Retailers, hospitals, pubs and schools were among those dealt a hammer blow this year when the first business rates revaluation for seven years left many facing crippling bill hikes.
Seven pubs in Dundee and one in Perth have been hit with four-figure fines for showing Premier League football illegally.
A red and yellow card system will be introduced in city centre pubs in a bid to curb anti-social and criminal behaviour.
Pub group Greene King has revealed an 8% fall in half-year profits and sliding sales after a challenging first half and warned market conditions would “toughen” over the next few years.
Fuller, Smith & Turner has reported a 10% jump in half-year profits despite facing “unprecedented” cost and economic pressures, but warned that political uncertainties in the UK could still hit the business.
All Bar One owner Mitchells & Butlers has seen its shares plunge after warning it could scrap its next shareholder dividend payout on the back of lower profits and said it faced further risks amid Brexit uncertainty.
UK firms have been granted a £2.3 billion reprieve on controversial business rates as part of a string of tax changes the Chancellor said proved the Government was “listening to concerns”.
Pub chain Young’s has hailed a 6% jump in revenues, but said it remains “concerned” that Brexit uncertainty is making it more difficult to attract and retain staff.
Around 15 pubs a week are disappearing across England and Wales and punters could face pricier pints in the ones that remain after the industry was clobbered by a £204 million rise in business rates this year.
Wetherspoon's has slashed the cost of meals across Tayside and Fife today as part of a UK-wide effort aimed at demonstrating how value added tax (VAT) reductions could benefit the hospitality sector.