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New Business Rates 2009-2010 “Help is at hand”

From 1st October, it is possible for every business that pays business rates to know what their liability could be as from next April.

Every five years, the Valuation Office revise the Rateable Value on every commercial property, on which the ‘property tax’ is paid; and every five years occupiers have an opportunity to appeal against their assessment.

Go on line to and find out what your future could look like. The web site will show you details of your new Rateable Value, the ‘rates liability indicator’ and what relief is available.

If after going on line, you still need help, get in touch with a surveyor, like Chris Horler of Horler Surveying Services, who will guide you through the maze of information and ensure that you do not pay a penny more in rates than you have to.


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Chris Horler FRICS
Horler Surveying Services
8 Poplar Close
MK44 3EG

01234 871793 01.10.2009


Monday, 25th September 2009

Energise (is a BBA Member) warns BBA ‘half hourly’ members to be ready for CRC

From the 1st April 2010 the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), the first mandatory emissions trading scheme to be administered by the UK government, will come into force with the mission of incentivising energy efficiency in businesses. The CRC is aimed at large, non-energy intensive businesses and will act as a driver for efficiency by allowing businesses to obtain a bonus payment if they outperform their competitors in the scheme.

It is anticipated that the scheme will affect 20,000 businesses, with 5,000 required to trade carbon allowances. To qualify as a full participant you must have used 6,000 MWh or more in 2008 through half hourly (HH) electricity meters. All organisations with a HH meter (regardless of energy use) will be required to make an information disclosure to the regulator (Environment Agency in England and Wales). Failure to do so by 30th September 2010 will incur a fine of £1,000. If you are a full participant and you fail to register by the deadline the fine is £5,000 plus £500 per working day until you register. If you used over 3,000 MWh of HH electricity in 2008 you will be required to disclose your actual consumption.

Simon Alsbury, Technical Director at Energise said, “If you are not aware of the Carbon Reduction Commitment and your legal obligations under it, make sure you act now. The fines associated with non-compliance are significant for any business”. Energise has produced an authoritative guide to the scheme which is available to download for free from their website at


Notes to the Editor:

1. Simon Alsbury is available for further information or interview by telephoning 01480 479355 or emailing

2. Photographs are available on request.

3. Energise (formally Alsbury Environmental Consulting) is an independent energy efficiency consultancy operating since April 2007 across the public and private sectors. We have particular experience in the entertainment, leisure and hospitality industries having worked on a number of projects with the NUS, NOCTIS, Coca-Cola Great Britain, and Bletchley Park Trust. We provide a series of energy management services, with recent clients including Regent Inns plc and Timothy

Ofgem Press Release 03/08/2009 R/29

Ofgem’s £6.5 billion investment proposals to boost customer service and cut carbon from regional electricity networks – press release

Energy regulator Ofgem has unveiled proposals that will deliver better customer service from the regional electricity network companies, maintain high network reliability and pave the way for further carbon reductions.   More…(pdf)

Warning – bogus invoices
14 October 2008

Press Release 

Companies and other organisations are urged to ignore information they receive from two firms purporting to regulate health and safety legislation.

HSE has received complaints from companies across the country that have been sent requests for payment in return for compliance with health and safety law.

One firm, based in West Yorkshire, calling itself the Health and Safety Registration Enforcement Division (HSRED), have written to companies all over Great Britain asking for between £199 and £249 to ensure they comply with health and safety law. This follows on from a spate of similar letters, using the same company name, that were sent out to companies in Spring 2004 which originally gave a Rochdale address but is now issuing letters giving a Bradford address. Another firm calling itself the Health and Safety Enforcement Agency (HSEA) demanded £125 for a health and safety compliance pack.

Anyone receiving literature from any of these companies can ignore it; there is no legal need for anyone to buy literature or services from these companies. None of these companies is connected to HSE.

Organisations should be very wary of any approach from these firms.