Rateable Value

Bean counters: coffee shops are now a rival of pubs across the UK

Business rates revaluation: furore over rises

By Claire Churchard

With pubs facing a perfect storm of rising costs, the prospect of unprecedented hikes in rates bills has released a wave of resentment among licensees, some of whom are fearful for the future of their businesses.

Business rates revaluation: changes are on the way

Business rates

Q&A on the 2017 business rates revaluation

By Liam Coleman

With the dust settling on the announcement of provisional business rates for 2017 onwards, we take a look at the essential questions ahead of the new rates being introduced in April 2017 with some help from Christie & Co's property valuer Adam...

Tories pledge to freeze licence cost

General election

Tories pledge to freeze licence cost

By Helen Gilbert

The Conservative Party has vowed to freeze the cost of a premises licence should it win the next election, the Publican’s Morning Advertiser (PMA) has learned.

'Tinkering with who gets what might be the subject of political manipulation with no government control'

Beware tinkering with business rates

By David Morgan

Adopting the results of an LGA survey that calls for more powers for local councils must be treated with caution, says David Morgan, director at Morgan & Clarke chartered surveyors

Colliers International's Colin Siebert: 'Pubs are unfairly penalised in comparison with nightclubs'

Late-night levies 'will reduce property values'

By Ellie Bothwell

The introduction of late-night levies is leading to a “modest” decline in property values and favours nightclubs at the expense of pubs, agents have warned.

'Some licensees are considering whether it might be possible to create a separate assessment for a detached function room'


A guide to business rates

By Ian Sloan

Recent statistics reveal that more than 90% of councils have not informed firms they are able to back-date a claim under the Small Business Rates Relief scheme.

Business rates: make sure you're not paying too much

Making business rates less taxing for pubs

By Phil Mellows

Business rates are the third-largest cost for many small companies, but how can you ensure you aren't paying over the odds? Phil Mellows reports.

Sky: fees structure revealed

Sky unveils new charging regime

By The PMA Team

Subscription fees for pubs will be based on rateable value, but discounts will be available for pubs with sizeable food trade or outdoor areas.

Sky is holding prices

Sky to freeze prices until further notice

By John Harrington

Sky charges for pubs will be held "until further notice" and won't change with the introduction of new business rate levels on 1 April. The news will be welcomed by licensees expecting a big hike in business rates.

Rates: help for Welsh pubs

Rates help for Welsh pubs

By John Harrington

The Welsh Assembly Government as promised more help for small firms with their business rates from April. Currently firms with a rateable value up...

Caught out: 10,000 pubs may get

Pub rate cuts labelled as 'spin'

By Gemma McKenna

One in five pubs promised big cuts in business rates will actually get much smaller reductions in the short term. More than 450 sites will not see...

Rateable values are set to rise

Pub rateable values rise 23%

By Gemma McKenna

The average pub faces a 23% rise in its rateable value from 2010 — although the most they will pay is 11% more than this year's bill. That's according to a survey of almost 3,500 — or 10% of — leased and tenanted pubs in England and Wales.

Day: useful advice for pubs on rates

Q&A: rateable values

By Mark Day, Valuation Office Agency

Mark Day, Head of Leisure and Licensed Property Valuations at the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), answers questions on the forthcoming revaluation of business rates and how this might affect your pub.

Smoking ban may affect rates

Smoking ban may affect rates

A Pembrokeshire licensee has urged the Valuation Office to act swiftly in reassessing rateable values after the smoking ban. Rateable value is...

Welsh pubs face rate relief blow

Welsh pubs face rate relief blow

Swathes of country pubs in Wales will face an end to rate relief from 1 April - the day before the Welsh smoking ban takes effect. The double blow is...

Better rates

Better rates

than ever The rateable value of all commercial premises ­ including pubs ­ is to be reassessed. Ken Newton asks Nigel Thirkell, a partner of...



Rates are a fact of life, but there are steps you can take to ensure you aren't paying over the odds, writes David Germaney, national head of rating...