Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Government response to Post Office Network report published

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 1:04pm

The Governments response to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee report on the Future of the Post Office Network has been published today.

Key Points: 
  • The Governments response to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee report on the Future of the Post Office Network has been published today.
  • The reality, however, is that our Post Office network remains fragile and, on the central issue of the Network Subsidy, the Government fails to give an assurance that future funding will continue beyond 2021.
  • Nor does the Government take the opportunity to explicitly commit to maintaining the 11,500 Post Office branches that BEIS Ministers barely months ago said were necessary to sustain a national Post Office Network.
  • On 25 October 2019, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee published its First Report of Session 2019, Future of the Post Office Network (HC 247).

Government response to Post Office Network report published

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 1:03pm

The Governments response to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee report on the Future of the Post Office Network has been published today.

Key Points: 
  • The Governments response to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee report on the Future of the Post Office Network has been published today.
  • The reality, however, is that our Post Office network remains fragile and, on the central issue of the Network Subsidy, the Government fails to give an assurance that future funding will continue beyond 2021.
  • Nor does the Government take the opportunity to explicitly commit to maintaining the 11,500 Post Office branches that BEIS Ministers barely months ago said were necessary to sustain a national Post Office Network.
  • On 25 October 2019, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee published its First Report of Session 2019, Future of the Post Office Network (HC 247).

Government response to Post Office Network report published

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 1:02pm

The Governments response to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee report on the Future of the Post Office Network has been published today.

Key Points: 
  • The Governments response to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee report on the Future of the Post Office Network has been published today.
  • The reality, however, is that our Post Office network remains fragile and, on the central issue of the Network Subsidy, the Government fails to give an assurance that future funding will continue beyond 2021.
  • Nor does the Government take the opportunity to explicitly commit to maintaining the 11,500 Post Office branches that BEIS Ministers barely months ago said were necessary to sustain a national Post Office Network.
  • On 25 October 2019, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee published its First Report of Session 2019, Future of the Post Office Network (HC 247).

Innovate UK Partner With DueDil to Accelerate Delivery of Coronavirus Loan Scheme

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 6:00am

DueDil enables Innovate UK to accelerate the lending process by providing authoritative insights on over 4.5 million UK companies in real time, so the Innovate UK Loans Credit Team can quickly assess business suitability for loans and deliver fast decisions to SMEs.

Key Points: 
  • DueDil enables Innovate UK to accelerate the lending process by providing authoritative insights on over 4.5 million UK companies in real time, so the Innovate UK Loans Credit Team can quickly assess business suitability for loans and deliver fast decisions to SMEs.
  • DueDil and Innovate UK have worked together since 2018 when Innovate UK launched their Innovation Loans programme for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with highly innovative late stage projects.
  • Innovate UK approached DueDil to help shape their credit decisioning process in order to assess loan applications at speed with authoritative insights.
  • This work set the stage for Innovate UK launching the recently announced government loan scheme to support existing and new Innovate UK award holders continue their innovation activities through the pandemic.

MPs to take evidence from the manufacturing and energy sectors

Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 12:03am

On Thursday morning, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee continues its Coronavirus inquiry with an evidence session focusing on the impact on the manufacturing and energy (specifically, electricity and gas supply) sectors and including witnesses from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Make UK, UK Steel, and ADS (the UK aerospace, defence, security and space industries trade body), Energy UK, National Grid ESO, Ofgem and Citizens Advice.

Key Points: 
  • On Thursday morning, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee continues its Coronavirus inquiry with an evidence session focusing on the impact on the manufacturing and energy (specifically, electricity and gas supply) sectors and including witnesses from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Make UK, UK Steel, and ADS (the UK aerospace, defence, security and space industries trade body), Energy UK, National Grid ESO, Ofgem and Citizens Advice.
  • The Committee will be exploring issues around the support available and what further medium and long-term measures will be necessary as the country moves out of lockdown and looks to build business resilience for the future.
  • Gillian Cooper, Interim Head of Energy Policy, Citizens Advice;
    Audrey Gallagher, Interim CEO and Director of Policy, Energy UK
    The BEIS Committees inquiry initially focussed on the immediate impact and support offered to workers and businesses during the coronavirus crisis.
  • The Committee took evidence from the Secretary of State on 23 April on the Department's response to coronavirus.

MPs to take evidence from the manufacturing and energy sectors

Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 12:03am

On Thursday morning, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee continues its Coronavirus inquiry with an evidence session focusing on the impact on the manufacturing and energy (specifically, electricity and gas supply) sectors and including witnesses from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Make UK, UK Steel, and ADS (the UK aerospace, defence, security and space industries trade body), Energy UK, National Grid ESO, Ofgem and Citizens Advice.

