Evidence on Business Rates to the National Assembly’s Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee

5th October 2016 - Senedd (National Assembly for Wales)

5 October 2016

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Andrew West, Director of Business Rates at Cooke & Arkwright gave evidence, on behalf of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Wales, to the National Assembly’s Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee earlier today, covering a wide range of topics related to Business Rates in Wales, including comparison with England, increasing transparency and modernising the Business Rates system in Wales.

Also giving evidence was  David Magor, Chief Executive of the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation (IRRV) and Matthew Williams, Policy Advisor, Federation of Small Business Wales.

The Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee report to Mark Drakeford AM, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, with a view to informing the Welsh Government’s policy on this important text. 

It is hoped the evidence given will influence the Welsh Government in promoting business-friendly policies and the efficient, effective application of this important source of revenue, raising over £1 billion towards the funding of local government and police services in Wales.

There is a link to the committee meeting given below.

Evidence to the National Assembly

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