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A Short Guide to the Department of Business Innovation & Skills

The NAO is publishing a suite of short guides, one for each government department, to assist House of Commons Select Committees.

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30 Jul 2015

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Devolving responsibilities to cities in England: Wave 1 City Deals

Wave 1 City Deals encouraged cities to develop capacity to manage devolved funding and increased responsibility. It is too early to tell what impact they will have on growth.

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9 Jul 2015

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Exploiting the UK brand overseas

The GREAT campaign enables government organisations to adopt consistent and effective brand management. To date, Cabinet Office has reported a return of £1.2 billion on its £113.5 million GREAT campaign investment. This is based on anticipated as well as actual expenditure by business, tourists and students.

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5 Jun 2015

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Investigation into potential conflicts of interest in the award of Disabled Students’ Allowance

This report examines the arrangements for disabled students at Plymouth University whose support requirements were assessed by an assessment centre based on the University’s main campus.

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13 Mar 2015

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Paying government suppliers on time

There is little evidence that government’s commitment to pay 80% of undisputed invoices within 5 working days is having the intended effect of helping the UK’s 5 million small and medium-sized enterprises.

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8 Jan 2015

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Business Perceptions Survey 2014

The NAO, the Better Regulation Executive (BRE) and the Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO), both part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have published a survey looking at businesses’ perceptions of regulation.

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Published:
28 May 2014

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The Privatisation of Royal Mail

The Department was successful in floating Royal Mail. But its approach was marked by deep caution, the price of which was borne by the taxpayer.

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Published:
1 Apr 2014

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Progress report on the Regional Growth Fund

Improvements have been made to the running of the Regional Growth Fund, but there is still a significant amount of public money to allocate through the Fund.

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Published:
25 Feb 2014

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Departmental Overview: The performance of the Department for Business Innovation & Skills 2012-13

This Departmental Overview is one of 17 we have produced covering our work on each major government department. It summarises our work on the Department for Business Innovation & Skills 2012-13.

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Published:
22 Jan 2014

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Funding and structures for local economic growth

It has not yet been demonstrated that funding mechanisms for supporting local economic growth are capable of delivering value for money.

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6 Dec 2013

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