Scottish operators urged not to miss rates deadline

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Drinks: Drinks
Location: Scotland
Other: Business

Bar and restaurant owners in Scotland have until 30 September to appeal their new rateable values, or face having to wait another five years for new rates to be set, warns the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR).

The new business rates have been based on valuations from 2015. The Scottish government is said to be considering acting upon recommendations from the recently published Barclay Review of business rates and changing the revaluations cycle from five to three years. However, this is unlikely to be implemented next revaluation in 2022, says the ALMR.

Kate Nicholls, CEO of the ALMR, said: ‘We welcome the fact that the Scottish government is about to embark upon a review of business rates, setting an example that ought to be quickly mirrored in England and Wales. However, before that takes place, ratepayers in Scotland have little time to avoid being locked in to overly burdensome rates due to overvaluation.

‘With so many rising costs burdening operators, it is crucial that they seriously consider an appeal if they feel that they have any case regarding over-valuation of their venue. Failure to do so could result in unfairly high costs for the next five years, a period during which many other cost factors may come into play.’

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Claire Dodd

As a freelance journalist, Claire has written about pretty much any topic you can imagine, from which are the best sausages, to how to flood-proof your home. However, her writing on drinks began when she landed a job as a features writer for the Publican magazine in 2007. Adjusting to a lifestyle of sampling the best drinks from around the world was tough, but someone had to do it. Having left the title in 2011, today Claire focuses on drinks and travel writing for both consumer and trade titles. Aside from searching the globe for the best drinks, and the nicest spots to consume them, she also judges global brewing competitions and keeps an eye on the business moves of the on-trade.

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