Former Small Firms Commissioner joins Forum of Private Business Board to boost support for small businesses

Former Small Firms Commissioner joins Forum of Private Business Board to boost support for small businesses

Paul Uppal, the Government’s Small Firms Commissioner from 2017 to 2019, who was credited with making giant strides towards ensuring fair payment practices for small businesses and supporting them in resolving payment disputes with larger firms, has joined the board of the Forum of Private Business as a Non-Executive Director.

With experience from being a Member of Parliament for his Midlands constituency, and from being a business owner in his own right he is seen as a valuable addition to the Forum board at precisely the time that advice and support for businesses will be in great demand.

Managing Director of the Forum of Private Business, Ian Cass welcomed Paul Uppal onto the board, saying, ‘Paul has an outstanding business background with an absolute commitment to help improve the environment in which businesses can prosper. He will be a valuable addition to the Forum Board.’

On joining the Board, Paul Uppal added, ‘With SMEs coming out of Lockdown and leaving the EU this is going to be an unusual time and I hope to bring my professional and 20 years of personal SME experience to the fore in supporting the executive team at the Forum.’

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Background for Paul Uppal:

Young Enterprise Ambassador 2020 Jan to date

Breaking Barriers Innovation Advisory Board 2020 Jan to date

Small Business Commissioner 2017 to 2019

Member of Parliament Wolverhampton South West 2010 to 2015

Private Parliamentary Secretary within BIS 2012 to 2015

Member of the Prime Minister's Policy Board 2013 to 2015

Self Employed, SME owner. 1990 to 2010 /2015 to Date

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About Forum of Private Business

The Forum of Private Business is a not-for-profit comprehensive business support organisation founded in 1977. Our membership is spread throughout the UK and primarily made up of companies that employ between 1-50 employees, helping them to manage employees, saving time, giving advice, support and protection where a business needs it. We are a recognised leading authority on business issues and represent the interests of business owners on many consultative bodies. We have built a solid reputation, being influential in many areas of policy-making, in changing laws that affect small businesses, and we continue to campaign for the fair treatment of businesses within the UK. Everything we do is about making sure our members’ businesses operate profitably. This means that every penny we make goes back in to supporting our members, providing the support and resources that will enable businesses to flourish and grow.

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