Andrew Collyer joins Colliers International

Colliers International has appointed Andrew Collyer as associate director in its Birmingham based Accurates division.

Andrew has more than 20 years experience in the administration and collection of local business taxation charges. He previously worked for Shropshire Council as revenues manager, where he was responsible for managing three teams, administering and collecting council tax and national non-domestic rates. He was also responsible for determining applications for discretionary rate relief.

Andrew’s appointment further strengthens the Accurates divison, which is part of Colliers International’s 30-strong rating team in Birmingham – the largest in the city.

Accurates was set up by Colliers International’s national head of rating, John Webber, and Philip Harrison, head of Accurates, to provide rating compliance audit services to businesses in the UK.

To date, the business has enjoyed tremendous success, with millions of pounds in overcharged rates identified and returned to clients.

Philip Harrison, head of Accurates, said “Andrew’s wealth of experience in local government and his knowledge of the rating and local government taxation system is a major benefit to Accurates, which is unique to the UK commercial real estate professional services sector.

“His appointment comes during a period of expansion for the national rating team, which is continuing to grow both in terms of fee income and market share. In 2010, fee income for the national rating team increased by 33 per cent, from £4.2m to £5.6m, of which the Birmingham team made a significant contribution.

“Following a number of new instructions we’re very confident we can build on this in 2011.”

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