Port occupiers have been given time to spread out their payment of backdated business rates in today’s Pre-Budget Report.

Chancellor Alistair Darling said he would give ‘several hundred businesses’ in the port sector time to spread out their bills.

John Webber, head of rating at Colliers CRE said: ‘As for port companies’ having longer to pay their bills, it’s nothing short of scandalous.

'This does not help our client from Tilbury forced out of business three months ago.’