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. The department was formed during a machinery of government change on 14 July 2016, following Theresa May's appointment as Prime Minister, through a merger between the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).[4]

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]
Minister responsible
Department executive
Child agencies


The Ministers in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy are:[5]

Minister Rank Portfolio
The Rt Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng MP Secretary of State Overall responsibility for the department; developing and delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy and leading the government's relationship with business; ensuring that the country has secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean; ensuring the UK remains at the leading edge of science, research and innovation; tackling climate change.
The Rt. Hon. Greg Hands MP Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth Carbon budgets; green finance; energy efficiency and heat, including fuel poverty; low carbon generation; energy retail markets; oil and gas, including shale gas; security of supply; electricity and gas wholesale markets and networks; international energy; EU energy and climate; energy security, including resilience and emergency planning.
The Rt Hon. The Lord Grimstone of Boscobel Minister of State for Investment
(Jointly with DIT)
covering departmental business in the House of Lords; developing a new investment strategy; promoting investment across all sectors; business investor relations; leading on the strategic relationship management programme cross-Whitehall, including account management of large UK investors; global marketing to attract investment; increasing foreign direct investment (FDI) and portfolio investment into the UK; promoting and supporting outward direct investment (ODI).
Vacant Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business and Industry Industrial Strategy delivery; Sector Deals; sectoral lead: advanced manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, materials (including steel), life sciences, professional services, nuclear, infrastructure and construction, rail supply chain, defence, maritime; supply chains; national security and investment; local growth; better regulation and regulatory reform.
Paul Scully MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets, and Minister for London Small business and enterprise (including access to finance); consumer and competition (including competition law); labour markets; postal affairs; retail sector; London.
Vacant Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Science, Research and Innovation Science and research; innovation; Industrial Strategy delivery; intellectual property; maritime; space; technology.
The Rt Hon. The Lord Callanan Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Climate Change & Corporate Responsibility EU single market on-going business; EU Structural Funds; Land Registry; Ordnance Survey; international climate change (including International Climate Fund); climate science and innovation; clean heat; smart meters and smart systems; corporate governance; insolvency.

In October 2016, Archie Norman was appointed as Lead Non Executive Board Member for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.[6]


The department has responsibility for:[4]

  • business
  • industrial strategy
  • science, research and innovation
  • energy and clean growth
  • climate change

While some functions of the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, in respect of higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and skills, were transferred to the Department for Education, in a statement May explained:

The Department for Energy and Climate Change and the remaining functions of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have been merged to form a new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, bringing together responsibility for business, industrial strategy, and science and innovation with energy and climate change policy. The new department will be responsible for helping to ensure that the economy grows strongly in all parts of the country, based on a robust industrial strategy. It will ensure that the UK has energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean; and it will make the most of the economic opportunities of new technologies, and support the UK’s global competitiveness more effectively.[7]

Research and innovation partnerships in low and middle-income countriesEdit

BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) spends part of the overseas aid budget on research and innovation through two major initiatives: The Newton Fund and the Global Challenges Research Fund, or GCRF. Both funds aim to leverage the UK’s world-class research and innovation capacity to pioneer new ways to support economic development, social welfare and long-term sustainable and equitable growth in low and middle-income countries. The Newton Fund builds research and innovation partnerships with partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. The fund is managed by the UK’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and delivered through 7 UK delivery partners.


Some responsibilities extend to England alone due to devolution, while others are reserved or excepted matters that therefore apply to the other countries of the United Kingdom as well.

Reserved and excepted matters are outlined below.


Reserved matters:[8]

The Economy Directorates 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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 August 2011. 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. ^ a b "About us". GOV.UK. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy – GOV.UK". GOV.UK. 24 June 2019. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Business Secretary appoints Archie Norman as Lead Non-Executive Board Member". 3 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Written statements - Written questions, answers and statements - UK Parliament". Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  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.