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Business rates service

We work with the business rates teams at many different local authorities. Our work involves analysing their data and providing a report about businesses that are missing from the business rates register.

Those omissions may be down to fraud, or they may be an error. In both cases, we can identify gaps that deliver improved ratings for the authority. In turn, that means more revenue to fund local services.

Simon Bleckly, Audit and Counter Fraud Manager, Salford City Council said "GeoPlace delivered a report that helped us to have more confidence in our register, and find the "needles in the haystack" – properties that were missing from our records. We gave GeoPlace a brief to minimise the number of false-positives in the report – thus minimising the amount of resource required on our part – and GeoPlace delivered."

Data analytics service

Working with your business rates team and Local Land and Property Gazetteer Custodian we use data analytics to derive an informed list of businesses absent from your ratings list.

Our understanding of property data provides a robust evidence base for decision making, minimizing the number of false positives to reduce the cost of investigating potential fraud and error.
We apply our expertise to save you time and money.

Why use our service?

  • we are experts in data management and analytics
  • we understand data; the compilation of your business rates register and data from the Valuation Office Agency. We work with VOA data on a weekly basis, matching it to the National Address Gazetteer.
  • we already work under contract with every council in England and Wales
  • we deliver a cost-effective solution providing you with qualified leads to reduce officer time
  • our service improves the overall quality of your data.

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Richard Duffield

Head of Customer Insight

Richard is responsible for defining and delivering the vision for insight led decision making within GeoPlace. Leading the Customer Insights team, we work with users, colleagues, and partners to ensure our strategy, roadmap and solutions meet your needs.

Richard has been integral in driving forward the quality and use of address and street data in Great Britain for the last 15 years. Bringing together broad sector knowledge, strong relationships and expertise gained by delivering national location data infrastructure projects. Richard was responsible for delivering the National Address Gazetteer, the first UK-wide spatial address dataset.

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