Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)[3] is a department of the government of the United Kingdom, which was created by Theresa May on 14 July 2016 following her appointment as Prime Minister, through a merger between the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).[4]

BEIS brought together responsibility for business, industrial strategy, and science and innovation with energy and climate change policy, merging the functions of the former BIS and DECC.[5]

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
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1, Victoria Street, London
Department overview
Formed14 July 2016
Preceding agencies
JurisdictionUnited Kingdom
Headquarters1, Victoria Street, London[1]
Annual budget£13.8 billion (current) in 2016–17 [2]
Ministers responsible
Department executive
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The Ministers in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy are as follows:[6]

Minister Rank Portfolio
The Rt Hon. Greg Clark MP Secretary of State In overall charge of and responsible for the work of the department
The Rt Hon. Claire Perry MP Minister of State for Energy & Clean Growth Industrial strategy, carbon budgets, international climate change, climate science and innovation, green finance, energy efficiency and heat, low carbon generation, energy retail markets, smart meters and smart systems, oil and gas, security of supply, electricity and gas wholesale markets and networks, international energy, and energy security
Chris Skidmore MP Minister of State for Universities, Research, Science & Innovation Joint minister with Department for Education, industrial strategy, science and research, innovation, intellectual property, agri-tech, space, and technology
Kelly Tolhurst MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Small Business, Consumers & Corporate Responsibility Industrial strategy, small business and enterprise, consumer and competition, labour markets, postal affairs, corporate governance, insolvency, and the retail sector
Andrew Stephenson MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Industry & Energy Industrial strategy, industrial strategy delivery, sector deals, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, materials, automotive, nuclear, infrastructure and construction, professional services, rail supply chain, defence, maritime, pub codes policy, and supply chains
Jake Berry MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth Northern Powerhouse, mayors and devolution, local growth – policy and initiatives, place-based initiatives, Local Enterprise Partnership policy, inward investment and infrastructure, European Regional Development Fund and UK Shared Prosperity Fund, resilience and emergencies, community rights
The Rt Hon. The Lord Henley Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy & Intellectual Property Industrial strategy, Lords lead on all BEIS issues, EU single market on-going business, better regulation and regulatory reform, land registry, ordnance survey, companies house, life sciences, EU structural funds, local growth, local industrial strategies, the Northern Powerhouse, the Midlands Engine, and the shared prosperity fund

In October 2016, Archie Norman was appointed as Lead Non Executive Board Member for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.[7]


The department is responsible for government policy in the following areas:

Some policies apply to England alone due to devolution, while others are not devolved and therefore apply to other nations of the United Kingdom.


Some economic policies are devolved but many aspects of several important policy areas are reserved to Westminster. Reserved and excepted matters are outlined below.


Reserved matters:[8]

The Economy Directorate of the Scottish Government handles devolved economic policy.

Northern Ireland

Reserved matters:[9]

Excepted matter:[10] [11]

The department's main counterpart is:[12]


  1. ^ "New Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy swallows up DECC and BIS — full details and reaction - Civil Service World".
  2. ^ Budget 2011 (PDF). London: HM Treasury. 2011. p. 48. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy". Government Digital Service. 16 February 2019. Archived from the original on 16 February 2019. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Machinery of Government Changes:Written statement - HCWS94". Hansard. Hansard. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy - GOV.UK". GOV.UK. 24 June 2019. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Business Secretary appoints Archie Norman as Lead Non-Executive Board Member". 3 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Scotland Act 1998, Schedule 5, Part II". Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  9. ^ "Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 3". 25 June 1998. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  10. ^ "Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 2". 25 June 1998. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  11. ^ Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 3
  12. ^ "Departments (Transfer and Assignment of Functions) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999". 5 October 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012.

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) is a Crown non-departmental public body of the Government of the United Kingdom. Its purpose is to improve organisations and working life through the promotion and facilitation of strong industrial relations practice. It may do this through a number of media such as arbitration or mediation, although the service is perhaps best known for its collective conciliation function - that is resolving disputes between groups of employees or workers, often represented by a trade union, and their employers. Acas is an independent and impartial organisation that does not side with a particular party, but rather will help the parties to reach suitable resolutions in a dispute.

Today, the employment world has mostly moved away from large-scale industrial disputes that characterised the late 1970s to the mid-1980s, when Acas became a household name. Accordingly, Acas' emphasis has shifted towards helping businesses to prevent problems before they arise, by means of, for example, its telephone helpline and training sessions. Furthermore, much of Acas conciliation work is now focused on individual complaints to an employment tribunal (i.e. where individuals claim their employer has denied them a legal right).

Arts and Humanities Research Council

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) was established in April 2005 as successor to the Arts and Humanities Research Board and is a British research council; non-departmental public body that provides approximately £102 million from the government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from languages and law, archaeology and English literature to design and creative and performing arts. In any one year, the AHRC makes approximately 700 research awards and around 1,350 postgraduate awards. Postgraduate funding is organised through Doctoral Training Partnerships in 10 consortia that bring together a total of 72 higher education institutions throughout the UK. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded.

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation, is a Non-departmental public body (NDPB), and is the largest UK public funder of non-medical bioscience. It predominantly funds scientific research institutes and university research departments in the UK.

British Business Bank

British Business Bank plc (BBB) is a state-owned economic development bank established by the UK Government. Its aim is to increase the supply of credit to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as well as providing business advice services. It is structured as a public limited company and is owned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS, formerly known as the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills or BIS). The bank has its headquarters in Sheffield.

British Hallmarking Council

The British Hallmarking Council (BHC) is the organisation responsible for supervising hallmarking in the United Kingdom. It is a non-departmental public body of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The BHC was created under the Hallmarking Act 1973 to oversee the activities of the four remaining assay offices (located in London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh). The costs of its operations are met entirely by the four offices.

