Business Rates Revaluation Briefing

Presentation by Paul Stevens of Lambert Smith Hampton's Bristol office

The purpose of this Event is to give a Brief Overview of the rating system and the impact of the 2017 Revaluation, and what can be done to reduce liability

7.30am FriIday 29 April at Yeovil Golf Club





DavidThe President's Heartbeat Message

15th April 2016

Still reeling from the Horsey roundabout work, and the recently completed Hospital roundabout work, Yeovil business community awaits the conversion of the junction of Lyde Road and Sherborne Road from a roundabout to light-controlled. Disruptive road works break routines. Regular visitors to the town lose the ‘habit’ of coming into Yeovil. Once a habit is broken, it is hard to revert to previous behaviour. Retailers tell of customers saying out of Yeovil during road works. One retailer alleges that his neighbours at home in Ash will now shop elsewhere; other towns are less problematic. Yeovil retailers are already under threat from internet trading and high business rates. Is there evidence that people are staying out of Yeovil?

Somerset County Highways officials will debrief the Chamber Exec on 9th May. Until that briefing, I remain concerned for the long-term prospects of our town centre traders. Ending positively; road works or not, Yeovil is a vibrant regional town with a wide range of amenities and retail outlets. Make that detour. Allow a little more drive-time. It’s only some road works. They’ll soon be finished, and remember, all the while. . .Yeovil remains OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

David Woan - President

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Yeovil Chamber is the BIG voice for business and commerce for local, regional, and national issues; actively promoting new opportunities for our members, and the wider business community.

To keep members informed and empowered, our Executive Committee regularly engage with other stakeholders such as Yeovil Town Council, South Somerset District Council, Somerset County Council, Avon & Somerset Police, the Western Gazette, and our Member of Parliament.  Yeovil Chamber is also a board member of Yeovil Town Team.

We will continue to lobby all the way up to central Government to bring about much-needed change to the unfair and distorted delivery of business rates.  High business rates continue to be a major cause of empty shops in Yeovil town centre.

Despite Government commitment, provision for superfast broadband remains patchy in and around the Yeovil area, and we will continue to fight for full rural and urban coverage in the Yeovil area.  Broadband is no longer a luxury; it is a necessity.

We continue to work with South Somerset District Council, to encourage delivery of a flexible and commercial approach to town centre car parking facilities and rates.

Our ongoing work with Avon & Somerset Police has put more officers on the beat, to reduce crime in Yeovil town centre.

We also offer a variety of regular events to entertain, inform, and promote high-quality, informal networking opportunities, and a variety of discounted rates when engaging the services of other member businesses.

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