Business rates advice


GVA are at the cutting edge of the rating profession and we pride ourselves on being proactive and delivering market leading solutions to rates mitigation for our clients.

What our clients say about us

GE Corporate Tax

“BGVA have been a General Electric Company preferred provider of business rates, forensic audits and compliance services in the UK since 2010. BGVA have delivered substantial value to GE, both financially and as importantly through the quality of their service. At BGVA, we have found exceptional people committed to their clients and offering a rigorous process to capture and deliver benefits. David Jones’s eye for talent and expertise in rates is a key driver of their qualitative and quantitative performance. His colleague Alex Eason manages the day-to-day efforts on the GE portfolio and coordinates all aspects of the relationship. GE is grateful for the commitment and results achieved by the BGVA team.”

GE Corporate Tax

Defence Infrastructure Organisation

“Bilfinger GVA have worked closely with DIO to provide a comprehensive business rates service. They have developed a bespoke model that has ensured all aspects of our liability are fully mitigated on both the occupied and vacant estate.

The customer client relationship with Bilfinger GVA has been outstanding, with Bilfinger GVA’s professionalism and dedication always being at the forefront.

An Outstanding performance has been achieved throughout the contract period. Bilfinger GVA always go the extra mile. The dedication and enthusiasm shown by Bilfinger GVA is infectious.”

Defence Infrastructure Organisation

Centrica Plc

“We have an excellent working relationship with the BGVA rating team who deal with the majority of our property interests ranging from old shops to onshore gas terminals. Their ability to work with our estate management providers to ensure information flow and therefore savings is crucial and they manage this relationship very well. They have had some significant successes for us and their efforts are reported at Board level and are appreciated”.

Group Head of Real Estate, Centrica Plc

Stoke City Football Club

“GVA have provided Stoke City Football club with business rates advice since the start of the 2010 Rating List. Their reputation is well known and they did not disappoint! They delivered a superb result and a well-managed, professional service - we have no hesitation in recommending their services to the football or wider sporting community”.

Stoke City Football Club

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

"Working with GVA has been a real pleasure; they take the pain out of the process, explain things in simple terms, and worked very hard for us as a Client. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to other Commercial Organisations".

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

The Glasgow Academy

“The appeals you made on our behalf always appeared to produce the desired results and for that we are grateful, and I certainly would not think of dealing with anyone but GVA James Barr. Our Governors, the vast majority of whom have had very successful business careers are also very pleased with what you do for the school.

In conclusion, we have absolutely no hesitation in recommending your organization, and particularly your people in the highest terms to other schools and organisations.

General Manager, The Glasgow Academy

NHS Commercial Procurement Collaborative

“NHS CPC awarded a contract to GVA in 2009 to provide its member NHS Trusts with specialist Property Rating support. The agreement was let on a “no win, no fee basis”. NHS CPC have successfully worked with the GVA team whose expertise and persistence has resulted in member NHS Trusts achieving millions of pounds of financial savings”.

Category Procurement Specialist – Estates, NHS Commercial Procurement Collaborative

Forth Valley College, Glasgow

“Forth Valley College engaged GVA James Barr some years ago to assist with rateable value advice on our properties.

This involved a fairly complex portfolio as we developed new campus facilities at Alloa and Stirling, sold some properties in Branshill and Stirling and demolished other sites including our Branshill Campus in Alloa and Middlefield Campus in Falkirk.

GVA James Barr have provided a professional service with a consistent point of contact, for our needs. This has been invaluable from an operational point of view and supported by prompt responses to any queries from us.

In summary, GVA James Barr have consistently delivered a positive service for Forth Valley College”

Forth Valley College, Glasgow