Policies and guidance
This page provides information and links to BIS digital policy and guidance documents. These policies are provided for anyone using the BIS shared web service. Watch out for regular updates and additions to this page.
Digital communications strategy
We are working on an over-arching digital communications strategy for BIS and our partners, and will share it here when it is ready. To see a draft and influence the development of this strategy please join the Huddle workspace.
It is important that all sites on the BIS shared web platform reach the same high standards. We have produced a series of guidance to help your website reach the standards we require.
BIS website quality review hints and tips - editorial style and impact (DOC, 31 Kb)
BIS website quality review hints and tips links and downloads (DOC, 38 Kb)
BIS website quality review hints and tips metadata (DOC, 505 Kb)
Quality assurance checklist for BIS corporate website (XLS, 36 Kb)
BIS website proposition
The proposition of the BIS corporate website (DOC, 86 Kb) describes the purpose and audiences of the bis.gov.uk website. This document should be referenced when:
- Reviewing content strategy and web publisher training
- Making substantial changes to the user experience (design, functionality, information architecture, syndication tools)
- Evaluating the site’s effectiveness
- Developing channel strategies across BIS’ digital platforms, e.g. for website convergence
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is committed to ensuring that its websites are accessible to everyone. People access the web in many different ways and BIS promotes inclusion for all, regardless of disability, capability or technology.
For more information on accessibility please download our BIS website accessibility policy.
We publish many official documents onto the BIS website. It is important that these documents are named correctly, contain a Unique Reference Number (URN), and are accessible to users with a disability. Read our guidance on publications (DOC, 210 Kb) to find out how to create and publish a publication correctly.
Twitter is a 'microblogging' platform which allows users to post short text messages (up to 140 characters in length) and converse with other users via their phones or web browsers. Unlike SMS messaging on mobile phones, these conversations take place in the open.
Read our twitter strategy (DOC, 1.7 Mb) to find out how we use twitter.
Other useful information and guidance