North West winners revealed in new business RVs for 2017

The big business rate winners nationally have been revealed for when the new Rateable Values are introduced on 1 April 2017.

Retailers in Wales’ Port Talbot, Neath and Newport, Tamworth in the West Midlands and London’s Ealing are top of the list with, frankly, staggering reductions of 63.51%, 55.84% and 55.67% listed respectively. Dozens of other towns and cities will also enjoy substantial reductions – mainly in the 40%+ category, according to the latest report from Colliers.

This will undoubtedly very welcome news for the hardest hit centres across the country but April 1, 2017, probably still feels like a very long way off for any struggling businesses out there.

The North West’s top 10 towns to benefit from reduced RVs in retail include Rochdale (-40.20%), Crewe (-37.90%), Stockport (-35.41%), Ashton-under-Lyne (-35.41%), Oldham (-33.36%), Stretford (-32.30%), Barrow-in-Furness (-31.11%), Northwich   (-29.41%), Warrington (-16.82%) and Manchester City (-17%).

Retailers in major regional cities and towns will also experience significant falls in RVs with Middlesbrough by -37%, Bournemouth by -30%, Newcastle by -25%, Sheffield by -24% and Liverpool and Manchester both expected to see a -17% fall.

Across the Pennines in Yorkshire, the top towns to see a drop in RVs are: Dewsbury (-43%), Scunthorpe (-41%), Keighley (-40%), Sheffield (-24%), Bradford (-23%), Rotherham (-19%) and Grimsby (-17%).

On the flip side of the coin I will be very interested to see who the losers are going to be on 1 April 2017 – retailers in London’s more affluent post codes must be holding their breath right now.


Your Comments

If you add Transitional Relief to these timescales, it could be 2020 before the changes have their full effect, just in time for the next Election!
I fear a lot more government ‘tinkering’ with the North – South valuations before we get the final List.

By Julian Rosenthal

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