Council for Science and Technology

The Council for Science and Technology (CST) is an advisory non-departmental public body of the United Kingdom government. Its role is to give advice on issues that cut across government departments to the Prime Minister, the First Minister of Scotland and the First Minister for Wales. It was established in 1993 and relaunched in 2003. It is based in London.

The Council has 17 independent members and two co-chairs. Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell chairs meetings where advice is being developed.

Sir Mark Walport, the Chief Scientific Adviser and head of the Government Office for Science, chairs meetings reporting its advice to government.

The advisory functions of the CST had previously been performed by the Advisory Council for Applied Research and Development (ACARD), from 1976 to 1987, and the Advisory Council on Science and Technology (ACOST) from 1987 to 1993.

Economic and Social Research Council

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a non-departmental public body (NDPB) funded by the UK government. ESRC provides funding and support for research and training in the social sciences. It is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is a British Research Council that provides government funding for grants to undertake research and postgraduate degrees in engineering and the physical sciences (including mathematics, artificial intelligence and computer science), mainly to universities in the United Kingdom. The head office is in Swindon, Wiltshire in the same building (Polaris House) that houses the AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, MRC, Natural Environment Research Council, Science and Technology Facilities Council, TSB, Research Councils UK and the UK Space Agency.

Government Office for Science

The Government Office for Science is part of the British government. This organisation advises the UK Government on policy and decision-making based on robust scientific evidence and long-term thinking. It is led by the Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA), Patrick Vallance who reports to the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The office is based in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy where it works with other parts of the Department, including the Science and Research Group, which funds research through Research Councils.

Groceries Code Adjudicator

The Groceries Code Adjudicator (or Supermarket Ombudsman) is an independent statutory office responsible for enforcing the Groceries Supply Code of Practice and to regulate the relationship between supermarkets and their direct suppliers within the United Kingdom. The post was created by the Groceries Code Adjudicator Act 2013 and is an independent office within the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The Groceries Supply Code of Practice applies to ten retailers with an annual turnover of £1bn+, namely Tesco, Co-op, Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer, Asda, Lidl, Morrisons, Aldi, Waitrose, and Iceland.

The UK Competition Commission (as of 1 April 2014 the Competition and Markets Authority) undertook an investigation of grocery retail in 2009, and recommended that government establish an ombudsman for the sector.Trade magazine and website Retail Week reported that in response to calls for submissions to the Competition Commission investigation, major UK retailer Aldi supported the establishment of a retail ombudsman, while Tesco, Sainsbury's, and a number of other major retailers did not support its establishment.In January 2013 Christine Tacon was appointed to the role for a four-year period. Her first investigation was into the supply chain activities of Tesco plc.The adjudicator publishes interpretative guidance on the Code of Practice, best practice statements and details of retailers' voluntary commitments and arbitrates in disputes between retailers and suppliers.

Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the operating name of the Technology Strategy Board, the United Kingdom's innovation agency. It is a non-departmental public body operating at arm's length from the Government as part of the United Kingdom Research and Innovation organisation.

Intellectual Property Office (United Kingdom)

The Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom (often The IPO) is, since 2 April 2007, the operating name of The Patent Office. It is the official government body responsible for intellectual property rights in the UK and is an executive agency of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Some work on copyright policy is shared with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and plant breeders' rights are administered by the Plant Variety Rights Office, an agency of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Low Pay Commission

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) is an independent body in the United Kingdom that advises the government on the National Minimum Wage. It is an advisory non-departmental public body of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The LPC was established in July 1997 on a non-statutory basis before being confirmed in legislation by the National Minimum Wage Act 1998.

National Physical Laboratory (United Kingdom)

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the national measurement standards laboratory for the United Kingdom, based at Bushy Park in Teddington, London, England. It comes under the management of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Natural Environment Research Council

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is a British Research Council that supports research, training and knowledge transfer activities in the environmental sciences.

Office of Manpower Economics

The Office of Manpower Economics (OME) is a non-statutory body set up to provide an independent Secretariat for each of the eight Pay Review Bodies. It is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Oil and Gas Authority

The Oil and Gas Authority’s role is to regulate, influence and promote the UK oil and gas industry in order to achieve their statutory principal objective of maximising the economic recovery of the UK’s oil and gas resources. Established in April 2015 as an executive agency of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on 1 October 2016 the OGA was incorporated as a Government Company, with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy the sole shareholder. The OGA's headquarters are in Aberdeen with another office in London, which is also its registered company address. As of the 6 March 2019, Tim Eggar is the chair.

Science and Technology Facilities Council

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a UK government agency that carries out research in science and engineering, and funds UK research in areas including particle physics, nuclear physics, space science and astronomy (both ground-based and space-based).

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority

The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) is a UK government research organisation responsible for the development of nuclear fusion power. It is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

On its formation in 1954, the authority was responsible for the UK's entire nuclear program, both civil and defence, as well as the policing of nuclear sites. It made pioneering developments in nuclear (fission) power, overseeing the development of nuclear technology and performing much scientific research. However, since the early 1970s its areas of work have been gradually reduced, with functions transferred to other government organisations as well as to the private sector.

The authority now focuses on UK and European fusion power research programs at Culham in Oxfordshire, including the world's most powerful fusion device, the Joint European Torus. The research aims to develop fusion power as a commercially viable, environmentally sound energy source for the future.

UKAEA owns the Culham Science Centre and has a stake in the Harwell Campus, and is involved in the development of both sites as locations for science and innovation-based business.

It has also been involved in undertaking safety and reliability assessments for outside bodies, due to its long running experience in such work within the nuclear field.

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