Carlton Hotel, Ilfracombe

Name: Eliot Seabourn-Wren

Sector: Tourism

Current rateable value of business: £30,500

Original rateable value of business: £27,000

“Clearly, business rates assist in provision of general and community services such as fire and police protection – however, being a low consumer of these services the current charge seems disproportionate.

“We pay separately for other central services, public licencing, waste collection and similar i.e. as we use them. I wouldn’t mind paying more if I felt the district / county councils would direct spending into sustainable business in the community, thus re-energising the area. I worry that if the burden of business rates is shifted further and the rateable value increases again, we will not be able to trade successfully. Many other local and small traders get 100% relief which means surely the burden is shared even more disproportionately. The shift to online trading will only make this more acute.”