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  • Cyber Security

    Today

    BIS Cyber Security Team aims to enable growth of the UK cyber security sector and to embed good information security practice across the UK business community. We also help to ensure the key sectors and services which are important to the UK’s society, economy and general way of life are resilient to cyber threats.

  • Public Sector Innovation

    2 Mar 2012

    Innovation information, inspiring case studies and practical support for anyone who works in the public sector.

  • Corporate Governance

    29 Feb 2012

    Corporate Governance is the system by which companies are directed and controlled. It deals largely with the relationship between the constituent parts of a company - the directors, the board (and its sub-committees) and the shareholders.

  • Export Control Organisation

    29 Feb 2012

    Any item exported from the UK that is subject to export control needs a licence. The Export Control Organisation is responsible for assessing and issuing (or refusing) export licences for a wide range of controlled so called “strategic” goods. This includes military and dual-use items.

  • Higher education

    29 Feb 2012

    Britain's higher education is a major contributor to the economic success and social well being of the country. Higher education is a national asset, whose excellence in teaching and research is world recognised.

  • Science & Innovation Analysis (SIA)

    28 Feb 2012

    Based in London, SIA is an interdisciplinary unit of analysts within the Science and Innovation Group of BIS

  • Transferring knowledge from the research base

    28 Feb 2012

    Within a modern, knowledge driven economy, knowledge transfer is about transferring good ideas, research results and skills between universities, other research organisations, business and the wider community to enable innovative new products and services to be developed

  • Science funding

    28 Feb 2012

    BIS allocates the Science Budget into research via the seven Research Councils for which the Director General, Knowledge and Innovation, Professor Adrian Smith, is responsible.

  • International Science and Innovation Unit

    28 Feb 2012

    ISIU acts as HM Government’s natural focal point for science and innovation issues with an international slant.

  • National Academies

    28 Feb 2012

    The National Academies receive government funding for specific projects and programmes, principally to allow a cadre of the most capable academics to work full-time on research.

  • Science and Society

    28 Feb 2012

    The potential for science to contribute to good policy-making and sound government has probably never been greater. To ensure we make the right decisions, now and in the future, we believe there is a pressing need to strengthen the level of high-quality engagement with the public on all major science issues; and increase the number of people who choose to study scientific subjects and work in research and scientific careers.

  • Innovation Infrastructure Partners

    28 Feb 2012

    Our Innovation Infrastructure Partners are working together with BIS to implement the recommendations in the BIS 'Innovation Infrastructure Report - Working towards an Innovation System' (May 2010) and its accompanying Innovation Infrastructure - Annexes to the Report.

  • National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts

    28 Feb 2012

    NESTA is a unique body with a mission to make the UK more innovative.

  • Design Council

    28 Feb 2012

  • Standardisation

    28 Feb 2012

    Effective standardisation fosters innovation, forceful competition and advances profitability, enabling a business to take a leading role in shaping the industry itself

  • Innovation procurement policy

    28 Feb 2012

    BIS is leading the Government's work to develop a public procurement culture that both stimulates innovation in the economy and helps the public sector to meet its future needs at better value for money for the taxpayer.

  • Catapult Centres

    28 Feb 2012

  • Technology Strategy Board

    28 Feb 2012

    The TSB stimulates technology innovation in industry in areas offering the greatest scope for boosting UK growth and productivity.

  • R&D Scoreboard

    28 Feb 2012

  • Research and development

    28 Feb 2012

    These pages are intended as a guide to help companies access the practical support to invest in R&D

  • R&D tax credits

    28 Feb 2012

    R&D tax credits are the biggest single funding mechanism provided by Government for investment in business R&D.

  • Finance for innovation

    28 Feb 2012

    A comprehensive introduction to sources of finance for business investment in innovation and how to access them, is provided in The No Nonsense Guide to Finance for High Growth and Innovative Businesses (September 2010).

  • Office for Life Sciences

    28 Feb 2012

    The Office for Life Sciences (OLS) is part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). We work to ensure a competitive UK life sciences industry (comprising the pharmaceutical, medical technology, medical biotechnology and industrial biotechnology sectors) and to secure investment.

