DTI, BERR and DIUS now BIS
A shake-up in Government structure means the interests of businesses are now represented by the newly formed Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
BIS replaces two departments – the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR, formerly the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI)) and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) – and brings together enterprise and skills, including further and higher education, under one roof.
According to the Government, the remit of BIS will include advocating the needs of business, particularly small firms, promoting innovation across the UK, collaborating with regional development agencies across the UK to promote growth, and the development of apprenticeships.
According to a BIS spokesperson;
“From a small business perspective, innovation and entrepreneurship will be central to BIS, and the inclusion of skills means a more integrated approach.”
“The Department will also be focusing on building the UK economy and working towards an economic upturn. Merging BERR and DIUS is about bringing skills and economic growth together, as well as promoting competitiveness.”
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said most small firms would welcome the addition of skills into the Government’s main business department, but added that the timing for a significant restructure was poor.
“While we can see the sense in bringing skills within BIS, businesses will be concerned about the impact that the constant change in Government department structures and personnel is having on the stability of government and its ability to focus on hauling us out of this recession,”
said BCC director general, David Frost.
For more information visit the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) website.