Amazon to get £3m business rates rebate after arguing that mezzanine floors do not count as floor space
Amazon is set to get millions of pounds in business rates back from a council after a row over one of its warehouses.
The online shopping giant successfully appealed against the amount it was charged by Cannock Chase Council by arguing that mezzanine floors did not count as floor space.
It means the local authority will have to hand back something in the region of £3million – forcing it into financial hardship.
Amazon successfully appealed against the amount it was charged by Cannock Chase Council by arguing that mezzanine floors did not count as floor space
Gordon Alcott, the council’s leader, said Amazon was an important employer but the settlement represented a ‘major blow’.
‘The financial impact is of great concern to the council,’ he said.
He claimed the refund was the latest example of online behemoths like Amazon getting off lightly when compared to the crippling rates bricks and mortar retailers pay.
Alcott added: ‘I feel sorry for our town centres where there doesn’t appear to be a level playing field between the overheads paid by bricks and mortar businesses against those paid by online traders.’
An Amazon spokesperson said: ‘Business rates are part of Amazon’s broader £18billion investment in the UK since 2010.’