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I'm now working for a new department with a much snappier name, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will be a merger between Mandelson's old Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.


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Jun. 7th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
In this age of austerity will this new department be pushing for more aggressive tactics from the business community?

"Dbis, that's mine"
Jun. 7th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
Dammit, we've only just got used to it not being the DTI!

I really don't get this recent trend of renaming govt departments every six months. I mean, I understand that it's a desperate tactic to outdistance bad press attached to the old name - I just don't understand why people think it makes enough sense to justify the hassle. Presumably we'll all be paying for new logo, letterhead, etc.
Jun. 7th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
It's been BERR since June 07. Usually we get a reorganisation about every 3 years so it's a year too early in this case. And in anyway, it will all be reorganised next year after the elections.

It's much the same in business and you pay for the letterhead there too, it's just less obvious.
Jun. 8th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure in the US they stick with the department names for a long, long time. Aside from the War to Defense switch I can't really think of any... even when they did the Homeland Security mash-up they still kept the old names. That's true on the state level, too: if they crush two departments together, they just keep one of the names (at least here in Massachusetts). MassPort is in charge of all sorts of things that have nothing to do with ports ;-)

Frex, it has been called the Small Business Initiative Research program for many, many years. They just redefine what a Small Business is periodically.
Jun. 7th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
So what does Lord Alan get?
Jun. 7th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
He's the Enterprise Csar. I've no idea what that means. I guess we'll find out tomorrow.
Jun. 8th, 2009 08:26 am (UTC)
Lord Alan of Amstrad is Enterprise Champion. He will champion the causes of viable small companies with banks and help to ensure the voices of small firms and entrepreneurs are heard by Government, suppliers and other entities.

Areas he may look at include access to finance, prompt payment, how to handle the downturn and how to start a new business. The post will be unpaid.
Jun. 7th, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
I hear he's doing it for expenses.
Jun. 8th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
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