Small Business Commissioner

Body: Small Business Commissioner
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Business, Finance & Skills
Location: Victoria Square House, Birmingham.
Skills required: Business / Commercial
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: In the range of £120,000 to £130,000 per annum.
Time Requirements: Anticipated full time appointment.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Secretary of State for Business, Greg Clark, has today announced the appointment of Paul Uppal to the newly-established post of Small Business Commissioner.

Date: 02/10/2017

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    12 and 19 July 2017, AM.

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

We are seeking to appoint the UK’s first Small Business Commissioner. This is a new statutory role covering the UK and established under provisions within the Enterprise Act 2016. The Small Business Commissioner will enable small businesses to resolve payment disputes with their larger customers and avoid future issues by encouraging a culture change in how businesses deal with each other. They will provide general advice and guidance to small businesses to prevent disputes occurring in the first place, direct them to existing support and help them resolve their complaints about payment issues.

The successful candidate must have or be able to build a high profile with business leaders.  He or she must be able to establish credibility with small businesses, large businesses and government to successfully influence parties to engage with the process of resolving disputes.

Person Specification

The first Small Business Commissioner will be able to shape the role and establish themselves and the office as a key player, tackling the scourge of late payment, and improving the business environment for the 5.5m small and medium businesses in the UK. The successful candidate will need to display the following essential criteria:

  • Ability to consider complex issues involving the assessment of evidence and make determinations, including recommendations, to enable parties to resolve payment issues.
  • Ability to develop and maintain constructive working relationships across the business community (including small businesses, larger businesses, representative bodies and other relevant government bodies) to promote cultural change in payment practices.
  • Outstanding communication, interpersonal and influencing skills.
  • Leadership and management skills to provide oversight to the small team and SBC budgets and resources.

Additional desirable background and interest:

  • Experience of working with or within both small and larger businesses in the UK.
  • Ability to understand UK law, specifically contract law.
  • Experience or understanding of alternative dispute resolution.
  • Ability to be an effective media spokesperson.

Additional Information

The Small Business Commissioner will be appointed for a period of up to four years. The post will attract a pension.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 27th March 2017.

Please submit the following documents by email to

• A Covering Letter
• A CV
• Completed Candidate Application Form

Please ensure that you include “Small Business Commissioner” in the subject box of your email.

Alternatively, you can send your application in hard copy to:

Central Appointments and Remuneration Team
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
4th Floor, Orchard 2
1 Victoria Street

Documents can be provided in other formats on request.

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