Trading Standards Warning

Trading Standards are advising local businesses to be aware of (phishing) e-mails from claims companies who are offering services to reduce the costs of business rates.

A spokesperson said: "Our advice is not to engage with firms who e-mail or cold call offering to help with rates overpayments or rating appeals.

You should always be cautious when asked to pay money in advance, and we would remind businesses that if you agree to this type of service, you may end up being contracted into paying excessive amounts for service fees."

If you have any questions or wish to check whether an e-mail is genuine, please contact the Comhairle’s Revenues and Benefits Team on 01851 822643.