The rates system is driving businesses out of Aberdeen and stifling investment in the city, an MSP has warned.
An oilfield services firm has been forced to leave Aberdeen after more than 30 years in the city.
Thousands of north and north-east businesses have been caught up in delays processing challenges to steep rises in business rates.
Business rates increases for offices in Aberdeen and the north-east will continue to be capped at a maximum of 12.5% until 2022, the Scottish Government has announced.
Rising business rates will be more damaging to the north-east oil and gas industry than Brexit, it was claimed last night.
Only Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire councils are using powers introduced two years ago enabling Scotland’s 32 local authorities to cut business rates, according to the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC).
Aberdeenshire Council has finally received the upgraded software required to issue struggling businesses their business rates relief.
The impact of business rates rises in the north-east is “a lot less gloomy” than critics make out, an SNP general election candidate has said.
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay bowed to mounting pressure yesterday and announced nearly £45million of relief for firms facing soaring business rates.
Industry leaders claim it would be "illogical" if Aberdeen's struggling oil and gas sector was left out of a proposed business rates freeze.
Aberdeen City Council is considering a £26million business rates freeze to offset "crippling" rises in rates - but has frozen out oil companies from the deal.
The Scottish Government has been accused of inflicting a "special punishment" on hydro power schemes with a huge hike in business rates.
Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson has called for “meaningful action" from the SNP government to help north-east firms hit by massive increases in business rates.
A north-east councillor has made moves to lodge an emergency motion at the next council meeting in an attempt to block business rates increases.
Bosses at a struggling small engineering firm have warned a failure to halt “daylight robbery” business rate rises will cost people their jobs.