What brings cash – finance fitness

With the start of a new year comes the opportunity to look at how we go forward into 2012 – and if you run a business, especially at the moment, you’re probably thinking about how you can succeed and develop. … Continue reading

Business, social enterprise and the Big Society

Last Monday I had the daunting privilege of being a judge for the Big Venture Challenge. Our task was to help find 25 of the most promising and scaleable social enterprises in England, the prize being a very attractive package … Continue reading

Working together with small businesses

The last 18 months have been tremendously busy, sometimes unsettling, but also increasingly productive. We are getting to grips with the things that matter to small firms – tax, regulation, finance and support – and working hard to get a … Continue reading


Green Investment Bank – an update

It’s time for an update on progress with the Green Investment Bank (GIB). I have been working with Vince Cable on bringing together the Advisory Group, and I hope an announcement will be made soon. When the Advisory Group has … Continue reading


A plan for growth in the knowledge economy

We have no option. If the UK is going to build a lasting recovery and secure sustainable economic growth then we need to understand, and fully back our knowledge economy. This is the key conclusion of our two year commission … Continue reading

Mark Prisk

Business and big ideas.

For my first post on the BIS blog, I want to give you an insight into my work yesterday, speaking with local businesses and civic leaders in the South of England and visiting Reading University during Universities Week. In Portsmouth … Continue reading

Peer to Patent UK

Using the wisdom of the crowd

Nigel Hanley, Senior Examiner at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) who has been working on the UK Peer to Patent pilot, explains the thinking behind the website launched yesterday at The concept of Peer to Patent is to open … Continue reading

Bidding hots up!

I did a Roadshow in Dudley on Monday. Michael Heseltine has done them in Margate and last Tuesday in Preston. In Dudley we had a turnout of about 250 people. When I asked for a show of hands from those … Continue reading

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National Regeneration Summit in Islington

Last week I spoke at the National Regeneration Summit in Islington. An assembly of people from the regeneration sector who are still making the difficult adjustment to cuts Continue reading

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Green Investment Bank

The Green Investment Bank is a genuinely radical innovation. The use of government credit support for nationally significant projects has been around for a while, but usually as a response to some crisis Continue reading