Commercial property experts appoint new head of business rates in Scotland

Gordon Martin
Gordon Martin

Bilfinger GVA has confirmed a key appointment ahead of the General Revaluation set to take place in Scotland in April 2017.

Senior Director Gordon Martin will take charge of the largest dedicated business rates team in Scotland with immediate effect as they prepare for the expected adjustment to the rateable values of all non-domestic property in Scotland.

The seven-strong team has considerable depth and experience across all sectors, operating within the largest business rates team in the UK and covering portfolios across the whole country.

With the largest number of appeals lodged in the 2010 revaluation, Bilfinger GVA retains clients such as Edinburgh Airport, the Scottish Government, RBS, Pinsent Masons and the Ministry of Defence.

Edinburgh-based Martin, who is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Rating Surveyors Association, is stepping up to the role after nine years within Bilfinger GVA.

During this time and his previous employment at senior level within the Assessors service, he has built up a wealth of experience in the inspection, survey and valuation of all non-domestic property for rates purposes, including the valuation of public buildings, large industrial, commercial and military installations.

Mr Martin said: “I’m looking forward to assisting clients on what is one of the largest outgoings in any business. With the next general revaluation taking place in April 2017, it is more important than ever that businesses consider taking expert advice to mitigate their liability.”

Keith Aitken, regional senior director at Bilfinger GVA in Scotland, said the rating team were well prepared for the 2017 Revaluation which represents a critical period for businesses across Scotland. He added that he believed the appointment of Gordon Martin would provide clients with a trusted and very experienced adviser they could rely on for expert advice.

“I would like to congratulate Gordon on this key appointment and I know with the support of his team of experts he is ready to take on the challenges of next Revaluation cycle.”

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