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IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed, has responded to the Prime Minister’s appointments of Philip Hammond as Chancellor and Greg Clark as Minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Simon McVicker, Director of Policy and External Affairs, commented:

"Mr Hammond brings credibility to one of the most important roles of state. His first goal as Chancellor should be restoring business confidence. His confirmation that there will be no Brexit budget is a good start, as the nation needs stability at this point.

"The flexibility of the UK economy has proved to be vital during times of change. Therefore the role of the self-employed will be crucial in the coming months and years. Mr Hammond must help create the most dynamic economy in Europe.

We worked with Mr Hammond when the Conservatives were in opposition and found him to be someone with a full understanding of self-employment.”

Commenting on the appointment of Greg Clark Mr McVicker says

Congratulations to Greg Clark on his appointment as Minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills made good progress in making it easier for the self-employed to run their companies.

“Particularly notable is the soon to be introduced Small Business Commissioner, an essential measure IPSE proposed to tackle the issue of late payment.

“Mr Clark must now continue this work by supporting the flexible labour market – working with the Chancellor and following up on the recommendations of the Deane Review on self-employment. We look forward to working with him on behalf of the UK's smallest businesses.”