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Who we are

Here are some key facts about the department:


The department has around 2,500 staff.

In addition, around 500 people work for UK Trade & Investment in the UK.

Our network of partner organisations includes nine executive agencies employing around 14,500 staff.


Our Secretary of State is Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, supported by a team of Ministers.

Management team

Our Permanent Secretary is Martin Donnelly, supported by a senior management team.


The department's budget for 2011/12 is £17.6 billion reducing to £14.6 billion by 2014/15 under the Spending Review.


Our staff locations include London, Sheffield, Billingham, Cardiff, Darlington, Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham, Runcorn and Watford.


The department is structured into eight management groups:

BIS is supported by a wide range of organisations in delivering its strategic priorities. Our network of partner organisations (Partners, BIS Public Bodies Directory 2010 (PDF, 440 Kb) ) provide services, information and advice to the department and directly to a wide range of people and organisations.

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