covid-19 will revert back to their pre-pandemic rates meaning many could lose the relief entirely. This silent tax will total more than £26 billion each year for the Government.

Steve Hughes, left, CEO of RVA Surveyors, commented: “It is a common and recurring issue that businesses assume they are paying the correct business rates for their commercial premises. We are programmed to accept that our tax is calculated based upon our individual circumstances and we very rarely question the accuracy. Many even presume they will be notified by the relevant government department if they are paying too much. Unfortunately, it is this level of apathy that makes business rates an archaic and deeply flawed system. Plus, querying your tax liability is a daunting and time consuming process. That’s where we can help, as is evidenced by our latest data from the North West. As a North West-based business owner, it fills me with pride that we have been able to help over 3,000 regional companies reduce their business rates liability. A business rates reduction can be an invaluable cash boost, and there is no greater time than now that businesses need this. We have seen first hand the impact this can have here in the North West.”

Based in Oldham, VSM Healthcare engaged with RVA Surveyors in 2017 to assess its business rates. RVA found grounds and through the Check Challenge Appeal process achieved significant reductions for the office facility.

Luke Vernon at VSM Healthcare commented: “We started working with RVA Surveyors back in 2017. They contacted us to offer a no win, no fee package for the investigations as to how much we were paying for our business rates. It was something that we’d been putting off for years and fortunately RVA were quite successful and we got a large amount of cash back from the local council.

“RVA handled the whole thing from start to finish, our only involvement was that we had to invite the surveyors to come round to our office. They then went away and contacted the council, negotiated and the next thing we heard, the cash was back in our account. We have recommended RVA Surveyors on many occasions to lots of other local businesses and are confident that if you take on their services, you will hopefully be rewarded.”

Established in 2008, Manchester-based RVA Surveyors employs over 100 people and is the fastest growing business rates reduction specialist, with industry leading success rates and offering no reduction no fee service. RVA is the number one choice for businesses looking to achieve a significant reduction in their business rates liability. Working with a variety of businesses across England and Wales, RVA Surveyors helps to reduce business rates liability for its clients.

RVA Surveyors is an independent rates reduction specialist. We act on behalf of business rate payers, whether commercial property owners or tenants, on a no reduction no fee basis. Our independent status means we are solely focused on achieving reductions for our clients. RVA Surveyors have been engaged by over 47,000 UK commercial properties. Our success rate is 85% in achieving a reduction with our client’s business rates liability when we have begun the Check Challenge Appeal and Audit process.