The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has welcomed the appointment of Paul Uppal as the first ever Small Business Commissioner.
Mr Uppal is expected to head an independent office with the aim of giving small firms help in disputes against larger companies, as well as trying to end the issue of late payment.
Of his appointment, Mr Uppal said: "Running your own business can be a very lonely experience and my priority will be ensuring small firms feel supported as well as helping to create an overall impression that business isn’t necessarily cut throat.
Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, said: “We’re delighted the Business Secretary has now announced the appointment of Paul Uppal to this much-needed role.
“There is far too much supply-chain bullying by big businesses. Their small suppliers are often messed around with lengthy delays in payments, underhand changes to contracts or forced to sign unfavourable agreements. Fifty thousand small businesses a year are killed off by late payments.