Chartered Surveyors and Business Property Specialists

Valuations, Lease Advisory & Business Rates

Our team of highly experienced RICS Registered Valuers specialise in providing expert advice and market knowledge to private individuals, companies, banks and professional advisers looking for valuations for the following purposes:

  • Loan security
  • Commercial Property SIPPs
  • Expert Witness
  • Dispute Resolution Matrimonial
  • Probate
  • Tax
  • Management / Partnership buyout
  • Rent Review
  • Lease Renewal
  • Purchase advice
  • Strategy / Feasibility
  • Grant Funding Applications
  • Business Rates

We specialise in providing valuations in the following sectors:

  • Retail
  • Office
  • Industrial
  • Commercial and Residential Investment
  • Commercial and Residential Development
  • Hotels and Guest Houses
  • Pubs and Restaurants
  • Retail Businesses
  • Holiday Parks (Caravan and Camping Sites) and Holiday Cottage Complexes
  • Leisure Businesses
  • Medical


All commercial properties have been re-assessed for Business rates and new rates are payable from 1st April 2010. The rateable value of commercial properties is based upon the market rental value of the property as at 1st April 2008 and actual rates payable are then based upon a proportion of that rateable value.

The rates that you pay can only increase by a maximum of 5% (small premises) or 12.5% (large premises) per annum, but over the course of the next 5 years this could equate to a total increase of 25% to 62.5% dependent upon the level of your new rateable value.

Miller Commercial is active in the local market and well placed to appraise your property and provide guidance as to whether or not it is worthwhile making an appeal against your listing. An appeal can result in an increase as well as a decrease in the rateable value and it is therefore important that you receive good quality impartial advice in the first instance from surveyors who know the local market. If further action is required we are able to appeal on your behalf.

For an informal discussion please call us on 01872 247038

  • Brian Botting Partner

    Brian is a Partner and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as well as a member of the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation. He joined Miller Commercial in April 2003 but entered the profession in 1973, and over the intervening years he has cultivated an enormous amount of experience gained in London, Nottingham, Devon and Cornwall. He specialises in the assembly, acquisition and disposal of development sites, in addition to undertaking valuation, rent review and lease renewal work. Brian is responsible for the graduate training programme for the company and has helped more than a dozen graduates achieve Chartered status in the last 15 years.

    Contact Information

    Role: Partner

    Telephone: 01872 247009

    Mobile: 07747 553 686


  • Andrew Ranson Head of Valuation Services

    Andrew is our Head of Valuation Services and has been with Miller Commercial since 2007. He provides valuations for loan security, commercial and residential development and investment funding, tax planning, expert witness, asset management and rating. A Registered Valuer under the RICS scheme he has more than 16 years of experience working in the property industry. Andrew has an in depth knowledge of the commercial property sector in Cornwall with a particular specialism in valuing going concerns. In addition to his valuation work Andrew also advises and negotiates on a variety of Rent Review and Lease Renewal matters.

    Contact Information

    Role: Head of Valuation Services

    Telephone: 01872 247011


  • Susanna Sawle Senior Valuation Surveyor

    Susanna graduated in 2004 and undertook her graduate training with King Sturge LLP in Bath. She qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2006 and initially worked as a retail agent before working for the valuation department before heading up the Commercial Department at Dafydd Hardy Chartered Surveyors in North Wales. After relocating back to her home county of Cornwall with her young family, Susanna joined our Professional Team where her role covers carrying out lease renewals, rent reviews and valuations across all types of commercial properties across Devon and Cornwall. She is also an RICS Registered Valuer.

    Contact Information

    Role: Senior Valuation Surveyor

    Telephone: 01872 247042

    Mobile: 07887 400 339


  • Woody Top Dog

    Woody joined the company at the end of 2016 as a trainee initially working on valuations and professional work and quickly established himself as a popular member of the team. He then moved to the Property Management Department and integrated well into the role of general dogsbody but returned to valuations and professional work recently where he retains a puppyish enthusiasm for the work. He likes nothing better than being given a problem to get his teeth stuck into. Highly respected for his confidentiality Woody's hopes were to progress within the company, setting his sights on becoming Top Dog which he achieved in 2021.

    Contact Information

    Role: Top Dog

What our clients say

  • “Mike Nightingale and Andrew Ranson and their teams have played key roles in shaping our property and retail estate strategy here in Cornwall.”
    - Tom Kay, Finisterre
  • “I am so, so grateful to Susanna Sawle for expediting my Valuation. In addition it’s a huge relief that the valuation came out at the price it did. It means so much to us that we can now progress and move forwards for both our business and family life. My sincere thanks.”
    - Emma Caddis, Business Development Manager, Unlocking Potential
  • “Miller Commercial have acted for us for over a decade in various capacities including undertaking valuation work and development appraisals together with acquisition work and property management. We have always found them to be approachable and to provide innovative solutions.”
    - Stuart Ivall, Director, RM Developments Ltd

Our Clients