South West Companies Slash Business Rates


Nearly 1000 businesses have made significant savings.

Business rates reduction specialist, RVA Surveyors, has announced almost 1000 commercial businesses across the South West region 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.

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, 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.

It fills me with pride that we have been able to help almost 1000 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 in the Southwest gateway region.”

Based in Dorset, White Star Running Ltd engaged with RVA Surveyors in July 2019 to assess its business rates. RVA found grounds and through the Check Challenge Appeal process achieved significant reductions for the business.

Gemma Wilton, manager at White Star Running Ltd commented:

“I didn’t know that I was able to contest my business rates, but RVA Surveyors informed me that I was overpaying. They launched a case on my behalf and they were able to get me some unexpected money back. The Surveyor was really professional and friendly and the communication was clear and concise.

We have been able to put the backdated savings to really good use and have reinvested the cash into the business. I would say that the current ratings system doesn’t really take into consideration all factors when they place a valuation on a business. RVA were able to guide me through the complicated process of contesting my rates.”

Established in 2008, Manchester-based RVA Surveyors employs over 100 people and works with a variety of businesses across the UK on a ‘no reduction no fee’ basis to help reduce their properties business rate liability.