BIS publishes Business Plan today

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

All departments are today publishing Business Plans setting out the Coalition Government's priorities and key deliverables.

Launched today by the Prime Minister, the Business Plans set out in unprecedented detail the public sector reforms that the Government is undertaking, helping the public to hold Government to account.

The Business Plan builds on and incorporates the existing draft Structural Reform Plan published in July.

It has five sections: vision, coalition priorities, Structural Reform Plan, departmental expenditure and transparency.

View BIS’s Business Plan (PDF, 357 Kb)

In his introductory vision, the Secretary of State, Vince Cable, says: “BIS is the department for growth. We have a key role to play in delivering the Coalition’s commitment to building a new and more responsible economic model, as well as delivering fairness and the objectives of the big society.”

The nine coalition priorities are based around four themes:

  • Secure an economy that is more dynamic and more balanced between public and private sectors and between regions
  • Safeguard the UK’s long-term growth by promoting skills and by turning knowledge to commercial use
  • Stimulate enterprise and trade to drive the rebalancing and private sector growth we want to see
  • Remove Government as an obstacle to growth whilst ensuring responsible corporate behaviour.

The Structural Reform Plan sets out in detail the actions that the Department will take to deliver against its priorities. It is the final version of the draft that was published in July.

Structural Reform Plans are key tools for holding departments accountable, replacing the old top-down systems of targets and central micromanagement. Reports on business plan actions will be published monthly on the No 10 website and also on the BIS website.

Departmental expenditure is the spending limits agreed in the Spending Review.

**Transparency **is a key theme of the Coalition Government, and the Business Plan includes a significant section on it, covering our overall information strategy together with input indicators and impact indicators.

The Business Plan says: “Greater transparency across Government is at the heart of our commitment to enable the public to hold politicians and public bodies to account, to reduce the deficit and deliver better value for money in public spending.”

The information strategy and indicators have been published for consultation to ensure that this section of the Business Plan contains the most relevant and timely information and technically robust indicators.

The consultation ends on 31 January 2011 and the final plan will go live in April 2011.

You may wish to comment on whether:

  • The draft indicators are the right ones to let you judge the performance of the department.
  • There are unpublished datasets or datasets not published in a format that you wish to access to reuse the data.
  • You have sufficient information about the services that BIS supports to allow you to make informed choices or judge the performance of these services.
  • We can do more to engage you in helping us to meet our commitment to transparency and to make data available in the most helpful format.

To give your views to us, please email