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FSB welcomes new Small Business Commissioner

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.

“In fact, successful businesses are built on integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and trusting relationships and I want to highlight that Britain can be the best place in the world for new entrepreneurs to establish and grow their own businesses.”

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.

“The hard work now begins to make a real difference and address the billions of pounds owed to small businesses by large companies. If successful, this could see the beginning of the end for Britain’s poor payment culture.

“While the office will be up and running by the end of the year, we want to make sure he has the powers and the resources to resolve these kind of disputes.

“FSB has worked closely with Greg Clark and his team on the idea of a Small Business Commissioner and are delighted to see it delivered. We will meet the new Commissioner shortly and hope he and his office have the resources and the powers to make meaningful difference to small businesses.”