Small Business Commissioner

Small Business Commissioner to improve UK payment culture

A perennial problem for the self-employed is late payment - surveys have shown 85% of small businesses have experienced late payment in the last two years with the individuals or businesses that commission their services. This causes a range of issues for the self-employed, and can make it difficult for them financially. There is also very little recourse self-employed people have without assuming high legal fees, or damaging relationships with their clients.

In our 2014 manifesto, IPSE proposed the creation of a small business commissioner. The purpose of a commissioner would be to resolve this issue by having a third party with the power to settle this dispute, whilst avoiding costly legal fees and damaging relationships. Following our work in this area, the Government adopted our proposal to create a Small Business Commissioner.