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About BIS


The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is building a dynamic and competitive UK economy by: creating the conditions for business success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this it will foster world-class universities and promote an open global economy. BIS - Investing in our future.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has an important role at the heart of government as the ‘department for growth’.

That's why BIS is leading work across government to develop a more balanced and sustainable model for growth. The path to strong, sustainable and balanced growth sets out progress on creating the right framework for growth and announces a growth review.

British business can’t prosper while the risk of a debt crisis hangs over the economy. Striking the right balance between making savings and promoting sustainable growth is crucial. This is not just about cuts, but about creating a stable environment that enables businesses to invest and grow with confidence.

We aim to create an enterprise culture where everyone with talent is inspired to turn ideas into successful enterprises and get rid of unnecessary barriers that can stifle growth.

There are three key ways BIS is contributing:

  • promoting business and innovation;
  • creating a highly-skilled workforce and;
  • promoting free and open markets.

The Government, led by BIS, wants to rebalance the economy. This means moving away from an economy reliant on debt to a sustainable one that is greener and more technologically advanced. And it means creating opportunities which are spread more across the regions, and through those sectors where the UK is strong and can add real value.

In a world where there is less money, the role of the state needs to change to get a smarter balance of public and private investment in the economy. We will refocus public spending on those areas where it has the greatest impact on growth and make sure that wider Government policy protects and supports the business environment.