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Partner organisations

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


  • National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs)

    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.

  • National Measurement Office (NMO)

    The NMO ensures that UK measurement is accurate, fair and legal. It has lead responsibility for policy on measuring instruments in use for trade, is responsible for implementing European Directives on measuring instruments and provides the focus for legal metrology in the UK.

  • National Physical Laboratory (NPL)

    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.

  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

    NERC funds world-class science in universities and their own research centres that increases knowledge and understanding of the natural world. They tackle the 21st century's major environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity and natural hazards.

  • Nesta

    Nesta is an independent charity. It is the UK's foremost independent expert on how innovation can help solve some of the country's major economic and social challenges.

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