Monday, May 10, 2021

FHP hires duo of business rates experts

Property consultancy, FHP, has strengthened its business rates team by investing in the appointment of two new hires.

Business rates expert, Steve Bicknell joins the company as a specialist rating consultant, following a 31 year career with the Valuation Office Agency (VOA).

Steve will be based at FHP’s Nottingham office and will have responsibility for advising FHP’s portfolio of national shopping centre clients on how best to reduce their business rates liabilities, including empty rates mitigation and rateable value appeals.

He will also work with a number of fire and rescue authorities in relation to their business rates liabilities.

An experienced property valuation specialist, Steve was formerly responsible for setting the basis of valuation for properties across the Midlands in his role with the VOA and has dealt with large volumes of appeals on all sorts of property, including complex valuations.

Reece Pritchard joins FHP as a business rates account manager and will deliver a range of services to the consultancy’s shopping centre clients, including bill management and forecasting, covering business rates and empty property rates liabilities.

Reece has specialised in business rates for more than seven years and was previously a rate account manager at Colliers International, servicing national clients including WeWork and The Restaurant Group. He will be based at FHP’s Colmore Row office in Birmingham city centre.

Steve Bicknell said: “When I was at the VOA, I always admired FHP because they were one of the few agents that would actually value the property rather than ‘chance’ the system as many did.

“Now that I am working in private practice, I believe that my knowledge and experience in setting and defending rateable values will stand me in good stead and help achieve results that others without this knowledge would not be able to. I’m excited to be part of the FHP team.”

Reece Pritchard said: “I am very pleased to have joined FHP and am excited to be part of a successful team. I feel that I have plenty to offer and that my skills are well suited to FHP.”

Alastair Fearn, Director at FHP, said: “We are very happy to have added Steve and Reece to our team. To have someone with Steve’s knowledge and experience from inside the VOA is invaluable. Reece brings a unique set of skills that we did not have previously in the business, which will enable us to offer a broader range of services to our clients and improve the rates forecasting work that we undertake.”

Andrew Chapman, FHP Director, added: “Whenever we recruit we are always trying to attract people who can enhance our knowledge and offering. There is absolutely no doubt that with Steve and Reece joining us, we have achieved exactly that.”

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our news site - please take a moment to read this important message:

As you know, our aim is to bring you, the reader, an editorially led news site and magazine but journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them.

With the Covid-19 pandemic having a major impact on our industry as a whole, the advertising revenues we normally receive, which helps us cover the cost of our journalists and this website, have been drastically affected.

As such we need your help. If you can support our news sites/magazines with either a small donation of even £1, or a subscription to our magazine, which costs just £33.60 per year, (inc p&P and mailed direct to your door) your generosity will help us weather the storm and continue in our quest to deliver quality journalism.

As a subscriber, you will have unlimited access to our web site and magazine. You'll also be offered VIP invitations to our events, preferential rates to all our awards and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Just click here to subscribe and in the meantime may I wish you the very best.

Latest news

Related news

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.