BIS is supported by a wide range of partner organisations in delivering its strategic priorities. Our partners provide services, information and advice to the Department and directly to a wide range of people and organisations. We have nine executive agencies: Companies House, The Insolvency Service, the Intellectual Property Office, the Land Registry, the Met Office, the National Measurement Office, Ordnance Survey the Skills Funding Agency and the UK Space Agency. Read about how we make public appointments. See also the BIS Public Bodies Directory 2010
CfEL delivers and manages Government's financial interventions in the SME sector, applying knowledge and understanding of SMEs and the financing environment in which they operate. CfEL informs and improves the quality of Government policy initiatives through close involvement in the market.
CAC is an independent body adjudicating on applications relating to the recognition and de recognition of trade unions.
The Certification Officer is responsible for maintaining a list of trade unions and employers' associations, ensuring their compliance with statutory requirements, retaining annual returns, determining complaints and rule breaches, overseeing their finances, and certifying their independence.
Citizens Advice is the national umbrella body for the Citizens Advice Service in England, Wales and N Ireland (with a separate organisation for Scotland). It supports, develops and leads the service by setting, maintaining and monitoring standards, training staff and volunteers, developing services, and advising on social policy trends following analysis of case reports from the bureaux.
A national umbrella body that provides essential services to Scottish citizens advice bureaux.
The CIC Regulator is an independent public office holder, who acts as a light touch Regulator to Community Interest Companies and maintains public confidence in the CIC brand.
Companies House has two main functions: to incorporate and dissolve companies and register the information they have to make public in exchange for the benefits of limited liability, and to make information filed by companies available to searchers, who may take information as end users or as middle-men in the business information industry.
The CAT is a specialist judicial body with cross-disciplinary expertise in law, economics, business and accountancy. Under UK law, the function of the CAT is to hear and decide appeals and other applications or claims involving competition or economic regulatory issues.
The Commission conducts in-depth inquiries into mergers, markets & the regulation of the major regulated industries, in response to references from another authority. It is independent of Ministers apart from a small number of cases in defence, national security & the media.
The CITB helps employers by ensuring that there are, and will be in future, enough trained people to meet the needs of construction industry employers.
Consumer Focus champions the needs of consumers, across markets, including the energy and postal services sectors, with a particular regard to the vulnerable, including those who have been or are about to be disconnected.
The Copyright Tribunal is an independent body established under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. The main function of the Tribunal is to settle various types of disputes, where the parties cannot agree between themselves, mainly in the field of collective copyright licensing.
To advise the Prime Minister and the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales on strategic issues that cut across the responsibilities of individual government departments. CST organises its work around five broad themes (research, science and society, education, science and government, and technology innovation) and takes a medium to longer term approach.
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