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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


  • Companies House

    Companies House has two main functions: to incorporate and dissolve companies and register the information they have to make public in exchange for the benefits of limited liability, and to make information filed by companies available to searchers, who may take information as end users or as middle-men in the business information industry.

  • Insolvency Service

    The INSS administers the insolvency regime in England and Wales, including individual and corporate insolvencies, director disqualifications and bankruptcy restrictions, regulating the insolvency profession, paying statutory redundancy to employees of insolvent companies, conducting investigations in the public interest, providing practical information on insolvency procedures and managing director disqualifications and redundancy payments in Scotland.

  • Intellectual Property Office (IPO)

    IPO is responsible for Intellectual Property rights in the UK, including Patents, Designs, Trade Marks and Copyright.

  • National Measurement Office (NMO)

    The NMO ensures that UK measurement is accurate, fair and legal. It has lead responsibility for policy on measuring instruments in use for trade, is responsible for implementing European Directives on measuring instruments and provides the focus for legal metrology in the UK.

  • Ordnance Survey

    Ordnance Survey is the national mapping agency of Great Britain and provides accurate and up-to-date geographic data to government, business and individuals.


  • UK Space Agency

    The UK Space Agency is at the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space.

  • UK Trade and Investment (UKTI)

    UKTI is a non-ministerial Government Department. We work closely with both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

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