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John Lewis and Sainsbury’s make plea over business rates

Charlie Mayfield, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership and Mike Coupe, chief executive of Sainsbury’s have held meetings with ministers to ask for a reform of the business rates system.

Mayfield and Coupe joined director-general of the British Retail Consortium in a meeting with Treasury minister David Gauke last week, according to Sky News.

The meeting is understood to have ended without any commitment from Gauke to re-examine the issue.

Last week the BRC revealed that retailers face an additional £14bn bill over five years from new policy announcements made since the General Election.

Yesterday (November 10) Tesco boss Dave Lewis said the business rates system was “unsustainable” and in need of “urgent reform”.

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