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Who we are

Here are some key facts about the Department:


The Department has around 2,700 staff

In addition, around 500 people work for UK Trade & Investment in the UK

Our network of partner organisations includes five executive agencies employing around 6,300 staff


Our Secretary of State is Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, supported by a team of Ministers

Management team

Our Permanent Secretary is Martin Donnelly, supported by a senior management team


The Department's budget for 2010/11 is £18.6 billion reducing to £14.6 billion by 2014/15 under the Spending Review.


Our staff locations include London, Sheffield, Billingham, Cardiff, Darlington, Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham, Runcorn, Swindon and Watford.


The Department is structured into eight management groups: Business and Skills; Economic and Policy Analysis; Market Frameworks; Finance and Commercial; Legal, People and Communications; Knowledge and Innovation; Shareholder Executive; UK Trade & Investment.

BIS is supported by a wide range of organisations in delivering its strategic priorities. Our network of partner organisations (Partners) provide services, information and advice to the Department and directly to a wide range of people and organisations.