Mary Steps In to Save Wakefield Business
Wakefield MP Mary Creagh has secured a substantial business rate reduction for local business Paregal Pianos. Mary visited staff this week at the company's premises at Victoria Works, Benjamin Street, Wakefield WF2 9AR to celebrate the good news. The company faced going to the wall as the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) had previously said that their business rates would rise by more than 50%. Mary Creagh stepped in and made enquiries on the company’s behalf.
The VOA has now re-measured the premises and confirmed to the MP’s office that Paregal Pianos can expect a substantial reduction in the Business Rates bill that has been quoted to them. As a result of Mary’s intervention the company’s business rates have reduced from £6500 to £3500 per annum.
Mary Creagh said: "It's vital that businesses are given all the support they need to ride out the recession. I've been in touch with the VOA several times on behalf of Paregal Pianos. Now that the rate has been reassessed the council has confirmed that the business rate bill will be slashed by 50%. I'm pleased I was able to help."
Lynne Robinson of Paregal Pianos said: “The Valuations people had been making the calculations from a database. They thought we had an extra 1000ft and offices and a kitchen. They wouldn’t listen to us and it was only when Mary Creagh got onto the case that they sorted it out. We are very happy and relieved that Mary got involved.”