  • Make it in Great Britain

    28 Feb 2012

    We want to make sure that Britain is the best place in the world to run an innovative business or service - this is critical to the UK's future prosperity, our quality of life and future job prospects

  • Innovation and Research Strategy for Growth

    28 Feb 2012

    The Coalition Government published its Innovation and Research Strategy for Growth and an associated Economics paper on 8 December 2011. The strategy centres on supporting business R&D in areas in which the UK excels, within the context of developing the wider UK innovation eco-system including universities and other organisations. The Economics paper provides supporting evidence for this policy.

  • Funding councils

    28 Feb 2012

    The UK's higher education funding councils distribute public money for teaching and research to universities and colleges in England, Wales and Scotland. Higher Education in Northern Ireland is funded through the The Department for Employment and Learning.

  • Research Councils UK

    28 Feb 2012

    Research Councils UK (RCUK) is a strategic partnership between the seven UK Research Councils

  • Recognised UK degrees

    28 Feb 2012

    The United Kingdom (UK) has a well-deserved reputation world-wide for providing high quality and reputable higher education. There are 157 institutions in the UK that are permitted to award a wide variety of degrees to suit most educational aspirations. All these institutions have degree awarding powers recognised by the UK authorities (UK and Scottish Parliament, Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies). These and the other two main categories of institutions recognised to offer UK degrees are listed below.

  • Joint International Unit

    28 Feb 2012

    The JIU plays a key role in taking forward the international agenda of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

  • Professional recruitment guide

    28 Feb 2012

    Our guide will help you, an employer of professional people, get the best person for each vacancy you advertise. This guidance reflects updated legislation.

  • Access to the professions

    28 Feb 2012

    How BIS is working with employers to widen access to the professions for under-represented groups.

  • Student finance

    28 Feb 2012

    The Government's plans for reforms to higher education and student finance will mean that universities continue to play a key role in promoting social mobility as well as economic growth. The new reforms will offer a more generous package of financial support for students from low income backgrounds to go to university.

  • Youth participation in education, training and work

    28 Feb 2012

    Building Engagement, Building Futures is the Government's strategy to improve the engagement of 16 to 24 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEETs).

  • Vocational qualifications

    28 Feb 2012

    Vocational, or work related, qualifications can help people get the skills and qualifications that employers need.

  • Skills for Sustainable Growth

    28 Feb 2012

    The Skills for Sustainable Growth strategy sets out the Government’s vision for reform of the further education and skills system in order to improve the skills of the workforce, the performance of the economy and engagement in learning.

  • Skills Funding Agency

    28 Feb 2012

    The Skills Funding Agency is an agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Its job is to fund and regulate adult further education and skills training in England.

  • Sector Skills Councils

    28 Feb 2012

    Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) are independent, employer led, UK wide organisations designed to build a skills system that is driven by employer demand.

  • State Aid

    28 Feb 2012

    BIS State Aid Branch has lead responsibility within UK government for co-ordination and development of State Aid policy.

  • EU Single Market

    28 Feb 2012

  • Solutions for Business - simplified business support

    28 Feb 2012

    Solutions for Business is the government’s streamlined portfolio of business support products accessible via Business Link.

  • Access to finance

    28 Feb 2012

    The Government’s aim is for more UK entrepreneurs and businesses to be able to access the finance they need to enable greater levels of enterprise, whether expressed through start-up or growth.

  • Bank holidays and British summertime

    28 Feb 2012

    History on the policy and legislation that have created the current arrangements for bank holidays and British summertime.

  • Employment rights

    28 Feb 2012

    Details and policy background to some of the topics relating to employment rights

  • EMAR (Employment Market Analysis and Research)

    28 Feb 2012

    Employment Market Analysis and Research (EMAR) publications, reports and research, including background to the Workplace Employment Relations Survey

  • Employment Agency Standards inspectorate

    28 Feb 2012

    The Employment Agency Standards inspectorate (EAS) works with agencies, employers, and workers to ensure compliance with employment rights, particularly for vulnerable agency workers.

