Originally Posted by SCENIC
from what I can remember, the good old city council increased the council tax for that particular premises that Hibberts stated that they could no longer afford to stay ther and as far as I know the name of 'Hibberts' was closed down. I used to get my George Cunningham prints from there.
The good old city council isn't responsible for setting business rates ... that's the Government's job ...
None of us can really afford the business rates unless you have a thriving, profitable business. Hibbert's unfortunately was obviously no longer viable. Why should the rest of us have to subsidise failing businesses? Most of us are in the same position. Rent and business rates are crippling small independent businesses all over the country. Along with competition from supermarkets and 'warehouses', small shops are closing down at the rate of one every day in UK
It's just the way things are.