Business rates are an unfair tax levied on commercial property. Basically, every five years the government calculates the “rateable value” of every commercial property in Britain. How they do this is complicated – you might even say too complicated for it to be an exact science. Anyway, rateable value is then multiplied by 49.3p for standard businesses, or by 48.0p for small businesses. Meaning, whatever annual worth a property was valuated at (last valuation was April 1st 2017), nearly half that amount will have to be paid as tax each year.
In Britain, increasing numbers of shopping centres are becoming what Americans call “ghost malls”. As big-name brands go under, smaller merchants can no longer rely on stragglers from these stores to bring business.
A 2016 Guardian article asked: “For years our coastal resorts have been in decline. But now bookings are on the rise, and over half of us will go to a British beach this year. So what has changed?”
An inspirational and award winning sports business has moved to a new base in Kendal. Jogging Pals, which has led more than 450 newcomers to take up running, has opened an office on the Westmorland Business Park .
The organisers of the Keswick Convention aim to turn vacant site into conference centre. The refurbishment of Keswick’s former pencil factory will create 96 jobs, according to a new report.
The article below lists some of the best beach cafes and restaurants in Britain. We would like to add to this list, the chip shop and cafe in Arnside, and the bakehouse. These eateries have all heavily invested in improving their premises, and are constantly packed.