Paul Uppal is the UK’s first Small Business Commissioner taking up his appointment in October 2017. As of 2017 there are over 5.7 million small businesses across the UK, the Commissioner has responsibility for advising, signposting and dealing with complaints from small businesses (up to 50 employees) across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The role of Small Business Commissioner was established under the Enterprise Act 2016 as part of a package of measures to tackle the late and unfair payment practices.
One of Paul’s first business mentors highlighted to him that cash flow would be the number one challenge. He came to realise that even a sound business would soon go under if a culture of late payment was allowed to take hold. Paul quickly learned that collecting monies - preparing invoices properly and submitting them in good time - was vital if his business was to survive.