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Updates on the latest Business Rates announcements in England and Scotland can be found within our News section.


Business rates

We reduce bottom line costs and maximise savings for occupiers and investors through a comprehensive, tailored and proactive rating service across all sectors and commercial property classes.

For clients, we ensure their rates liability is as low as possible by:

  • Lodging appeals and liaising with rating authorities
  • Applying for reliefs
  • Handling rates portfolio management
  • Completing rating forms
  • Checking bills
  • Leveraging changing circumstances
  • Conducting rates audits

Our proactive management will give you peace of mind and the ability to budget. If you want to know what your likely bill might be, use one of the Ryden rates liability calculators.

Rating Revaluation

A Rating Revaluation is carried out to ensure that Rateable Values keep pace with the changes in the property market. A right of appeal against the Rateable Value is permitted in accordance with statutory terms and timescales.

The next Revaluation of all non-domestic property is scheduled to take effect from 1 April 2023 in both England and Scotland. However the tone valuation dates are different being 1 April 2021 in England and 1 April 2022 in Scotland, with the latter moving to three yearly revaluations thereafter.

Barclay Review

The English rating system is currently under review whereas in Scotland the Barclay review group was set up to make recommendations to enhance and reform the business rates system in Scotland. The subsequent reforms which have been implemented from 1 April 2018 are:

  • Pre-school nursery relief
  • Expansion of Fresh Start Relief
  • New Start Relief replaced with the Business Growth Accelerator relief
  • Transitional Relief for certain hospitality properties and Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire offices extended until 31 March 2022
  • Revaluations at three yearly intervals

Further information on reforms can be found in our guide to Business Rates: Key Terms and Reliefs

Rates Mitigation

Rates mitigation is an option for those commercial property owners affected by punitive empty relief payments.

Ongoing careful management of rates is essential to ensure bills are carefully calculated and that all refunds, relevant reliefs and exemptions are secured. At Ryden, our experts can ensure that demands are checked and bills are correctly calculated. We frequently advise clients facing huge hikes in rates expenditure that a short-term rates mitigation strategy might be an option.

The relevant strategy depends on the type of property and location but could reduce bottom line property costs and maximise the savings on rates bills.

Our Rating team can arrange a free consultation for your property/portfolio to investigate if you can substantially reduce the amount you pay in rates.


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  • One of our most diverse portfolios is Scotmid, Scotland’s largest independent co-operative.
  • We have undertaken appeals for 329 of their 348 properties which include office headquarters, a main warehouse, convenience stores, funeral directors and health & beauty shops.
  • Our total rate saving for the most recent revaluation is c. £360,000, a figure we achieved by spending time with our client to get to know their business.

Angus Council

  • The Council has a portfolio of 374 properties ranging from offices and industrial units to libraries, schools and sports centres.
  • During the last Revaluation they saw the rateable value of their portfolio go from c. £8.7 million to c. £11.7 million, an increase of over a third.
  • We negotiated appeals against the Council’s operational property portfolio and achieved a considerable saving for them.