“Our purpose is to build an economy which is fairer, cleaner, more innovative, and attracts investment from all over the world.”

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy  works to ensure that the economy grows strongly in all parts of the country, based on a robust industrial strategy and that the UK has secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean.

BEIS is playing a crucial role in securing the UK’s long-term future. It has been at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus, and is now leading Britain’s recovery by tackling climate change, unleashing innovation and backing business. We will continue to build on the many achievements over the coming years to create a stronger, greener future.

As a Department, we draw on the best available evidence to develop policy solutions from investment in innovative companies, to reducing energy bills for households, to promoting competitive markets and consumer interests and reducing carbon emissions. We create the conditions for companies and consumers to flourish in a green, open, productive economy - which is vital for the future success of our country. In addition to this, BEIS has been taking the lead in a number of key areas regarding the UK’s exit from the EU, including supporting the negotiations and engaging with business.

Through our network of partner organisations, we deliver services to thousands of businesses and customers every day. This includes delivering weather reports by the Met Office, registering new businesses at Companies House and protecting intellectual property at the Intellectual Property Office. The UKAEA carries out leading edge fusion research and the Coal Authority and Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) restore and protect our environment.

We support innovative and flexible working in BEIS. The Department is underpinned by our shared values of working together to be stronger and more supportive.

Our Business Model

Our work and stakeholders

Following ministerial priorities, we design and implement policy relating to our priorities: leading the world in tacking climate change, solving the Grand Challenges facing our society and making the UK the best place in the world to work and grow business.

We build strong and collaborative relationships with stakeholders, including businesses and business representative organisations: workers and their unions; and consultations with the wider public. We also work closely with and other government departments.

Our people

Our Core Department is made up of 4,345 people with reginal offices around the UK. We are organised in seven groups; each led by a Director General, and these groups are in turn divided into 40 Directorates

Our partner organisations

We also deliver our businesses through 40 partner organisations. These range from large organisations such as UK Research and Innovation and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, through medium-size organisations working on regulation such as the Competition and Markets Authority to advisory committees including the Committee for Climate Change.

Our funding

Our annual funding is agreed with Treasury and Parliament. In 2019-20, we were responsible for the efficient stewardship of £14.1 billion of Departmental funds.

Our Priorities

Leading the world in tacking climate change

  • Achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions and end our contribution to global warming by 2050.
  • Drive economic growth through the race to cut carbon, becoming a leader in green technologies and clean energy on the path to net zero.
  • Accelerate climate action through strong global leadership

Solving the Grand Challenges facing our society

  • Increasing productivity and improve lives by tacking our Grand Challenges in life sciences, artificial intelligence, automation and space.
  • Making the UK a science superpower through backing ideas and supporting talent from home and abroad.
  • Invest in R&D and innovation to drive discovery and unleash potential

Making the UK the best place in the world to work and grow a business

  • Forge an outward-looking economy, supporting businesses all over the UK to take advantage of new trading relationships with the EU and around the world.
  • Reform corporate governance and improve boardroom diversity so the top UK businesses better serve and reflect the whole society.
  • Create fairer, inclusive, flexible workspaces so everyone has the chance to succeed and balance work and home life.