Business Rates Reform

In 2016 pubs, bars and restaurants faced a nationwide crisis.

A planned revaluation of business rates meant many found themselves looking at substantial bill increases. Having to pay this all in one go meant many would have to forego investments in their business and in some cases cease trading.

Working with the ALMR (now UK Hospitality) we created a campaign that used a winning mixture of political, media, social and grassroots lobbying techniques to challenge the government to rethink their decision and examine the way they dealt with appeals.

As a result, pubs and restaurants were the only businesses to receive sector specific relief in the 2017 Budget and the Government also committed to reform of the appeals process.

In addition, all the main political parties provided manifesto commitments during the General Election to undertake root and branch reform of the valuation system.