Business Rates - Rating Surveyor

Wales' largest professional rating practice, saving occupiers money

  • Business Rates Cooke & Arkwright
  • Business Rates Cooke & Arkwright

Cooke & Arkwright offers a specialist, market-leading business rates advisory service to help owners and occupiers throughout Wales and beyond to reduce their business rates.

One of the biggest property costs to your business is likely to be business rates, so of course you want to make sure you're not paying more than you need to. Over the last 90 years, Cooke & Arkwright has consistently demonstrated expertise in reducing the business rate bills of owners and occupiers in Wales and beyond. With our specialist knowledge and experience, we can assess your business rates liability with a view to saving you money.

The 2023 rating list will come into effect on 1 April 2023 and for Wales a much more demanding appeal process.

For further details please visit our 2023 Revaluation page

Why choose Cooke & Arkwright Rating Surveyors

  • With an appeal success rate of 78.8%,  we consistently deliver above industry average reductions for our clients
  • Since the beginning of the 2005 rating list we have achieved client savings in excess of £185 million
  • Our Director-led service means you will personally meet and always speak to the people who are dealing with your assessments.

How we can help you

Our services include:

  • Review and valuation to establish whether a reduction is viable
  • Submission of Check, Challenge, Appeal documentation
  • Negotiating with Valuation Officers
  • Preparing and presenting cases at Valuation Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)
  • Mitigating empty property rates, including rate relief schemes, legislative changes and transitional adjustments
  • Preparing budget rate liability forecasts
  • Completing Valuation Office Agency forms of return/information requests
  • Carrying out rate audits to identify potential errors in historic rate liabilities.

Examples of our work

We deal with all property types for both the public and private sectors, from civic centres and leisure centres, to factories, warehouses, offices, high street retail, out of town retail and sports stadia. Our clients include:

Millennium Stadium, Welsh Rugby Union, Castle Leisure, Greggs, Meritor, BAE Systems, Wales & West Utilities, Note Machine, Atradius, Leekes, Cardiff City Football Club, Principality Building Society, Trade Centre Group, Cardiff University,  10 Welsh Councils, Kingspan Insulation, Vale Golf & Spa Resort and QLP Limited.

We consistently achieve above industry average business rate reductions for our clients, with recent successes including the following:

Business Group Savings Rateable Value 
Reduction for
Principal Property
% Reduction
Millennium Stadium  £3,436,714 £600,000 26.67%
Kingspan Insulation  £668,954 £340,000 28.3%
JH Leeke   £4,838,655 £150,000 30.15%
Cardiff City Football Club   £348,432 £168,000 20%
Rightacres Pty Co   £1,800,455 £162,000 100%
Principality Building Society  £2,472,272    
       

We would be delighted to review your business rates bill to asses how we can save your organisation money. Please contact one of our experts today to find out more.

Mansford has expanded its investment portfolio over the last few years. Over this time Andrew West has provided us with a full rating valuation service which has involved giving a view on liabilities prior to acquisitions, as well as conducting negotiations with Valuation Officers on our UK estate. The portfolio includes a wide range of properties from shops, offices and pubs to major leisure schemes. He has been particularly successful in mitigating our liabilities to empty property rate, which has been an issue on acquisition prior to implementing our development and letting strategy. I have no hesitation in recommending Andrew's expertise in rating valuation for all property types. The profile of property within his portfolio and the successes achieved are testament to his position as an extremely accomplished rating practitioner.

Leopold Hall, Partner, Mansford LLP