BIS is supported by a wide range of partner organisations in delivering its strategic priorities. Our partners provide services, information and advice to the Department and directly to a wide range of people and organisations. We have five executive agencies: Companies House, The Insolvency Service, the Intellectual Property Office, the National Measurement Office and the Skills Funding Agency. Read about how we make public appointments.
Funded by BIS, the NCGE works with universities to help them develop the entrepreneurial skill and mind sets of their students with the aim of helping them to realise their potential, either as employees or working for themselves. An important role also for the NCGE is to raise the profile of entrepreneurship among students, and to encourage more of them to think about starting a business, or become self-employed. Working in collaboration with the Regional Development Agencies, the Graduate Council provides those that wish to start a firm with the business training and advice that they will need.
NESTA is the UK’s largest single endowment devoted exclusively to supporting talent, innovation and creativity. Its mission is to transform the UK's capacity for innovation.
The NMO ensures that UK measurement is accurate, fair and legal. It has lead responsibility for policy on measuring instruments in use for trade, is responsible for implementing European Directives on measuring instruments and provides the focus for legal metology in the UK.
The NPL is the UK's National Measurement Institute and has been a centre of excellence in developing & applying measurement standards, science and technology for over a century.
NERC funds world-class science in universities and their own research centres that increases knowledge and understanding of the natural world. They tackle the 21st century's major environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity and natural hazards.
The NWDA is a Regional Development Agency whose core purpose is to maximise the region’s competitiveness to build a stronger economy. Competitiveness is the key to England’s Northwest economic success – the essential element in the development of our region’s businesses, its people and its places.
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