Commenting on the planned review of business rates announced by the Treasury, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:

“It is good to see that the government is looking at a wide-ranging review of business rates, as this iniquitous tax hammers businesses across the country, before they’ve even made single pound in profit. The government is asking a lot of important questions in this review – for business however, actions speak louder than words.

“Unless a root and branch reform of business rates is delivered at Budget 2016, business will regard this as a missed opportunity to tackle a huge brake on investment and growth.”