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Department for Business Innovation & Skills

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.


BIS state that they 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; and
  • 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


In 2012/13, their priorities were stated to include:

  • •supplying ?100 million to universities for long-term research projects,
  • introducing a new loans system for further education students,
  • creating a single Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) in England to replace the 8 previous regional services,
  • making the UK one of the fastest and easiest countries in the world to set up a new business,
  • extending the right to request flexible working and develop a new system of shared parental leave,
  • ending the culture of ‘tick-box’ regulation, and instead target inspections on high-risk organisations through co-regulation and improving professional standards, and
  • giving the public and businesses the opportunity to challenge the worst regulations.

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

1 Victoria Street


020 7215 5000


Sheffield office

2 St Paul's Place
125 Norfolk Street
S1 2FJ

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