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 six executive agencies employing around 6,300 staff.
Our Secretary of State is Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, supported by a team of Ministers.
Our Permanent Secretary is Martin Donnelly, supported by a senior management team.
The department's budget for 2011/12 is £17.6 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 and Watford.
The department is structured into eight management groups:
BIS is supported by a wide range of organisations in delivering its strategic priorities. Our network of partner organisations (Partners, BIS Public Bodies Directory 2010 (PDF, 440 Kb) ) provide services, information and advice to the department and directly to a wide range of people and organisations.