An opportunity to meet Small Business Commissioner Paul Uppal and hear about his team’s work around late payment in our economy.

About this Event

This is an open networking, not-for-profit event sponsored by Swindon’s leading business referral group BusinessWise and also by The Workshed to introduce the town and county’s business community to the work being carried out by the Small Business Commissioner and his team.

Paul Uppal, who ran his own business for 20 years, took up the role just over a year ago with the aim of bringing about fair payment practice for the UK’s 5.7million small businesses. He hopes to bring about a culture change around late payment and its impact on productivity and survival of many SMEs. In some circumstances, his team can help SMEs tackle payment disputes with larger businesses.

Paul will talk about the work of his team, some of the cases they’ve been involved with to date and his hopes and aspirations going forward. Paul works closely with government advisers and cross-party MPs.

The evening will follow an agenda with round-table discussions facilitated by BusinessWise members, a talk by Paul with time for Q&As. There will be a professional photographer on hand and it’s possible there will also be some local media in attendance during the evening.

Tickets are paid for to cover a portion of the costs of this event and they are limited.


Light refreshments will be provided as part of the ticket price. Drinks (wine, juices, water) and canapes.

Finding The Workshed:

Coming by foot/train: come to front entrance on London Street – it’s almost opposite the semi-derelict Mechanics Institute building.

Coming from the train station, the entrance is on the right-hand side of London Street, just before you get to church-like Mechanics Institute on the left.

Coming through the tunnel from the Outlet Centre/National Trust, turn left and the entrance is about 20 metres on the left.

Coming by car: closest parking at Bristol Street or Main Station long-stay car parks. Both are pay and display. Bristol Street is closer and cheaper so we recommend that car park – please be aware to reach this you have to drive around the one-way system so you DO drive through the railway village to bring you to Bristol Street. Look out for the signs on your left and you drive up a ramp.

From Bristol St car park, walk to end (away from big, white cooling tower) and past Great Western Business Centre. Go through the ‘tunnel’ and turn right when the tunnel opens up. The entrance to Workshed is on your immediate right. Use the bell by the white door if the door is not open.

From Main Station car park, turn left at top of ramp and follow access road/one-way system, through tunnel and first part of industrial estate. At end of tunnel, entrance to Workshed is opposite, to the left.

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1st meeting of New Year 2019

Happy New Year from everybody at BusinessWise.

Our first meeting of the yearly was a lively affair, with lots of business being passed between members.

We welcomed 4 new visitors to the meeting, if you would like to visit our ‘Not for Profit’ group, for free, please call Paul Eagles on 01793 706020.

BusinessWise is a not-for-profit referral group

BusinessWise is a not-for-profit referral group of committed business people who meet at Jury’s Inn, Swindon to support each other and refer qualified business leads – having gained a clear understanding of each other’s products or services.

The not-for-profit group has been active in the town for more than six years and operates on a non-competing basis where there is only one person representing one discipline within the membership such as one accountant or a single web designer.

The group also supports a charitable member and currently that is the Gateway Furniture Project which provides white goods and furniture packages at very low cost to families in need in the town.

Current membership includes Haines Watts Swindon, Bevirs Law, Midwinter Web Design, Excalibur Communications, Fiona Scott Media, Eight Interactive, Lis McDermott Photography and Thornton Associates.

Recently there have been some changes to the way in which the group operates and the team now meets fortnightly on a Friday morning from 7.30am to 9am.

The members are looking to work with and support other business owners or directors and this could include trades such as an electrician or plumber or a book-keeper, a mortgage adviser, a VA or PA, an insurance broker, a shop owner or a hotel or B&B owner.

The cost of joining is £250 in year one, then £150 on renewal each subsequent year and the monthly cost is £30 which includes breakfast and room hire costs, marketing activities, charitable work and social events.

In order to find out more about the group and what we do – we do hold open networking events where visitors can attend to find out more and meet us, regardless of their business discipline. Details of the next open event will be released in early 2019.

Chartered surveyor Jerry Thornton, of Thornton Associates, who currently chairs the group, said: “We welcome anyone who wants to come along to meet current members and find out more about BusinessWise and how we work hard to build relationships and support each other. We have several open categories and, if your business is unusual we are open to discussing the possibility of opening up a new category.

“We are looking to work with people who are committed and who will attend each meeting or send a sub if they cannot make it and who are willing to take on one of the various voluntary roles within the group which allows us to function and continue to operate on a not-for-profit basis. We probably will not be right for a new business in its first year of operation.”

For more information visit www.businesswise.orgor call Jerry Thornton on 07811 942050 or find our page on Facebook here –