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Investigation reveals poor payment practices at Zurich Insurance PLC and Sambro International Ltd

The Small Business Commissioner, Paul Uppal, has published reports on Zurich Insurance PLC and Sambro International Ltd highlighting how their inefficient internal processes resulted in poor payment practice to its small business supply chain. Read the full reports here.

 

Ministers and banks to support small and medium businesses (SMEs) to seize Brexit opportunities

Business, Treasury and Cabinet Office ministers met banking chiefs today to launch new Business Finance Council and encourage support for SMEs. Read more here.

BUPA Insurance Services Ltd poor payment practices exposed in Commissioner's report

The Small Business Commissioner, Paul Uppal, has published a report on BUPA Insurance Services Ltd exposing their poor payment practices and inadequate offer of late payment interest to its small chain supplier. Read the full report here.

Paul Uppal and Greg Carter discuss the problem of late payments to SMEs, live on Sky News with Ian King

18 more businesses penalised for failing to pay suppliers on time

Eighteen companies – including BT Plc, British American Tobacco, and Centrica – have been suspended from the Prompt Payment Code for failing to pay suppliers on time, the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) announced. Read the full press release here.

 

The Office of the Small Business Commissioner and Growth Street carried out a survey into late payments to SME’s and the ease of use of banking technology. View the survey results here.

Small Business Commissioner speaks to Wake Up to Money

 

The Small Business Commissioner speaks about Government plans to consult on strengthening his existing powers in a bid to support small businesses.

 

Broad new measures to ensure small businesses get paid on time

For the first time large businesses could be fined for failing to pay smaller suppliers on time as part of a robust package of measures unveiled today by Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst. Read more here. 

Read the Government Response to the late payment Call for Evidence here.

 

G4S persistent late payment practices revealed in Small Business Commissioner investigation report

The Small Business Commissioner, Paul Uppal, has published a report highlighting poor payment practices exercised by G4S against a small business supplier. Read the full report here.

 

Quarterly update: 17 businesses removed or suspended from Prompt Payment Code for failing to pay their suppliers on time

Action on companies who fail to meet the standard of the Prompt Payment Code (PPC) has seen 17 companies removed or suspended from the Code during the past quarter, the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) has announced today.

 

BBC Asian Network, Big Debate Show

Paul Uppal, hears from small businesses about their late payment experiences on the BBC Asian Network, Big Debate Show.

 

Lloyds research reveals 65% of large firms pay 30 days or longer

Public data analysed by the Lloyds Banking Group plc in partnership with the Small Business Commissioner analysed official payment reporting returns based on the annual reports of large businesses. Read the full report.

 

Small Business Commissioner speaks to BBC Breakfast

The Small Business Commissioner discusses unfair payment practices, and his investigation into Holland & Barrett on BBC Breakfast.

 

BBC Radio 5 Live, Wake Up To Money Show

Small Business Commissioner, Paul Uppal, discusses his report on Holland & Barrett.

 

talkRADIO interviews Small Business Commissioner

 

Holland & Barrett poor supplier payment practices highlighted in Small Business Commissioner report

The Small Business Commissioner, Paul Uppal, has highlighted poor supplier payment practices at Holland & Barrett, following the publication of his report into a late payment complaint made by a small business. Read the full report.

 

Small Business Commissioner talks to BBC Radio 4

Small Business Commissioner, Paul Uppal, discusses his investigation into the Jordans & Ryvita company on the You and Yours show.

 

Small Business Commissioner’s Report on Jordans & Ryvita

The Office of the Small Business Commissioner launched an official investigation into the payment practices of the Jordans & Ryvita Company, after a complaint was made by small business, Magellan Design Ltd. Read the full report.

Leaving the EU: make sure your business is prepared

There is a wide range of information available that will help you understand how your business may be affected when the UK leaves the EU. Find out more. 

Making Tax Digital

Making Tax Digital is part of the government’s initiative to digitally transform the UK’s tax system and make it easier for businesses to get their tax right. The plan will come into effect for VAT registered businesses earning over the threshold very soon. For help and support, and to make sure your business is prepared visit GOV.UK

SME action plan to level playing field for smaller businesses

The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy have unveiled a new Action Plan to unlock more opportunities for smaller businesses to bid for and win government contracts.

Small Business Commissioner, speaks to BBC Radio 4 on the Money Box show

Paul Uppal, discusses why small businesses experiencing late payment should contact the Office of the Small Business Commissioner.

Paul Uppal speaks to Open Banking

The Small Business Commissioner spoke to Open Banking about the importance of freeing SMEs from the burden of chasing Late Payments.

The Small Business Commissioner discusses late payments on BBC West Midlands

Business Readiness for leaving the EU

Government has launched the business readiness website which includes a tool to enable you to find out; what your business will need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU; what’s changing in your industry; and information on specific rules and regulations.

Small Business Commissioner on BBC Radio Gloucester discussing late payment

Small Business Commissioner's interview with BBC Scotland on payment practices of large companies

Small Business Commissioner calls for late payment traffic light warnings on BBC Radio 5 Live Wake up to Money show

The Small Business Commissioner speaks to BBC Ulster about new research

Small Business Commissioner visited the BBC to discuss the new report into payment practices of large companies and the time it takes them to pay small firms

SBC Celebrates One Year Anniversairy

10 December 2018

The SBC hosted a private event to thank Stakeholders for their continuous support since the launch of its Office.

 

Small Business Commissioner discusses late payments on the BBC Radio 5 Live, Wake Up To Money Show

6 December 2018

Paul Uppal's Q&A with HSBC Knowledge centre

12 September 2018

The Small Business Commissioner discusses his role and plans to tackle late payment with HSBC.

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

4 September 2018

SBC Q&A with the Forum for Private Business

20 July 2018

The Small Business Commissioner visited the offices of the Forum for Private Business (FPB) in Knutsford, to talk about late payment with its members.