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: Richard Harrington, 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
  • Barrie Brien, Non-Executive Director, SThree plc
  • Catherine McGuiness, Chair, Policy & Resources Committee, City of London Corporation
  • Christine Hodgson, Chair, Capgemini UK plc
  • Craig Watson, Deputy Director, Services, Retail & Sector Hub, BEIS
  • Dame Vivian Hunt, Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • David Sayer, Global Head of Banking, KPMG
  • Edward Braham, Senior Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Gary Campkin, Director, International Strategy, TheCityUK
  • Gavin Lambert, Director, Advanced Manufacturing & Services, BEIS
  • Glenn Hall, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Henrietta Jowitt, Deputy Director-General, Commercial, CBI
  • Ian Looker, Partner, PwC
  • James Kidwell, Chief Executive Officer, Braemer Shipping Services
  • John Hicks, Director and Head of Government and Public Sector, AECOM
  • Jonathan Riley, Chief Executive Officer, Grant Thornton, UK
  • Julia Budd, Board Member & CEO Advisory Group, Russelll Reynolds Associates
  • Ken Shuttleworth, Founding Partner, Make Architects
  • Kevin Ellis, Senior Partner, PwC
  • Laurence Longe, National Managing Partner, RSM
  • Matthew Layton, Global Managing Partner, Clifford Chance LLP
  • Michael Izza, Chief Executive, ICAEW
  • Michael Mainelli, Chief Executive, Z/Yen
  • Oliver Benzecry, Chairman and Managing Director, Accenture
  • Professor Andrew Friedman, Professional Associations Research Network (PARN)
  • Richard Batten, UK Executive Chairman, Jones Lang Lasalle
  • Richard Chaplin, Founder & Chief Executive, Managing Partners’ Forum
  • Robert Khan, Executive Director, The Law Society
  • Ronnie Bowie, Senior Partner, Hymans Robertson
  • Sir Christopher Bellamy, QC, Chairman Global Competition Practice, Linklaters
  • Stephen Woodford, Chief Executive Officer, Advertising Association
  • Steve Ingham, Chief Executive Officer, PageGroup
  • Steve Varley, Chairman and Managing Partner UK&I, EY
  • 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 EU Exit might impact on the PBS sector
  • Skills & Inclusion: engaged on access to skills to support business growth in the industry
  • Productivity & 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