Responding to the announcement that next year’s business rates revaluation has been postponed, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman Mike Cherry said:
“This announcement will come as a relief to thousands of small business owners who are undergoing the toughest trading period they’ve ever seen.
“Small businesses will now be able to focus more of their funds on keeping their firms afloat and paying their employees. Every meaningful measure that can help the survival of small businesses is critical, and this move will help provide business owners with some certainty during these uncertain times.
“Although welcome, this development does raise questions about a revaluation in 2022, based on values already three years out of date. Any near-future revaluation must recognise the turmoil we’ve been through.
“We also have concerns that this move could benefit cowboy rating surveyors who take a cut out of any ‘savings’ businesses get – meaning another year of profits without any additional work. We urge businesses to report poor practice, and continue our efforts to drive it out completely."