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Business rates are one of the biggest overheads a company can face, and evidence is emerging that many are counting the extra cost of failing to check their rateable values or of rushing into deals which promise reductions and fail to deliver.
As with any other major expense, business owners should be on their guard and to only take rates advice from experienced, registered practitioners.
That means someone who can prove their membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation, the Rating Surveyors Association or even – as in Adrian Smith’s case – all three.
Adrian founded Adrian Smith Rating (ASR) in 2000, by which time he was already highly qualified and experienced in all aspects of business rates. He started with the Inland Revenue in 1975, carrying out surveys and assessments to establish rateable values.
He set up ASR because he realised he felt better working on the other side of the fence, advising businesses on how to get a fair deal with their rates. From the start, he picked up consultancy work with two firms of chartered surveyors, and more commissions followed as he built a reputation for openness and honesty.
Based in Yorkshire, Adrian has built a client base of large and small businesses operating in a wide range of sectors and located across the UK.
Adrian said: “Every business has a legal and moral responsibility to pay the fair business rates for which they are liable, and the safest and best way is to manage your rates in the same way that you would manage salaries and rent. That means adopting a proactive approach.
“Take professional advice from someone to ensure you understand what is achievable, and make sure the people you use have the correct accreditations.”