Appointed Small Business Commissioner in late 2017, former small business owner Paul Uppal is committed to tackling unfair payment practices and supporting traders. He has 20 years' business expereince in the residential housing sector and is a former MP.
Q: What media do you follow a) for business, and b) for you?
A: For business I have LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram accounts and am I am in the process of setting up the Small Business Commissioner YouTube channel.
Personally, I use Facebook to connect with my family and friends.
Q: How did you initially become involved in construction and the SME agenda?
A: I have family history of being involved in small businesses.
Q: What motivates you the most in your life?
A: Making a difference and along the way, making some people laugh.
Q: What’s an interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your CV alone?
A: I was a pointless answer on the tv show “Pointless”.
Q: What do you most enjoy about your role as the Small Business Commissioner?
A: Meeting small businesses and having got some payments for SME’s from 1k to 20k.
Q: What do you feel is the biggest issue facing small businesses today? How can it be resolved?
A: Commercial bullying is the biggest issue for small businesses. These can only be resolved by highlighting the issue and providing long term solutions.
Q: What role would you like small businesses to play in modernising industry and the national agenda for growth?
A: Talk about best practise and ethical business practise too so the UK is best placed to start, run and manage a SME.
Q: What’s the last app you downloaded?
A: Love Island! I don’t watch it myself but my wife made me download the app so she can have extra votes!
Q: And finally, can you tell us about something which inspired you recently?
A: My Dad celebrating his 79th Birthday