RMI Petrol has seen progress in its fight against Business Rates valuations for sites by holding its first face-to-face

meeting with a minister on the issue. The organisation’s chairman Brian Madderson helped set up the industry-wide meeting with Tory MP Robert Neill, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government, describing it as "very constructive". He said: "We have re-engaged the lobbying process strongly. And as a result we finally got a meeting with a minister. We handed him a sackful of letters from members who had written to their MPs. I also explained the specific concerns on the ratings issue."


Others at the meeting, which included a question and answer session, included fellow Tory MP Philip Dunne plus Sheridan Westlake, Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.


Also present were Adam Wadlow of property advisory firm Barber Wadlow, ACS chief executive James Lowman, UKPIA director general Chris Hunt and Car Wash Association chairman David Charman.


RMI Petrol expected all rating advisors involved to go to the Valuation Office Agency in August with proposals seeking to break the present impasse.