A new group has been set up to document the changes to rates businesses in the North-east are facing.
Firms across the region are set for increases of as much as 200% after revaluations made in 2015.
Owners and lobbyists have hit out at Scottish Government Finance Secretary Derek Mackay, claiming it could cause serious damage to the North-east economy.
Now Spotlight has been formed as a way to record what the rate hikes mean for businesses.
Founder Stuart McPhee, manager at Siberia vodka bar on Belmont Street, in Aberdeen, said: “Some rates are astronomical. This group is a continued effort to make sure it doesn’t get out of the spotlight, to see if something can be done and the collective voice can be heard.”
The group’s mission will include gathering case studies which will be used to show how each business will be hit by the hikes.
Mr Mackay has recently met business leaders in Aberdeen, but he ruled out Government intervention to help firms, pledging instead to work with local councils to provide relief.
After a deal with the Scottish Greens, Mr Mackay has made £17.5 million available for the Granite City, Aberdeenshire and Angus.
He hopes this will allow the three local authorities to help companies set to be hit by the rates rise.
Under Mr Mackay’s new proposals, Aberdeen City Council will get £4.5m in extra revenue spending, Aberdeenshire will get £6.3m and Angus will get £2.8m.
City council leader Jenny Laing said the formula used to allocate funding meant Aberdeen did not get enough.
She said: “While we welcome the announcement of additional revenue grant, Aberdeen is still the lowest funded council in Scotland and the challenges around protecting front line services remain.”
Stuart added: “There’s no question that the valuations aren’t correct, but the situation from 2015 has changed.
“This could be the death of various businesses in the North-east.”