Legislation

Genuine concerns: the number of companies that have challenged their business rates has dropped

Number of business rates appeals 'drops 95%'

By Georgina Townshend

Figures show the amount of companies that have asked the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) for their business rates to be checked has dropped by 95% from seven years ago, according to rent and rates specialists Altus Group.

Spirit price rise: with Scotland set to introduce minimum unit pricing, will Wales follow and will English border towns become 'the new Calais'?

Minimum unit pricing not UK wide

By Poppleston Allen

The Supreme Court has backed the Scottish decision to introduce minimum unit pricing (MUP) but let’s consider how we got here and what’s next.

Protection proposal: draft London Plan aims to help pubs and night economy

Trade bodies welcome draft London Plan

By Georgina Townshend

Trade bodies have welcomed London Mayor Sadiq Khan's draft London Plan - which pledges to protect pubs and the night-time economy.

Shambles: big concerns have been raised over the reduction in VOA offices

Reduction in VOA offices will be a 'nightmare' for businesses

By Georgina Townshend

The Government's plan to reduce the number of Valuation Office Agency (VOA) offices has been described as a "shambles" that will be a "nightmare for businesses wanting to appeal their business rates", according to global property...

Speak up: Will the Autumn Budget include any respite for pubs?

Spotlight: the call for pubs to unite and fight

By Georgina Townshend

As the Autumn Budget approaches, the pub sector has plenty on its plate and must come together to try to battle the onerous taxes and other financial expenses on the horizon.