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Small business commissioner shares his top tips

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Small business commissioner, Paul Uppal will be speaking at an event aimed at local businesses next month.

The business open evening which will be held on Wednesday 6 February at the prestigious Himley Hall will be a chance for local businesses to find out more about working with the council, how they can tender for contracts, what business support is on offer and what the council can do for them. Mr Uppal will be the keynote speaker and local businesses of all sizes are welcome at the event.

Caption: Councillor Bec Gentle, cabinet member for partnerships, commercial and best practice

Mr Uppal, who took up his role in December 2017 will be talking about the office of the small business commissioner and its emphasis on fair payment practices for Britain's 5.7 million small businesses, as well as encouraging larger businesses to bring about culture change.

There will be presentations from the procurement team, Dudley Business First which offers business support and advice, as well as information about the Mayoral Business Club and on the health and wellbeing support available to businesses of all sizes to help them keep their employees well and happy.

Businesses can also find out about Dudley’s new approach to commissioning, through its approach to delivering social value. Before a procurement decision is made, alongside considering quality of work and value for money, the council will look at the social, economic and environmental benefits that can be delivered from its procurement spend. All bids for council contracts will need to consider how their work can benefit the borough.

Councillor Bec Gentle, cabinet member for partnerships, commercial and best practice said:

We are delighted to have the small business commissioner speaking at our business open evening, his experience of supporting smaller businesses and working with larger businesses to change the way they work will be invaluable to those attending.
Nationally, over 30% of payments to small businesses are late and the average value of each payment is £6,142. This not only impacts on the small business and the owner, it is damaging the wider economy. Thankfully, the council’s average time for payment of invoices is less than two weeks, but for those businesses left chasing debtors, we hope this open evening will give them additional tips and skills to get the payment they are owed.
We hope that businesses of all sizes come along to the event, which will also discuss procurement, tendering and business support.

The open evenings are part of the work of the council’s new commercial and procurement division which is looking at the ways the council’s trading arm - Revolution can make additional income through the services it offers as well as improving the way it procures goods and services from businesses.

The open evening runs from 4pm – 7pm on Wednesday 6 February at Himley Hall.

To register for this free event visit eventbrite For any queries email

For more information on the office of the small business commissioner, visit

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