What we do
The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is the department for economic growth. The department invests in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business. BIS also protects consumers and reduces the impact of regulation.
We are responsible for:
- working with further and higher education providers to give students the skills they need to compete in a global employment market
- supporting innovation and developing the UK’s science and research industry, which is important to help economic growth
- making sure consumer law is fair for both consumers and businesses, and that consumers know their rights and are able to use them effectively
- supporting British businesses to increase productivity and compete anywhere in the world
- better regulation - by cutting the amount of regulation and making it easy to understand we can help businesses cut time, save money and be more efficient
Our priorities for 2012 to 2013 include:
- supplying £100 million to universities for long-term research projects
- introducing a new loans system for further education students
- creating a single Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) in England to replace the 8 previous regional services
- making the UK one of the fastest and easiest countries in the world to set up a new business
- extending the right to request flexible working and develop a new system of shared parental leave
- ending the culture of ‘tick-box’ regulation, and instead target inspections on high-risk organisations through co-regulation and improving professional standards
- giving the public and businesses the opportunity to challenge the worst regulations
For all of our priorities, have a look at our business plan for 2012 to 2015.
Who we are
We have around 2,500 staff working for BIS plus around 500 people working for UK Trade & Investment in the UK.
Our partner organisations include 9 executive agencies employing around 14,500 staff.
We have BIS offices in London, Sheffield, Billingham, Cardiff, Darlington, Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham, Runcorn and Watford.
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