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Secretary of State for Business, Greg Clark, recently announced that Paul Uppal has been appointed as Small Business Commissioner, a newly-established role.

Former Conservative MP, Paul Uppal, who has had 20 years small business experience in the sector of residential property will be the voice for small businesses.

How will the SBC support small businesses?

The new role was established to help support smaller-scale businesses in thriving and growing. The Small Business Commissioner (SBC) will assist in dispute resolution with larger businesses, helping to drive a cultural change in payment practices.

Small businesses will be supported by the commissioner’s website and an independent office.

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.”

Business Secretary, Greg Clark, said:

“I am delighted to announce Paul Uppal as the first Small Business Commissioner. His extensive experience as a small business owner makes him perfectly suited to champion the interests of small business and bring about a change in culture that will create a level playing field for everyone.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, providing jobs and opportunities across the country. Supporting Britain’s 5.5 million small businesses is at the heart of this Government’s Industrial Strategy, and his ambition to tackle unfair payment practices will help support our goal to create an economy that works for all.”

The office of the Small Business Commissioner is expected to be operational by the end of 2017.

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