THE BUSINESSES that shell out the most to operate in the Chichester and Arun districts have been revealed.
Statistics released by the Valuation Office Agency show how much each district is collecting in business rates, as well as who is being charged the most.
Across both districts, Sainsbury’s is the biggest overall contributor, with its large supermarket stores attracting the highest total charges, combining Chichester, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton.
In the Arun district, its Bognor store is the fourth-biggest payer of business rates, with it set to shell out £1.19m in the 2014/15 financial year.
The company’s Littlehampton store is the second-biggest, paying £1.53m.
Butlin’s comes in third place, paying £1.21m, but the largest ratepayer in Arun is the Littlehampton Asda store, paying £1.54m.
From April 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015, Arun District Council is set to collect an estimated £33.6m in business rates.
According to business rates expert Paul Turner-Mitchell, it will keep £14m to spend locally with a further £3.5m going to West Sussex County Council.
Tesco Bognor, Tesco Littlehampton, the Body Shop factory, in Littlehampton, Chichester Haulage Sevices, Littlehampton Morrisons and B&Q, in Bognor, complete the top ten for the Arun district.
Meanwhile, in the Chichester district, Sainsbury’s tops the list with a bill of £1.52m to Chichester District Council, followed closely by Tesco at £1.46m.
Rolls-Royce comes in third at £1.42m then there is a drop to St Richard’s Hospital in fourth place, with £1.06m.
According to Mr Turner Mitchell, for the 2014/15 financial year, Chichester District Council will collect an estimated £42.9m in business rates, of which it will keep £17.2m to spend locally with a further £4.2m going to West Sussex County Council.
He said between them the top ten businesses contributed 19 per cent of the entire property tax for Chichester, compared to 27 per cent in the Arun district.
The remaining top ten ratepayers in the Chichester district are Chichester College, the University of Chichester, Homebase, Waitrose, John Lewis and West Sands caravan park.