Key Points: 
  • On Thursday morning, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee continues its Coronavirus inquiry with an evidence session focusing on the impact on the manufacturing and energy (specifically, electricity and gas supply) sectors and including witnesses from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Make UK, UK Steel, and ADS (the UK aerospace, defence, security and space industries trade body), Energy UK, National Grid ESO, Ofgem and Citizens Advice.
  • The Committee will be exploring issues around the support available and what further medium and long-term measures will be necessary as the country moves out of lockdown and looks to build business resilience for the future.
  • Gillian Cooper, Interim Head of Energy Policy, Citizens Advice;
    Audrey Gallagher, Interim CEO and Director of Policy, Energy UK
    The BEIS Committees inquiry initially focussed on the immediate impact and support offered to workers and businesses during the coronavirus crisis.
  • The Committee took evidence from the Secretary of State on 23 April on the Department's response to coronavirus.

MPs to take evidence from the manufacturing and energy sectors

Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 12:03am

On Thursday morning, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee continues its Coronavirus inquiry with an evidence session focusing on the impact on the manufacturing and energy (specifically, electricity and gas supply) sectors and including witnesses from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Make UK, UK Steel, and ADS (the UK aerospace, defence, security and space industries trade body), Energy UK, National Grid ESO, Ofgem and Citizens Advice.

Key Points: 
  • On Thursday morning, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee continues its Coronavirus inquiry with an evidence session focusing on the impact on the manufacturing and energy (specifically, electricity and gas supply) sectors and including witnesses from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Make UK, UK Steel, and ADS (the UK aerospace, defence, security and space industries trade body), Energy UK, National Grid ESO, Ofgem and Citizens Advice.
  • The Committee will be exploring issues around the support available and what further medium and long-term measures will be necessary as the country moves out of lockdown and looks to build business resilience for the future.
  • Gillian Cooper, Interim Head of Energy Policy, Citizens Advice;
    Audrey Gallagher, Interim CEO and Director of Policy, Energy UK
    The BEIS Committees inquiry initially focussed on the immediate impact and support offered to workers and businesses during the coronavirus crisis.
  • The Committee took evidence from the Secretary of State on 23 April on the Department's response to coronavirus.

Digital election of the Chair of BEIS and Standards Committees

Friday, April 24, 2020 - 1:02pm

Select Committees have continued to play an important role scrutinising the Government throughout Recess, and 14 remote Committee sessions have taken place.

Key Points: 
  • Select Committees have continued to play an important role scrutinising the Government throughout Recess, and 14 remote Committee sessions have taken place.
  • The briefing note below outlines the procedures and practical arrangements for the elections for the Chairs of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee and the Committee on Standards.
  • Based on the Order of the House of 16th January 2020, only a member of the Labour Party may be a candidate for the Chair of either the BEIS Committee or the Committee on Standards.
  • Valid nominations will be published on the relevant Committees website and in the next days House business papers, when the House is sitting.

Committee examine impact of coronavirus on small businesses and retail sector

Friday, April 24, 2020 - 1:01pm

On Thursday morning, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee will hold an evidence hearing as part of its inquiry into the impact of the coronavirus on businesses and workers, with next weeks session focussing on the effects on small businesses and the retail sector.

Key Points: 
  • On Thursday morning, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee will hold an evidence hearing as part of its inquiry into the impact of the coronavirus on businesses and workers, with next weeks session focussing on the effects on small businesses and the retail sector.
  • Questions are likely to focus on issues around treatment of suppliers, including around payment practices, and the effectiveness of Governments package of measures for small businesses, larger retailers and their landlords.
  • Details of the process for the election of a new Chair of the BEIS Committee are included further below.
  • This follows the stepping down of Rachel Reeves as Chair of the BEIS Committee after her recent appointment to the Shadow Cabinet.

Digital election of the Chair of BEIS and Standards Committees

Friday, April 24, 2020 - 1:01pm

Select Committees have continued to play an important role scrutinising the Government throughout Recess, and 14 remote Committee sessions have taken place.

Key Points: 
  • Select Committees have continued to play an important role scrutinising the Government throughout Recess, and 14 remote Committee sessions have taken place.
  • The briefing note below outlines the procedures and practical arrangements for the elections for the Chairs of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee and the Committee on Standards.
  • Based on the Order of the House of 16th January 2020, only a member of the Labour Party may be a candidate for the Chair of either the BEIS Committee or the Committee on Standards.
  • Valid nominations will be published on the relevant Committees website and in the next days House business papers, when the House is sitting.