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SMC Chartered Surveyors,
incorporating Hale Saunders

Business rates

Business rates are a political hot potato at the moment and represent a significant overhead for small and large businesses alike. In particular, empty property rates represent an unfair burden on property owners and businesses, who have vacant property. There are several ways of mitigating empty rates, so please give John Higgins a call on 0114 281 2183.

SMC is a specialist firm of commercial estate agents and Chartered Surveyors, operating mainly in the South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire areas. Based in the heart of the city of Sheffield, SMC acts for a range of local, regional and national clients, and we pride ourselves on the combination of genuine expertise and personal, proactive service that we are able to provide.

In 2012, SMC acquired Hale Saunders, Chartered Surveyors and Martin Saunders joined our team. Martin set up Hale Saunders in 1995 and over the years has built up a loyal client following. The acquisition has meant we can offer a greater level of skill and expertise and have an improved market presence.

SMC offers its clients a service which combines modern IT with traditional values and is based on high standards and professional ethics. Amongst the services SMC provides are:

  • Commercial estate agency
  • Acquisitions
  • Investments
  • Development advice and appraisals
  • Valuations
  • Landlord & tenant advice and negotiations
  • Rent reviews and lease renewals
  • Property management
  • Expert Witness reports and testimony
  • Building Surveys
  • Residential Surveys

SMC is regulated by RICS, All fee earners are Chartered Surveyors and all valuers are Registered Valuers under the Valuer Registration Scheme.

We are also members of the Independent Surveyors and Valuers Association (ISVA).


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