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This page highlights a selection of the publications added to the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) Publications pages in the last few weeks, and is updated on a regular basis.

There are over 4,000 publications available through this website.

  • Vocational qualifications: quarterly newsletter from BIS. November 2011

    Vocational qualifications: quarterly newsletter from BIS. November 2011

    URN: 11/P100C

    Publication date: Today

    Final edition of the newsletter detailing the progress made on ensuring the vocational qualifications system meets the skills needs of employers and learners. Provides an update on progress and on resources and events to help people involved to be ready to benefit from the changes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

  • Effects of a disqualification order

    Effects of a disqualification order

    URN: 11/1363

    Publication date: 4 Nov 2011

    Explains what happens when a court has made a disqualification order or you have given a disqualification undertaking to the Secretary of State, which has been accepted. It does not give a complete list of everything you must and must not do, nor does it give you legal advice.

  • Informing choice in post-16 education and learning

    Informing choice in post-16 education and learning

    URN: 11/1364

    Publication date: 4 Nov 2011

    BIS research paper no. 49. Report of a study commissioned by BIS to determine the type of information that would most effectively support learners, employers and advice and guidance intermediaries in making choices about post-16 provision. This included all government funded post-16 education and training, but not higher education provision.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills structural reform plan monthly implementation update: October 2011

    Department for Business, Innovation and Skills structural reform plan monthly implementation update: October 2011

    URN: 11/P104J

    Publication date: 4 Nov 2011

    Report on progress towards the Department's commitments in its business plan, including structural reform. See the draft structural reform plan (10/1086).

  • Monthly statistics of building materials and components. October 2011: no. 440

    Monthly statistics of building materials and components. October 2011: no. 440

    URN: 11/313J

    Publication date: 2 Nov 2011

    Monthly production, deliveries and stocks of building materials, price indices and overseas trade statistics, each with extended lists of building material products. See URN 11/P125J for commentary.

  • Annual report 2010-2011 published by the Regulator of Community Interest Companies

    Annual report 2010-2011 published by the Regulator of Community Interest Companies

    URN: 11/P117

    Publication date: 1 Nov 2011

    Annual report for the Regulator of Community Interest Companies. Sets out details of its regulatory activities, costs and statistics for the year ending 31 March 2011.

  • Trade facilitation - UK issues: trade and investment analytical papers topic 10 of 18

    Trade facilitation - UK issues: trade and investment analytical papers topic 10 of 18

    URN: 11/1102X

    Publication date: 1 Nov 2011

    Examines the issue of trade facilitation from a UK perspective and identifies the main challenges facing UK policymakers. One of a series of analytical papers supporting the 'Trade and investment for growth' white paper (URN 11/717).

  • Applications for duty suspensions & tariff quotas round 1 July 2012

    Applications for duty suspensions & tariff quotas round 1 July 2012

    URN: 11/P101D

    Publication date: 1 Nov 2011

    List of new applications for duty suspensions and tariff quotas. Latest update: 1 November 2011.

  • The evaluation of the Public Sector Research Exploitation Fund: call for expressions of interest

    The evaluation of the Public Sector Research Exploitation Fund: call for expressions of interest

    URN: 11/1357

    Publication date: 28 Oct 2011

    Closing date for expressions of interest is 14 November 2011. Seeks potential research contractors to evaluate how successful the public sector research exploitation fund is in meeting its original objectives. These objectives are to develop capacity to exploit science and technology potential and to provide seed funding to support the very early stages of business formation from ideas emerging out of research in the public sector science base.

  • Key facts: October 2011

    Key facts: October 2011

    URN: 11/329C

    Publication date: 25 Oct 2011

    Provides comparative data from independent sources on the UK as an inward investment location. Demonstrates the UK's competitive business environment across a range of key indicators.

  • SME business barometer: August 2011

    SME business barometer: August 2011

    URN: 11/P75C

    Publication date: 24 Oct 2011

    August 2011 report on a series of surveys among small and medium-sized (SME) employer enterprises across the UK. The survey assesses how well or badly small businesses are performing, their needs, concerns and barriers to growth. Highlights changes in the findings between the waves of the Business Barometer, and the larger small business surveys, that are statistically significant.

  • Skills for a green economy: a report on the evidence

    Skills for a green economy: a report on the evidence

    URN: 11/1315

    Publication date: 21 Oct 2011

    Aims to assist businesses, and the agencies which support them, by clearly articulating the skills needs for the green economy. Supplements 'Enabling the Transition to a Green Economy', published on Business Link on 5 August 2011. It covers the skills recommendations and sets out the evidence for them.

  • Rebalancing Britain: policy or slogan? Liverpool city region - building on its strengths: an independent report

    Rebalancing Britain: policy or slogan? Liverpool city region - building on its strengths: an independent report

    URN: 11/1338

    Publication date: 20 Oct 2011

    Independent report by Lord Heseltine and Sir Terry Leahy, requested by the Prime Minister. Considers the opportunities available for growth in the Liverpool city region over the next 10 - 20 years. Makes recommendations about driving enterprise and growth, leadership, brand Liverpool, infrastructure and communities.

  • United Kingdom (UK) technology security plan (TSP): United States (US) International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) rule change concerning dual & third country national (DTCN) employees

    United Kingdom (UK) technology security plan (TSP): United States (US) International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) rule change concerning dual & third country national (DTCN) employees

    URN: 11/1336

    Publication date: 20 Oct 2011

    Details of the rule change to the United States (US) International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) concerning dual and third country national (DTCN) employees. This rule change came into force on 15 August 2011 and removes the need to obtain prior approval from the US Department of State for transfers of unclassified defence articles to DTCN employees. To comply with the exemption, UK end user companies and consignees need to have a technology security plan and non-disclosure agreement (NDA) in place. See also the question and answer guide (URN 11/1337).

  • Research into employers' attitudes and behaviour towards compliance with UK national minimum wage (NMW) legislation

    Research into employers' attitudes and behaviour towards compliance with UK national minimum wage (NMW) legislation

    URN: 11/1335

    Publication date: 19 Oct 2011

    Employment Relations Research Series no. 121. Presents the findings of a study to gauge the range of attitudes that influence employers' behaviour towards compliance with the national minimum wage (NMW). Aims to inform the implementation of the NMW compliance strategy. Based on qualitative research with UK small and medium enterprises (SMEs) covered by national minimum wage (NMW) legislation.

  • Consultation on NESTA: a proposal to reconstitute as a charity and trust

    Consultation on NESTA: a proposal to reconstitute as a charity and trust

    URN: 11/1303

    Publication date: 18 Oct 2011

    Responses by 29 November 2011. Seeks views on the Government’s proposals to abolish NESTA as an NDPB and establish it as an independent charity with a separate charitable trust to hold the National Lottery endowment, subject to the approval of the Charity Commission. The Government would use the powers in the Public Bodies Bill to implement this proposal. See also related impact assessment (11/1304).