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Government have launched a call for evidence

4 October 2018

New measures to end the problem of late payments to small businesses by large companies who abuse their position in the market have been unveiled today by the Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst as she launches a call for evidence.

The Small Business Commissioner to join the Prompt Payment Code’s Compliance Board

2 October 2018

The government has announced The Small Business Commissioner, Paul Uppal, will join the Prompt Payment Code’s Compliance Board to help tackle late payment and strengthen the UK’s small business environment.

“I welcome the opportunity to join the Prompt Payment Code’s Compliance Board. I am looking forward to working with the Prompt Payment Code Administration Team and improving current processes to ensure timely payments, which will encourage growth and productivity for SME’s across the UK.”

            – The Small Business Commissioner, Paul Uppal

Paul Uppal's Q&A with HSBC Knowledge centre

The Small Business Commissioner highlighting the late payment challenge on visit to North East England

4 September 2018

Paul Uppal on small business and mental health

26 July 2018

Running your own business can be a hugely rewarding experience however, for many small businesses the daily pressure and sole responsibility for the company’s success or failure can have huge implications on their mental health.

It is easy for small businesses to lose focus on self-care and maintain a healthy work-life balance, because they face a number of unique challenges including long working hours; unpredictable cash flow; maintaining business growth and long-term viability to list a few.

Earlier in May, The Prompt Payment Directory, a payment rating platform, found that 52% of SME owners claimed poor cashflow was behind their panic attacks, anxiety and depression. These feelings could impact your ability to run your business and affect your employees, suppliers, customers and family.

Small Business Commissioner, Paul Uppal is familiar with these feelings from the time he was a small business owner and reiterates the importance of large businesses paying small businesses on time.

If you’re feeling sad, angry, anxious, or stressed just remember you’re not alone. Follow the links for more information on organisations that can provide information and support.

Signs and symptoms of mental health

Mental health helplines

Tips and advice to boost mental health

SBC answers questions from small businesses on late payment

20 July 2018

The Small Business Commissioner, Paul Uppal, and Suzanne Burke (Head of Operations) visited the offices of the Forum for Private Business (FPB) in Knutsford on the 28 June 2018, to talk about late payment and to answer a number of burning questions from our members regarding unfair business practices and late payment.

Here is the full Q&A.

SBC discusses late payment issues with Forum for Private Business

17 July 2018

Small Business Commissioner Paul Uppal recently met with Ian Cass from the Forum of Private Business to discuss late payment which has been an issue for small businesses for a long time.  Watch them talk about how they are starting to help businesses overcome the issues of late payment.