Event details




Thursday 14 May

15:30 BST (16:30 CET/10:30 EDT)

1 Hour

Smaller suppliers are often those least able to withstand an economic shock like COVID-19. Yet if smaller suppliers fail, the supply chains of the UK’s largest corporations may fail with them.

In this special Working Capital Forum webinar, the UK Government’s Small Business Commissioner, Philip King, joins the Working Capital Forum’s Mike Hewitt and David Venables, director for UK and Ireland at Taulia, to discuss strategies for supporting small businesses and protecting supply chains.

Among the topics we’ll cover are:

  • How bad is the situation for smaller suppliers?
  • What strategies can larger corporations adopt to support them?
  • Will the crisis end with the defeat of the virus, or are fundamental changes happening?

There will also be an open Q&A session at the close of this free-to attend webinar.



Philip King

Small Business Commissioner, HM Government

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In a career spanning over 40 years, Philip has held senior credit management roles in the high-tech and communication sector and in distribution and retail, which included spells at Olivetti and Vodafone. He was appointed Director General of the ICM in 2005, and later Chief Executive. Philip was behind the Institute’s drive to become a Chartered body (becoming the CICM in 2015). He was appointed to the post of interim Small Business Commissioner in January 2020.

Philip was the architect of the Prompt Payment Code which the CICM administered on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) until its transfer to the office of the SBC in March 2020. He has worked closely with successive governments in championing best-practice credit management and supporting small business.


David Venables

Director, Taulia

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David Venables joined Taulia from LiquidX, the online platform for trade finance and working capital, where he had been a director responsible for EMEA corporate client business and product development, since August 2017. Prior to joining LiquidX, Venables worked at Lloyds Bank, Barclays and JP Morgan in a number of senior client coverage roles.


Mike Hewitt

Managing Director, Working Capital Forum

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Mike Hewitt regularly moderates Working Capital Forum events. Previously he was CEO of the global treasury website gtnews.com and the financial technology site bobsguide.com, as well as being part of the leadership team of the Association for Financial Professionals.

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