About the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform - Introduction

BERR’s central purpose is to help ensure business success in an increasingly competitive world. It is the voice for business across Government.

It leads the Government’s drive to raise UK levels of productivity, create the conditions for business success and strengthen the economic performance of all the regions.

BERR has the lead responsibility in Whitehall for championing the interests of employees – business’s most important asset. We are also responsible for policy on consumers, a vital force for dynamic competitive markets that drive business success. It is strongly committed to sustainable development.

The Department is headed by John Hutton, the first Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. Brian Bender is BERR’s Permanent Secretary.

The Department was created on 28 June 2007. We employ around 2,500 staff, plus 4,000 in our executive agencies. Our annual budget is just over £3 billion. Half of this is spent on nuclear decommissioning; the rest on a range of issues from trade promotion to energy security supply, to championing entrepreneurial businesses through the Regional Development Agencies.