National Museum London

News - 16/01/2020

Business rates success guide launched for AIM members

The guide is designed to help museum operators understand the complete world of business rates.

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In partnership with the Association of Independent Museums (AIM), Colin Hunter, Director of Business Rates in Leeds and our resident museums expert, has written a guide to ‘Successfully Negotiating Business Rates’ for AIM members.

The guide covers the basics required to understand the complex world of business rates including:

  • How museums are or should be valued for rating;
  • The potential effect of having a trading subsidiary;
  • Changes to the rating appeal system in England; and 
  • Recent case law and case studies which potentially affect museums anywhere in the UK.

This update is critical as changes to the appeal system in England mean that those concerned that their Rateable Value is too high need to start the process of checking the Valuation Officer’s figures as soon as practical, and before the end of March 2020.

Download ‘Successfully Negotiating Business Rates’



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