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Report urges business rates shake-up

A number of recommendations made by FSB have been included in the report from the Barclay review of business rates in Scotland. 

The review made 30 recommendations to the Scottish Government, including proposals to introduce a relief for firms which invest in their own premises, more frequent revaluations and moves to improve the administration of the rates system. 

“For too long, small businesses have been faced with a bureaucratic, confusing and clumsy rates system,” said Andy Willox, FSB’s Scottish policy convenor. 


“FSB has repeatedly argued for a modern and progressive system and we are delighted to see our proposals on improving consultation and communication with ratepayers, modernising processes and the wider role of the assessors as key parts of the Barclay review.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the review into the business rates system at FSB’s National Conference in Glasgow in 2016.