Government search is on to find UK’s first small business tsar

The department for business, energy and industrial strategy's new appointment will help start-ups and small firms resolve late payment disputes

The search is on for the UK’s first small business commissioner, with the government having opened applications for the high profile role.

The commissioner appointment – advertised by the department for business, energy and industrial strategy – is intended to help tackle late payment issues and the successful applicant is expected to support start-ups and small businesses in resolving payment disputes with their larger customers.

Originally announced back in July 2015, the commissioner will handle complaints about late payments, direct small businesses to existing dispute resolution services and will provide general business advice and information.

Applications for the role – which will be based in Birmingham – are open until Monday 13 March and the department has a wide search criteria;  candidates should have knowledge of small and large businesses, should be able to advise on resolving disputes and will want to acts as a spokesperson and “national champion for small businesses”.

The appointment will be decided by Greg Clark, secretary of state, supported by a panel including FSB chairman Mike Cherry.

Commenting on the news, small business minister Margot James, said:

“We are looking for an exceptional individual to help smaller firms resolve payment disputes and champion a culture change in how businesses work together.

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“Addressing the barriers businesses face when scaling up and growing is an important part of a modern Industrial Strategy, and this appointment will play an integral role in ensuring small businesses have the support they need to thrive and grow.”


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