  • Devolution

    28 Feb 2012

    How devolution affects the work of BIS – guide to devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales the Northern Ireland Assembly.

  • Clusters in the UK

    28 Feb 2012

    Clusters are geographic concentrations of inter-connected companies, specialised suppliers, service providers, firms in related industries, and associated institutions.

  • Industrial Development Advisory Board and Regional Assistance (IDAB)

    28 Feb 2012

    The Industrial Development Advisory Board (IDAB) advises Ministers on applications from companies who are proposing to undertake capital investment projects in the Assisted Areas in England and have applied for regional selective assistance under the Grant for Business Investment (GBI) scheme or the Regional Growth Fund.

  • Grant for Business Investment

    28 Feb 2012

    Grant for Business Investment provides capital grants to businesses to support sustainable investment in England.

  • Regional Aid and UK Assisted Areas

    28 Feb 2012

    State Aid, provided as Regional Aid, can be used to promote the economic development of certain disadvantaged areas within the European Union.

  • LEP Toolbox

    28 Feb 2012

  • Local Enterprise Partnerships

    28 Feb 2012

    Local enterprise partnerships are led by local authorities and businesses across natural economic areas. They provide the vision, knowledge and strategic leadership needed to drive sustainable private sector growth and job creation in their area.

  • Regional Growth Fund

    28 Feb 2012

    The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) is now a £2.4bn fund operating across England from 2011 to 2015. It supports projects and programmes that lever private sector investment to create economic growth and sustainable employment. It aims particularly to help those areas and communities which were dependent on the public sector to make the transition to sustainable private sector-led growth and prosperity.

  • Enforcement of Consumer Law

    28 Feb 2012

    This page describes the use of Enforcement Orders, Group claims, Super complaints and Trading Standards to protect consumers from unscrupulous vendors and rogue traders

  • Consumer White Paper

    28 Feb 2012

    On 2nd July 2009 the previous Government published a consumer White Paper “A Better Deal for Consumers: Delivering Real Help Now and Change for the Future”.

  • Product safety

    28 Feb 2012

    Information on the relevant laws and regulations that apply to consumer and product safety policy issues.

  • Buying and selling goods and services

    28 Feb 2012

    The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) helps to draft and regulate many of the UK laws, regulations and guidelines on advertising, package travel and timeshare, pricing and product description that help protect consumers and businesses from unscrupulous practices.

  • Services: Professional and Business

    28 Feb 2012

    BIS is working with the professional and business services sector, as part of the Government’s Growth Agenda, to establish the priorities for government actions to support its growth, innovation and competitiveness over the next decade.

  • Retail

    28 Feb 2012

    The Retail Unit helps the sector to raise its productivity and improve its competitiveness by facilitating better regulation, incentivising innovation and regional development, and encouraging good practice in areas such as skills, employment, international trade, crime prevention and environmental sustainability.

  • Postal services sector

    28 Feb 2012

    BIS is responsible for formulating and implementing policy for the UK postal services sector and also for managing the Government's shareholding in the Royal Mail and Post Office Ltd. Please navigate the site to find out more information.

  • Manufacturing and Materials Unit

    28 Feb 2012

    About the work of the Manufacturing and Materials Unit, including the bi-monthly Hot Issues magazine.

  • UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

    28 Feb 2012

    The OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises provide voluntary principles and standards that the UK government encourages UK businesses to comply with wherever they are trading and operating.

  • Low Carbon Business Opportunities

    28 Feb 2012

    The transition to a low carbon world will transform our whole economy. It will change our industrial landscape, the supply chains of our businesses and the way we all live and work. The vast majority of, if not all, economic activity in Britain will have to reduce its carbon impact significantly.

  • Environmental and Product Regulation

    28 Feb 2012

    The Environmental and Product Regulation Directorate represents UK interests in the development, domestic implementation and administration of European waste, environment and product safety legislation. We ensure business interests are properly considered in all related domestic waste policy areas.

  • IT services

    28 Feb 2012

  • Electronics

    28 Feb 2012

  • Construction

    28 Feb 2012

    BIS's construction sector unit works with industry and other stakeholders to deliver a marked improvement in business performance in construction in terms of productivity, profitability and competitiveness.

