Commercial stamp duty changes a welcome boost to SMEs

POSTED: 16th March 2016
IN: Newsroom

Commenting on new stamp duty bands for commercial property, Charles Haresnape, Group Managing Director at Aldermore said:

“The new tiered system of stamp duty rates for commercial property will be a real positive for smaller businesses in particular as they will no longer be hit by large-scale rises under the current slab system when investing in properties just over a band boundary. Smaller developers who are vital to solving the housing supply issues in the UK continue to struggle with access to finance, with a recent industry survey showing that more than 50,000 construction and real estate firms began the year in ‘significant’ financial distress.

“We are pleased to see the government recognising the importance of the contribution that SMEs make to the UK economy, and reforms to stamp duty and business rates will provide an enormous boost to those considering further investment over the coming year."


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Rachael Snelling, Aldermore

Phone:          0208 1853 102



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