After graduating from Warwick University, Paul Uppal went on to run his own small business in the construction and real estate sector for over 20 years. In 2010 Paul was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wolverhampton South West and was also elected Chairman of the All Party Urban Development Group. In September 2012 Paul was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to David Willetts at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. In 2013 Paul was on the Number 10 Policy Board which advised Prime Minister, David Cameron at the time. In 2017 Paul swapped Westminster for a job helping small businesses and was appointed the role of the UK?s first Small Business Commissioner.

SMEs: If you’re suffering from late payments stress, tell us about it

As the UK’s small business commissioner, I’m passionate about opening up the conversation about SMEs and the late payments issues that are ravaging businesses across the country. My advice to SME owners is to speak up if you’ve been affected by late payments, and we, the government will do all in our power to help you. I’ve already made a start by calling out high-street giant Holland & Barrett for not paying their small suppliers on time.