Big Changes at BIS (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)
20 Jul 2016
Following the recent Government changes prompted by the change of Prime Minister, the Department with which the BSSA has most contact has been significantly changed.
Now led by Greg Clark (previously Sajid Javid), the new Department is called the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the inclusion of “Industrial Strategy” is particularly welcome. Increased efforts are already underway to move the UK towards a rebalanced economy with an increased focus on manufacturing and productivity. The new Department has taken over the previous functions of DECC (the Department for Energy and Climate Change) and has passed Higher and Further Education policy and apprenticeships and skills across to the Department for Education.
Paul Barker, Managing Director of the BSSA, attended a meeting in the Ministerial Office at BIS on the 13th July where the UK Metals Council held its first meeting. Those present discussed the first phase of delivering the various key projects put forward in the Industrial Strategy for the Metals Sector – “Vision 2030”. More of this later.