‘It could force us to close’

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ONE green­gro­cer faces a rates in­crease of £10,000.

Tracy Brown, who runs two stores and a del­i­catessen in Suf­folk, is see­ing her bill rise from £4,000 to £14,000.

The 42-year-old said it may mean she is forced to close a shop and lose staff.

‘Crit­i­cally, for one shop it puts it into a loss-mak­ing sce­nario,’ she said. ‘It’s fruit and veg, and doesn’t make huge amounts of profit. It is re­ally de­press­ing.

‘At one stage I had two prof­itable busi­nesses then very quickly – through things I had no con­trol over – I didn’t. My rent is triple what I was pay­ing eight years ago and now this is hap­pen­ing with the rates.’

She says the Gov­ern­ment has to be more prag­matic about how it clas­si­fies busi­nesses.

‘They need to think longterm... about how they are work­ing out the rate­able value of busi­nesses,’ she said.

‘Our bills are so high we are hav­ing to look at whether it’s worth us re­new­ing our lease and car­ry­ing on.

‘If the Gov­ern­ment is of­fer­ing a re­duc­tion, we need it soon.’

Gro­cer: Tracy Brown

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