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The Chamber Blog

Watton Festive Market on 15th December and information on government changes to Business Rates

Norman Wilson 27th November 2012

There are a number of things happening in the Wayland area, and beyond that, we should bring to your attention. Firstly the Town Team, initiated by the Chamber, are running another Entrepreneurís market on 15th December. This is the Festive Market with additional charity stalls, Middle Street closed and Father Christmas visiting as well! Also some existing shops are coming out on 1st December to trade in the street.

There is some news on the general business front. Changes are planned on Business rates. At the moment the business rates are collected by Breckland on behalf of the government, the police and the county. The government then distribute the money back to local authorities in grant. The government plan to change this in the future. So Breckland will be encouraged to promote business to benefit from a larger business rate base.

The government have announced that they are postponing the 5 yearly revaluations of business rates which are based on rental potential. Currently business rates are paid on the valuations relevant in early 2008. These were the high point of rent valuations. It is in all our interests to seek the government to rethink this move!
A number of business rate payers do not know that you can firstly check your business rates to see if you are valued correctly compared with others and the currently use of the space see http://www.2010.voa.gov.uk/rli/ .

If you have a rateable value below a threshold you can apply for a rebate see http://www.angliarevenues.gov.uk/business_rates_reliefs.html or contact the Anglia Revenues Partnership who manage the rates for Breckland.

Finally we are starting to see the effects of the governments green deal for businesses. This will enable qualifying energy saving investments to be paid for through the saving on the utility bill without any outlay. In the next blog we will explain more about this.

Norman Wilson
Chairman