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
The Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO) has been set up to drive better delivery of regulation. They promote a simple and clear regulatory environment in which businesses have the confidence to invest and grow, and citizens and communities are properly protected, ensuring the business voice is heard in the delivery of regulation and developing practical tools for regulators.
BSI is the UK's National Standards Body. It represents UK economic and social interests in European and international standards organisations and through the development of business information solutions, and works with industry, businesses, government and consumers to facilitate the production of British, European and international standards.
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.
To strengthen and support the UK economy by inspiring and enabling the best use of design
The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is the UK's independent regulator for corporate reporting and governance. Its aim is to promote well-founded confidence in corporate reporting and governance in the UK.
Foresight’s role is to help government think systematically about the future. We use the latest scientific and other evidence combined with futures analysis to tackle complex issues and help policymakers make decisions affecting our future.
As a sector-owned public body, LSIS is owned, directed and governed by FE and skills colleges and providers, and is dedicated to supporting excellence, leadership development and self-regulation in the FE sector.
The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) is an independent scientific organisation, tasked by Government with supporting the UK science base through the application of the 3Rs. It is also the UK's largest funder of 3Rs research.
The NPL is the UK's National Measurement Institute and has been a centre of excellence in developing & applying measurement standards, science and technology for over a century.
The OFT is the UK's consumer and competition authority. Its mission is to make markets work well for consumers.
Ufi, the organisation behind learndirect, has a mission to use technology to transform the skills & employability of the workforce to improve the UK’s productivity.
UKAS is the national accreditation body to assess, against international agreed standards, organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services.
UK Skills works to raise the profile of skills in the UK and oversee the UK’s premier skills competitions, WorldSkills UK. UK Skills also manages the UK team for WorldSkills, the world’s biggest skills competition.
UKTI is a non-ministerial Government Department. We work closely with both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
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