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Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
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Incumbent
Tanqueray91
since 8 June 2018
Category Cabinet position
Style The Right Honourable
Business Secretary
Inaugural holder Syntax
Number of Business Secretaries 24

The Business Secretary, known in full as the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, is an official within the Government of the United Kingdom and head of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The office is a cabinet-level position. The current Business Secretary is Tanqueray91, who was appointed by Prime Minister Life_peer on 8 June 2018.

The Business Secretary has no set responsibilities as different Governments give the role different priorities. However, the Business Secretary is usually responsible for business regulation, company law, consumer affairs, export licensing, insolvency, science, trade and training.

The Business Secretary often works closely with the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Education due to the overlap between their respective roles.

Statements of Intent and Departmental Reviews

Business Secretaries have produced the following statements of intent and departmental reviews:

Type Business Secretary Released Result
Statement of Intent cranbrook_aspie April 2016 Failed
Statement of Intent Lime-man June 2016 Passed without vote

List of Business Secretaries

Syntax was appointed as the first Business Secretary for the Liberal Democrat Party following the second general election and since him, there have been 23 other Business Secretaries:

Business Secretary Alternative Role Party Took office Left office
Syntax Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Liberal December 2005 May 2006
psychic_satori Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Conservative June 2006 November 2006
Roger Kirk Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills Labour December 2007 March 2008
sohanshah Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills Labour March 2008 May 2008
Musty_Elbow Secretary of State for Business and Innovation Conservative May 2010 October 2010
chiggy321 Secretary of State for Business Affairs Conservative November 2010 March 2011
spidergareth Secretary of State for Business and Innovation Centre April 2011 October 2011
Mr.Messy Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Labour October 2011 March 2012
Tactical Nuclear Penguin Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Work UKIP April 2013 August 2013
EsomR Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Work Conservative September 2013 March 2014
PhysicsKid Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Work Green April 2014 October 2014
Green_Pink Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Liberal October 2014 February 2015
PetrosAC Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Liberal February 2015 August 2015
United1892 Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Lifelong Learning (November 2016 - December 2016) Labour October 2015 December 2015
cranbrook_aspie Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Lifelong Learning Labour December 2015 April 2016
PetrosAC Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Liberal April 2016 May 2016
TeeEff Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Conservative May 2016 June 2016
Lime-man Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Conservative June 2016 August 2016
cBay Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Socialist November 2016 December 2016
Aph Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Socialist December 2016 May 2017
cranbrook_aspie Secretary of State for the Economy, Trade and Industry Socialist June 2017 November 2017
mr T 999 Secretary of State for Business and Industrial Strategy UKIP December 2017 March 2018
LibertarianMP Libertarian March 2018 June 2018
Tanqueray91 Secretary of State for Industrial Strategy Conservative June 2018 incumbent