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Partner organisations

BIS is supported by a wide range of partner organisations in delivering its strategic priorities. Our partners provide services, information and advice to the Department and directly to a wide range of people and organisations. We have nine executive agencies: Companies House, The Insolvency Service, the Intellectual Property Office, the Land Registry, the Met Office, the National Measurement Office, Ordnance Survey the Skills Funding Agency and the UK Space Agency. Read about how we make public appointments. See also the BIS Public Bodies Directory 2010

Executive NDPB

  • Advantage West Midlands (RDA)

    The regional development agency (RDA) for the West Midlands. One of nine RDAs in England established to transform the English regions through sustainable economic development.

  • Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)

    ACAS delivers a high quality employment relations service to businesses and individuals, employees to solve problems and improve performance. It is required by statute to offer conciliation to employment tribunal claimants and respondents, and offers information, independent advice and training.

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

    Supports world-class research that furthers our understanding of human culture and creativity.

  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

    UK grant funding agency for academic research and training in biotechnology and biological sciences.

  • British Hallmarking Council (BHC)

    BHC ensures that there are adequate facilities for the assaying and hallmarking in the UK.

  • Capital for Enterprise (CfEL)

    CfEL delivers and manages Government's financial interventions in the SME sector, applying knowledge and understanding of SMEs and the financing environment in which they operate. CfEL informs and improves the quality of Government policy initiatives through close involvement in the market.

  • Competition Commission

    The Commission conducts in-depth inquiries into mergers, markets & the regulation of the major regulated industries, in response to references from another authority. It is independent of Ministers apart from a small number of cases in defence, national security & the media.

  • Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

    The CITB helps employers by ensuring that there are, and will be in future, enough trained people to meet the needs of construction industry employers.

  • Consumer Focus

    Consumer Focus champions the needs of consumers, across markets, including the energy and postal services sectors, with a particular regard to the vulnerable, including those who have been or are about to be disconnected.

  • East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA)

    One of nine Regional Development Agencies in England, set up in 1999 by Government to bring a regional focus to economic development.

  • East of England Development Agency (EEDA)

    The East of England Development Agency (EEDA) is the driving force behind sustainable economic growth and regeneration in the East of England.

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

    The UK's leading research and training agency addressing economic and social concerns.

  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

    The UK Government's leading funding agency for research and training in engineering and the physical sciences

  • Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB)

    The ECITB was established to help employers by ensuring that there are, and will be in future, enough trained people to meet industry needs.

  • Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

    HEFCE provides advice to the Secretary of State on the funding needs of higher education; and to distribute available funds.

  • Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO)

    LBRO aims 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.

  • London Development Agency (LDA)

    The Mayor's agency responsible for driving London's sustainable economic growth. It's the LDA's job to ensure that London remains a global success story.

  • Medical Research Council (MRC)

    The Medical Research Council is a publicly-funded organisation dedicated to improving human health. They support research across the entire spectrum of medical sciences, in universities and hospitals, in their own units and institutes in the UK, and in their units in Africa.

  • National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA)

    NESTA is the UK’s largest single endowment devoted exclusively to supporting talent, innovation and creativity. Its mission is to transform the UK's capacity for innovation.

    Update 14 October 2010: The Government has announced that the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) has been granted full independence, moving from the public to the voluntary sector to become a charitable company.

  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

    NERC funds world-class science in universities and their own research centres that increases knowledge and understanding of the natural world. They tackle the 21st century's major environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity and natural hazards.

  • North West Development Agency (NWDA)

    The NWDA is a Regional Development Agency whose core purpose is to maximise the region’s competitiveness to build a stronger economy. Competitiveness is the key to England’s Northwest economic success – the essential element in the development of our region’s businesses, its people and its places.

  • Office for Fair Access (OFFA)

    OFFA was established to ensure that tuition fees do not have a detrimental effect on widening participation and that institutions are explicitly committed to increasing participation amongst under-represented groups.

  • One North East (RDA)

    One North East is the Regional Development Agency (RDA) covering North East England. They are one of nine RDAs in England that were established to transform the English regions through sustainable economic development.

  • Research Councils UK (RCUK)

    RCUK is a strategic partnership between the seven UK Research Councils to enable them to enhance the overall impact and effectiveness of their research, training and innovation activities, contributing to the delivery of the Government’s objectives for science and innovation. The seven councils are:

  • Science and Technology Facilities Council

    The Science and Technology Facilities Council's mission is to promote and support: scientific and engineering research; post-graduate training in astronomy, particle physics, space science and nuclear physics; and research in any other field which makes use of scientific facilities made available by the Council the advancement of knowledge and technology and to provide trained scientists and engineers

  • South East England Development Agency (SEEDA)

    SEEDA has one aim - to support the economic development of its world-class region. It works at a local, regional, national and international level to attract inward investment, to help businesses reach their full potential and to win practical support from a range of partners. It brings funding into the region to help the economic growth of the South East.

  • South West of England Regional Development Agency

    It leads the development of a sustainable economy in the South West, investing to unlock the region's business potential.

  • Student Loans Company (SLC)

    The Student Loans Company (SLC) is a UK public sector organisation established to administer the student loans scheme within the policy context set by Government and the legislative framework.

  • Technology Strategy Board (TSB)

    Research, development and exploitation of science, technology and new ideas for the benefit of those engaged in business activities, to increase economic growth and improve quality of life.

  • UK Atomic Energy Authority

    The UK Atomic Energy Authority was set up to research and develop nuclear power. The principle mission of the Authority is to capitalise on the major fusion assets at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE), to advance fusion science and technology to the point of commercialisation, and to position the UK to participate in the future fusion-power economy.

  • UK Commission for Employment and Skills (plus 23 SSCs) - (UKCES)

    The UKCES aims to benefit employers, individuals & government by advising how improved employment and skills systems can help the UK become a world leader in productivity, employment and having a fair & inclusive society, in the context of a fast-changing global economy.

  • Yorkshire Forward (RDA)

    Yorkshire Forward is the regional development agency for the Yorkshire & Humber region. Its goal is to make Yorkshire & Humber a better place to live, work and invest, and to ensure that our region is able to compete on the domestic and global stage.

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