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What we do

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is the department for economic growth. The department invests in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business. BIS also protects consumers and reduces the impact of regulation.

BIS is a ministerial department, supported by 44 agencies and public bodies .

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We work on these topics

  1. Business and enterprise

    The government is working to create the right conditions for companies to thrive and make it easier for people to start successful new businesses. Read more

  2. Consumer rights and issues

    The government is working to make sure that people have the information and protection they need when they buy goods and services. Read more

  3. Economic growth

    The government has 4 aims to help the economy to grow: to create the most competitive tax system in the G20; to make the UK the best place in Europe to start, finance and grow a business; to encourage investment and exports as a route to a more balanced economy; and to create a more educated workforce that is the most flexible in Europe. Read more

  4. Employment

    To boost the number of jobs and create a flexible labour market, we are modernising employment law while protecting employee rights. To increase the number of people in employment, we need to support them into work through the benefits system and job search support. Read more

  5. Europe

    The government works to develop British interests in the EU, and works constructively with the EU and its member states on issues like trade, the single market, and economic growth. Read more

  6. Further education and skills

    The government aims to make sure that further education provides the skilled workforce employers need and helps individuals reach their full potential. Read more

  7. Higher education

    The government is working with universities and colleges so they can continue to provide high quality teaching and research and produce highly skilled graduates and post graduates. Read more

  8. Regulation reform

    Excessive bureaucracy stifles businesses, voluntary organisations and individuals. We will remove unnecessary red tape to encourage economic growth and increase personal freedom and fairness. Read more

  9. Science and innovation

    The government funds and supports innovation in science, technology and engineering to help the UK's high-tech industries to thrive. Read more

  10. Trade and investment

    Overseas trade and inward investment are vital for the UK's prosperity. Through its trade and investment policies, the government aims to help UK businesses succeed internationally and encourage overseas companies to work with the UK. Read more

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Contact BIS

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

1 Victoria Street
London

SW1H 0ET

Sheffield office

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

2 St Paul's Place
125 Norfolk Street
Sheffield

S1 2FJ

Freedom of Information requests

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

Information Rights Unit
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
1 Victoria Street,
London

SW1H 0ET

High profile groups within BIS

Corporate information

Read about the types of information we routinely publish in our Publication Scheme. Find out about our commitment to publishing in the Welsh language. Our Personal information charter explains how we treat your personal information.