Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

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The UK Government's Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) was the "voice for business across Government" and the department responsible for nuclear energy policy between 2007 and 2009.

It was created in 2007, when a reorganisation of Government saw the Department of Trade and Industry dissolved.[1]

In June 2009, another reorganisation saw the merger of BERR and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, to create the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. [2] BERR's Office for Nuclear Development (OND) was responsible for nuclear energy policy. The OND is now part of the Department of Energy and Climate Change.[3]

While BERR existed, Lord Peter Mandelson was the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform, and Ed Miliband was the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

Lobbying and PR companies

BERR used two public relations companies: Gavin Anderson and Tulchan Communications. [4]


  1. Frank Swain, This government views science simply as a tool for generating profit, The Guardian, 9 June 2009.
  2. Rosa Prince, Dozens of government departments created under Labour, The Telegraph, 10 March 2010.
  3. Office for Nuclear Development, Department of Energy and Climate Change website, undated, accessed 11 October 2012
  4. NuclearSpin Freedom of Information Act request to BERR, 11 November, 2008.