Oak Mead Pitch and Putt and café, Devon

Name: Alastair Franks

Sector: Tourism

Current rateable value of business: £8,900

Original rateable value of business: £4,000

“I pay my employees a good wage and this leaves me with a small profit. We have had a challenging year or two, based on the increase of overheads and a reduction of families wanting to spend money on recreation. I’m very worried that the huge increase in business rates will leave me in a challenging position. I really don’t want to be another of those closed down businesses.”