The BIS website platform is shared by an ever-expanding family of websites representing BIS and its partner organisations. (see About DIS digital for full details about the shared service).
Each partner on the platform is described below along with a link to their website. You can also see which partners are joining the platform soon. As well as a website partners also have the opportunity to create a community website on our huddle space.
Join the community
Users of the shared service and all BIS partner organisations are encouraged to join the BIS digital community on Huddle - to discuss issues and best practice, share tips and working documents, and network with other digital practitioners.
BIS corporate website
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is building a dynamic and competitive UK economy by: creating the conditions for business success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this it will foster world-class universities and promote an open global economy. BIS - Investing in our future.
Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD)
The Export Credits Guarantee Department is the United Kingdom’s export credit agency. It was created in 1919 and was the world’s first export credit agency.
We work closely with exporters, banks, buyers and project sponsors and have 90 years’ experience of supporting exports to, and investments in, markets across the world. We do this by providing guarantees, insurance and reinsurance against loss, taking into account the government’s international policies.
British Hallmarking Council
The British Hallmarking Council was set up under the Hallmarking Act 1973 and came into existence on 1 January 1974.
It consists of between sixteen and nineteen members, ten of whom are appointed by The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. Of these, three have to have experience in organisations or activities carried on for the protection of the consumer and four have to be engaged in trading or manufacture of articles of precious metal.
Foresight's aim is to help government think systematically about the future. The Foresight Programme helps to improve how we use science and technology within government and society. Foresight achieves this by drawing on well tested scientifically valid techniques to inform those responsible for developing policy and strategy in government.
The UK’s Foresight Programme is recognised as world leaders in futures thinking within government. Foresight brings together key people, knowledge and ideas. Foresight enables them to look beyond normal planning horizons and to identify opportunities that could arise from new science and technologies and to explore the actions that we might take to help to realise those opportunities.
Council for Science and Technology (CST)
The Council for Science and Technology (CST) is the UK Prime Minister's top-level independent advisory body on science and technology policy issues.
The Council decides the approach to each area of work on a case-by-case basis. It can also choose to deliver its advice to government by various routes including: publishing reports; through confidential written advice; and through discussions with ministers, officials and special advisers.
Government Office for Science
The Government Office for Science is the home of science and engineering across government and exists to support the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor John Beddington. The key role of the GCSA and GO-Science is to ensure that all levels of government, including the Prime Minister and Cabinet, receive the best scientific advice possible, and to enable the many science-using departments across government to create policies that are supported by strong evidence and robust arguments.
UK Space Agency
The UK Space Agency is at the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space.
On 23 March 2010, the new UK Space Agency was launched to replace the British National Space Centre and to bring all UK civil space activities under one single management.
The UK Space Agency is responsible for all strategic decisions on the UK civil space programme and provides a clear, single voice for UK space ambitions.
National Measurement Office
The National Measurement Office (NMO) is an Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
NMO operates from a purpose-built laboratory in Teddington, Middlesex. The heart of our work from the outset has been ensuring that fair and accurate measurement is available and used for transactions regulated by law. One of our principal activities is preparing legislation under the Weights and Measures Act 1985 and European Communities Act 1972.
UK Commission for Employment and Skills
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills is a Non-Departmental Public Body providing strategic leadership on skills and employment issues in the four nations of the UK. Together, our Commissioners comprise a social partnership that includes CEOs of large and small employers across a wide range of sectors; trade unions and representatives from the Devolved Administrations.