BEIS Professional and Business Services sector team

The BEIS Professional and Business Services (PBS) team’s job is to help the UK PBS sector succeed. It does this by working with industry and across government to make the UK a great place for PBS firms to do business.

Coverage of PBS activities

Professional Services

Professional Services includes a range of knowledge-intensive activities, providing specialised support to businesses, government and other organisations:

  • legal activities
  • accounting, bookkeeping, audit and tax consultancy
  • activities of head offices, management consultancy and corporate communications
  • architecture, engineering and related technical consultancy
  • scientific research and development, technical testing and analysis
  • advertising and market research
  • other professional, scientific and technical activities, including:
    • specialised design and photographic activities
    • translation and interpretation services
    • environmental consulting and quantity surveying

Business Services

Business Services includes a range of support functions for other businesses, government and other organisations:

  • rental and leasing of consumer goods, transport vehicles, industrial equipment and machinery, and intellectual property
  • employment activities, including:
    • human resources provision and management of human resources functions
    • employment placement and temporary employment agencies
  • office administration and other business support activities, including:
    • combined office administrative services
    • document preparation and other specialised office support
    • call centres
    • exhibition, fair and conference organisers

Professional and Business Services Council

The team is responsible for the industry-led Professional and Business Services Council (PBSC). The council is made up of representatives from the PBS sector and is co-chaired by a BEIS minister.

Current membership

The BEIS Professional and Business Services Sector Council members are:

  • Ministerial co-chair: Nadhim Zahawi, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, BEIS
  • Industry co-chair: Nick Owen, Chairman, Deloitte LLP
  • Alan Belfield, Chairman, UK, Middle East and Africa, Arup
  • Alastair Elliot, Senior Partner & Group Chairman, Knight Frank LLP
  • Alastair McCapra, Chief Executive Officer, Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)
  • Barrie Brien, Group CEO at STRAT7
  • Carl Cresswell, Director, Professional Business Services, Retail and Post, BEIS
  • Catherine McGuiness, Chair, Policy & Resources Committee, City of London Corporation
  • David Sayer, Global Head of Banking, KPMG
  • Edward Braham, Senior Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Glenn Hall, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Henrietta Jowitt, Deputy Director-General, Commercial, CBI
  • John Hicks, Director and Head of Government and Public Sector, AECOM
  • Jonathan Dimson, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • David Dunckley, Chief Executive Officer, Grant Thornton, UK
  • Julia Budd, Board Member & CEO Advisory Group, Russell Reynolds Associates
  • Kelvin Stagg, Chief Financial Officer & Executive Director, PageGroup
  • Ken Shuttleworth, Founding Partner, Make Architects
  • Kevin Ellis, Senior Partner, PwC
  • Laurence Brett, Director of Strategy and Growth, AECOM
  • Laurence Longe, National Managing Partner, RSM
  • Marcia King, Deputy Director, Professional & Business Services, BEIS
  • Mark Lacey, Founding Partner, Alinea Consulting
  • Matthew Layton, Global Managing Partner, Clifford Chance LLP
  • Michael Izza, Chief Executive, ICAEW
  • Michael Mainelli, Chief Executive, Z/Yen
  • Miles Celic, Chief Executive Officer, The CityUK
  • Oliver Benzecry, Chairman and Managing Director, Accenture
  • Paul Margetts, UK Managing Director, Capgemini UK
  • Paul Wilson, Head of Regulatory Affairs, The Law Society
  • Professor Andrew Friedman, Professional Associations Research Network (PARN)
  • Rachel Taylor, Partner, PWC
  • Richard Batten, UK Executive Chairman, Jones Lang Lasalle
  • Richard Chaplin, Founder & Chief Executive, Managing Partners’ Forum
  • Ronnie Bowie, Senior Partner, Hymans Robertson
  • Sir Christopher Bellamy, QC, Chairman Global Competition Practice, Linklaters
  • Stephen Woodford, Chief Executive Officer, Advertising Association
  • Hywel Ball, UK & Ireland Regional Managing Partner and UK Chair
  • Susan Black, Chief Executive, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Tamzen Isacsson, Chief Executive Officer, Management Consultancies Association
  • Wim Dejonghe, Senior Partner, Allen & Overy

The team also engages with a range of trade associations, professional bodies and individual PBS businesses to understand how government can help the sector succeed.

PBSC Working Groups

The PBSC working groups have identified the following priority areas and work in partnership with government to inform thinking on the future direction of the sector and its contribution to the UK economy:

  • EU Exit – Mutual Market Access: engaged on all aspects of how Brexit might impact on the PBS sector
  • Skills and Inclusion: engaged on access to skills to support business growth in the industry
  • Productivity and Innovation: engaged with seeking out opportunities to improve PBS productivity by spreading best management practice and by the adoption of new technology
  • Simplification: engaged with the examination and evaluation of domestic regulations that affect the sector to support government policy such as the Industrial Strategy and on producing industry-led guidance
  • Importance of Place: engaged with rolling out a programme to support the Industrial Strategy across local areas across the UK to grow additional jobs in the PBS sector and to increase the demand for PBS services from all local firms
  • PBS Communications: engaged with developing a brand and communications strategy for the sector

PBS documents

Professional and Business Services (PBS) strategy

PBSC Diversity and inclusion guide for businesses

PBSC Skills Taskforce report

Contact details

enquiries@beis.gov.uk