Business Rates are a significant cost for
businesses — our track record in saving clients money
speaks for itself!


Business rates are a tax on property that affect the majority of businesses and landlord’s in the UK and are becoming an increasingly political hot potato featuring in most Budgets, Autumn Statements and political manifestos.

There are however, ways to reduce your business rates. The FHP Business Rates Team have a strong track record of achieving exceptional business rate savings for a wide variety of clients across the UK.

Our expertise ranges from more traditional type premises such as:

  • Offices
  • Warehouses
  • Shops and Shopping Centres
  • Restaurants
  • Licensed Premises

to more diverse and specialist properties such as:

  • Trent Bridge – Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club
  • Nottingham Forest Football Club
  • Fire Stations

When we are considering the avenues where we will be able to reduce the client’s business rates liability, we consider not only the traditional rating list appeals but also other areas such as:

  • Material changes in circumstances
  • Empty rate allowance
  • Discretionary rate relief

Our fees are purely success related and based on savings achieved with our consistently strong performance, leading to the same clients continuing to use and recommend our services year on year.

For further information on how we could help you please contact one of the business rates team.

Shopping Centres

Over the past 12 months, Shopping Centre investment volumes have reached a new high, surpassing the record levels seen in 2013 and making it a very exciting time for the retail industry.

FHP act on behalf of Shopping Centre owners and through a combination of Compiled list appeals; MCC appeals; proactive empty rates strategy; bill auditing; and managing payments, we offer a proactive and hands on approach, necessary when dealing with large multi let Centres which are ever changing and evolving. Through this approach, our team has produced savings of nearly £1.5million for The Pyramids Centre in Birkenhead since our instruction.

Due to the increase in investment, we have seen an increase in Centre redevelopment and FHP can add value here too. Since our instruction of a large Centre in the northwest 9 months ago, we have made savings of £450,000 during the first phase of redevelopment, by being on the ball and offering specialist knowledge.

FHP Shopping Centre Rating has national coverage and also acts for the following schemes:

  • Fishergate Centre, Preston
  • Quedam Centre, Yeovil
  • Market Place, Bolton
  • Middleton Shopping Centre, Middleton
  • Vancouver Quarter, Kings Lynn
  • Mander Centre, Wolverhampton
  • Kings Square, West Bromwich
  • Hale Leys Shopping Centre, Aylesbury

For information on how we could help reduce the rates liabilities at your Centre, please contact a member of our team.

Our Clients

We are trusted by clients across the country to handle their Business Rates affairs and here is a selection:

  • Hillarys Blinds
  • Nissan Motorparts
  • RPS Group
  • Sandicliffe Motor Group
  • LaFarge Aggregates
  • The Linney Group

Empty Property Rates

How does it work?
We have a tenant who will take occupation of the property on a short term basis which will trigger a holiday from paying business rates for up to 6 months when the tenant vacates.

Key facts
•    Reduce costs
•    Minimal paperwork required
•    No interference with marketing empty space
•    100% success rate
•    Fees are success related only

Who are FHP?
We are a firm of Chartered Surveyors, established in 1990 and have been providing property advice to some of the UK’s brightest and forward thinking landlords, developers and businesses across the country in that time.

What to find out more?
To find out if we may be able to help you please speak to Ian Mitchell on 07551 170 838 or email


“Alastair Fearn has been not only particularly helpful in relation to my helping me with my Business Rate liabilities but he was always approachable, available and easy to deal with. I would be happy to recommend him.”

Paul Dixon, Universal Supplies Ltd.