  • Chemicals industry

    28 Feb 2012

    BIS's chemicals unit works with industry to promote productivity and competitiveness, and represents the interests of the UK chemicals (excluding pharmaceuticals), plastics and rubber processing industries in the development of government policy and regulation.

  • Automotive industry

    28 Feb 2012

    The automotive unit uses its unique knowledge of the sector, materials, companies, technologies and the regulatory framework to ensure the UK is best placed to benefit from the challenges of globalisation and help the UK Automotive Industry succeed.

  • Aerospace, marine and defence

    28 Feb 2012

    Working to promote the conditions for success of the UK aerospace, marine and defence industries.

  • Criminal investigations and prosecutions

    28 Feb 2012

    One of BIS’s key aims is to deliver free and fair markets with greater competition for businesses, consumers and employees. The Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions team contributes to this aim by taking action to deter fraud.

  • Enterprise Act 2002

    28 Feb 2012

    Powers and provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 Competition and Consumer powers

  • Competition Matters

    28 Feb 2012

    Competitive markets provide the best means of ensuring that the economy's resources are put to their best use by encouraging enterprise and efficiency, and widening choice.

  • Company and Partnership law

    28 Feb 2012

    Information on the law governing the establishment and operation of limited companies and partnerships - including Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs). Includes current policy developments, the implementation and evaluation of the Companies Act 2006 and European company law.

  • Preparing Impact Assessments

    28 Feb 2012

    Guidance, tools and templates to help policy-makers across the UK government to prepare Impact Assessments.

  • Trade policy

    28 Feb 2012

    It has been one year since the Government launched the Trade and Investment White Paper. Led by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and working closely with UK Trade and Investment and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the White Paper advocated a whole of government approach to trade and UK growth. To find out more please visit our Trade White Paper pages using the tabs to the left of this page.

  • Science

    28 Feb 2012

    BIS is committed to developing a world class UK research base responsive to users and the economy, with sustainable and financially strong universities and public laboratories and a strong supply of scientists, engineers and technologists.

  • Innovation

    28 Feb 2012

    We want to make sure that Britain is the best place in the world to run an innovative business or service - this is critical to the UK's future prosperity, our quality of life and future job prospects

  • BIS European work

    28 Feb 2012

    BIS leads on many European policy areas that contribute to the Government’s commitment to play a strong and positive role with our EU partners, with the goal of ensuring that all the nations of Europe are equipped to face the challenges of the 21st century: in particular, global competitiveness, global warming and global poverty

  • Enterprise & Business Support

    28 Feb 2012

    The Enterprise Directorate within BIS works across Government and the regions to develop and influence policies to boost enterprise, start ups and small business growth.

  • Employment Matters

    28 Feb 2012

    Overview of the employment policies being taken forward by BIS to promote best practice and effective employment relations

  • Consumer Issues

    28 Feb 2012

    We want to ensure that UK consumers are treated fairly, know their rights and can use them effectively, and that consumer law is fair to both consumers and business.

  • Business sectors

    28 Feb 2012

    BIS's business sector units maintain one-to-one relationships with the leading firms in each industrial sector and represent their interests in the development of government policy and regulation.

  • Business Law

    28 Feb 2012

    The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is committed to fostering competitive markets in the UK, EU and worldwide. By fighting anti-competitive practices and promoting open markets, we enable companies to compete freely and fairly, giving UK consumers more choice and better value.

  • Better Regulation at BIS

    28 Feb 2012

    Cutting red tape and improving our regulation and policies is a key priority for BIS. We aim where appropriate, for a light-touch regulatory environment, with less red tape and burdens on business, whilst protecting the public, consumers and employees.

  • Better Regulation

    24 Feb 2012

    The government's better regulation strategy

  • Every Business Commits

    22 Feb 2012

    Every Business Commits sets out areas in which Government and business can work together. This is part of the Prime Minister’s vision to build a Big Society where businesses, communities, voluntary bodies and charities help solve problems.


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