Ex-small enterprise commissioner blames Whitehall for pushing him out

 Paul Uppal

Beneath resourced: ex-small enterprise commissioner Paul Uppal says his successor wants extra sources

Paul Uppal, the ex-small enterprise commissioner, has blamed Whitehall for pushing him out of a task which, he says, is under-resourced and ignored by authorities.


Uppal, who was appointed late fee watchdog in 2016, has advised The Occasions that his workplace was met with  “radio silence” from civil servants and ministers over his strategy to the job and that his finances was too small to sort out the “enormous job” of getting huge corporations to pay small companies on time.

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The previous late fee tzar left in October after a disagreement over an alleged battle of curiosity associated to an unpaid, interim advisory position in one other government-backed small enterprise scheme.

Uppal expressed his “shock” and “harm” at how the Division of Enterprise, Power and Industrial Technique dealt with the problem.

Chancellor Sajid Javid stated final week that a successor to Uppal can be discovered rapidly and that the position can be given extra enamel.

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Uppal says that his successor would want extra monetary and strategic assist from authorities. His final face-to-face assembly with a Whitehall official was again in February, he stated. A big quantity of his workplace’s £1.3m finances was merely spent on salaries and the quantity was not sufficient “if it’s going to do the job”.

The watchdog wants regional workplaces – for instance, in Wates and in Scotland – Uppal added, along with its headquarters in Birmingham. Managing the position from one workplace with solely 10 workers was a “actual stretch”, he stated.

The Federation of Small Companies estimates that 50,000 small companies go beneath every year due to “pernicious” late fee, which prices the financial system no less than £2.5bn a yr.

Labour small enterprise minister Invoice Esterson stated that small corporations had been being failed as a result of the commissioner doesn’t have the sources “wanted to do the job”.

A BEIS spokesman advised The Occasions that Uppal’s position “ended according to departmental pointers following a breach of the phrases of his appointment”.

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