Open meeting in Leyburn to discuss business rates

The Lower Wensleydale Business Network (LWBN) says it has responded to the demand from local businesses for more clarity on business rates by arranging and hosting an open meeting.

David Poole, from LWBN, said business owners believed that the imposition of the new business rates was placing an unacceptable burden on their businesses and the future of trade in the area and particularly in Leyburn.

He added that had they had pointed to the apparent unfairness of the rates and the difficulties in being able to challenge the basis on which the rates had been set.

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Paul Burkinshaw, a partner of Harrowells Solicitors which are based in York and have expertise in areas of business rates, will address the open meeting and will be on hand to take questions and discuss issues that arise.

The meeting which is being held at the Leyburn Arts and Community Centre on May 15 will start at 6.30pm for 7pm.

It will be chaired by Richard Sanderson.

The meeting is free of charge and all members and non-members of the Lower Wensleydale Business Network are invited to attend.