Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is the department responsibile for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy, and climate change. It follows the merger in 2016 of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), a reorganisation which also saw apprenticeships and the skills agenda move to the Department for Education (DfE).

Hermes' Hugo Martin giving evidence at the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy select committee earlier this yearPA/PA Wire/PA Images

“We’re not like Uber or the other gig economy companies” – Hermes

Courier company Hermes has sought to distance itself from the criticism surrounding gig economy employers by claiming its use of...

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Government commits to skills and training in Industrial Strategy paper

27 Nov 2017

The Government has today released its flagship Industrial Strategy, aimed at boosting productivity and economic performance in the UK.
Business...

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“Worker by default” status proposed in new gig economy Bill

20 Nov 2017

The Work and Pensions Committee and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee have produced a draft Bill designed to...

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Sleep-in payback scheme described as “suicide note” for social care employers

2 Nov 2017

A government scheme designed to help social care providers comply with minimum wage legislation has been described as a “suicide...

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Election 2017: where do the parties stand on employment issues?

7 Jun 2017

As campaigning draws to a close, we run down the policies that would most influence the employment landscape

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Industrial strategy’s skills proposals “deeply disappointing” – BEIS Committee

3 Mar 2017

The Government’s flagship industrial strategy, set out in a Green Paper in January, lacks the necessary detail and commitments required...

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Sir Philip Green agrees to pensions payout of £363 million

28 Feb 2017

Sir Philip Green has agreed with the Pensions Regulator to offer a cash settlement of £363 million to plug the...

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Government publishes largest ever list of employers failing to pay minimum wage

16 Feb 2017

Department store Debenhams, sandwich chain Subway and clothing retailer Peacocks feature among 360 employers who have been named and shamed...

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Unpaid tribunal awards: enforcement officers recover thousands

8 Feb 2017

Enforcement officers have recovered thousands of pounds from employers that have not coughed up after losing an employment tribunal, according...

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Government to consult on proposals to stop pregnant women losing jobs

26 Jan 2017

The Government has pledged to ensure that pregnant women and new mothers are sufficiently protected from redundancy.
Business minister Margot...

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Careers advice and lifelong learning feature in Government’s industrial strategy

24 Jan 2017

The Government yesterday outlined its plans to bolster Britain’s productivity through a new industrial strategy.
In a green paper, Prime...

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Careers guidance failings “unacceptable” say MPs

2 Nov 2016

Government failure to address inadequacies in careers guidance is “unacceptable” according to the chairs of the Education, Skills and the...

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Gig economy worker rights inquiry announced

27 Oct 2016

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has launched an inquiry into the changing nature of work and the...

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Inquiry launched into corporate governance, executive pay and boardroom diversity

16 Sep 2016

The Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS) Committee has launched an inquiry into corporate governance, focusing on executive pay, directors’ duties...

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Government must press ahead with national living wage rises

7 Sep 2016

The Government should continue to increase the national living wage at the rate it planned when it was announced, according...

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