The much criticised Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is to be rebranded with a new focus on enterprise and red tape reduction, new prime minister Gordon Brown revealed today.
In his first act as Labour party leader, Brown said the DTI is to be renamed the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (DBERR) and headed up by former pensions secretary John Hutton.
Prime minister: Gordon Brown
Chancellor: Alistair Darling
Foreign secretary: David Miliband
Home secretary: Jacqui Smith
Justice: Jack Straw
Environment: Hilary Benn
Health: Alan Johnson
Business and enterprise: John Hutton
Innovation, universities and skills: John Denham
Defence and Scotland: Des Browne
International Development: Douglas Alexander
Transport: Ruth Kelly
Wales/Work and Pensions: Peter Hain
Communities: Hazel Blears
Olympics minister: Tessa Jowell
The new department, he detailed, will be responsible for making Britain "one of the best places in the world for science, research and innovation" and in charge of "development, funding and performance" of higher and further education.
As well as the announcing the creation of the DBERR, which will also have joint responsibility for trade with the Department for International Development and the Foreign Office, Brown said a new Business Council for Britain is to be established.
The group will be made up of senior business figures including Amstrad boss and star of The Apprentice Sir Alan Sugar who will report to ministers on the state of the UK's economic climate.
Richard Lambert, director general of the Confederation of British Industry, welcomed the changes. "This is an imaginative re-shaping of the structure of government," he said. "The new brief of the Department of Business and Enterprise will ensure that it is able to champion the competitiveness agenda in critical areas of policy including energy, employment and regulation."
Today's announcement is not the first time the DTI has been rebranded. It was renamed the Department for Productivity, Energy and Industry in 2005 but just seven days later minister reverted back to the DTI after strong protests from business groups. The whole process cost £30,000.
About Dan Martin
Dan Martin has 10 years experience as a journalist writing about entrepreneurs and the issues that affect them.
After three years working as a researcher for Sky News, he joined BusinessEurope.com as a reporter. This was followed by two years working as news editor for Startups.co.uk during which time Dan also contributed to Growing Business magazine. In 2006, he joined Sift Media as business editor before being promoted to editor of BusinessZone.co.uk. He also has responsibility for UK Business Forums, the UK’s most active online forums for small business entrepreneurs. In addition, Dan founded The Pitch, BusinessZone.co.uk's nationwide competition for small business owners. He host the grand finals in 2009 and 2010 in front of an audience of 300.
As well as interviewing many entrepreneurs, Dan has written content for leading business organisations such as the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, British Chambers of Commerce, Forum of Private Business, Investors in People and Business Link for London. Among the publications that have quoted Dan are The Times, Mail On Sunday, Financial Times, Personnel Today and Bristol Evening Post. His articles have also been published by publications including eGov Monitor, Virgin Express in-flight magazine and Personal Success.
Dan regularly speaks at events about small business and social media issues. Among the events he has presented at are the National Federation of Enterprise Agencies' annual conference, Learning Technologies, Publishing Expo and World of Learning. He has also chaired high profile debates featuring senior representatives from Business Link and the Federation of Small Businesses and Dragons' Den judge James Caan.
Dan was named the 10th most influential political blogger on Twitter by the Independent and won the public award for best B2B tweeter at the Golden Twits 2010. He also organised the Bristol Twestival, part of a global Twitter driven charity initiative, in February 2009 and March 2010. Volunteers from 175 cities around the world organised events using the social network. In total, $350,000 was raised for charity: water in 2009 and $500,000 for Concern in 2010. In Bristol, £1,500 and £5,600 was raised.