NG Strengthens Business Rates Dept Ahead of 2017 Rating Revaluation

22nd August 2016

NG Chartered Surveyors have appointed David Cureton as a Consultant specialising in business rates appeals and rates audit as it expands the professional department.

David brings with him more than 30 years’ experience in the property industry.Starting as a trainee estate agent, has helped major occupiers such as Argos, Bristol Street Motors, Halfords, Homebase, H Samuel, Natwest, Lloyds Banking Group, Trent Buses, to reduce their rate bills by millions of pounds.

Previous roles include Head of rating at Johnson Fellows team leader of BNP Paribas’ Birmingham rating department and King Sturge (now JLL) Nottingham.

Welcoming David to the team, director partner Richard Sutton said:

“As ratepayers look for savings in order to survive and thrive, reducing the business rates burden for companies not only saves jobs but can help secure the future of entire companies. With David onboard we aim to grow and develop the department further in preparation for the business rates revaluation in 2017. We are proud to have someone of David’s pedigree join the NG team.”

David, aged 57, said: “NG is a niche, specialist practice with a wealth of experience and a strong, reputable client base. I am delighted to join the team, many of whom I have known for over 15 years and I am looking forward to growing the department and continuing to help clients make substantial savings on their business rates.

“The rating system is not conducive to being easily understood by many ratepayers and the system is currently being overhauled again with the introduction of Check, Challenge Appeal in respect of appeals initiated for the 2017 rating revaluation. There are a number of measures out there to assist building owners to minimise their liability with respect to empty rates.”

NG business rates department provides a comprehensive service to a variety of clients including landlords, occupiers and developers.
He added:

“We are committed to understanding our clients’ ever-changing needs and continually monitor this specialist field to ensure our clients can plan ahead. We offer commercially astute, proactive and thoroughly professional advice which is fully compliant with the RICS/IRRV/RSA Rating Consultancy Code of Practice.

“Negotiations with the Valuation Office Agency and the local authorities take place to in order to minimise our clients rate liability, thus ensuring they pay the correct level of rates.”

Rating services include: compiled list appeals, alteration appeals, disturbance appeal, referencing of clients properties to ensure accuracy of the list, proactive applications for vacant property relief, rate relief from partially occupied properties, management service dealing with completion rating returns and verifying rates bills, rates liability budgeting and planning.

NG encompasses several specialist departments and acts for a variety of clients including retailers, investors, developers, financiers and occupiers of commercial property. It specialises in providing professional advice, current market information, guidance through the constantly changing laws and statutes which govern the use of property and, above all, in providing a service which seeks to achieve the optimum commercial outcome for clients.

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