Commissioner’s Update

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. The tenth anniversary celebration of the Lending Standards Board at the House of Lords featured some great speakers including Chris Woolard, the new interim Chief Exec of the FCA, and meetings with several organisations, Barclays among them showed an appetite to collaborate with my office to help #MakePaymentPrompt. […]

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Commissioner’s Update

I’m well into my second week as interim Small Business Commissioner and I’ve already discovered three things of note. Firstly, my team in Birmingham are brilliant. They’re passionate about supporting small businesses, dedicated to achieving positive outcomes and are eager to do more and build on their achievements. For the record, they’ve collected £6.7m for […]

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My apprenticeship with the SBC

After being a dental nurse for 3 years I was seeking a new challenge, although I enjoyed my job there were limited opportunities for progression so I decided to take the plunge and apply for a Civil Service apprenticeship with BEIS. I was attracted to the department because of all the good they do for […]

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Brexit is no excuse for late payment

Brexit Day is here and marks the day that the UK officially leaves the EU. Inevitably businesses will come under a variety of pressures in the weeks and months ahead and as a consequence, there might be a temptation to delay supplier payments to ease and protect cashflow. This behaviour would be short-sighted because the […]

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SBC 2 Year Anniversary

As the Office of the Small Business Commissioner marks its two-year anniversary, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on our achievements over the last 12 months. My team have been pivotal to the success of the office and we have worked hard throughout 2019 to raise organisational awareness amongst small businesses about […]

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Ian Cass on small business and cyber security

Problems with cyber breaches are not only confined to big businesses, they can also affect small businesses. All businesses regardless of their size rely on technology-based systems. Sole traders and micro businesses may have a single desktop or laptop computer. Small and medium sized businesses may have introduced integrated systems with more than one computer, […]

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Sage’s top 6 suggestions on how to eliminate late payments

Sage is the global market leader for technology that helps businesses of all sizes manage everything from money to people to payments. Our purpose is to support the people that make businesses thrive. Maintaining payments and cash flow is the fuel of growth for our customers in the UK and Ireland, over 600,000 small and […]

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Lets talk about late payments

I recently read a post on LinkedIn from a fellow small business owner, Simon Slee of Fastsigns Hammersmith. He was celebrating because he’d just been paid in full for some work that he’d completed for a client. Unfortunately, the payment was 671 days overdue! It had taken much of Simon’s time and effort to chase […]

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Working together to cure the bad debt epidemic for SMEs

With the UK economy in a current state of flux, there are several issues facing SMEs that threaten to stifle growth in 2018 and beyond, including supply chain pressure, late payment, falling investment and currency fluctuations. But while the potential outcome of Brexit continues to dominate the news, there is one key challenge for SMEs […]

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