FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Forum of Private Business is welcoming the announcement today by Paul Uppal, the Small Business Commissioner, and Margot James, the Small Firms Minister, that a complaints handling service has been launched by the Small Business Commissioner to focus on unfair payment practices which disadvantage small businesses.

Ian Cass, Managing Director of the Forum of Private Business said, 'Late payment and unfair terms of trade forced onto small businesses by the high street giants frequently cause major cashflow problems for them. The Forum's Hall of Shame, showcasing those corporates demonstrating worst practice, has been in place for several years now, and this albeit overdue action to address the issue is very welcome. Late payment was a key area of discussions when the Forum met with the Commissioner in November and we look forward to working closely with him as the complaints service is established.'


Notes to Editor

Contact:
Ian Cass; Leanda Hickman
Forum of Private Business
08451301722

Government announcement details:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-small-business-commissioner-to-help-small-firms-resolve-payment-disputes

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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.