Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade


The Secretary of State is responsible for strategy and policy across the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS). The department’s main policy areas are:

  • business law
  • consumer issues
  • employment relations
  • enterprise and business support
  • trade policy
  • higher education
  • further education and skills
  • science
  • innovation

The Secretary of State responsibilities:

  • overall responsibility for the department, strategy and all policies
  • overall responsibility for the BIS budget
  • President of the Board of Trade
  • lead Cabinet minister for reducing regulatory burdens across government

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable

    • 2010 to 2015


Get updates to this list email feed

Copy and paste this URL in to your feed reader

  1. New aerospace technologies to get £365 million funding

    • Press release
  2. New measures to help Britain lead the way in developing driverless technology

    • News story
  3. Statement on Tata Steel’s strategy for its European businesses

    • Government response
  4. Business Secretary to launch preliminary trade talks with India

    • Press release
  5. Government gives UK businesses £57m boost to bring ideas to market

    • Press release
  6. Dr Hermann Hauser awarded honorary KBE

    • News story
  7. Business Secretary calls on industry to help shape UK’s future trade map

    • Press release
  8. Business Secretary to chair government group focused on business engagement following referendum

    • Press release
  9. Sajid Javid's speech to the SMMT International Automotive Summit 2016

    • Speech
  10. EU referendum result: update on support for business

    • Speech