|Formed||7 February 2023|
|Type||UK Government Department|
|Headquarters||Old Admiralty Building, Admiralty Place, London, SW1A 2DY|
|Secretary of State responsible|
|Website||Department for Business and Trade|
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The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) is a department of His Majesty's Government established on 7 February 2023 after a government reshuffle, the first by prime minister Rishi Sunak. The new department absorbed the functions of the former Department for International Trade (DIT) and some of the functions of the former Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
The department is headed by the Secretary of State for Business and Trade assisted by a number of junior ministers. The present incumbent, and the first to hold the role, is Kemi Badenoch; she is also President of the Board of Trade and Minister for Women and Equalities. Badenoch was previously the final Secretary of State at DIT.
The department was established on 7 February 2023. It combines the business focused responsibilities of the former Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), with the former Department for International Trade (DIT). The ministers and senior civil servants from DIT carried over to continue leading the new department.
The creation of the new department was described by Downing Street as an opportunity to provide "a single, coherent voice for business inside government, focused on growing the economy with better regulation, new trade deals abroad, and a renewed culture of enterprise at home".
The department's focus was outlined by Downing St as follows:
Ministers in the department in March 2023:
|The Rt Hon. Kemi Badenoch MP||Secretary of State||Secretary of State
President of the Board of Trade
Minister for Women and Equalities
|Overall responsibility for the department. Responsible for leading the government's relationship with business and international commerce. The Secretary of State is responsible for securing world-class free trade agreements and reducing market access barriers, ensuring that consumers and businesses can benefit from both; encouraging economic growth and a green industrial revolution across all parts of the UK through attracting and retaining inward investment. They are responsible for supporting UK business to take full advantage of trade opportunities, including those arising from delivering free trade agreements, facilitating UK exports. Additionally they champion the rules-based international trading system and operating the UK's new trading system, including protecting UK businesses from unfair trade practices.
As Minister for Women and Equalities, the Secretary of State also has responsibility for developing an equalities policy that is based on individual autonomy and dignity and for promoting equality of opportunity for everyone.
|Nusrat Ghani MP||Minister of State||Minister of State at the Department of Business and Trade|
|Nigel Huddleston MP||Minister of State||Minister of State|
|Dominic Johnson, Baron Johnson of Lainston||Minister of State||Minister of State||This role is unpaid, and has typically been the domain of a member of the House of Lords.|
|The Earl of Minto||Minister of State||Minister of State||This role is unpaid and was created on 27 March 2023.|
|Kevin Hollinrake MP||Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State||Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State|