Industry Views

Mitigating against the burden of business rates

1st June 2018

As business rates continue to be a source of concern for businesses across the country, Vail Williams’ senior surveyor, Adam Barnfield, gives his opinion on the current system and how the team of business rates experts at Vail Williams is helping clients navigate the complex process.

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The co-working conundrum

29th May 2018

At a recent seminar the hosts posed the question whether the ‘office was dead?’ with the conclusion, in part that, ‘it wasn’t dead but just smells a bit funny’.

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April tax changes to impact residential property-owning businesses

26th March 2018

Businesses that own high-value residential properties (£500,000 and over) could be hit with tax increases when changes to the way the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED) is calculated take effect.

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Business rates revaluation to be brought forward

16th March 2018

Chancellor Philip Hammond has confirmed in his Spring Budget that the government intends to move towards shorter revaluation periods.

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Vail Williams appoints planning Partner, as David Ramsay returns to the ranks

15th March 2018

We're delighted to announce that we have appointed planning Partner, David Ramsay, who returns to the firm from Jones Laing LaSalle (JLL).

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Vail Williams tops Portsmouth sales and lettings, CoStar data shows

7th March 2018

CoStar, the leader in commercial property information, has announced Vail Williams as the top office agent for Portsmouth, following the launch of its Dealmaker Awards for locations across the south.

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Government publishes draft National Planning Policy Framework for consultation

5th March 2018

On 5th March 2018, the Government published a draft version of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for consultation. Alongside the Draft NPPF, the government published draft guidance for viability assessments as well as a new consultation on developer contributions to support housing delivery.

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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) – how are you affected?

12th February 2018

If you haven’t already heard about the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) here’s a bit more about what they are, what to do to prepare for them, and by when.

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Business rates appeals down 97% in Thames Valley

8th February 2018

According to recent statistics published by Government (December), the number of business rates ‘Checks’ lodged by Thames Valley businesses have dropped by a huge 97%, compared with the previous Revaluation in 2010.

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Productivity and the transformation of the working environment

1st February 2018

The working day has changed considerably in the last 30 years. From getting into your Ford Escort to travel to work for your 9-5 job, surrounded by rows of typing pools and telex machines in your naturally ventilated office, to travelling to work in cars that have more technology than the average computer had 20 years ago!

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