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Delivering on our strategic priorities

How our delivery partners help us

Delivering free and fair markets, with greater competition, for businesses, consumers and employees

  • ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service)

    Executive NDPB

    ACAS aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. It provides up to date information, independent advice, high quality training and it works with employers and employees to solve problems and improve performance.

    Staff Employed - 789
  • Companies House

    Executive Agency

    Companies House is an agency of BIS and has two main functions. The first is to incorporate and dissolve companies, and to register the information they have to make public in exchange for the benefits of limited liability. The second is 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.

    Staff employed - 1.085
  • Competition Commission

    Executive NDPB

    The Competition Commission is an independent NDPB set up by the Competition Act 1998. It is independent of Ministers apart from a small number of cases involving defence, national security and the media.

    It conducts in-depth inquiries into mergers, markets and the regulation of the major regulated industries (relating to sectors such as utilities, postal services, railways, airports, air traffic control and financial services. Every inquiry is undertaken in response to a reference made to it by another authority, usually the Office of Fair Trading. It has no power to conduct inquiries on its own initiatives.

    Staff employed -150

  • Competition Service

    Executive NDPB

    The Competition Service funds and provides support services to the Competition Appeal Tribunal which hears appeals in respect of competition related matters.

    Staff employed – 18
  • Energywatch

    Executive NDPB

    Energywatch is the independent statutory body representing the interests of gas and electricity consumers. It provides advice on consumer matters to Government and to the industry regulator. Energywatch investigates complaints that consumers have been unable to resolve with their supplier and provides advice on a range of energy issues.

    Staff employed - 216
  • Financial Reporting Council (FRC)

    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.

    Staff employed - 76
  • Hearing Aid Council (Executive NDPB)

    Executive NDPB

    The Hearing Aid Council (HAC) is responsible for setting standards of professional training, performance and conduct for individuals and companies involved in the assessment of hearing loss and the subsequent sale of hearing aids in the private sector.

    Staff employed - 7
  • The Insolvency Service

    Executive Agency

    The INSS is an executive agency, with responsibility for administering the insolvency regime in England and Wales. This includes administration of individual (bankruptcy) and corporate insolvencies through the Official Receiver, director disqualifications and bankruptcy restrictions, regulating the insolvency profession, paying statutory redundancy payments to employees of companies in formal insolvency, conducting fact finding investigations into companies where there is a public interest to do so through the Companies Investigation Branch and providing detailed practical information on insolvency procedures. The agency also manages director disqualifications and redundancy payments in Scotland.

    Staff employed - 2,564
  • Low Pay Commission

    Advisory NDPB

    The Low Pay Commission (LPC) was established by the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 to advise the Government about the National Minimum Wage. It’s remit is set each year by Government. It is asked to make recommendations including rate recommendations, taking into account the impact of the minimum wage on the economy. It has a long-term research programme which includes fact-finding visits to all parts of the country.

    Staff employed - 9
  • National Consumer Council (NCC)

    Executive NDPB

    The NCC, and its sub-councils the Scottish Consumer Council and Welsh The NCC, and its sub-councils the Scottish Consumer Council and Welsh Consumer Council, aims to put users at the heart of public services. It strives to ensure that markets work for consumers, that disadvantaged and vulnerable consumers get a fair deal and generally achieve more sustainable consumption.

    Staff employed - 35
  • Office of Communications (OFCOM)

    Public corporation

    Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK’s communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services. Ofcom is also responsible for the management of the civilian wireless radio spectrum.

    Staff employed - 800
  • Office of Fair Trading (OFT)

    Non-Ministerial Department

    The OFT is the UK's consumer and competition authority with a mission to make markets work well for consumers, and plays a leading role in promoting and protecting consumer interests throughout the UK, while ensuring that businesses are fair and competitive.

    The OFT’s goal is to make markets work well for consumers. To do this it enforces competition law and consumer protection law and investigates the operation of markets

    Staff employed - 650
  • The Postal Services Commission (Postcomm)

    Non-Ministerial Department

    The Postal Services Commission is an independent regulator, established in 2000 to ensure the provision of a universal postal service throughout the UK: and to further the interests of postal users by developing competition, where appropriate. It licenses postal operators, and also controls the price and service quality of (Royal Mail's) universal services.

    Staff employed - 63
  • Postwatch

    Executive NDPB

    Postwatch represents the interest of business as well as individual users of postal services. It acts as the voice of the consumer in all postal matters, ensuring that customers get the best possible service at realistic prices.

    Staff employed - 90
  • SITPRO Simplifying International Trade

    Executive NDPB

    SITPRO is the UK’s trade facilitation agency and is working to simplify the documentation and procedures for the international movement of goods.

    Staff employed - 9

Promoting the creation and growth of business and a strong enterprise economy across all regions

  • UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)

    UK Trade & Investment is the Government organisation that helps UK based companies succeed in international markets and overseas companies to bring high quality investment to the UK’s vibrant economy.

    Staff employed  - 2,300

  • Regional Development Agencies

    Executive NDPBs

    The Regional Development Agencies enable sustainable economic development in the English regions. They produce regional economic strategies for their areas and undertake various programmes aimed at producing regeneration and improving skills and competitiveness in the region.

    • Advantage West Midlands (AWM)
      Staff employed - 327

    • East of England Development Agency (EEDA)
      Staff employed - 223

    • East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA)
      Staff employed - 347

    • London Development Agency
      Staff employed - 488

    • North West Development Agency (NWRDA)
      Staff employed - 402

    • One North East (ONE)
      Staff employed - 446

    • South East England Development Agency (SEEDA)
      Staff employed - 342

    • South West of England Regional Development Agency (SWRDA)
      Staff employed - 303

    • Yorkshire Forward
      Staff employed - 428


  • Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD)

    Non-Ministerial Department

    ECGD, the Export Credits Guarantee Department, is the UK's official Export Credit Agency. ECGD works with exporters, project sponsors, banks and buyers to help UK exporters of capital equipment and project-related goods and services, by providing insurance against non-payment risks to UK exporters and guarantees for bank loans to facilitate the arranging of finance to buyers of UK goods. It also provides insurance against political risks to UK investors in overseas markets.

    Staff employed - 240

Managing energy liabilities effectively and responsibly

  • United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)

Executive NDPB

Originally set up to research and develop nuclear power, the main role of the UKAEA is now the decommissioning and, where appropriate, regeneration of its five nuclear sites and applying its expertise to nuclear clean up in competitive markets. UKAEA continues to lead the UK effort on nuclear fusion R&D as well as hosting Europe’s fusion R&D facility. It also leads the project to form a Joint Venture for the development of the Science and Innovation campus on it’s Harwell site.

Staff employed - 2,228

Ensuring that all Government Departments and Agencies deliver better regulation for the private, public and third sectors

  • Local Better Regulation Office

    Company limited by guarantee

    The LBRO’s key role is to reduce burdens on business without compromising regulatory outcomes, working in partnership with local authorities, national regulators and departments to drive up the quality of local authority services.
  • Better Regulation Commission

    To advise the Government on action to reduce unnecessary regulatory and administrative burdens; and, ensure that regulation and its enforcement are proportionate, accountable, consistent, transparent and targeted.

    Staff employed - 8