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Cows take control at Plymouth Estates

Cows take control at Plymouth Estates

Plymouth Estates has unveiled a revolutionary new robotic milking and feeding parlour at its dairy farm in Ludlow, Shropshire, providing a major boost to animal welfare.

Local and regional operators provide hope to high street

Local and regional operators provide hope to high street

The retail, leisure and hospitality sectors in Wales have faced some of the most challenging business conditions during the last 12 months, with the Covid pandemic, the changing profile of…

Cooke & Arkwright wins Commercial Agent of the Year award for second year running

Cooke & Arkwright wins Commercial Agent of the Year award for second year running

Cooke & Arkwright has been named Commercial Agent of the Year 2020 at the second Cardiff Property Awards, held virtually on Friday 26th March 2021. It is the second year…

Covid-related business rate appeals ruled out, but new £90 million support fund announced for Wales

Covid-related business rate appeals ruled out, but new £90 million support fund announced for Wales

HM Treasury is to introduce retrospective legislation that effectively rules out business rate appeals based on material change in circumstances (MCC) due to the pandemic. It said it would provide…

Permanent solution needed for commercial rent debt mountain

Permanent solution needed for commercial rent debt mountain

As we reach another quarter day no resolution is in sight to the problem of Covid related commercial rent arrears. As anticipated, the Welsh and Westminster Governments have announced an…

VOA declines return to negotiating table on Covid business rate appeals

VOA declines return to negotiating table on Covid business rate appeals

Since the start of the pandemic office buildings have lain largely unoccupied due to government restrictions and many office-based businesses have experienced a drop in profitability. Despite this, these businesses…

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The Leekes Retail and Leisure Group have substantial property assets within the group and have engaged Andrew West to appeal against rating assessments on these properties since 2010. We have consistently been impressed by Andrew's knowledge of the property market and his negotiating skills have been exceptional. Given Andrew's outstanding performance, we would not hesitate to recommend Andrew to any business large or small seeking to appeal their rates liabilities.

Mike Fowler, Group Finance Director, Leekes Group