About us

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.

Responsibilities

We are responsible for:

  • working with further and higher education providers to give students the skills they need to compete in a global employment market
  • supporting innovation and developing the UK’s science and research industry, which is important to help economic growth
  • making sure consumer law is fair for both consumers and businesses, and that consumers know their rights and are able to use them effectively
  • supporting British businesses to increase productivity and compete anywhere in the world
  • better regulation - by cutting the amount of regulation and making it easy to understand we can help businesses cut time, save money and be more efficient

Priorities

Our priorities for 2016 to 2017 include:

  • business and enterprise
  • competitiveness and exports
  • science and innovation
  • apprenticeships and skills
  • higher education
  • labour markets

Read our Single Departmental Plan to find out more about how we are performing against our objectives.

Who we are

We have around 2,500 staff working for BIS plus around 500 people working for UK Trade & Investment in the UK.

Our partner organisations include 9 executive agencies employing around 14,500 staff.

We have BIS offices in London, Sheffield, Billingham, Cardiff, Darlington, Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham, Runcorn and Watford.

BIS works with 48 agencies and public bodies. Read more about them: Cabinet Office Public bodies reports, information and guidance.

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 scheme. Our Personal information charter explains how we treat your personal information.

Corporate reports