‘Supply-chain bullying’ to be tackled with first-ever small business commissioner

Paul Uppal

Business Secretary Greg Clark said Uppal’s experience made him “suited to champion small business and bring about a change in culture, creating a level playing field”.

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.”

The Federation of Small Businesses’ Mike Cherry said: “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.


Mr Clark said Uppal’s experience made him ‘suited to champion small business’

“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 this kind of dispute.”