Resting on our Laurels?

“UK worst in Europe for dealing with late payments – time to think again!” says Ian Bickley, SBC Head of Communications It’s not unusual to hear claims that the UK is the worst country in Europe for late payment.  That if the outline of Europe was redrawn on the basis of late payment practice with […]

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Tip of the Iceberg

Hugh Gage, founder of the Prompt Payment Directory shines the spotlight on the wider ranging issues caused by late payment. I have, in the past, written about the scourge of commercial late payment describing it as an iceberg issue. The obvious simile being that it is a huge and very dangerous problem affecting the UK […]

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Dancing to victory at ‘The Small Awards 2018’

Attending the 2018 Small Awards in London Paul Uppal was amazed at the sheer diversity of small businesses from the very smallest to the more established across a range of sectors that were featured at the event. From micro businesses, to family businesses, online to retail, and the community-focused to the innovative, the sheer energy […]

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New government proposals to level the playing field

“I welcome the Governments initiative on reinforcing tighter measures in the bid for government contracts. Putting the spotlight on undesirable supply chain behaviours will enable small businesses to understand the importance of constructive and collaborative supplier relationships. I see this as the first step in the battle against late payment and improving unfair payment practices”. […]

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Welcome to SBC

I was appointed to the role of Small Business Commissioner in October 2017 in a bid to support the country’s 5.7 million small businesses and help alleviate poor payment practices. Before I delved into the world of Politics and became an MP I was a Small Businesses owner for 20 years, so I have first-hand […]

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