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New Small Business Commissioner to be former conservative MP!

Secretary of State for Business, Greg Clark, has announced the appointment of Paul Uppal to the newly-established post of Small Business Commissioner.

The appointment is trumpeted as an important step toward ensuring small businesses have the support they need to thrive and grow. What the announcement fails to make clear is that Mr Uppal appears to be a former conservative MP! It is not clear what his qualifications are except that he has had 3 children and has worked in “the real estate sector” – what experience does he have of resolving disputes? It doesn’t say.

As Commissioner, Mr Uppal will lead an independent office tasked with empowering small businesses. The role will be crucial to supporting small businesses resolve disputes with larger businesses and will help drive a culture change in payment practices.

Mr Uppal and his team will provide general advice and information to small businesses on matters such as resolving disputes, including signposting small businesses to existing support and dispute resolution services, which will be delivered through the commissioner’s website. The Small Business Commissioner is expected to be operational by the end of 2017.

Deafening silence so far!