Biggin Hill Airport chiefs avoid showdown over business rates
Biggin Hill Airport chiefs say they have avoided a "major showdown" between tenants and the Valuation Office after some companies based there were threatened with 100 per cent business rate increases.
The office believed the rates some businesses were paying were too low but some firms said they would close if the increases were implemented.
Airport management say they have renegotiated with the agency to reduce the increase by two thirds.
Amarjit Singh Bamrah, head of Falcon Flying Services, accused the Valuation Agency of failing to understand the problems businesses face.
He said: “The Valuation Office’s initial approach was insensitive to business needs and abilities which if left unchallenged, could easily have crippled my businesses.”