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Association for Public Service Excellence 

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit local government body working with over 300 councils throughout the UK.




A commercial organisation which exists, under Act of Parliament, to manage a range of urban, rural and marine assets throughout the UK.



We are an Executive Non-departmental Public Body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and an Assembly Sponsored Public Body responsible to the National Assembly for Wales.

The Highways Agency is an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport (DfT), and is responsible for operating, maintaining and improving the strategic road network in England on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport.



(HCA) – the HCA’s role is to create opportunities for people to live in high-quality, sustainable places. It provides funding for affordable housing, brings land back into productive use and improves quality of life by raising standards for the physical and social environment.



The Improvement and Development Agency works on innovation in local government.



The Planning Inspectorate works for Communities and Local Government and the National Assembly for Wales on a range of casework under Planning and Environmental legislation.





Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers 

The SOLACE Group of companies is a membership organisation, a commercial services arm and a charitable trust.


The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) is an executive agency of the Inland Revenue (IR) with 80 offices spread throughout England, Wales and Scotland employing around 4,000 people.


Government Information Services


The Government's website for any small business owner to start a search for information or support on issues such as tax, IT, finance and employment regulations.                                                          
  is the Government's portal for citizens.The site provides a wide range of public service information and services.

The Government's portal for citizens and seeks to give a way into the wealth of Government data. By working in collaboration with software developers it aims to make data held by public bodies easy to access.

Registering with the Government Gateway enables you to sign up for any of the UK Government’s services that are available over the Internet. When you have completed the registration process, you will be able to use a single User ID or digital certificate to send and receive forms, such as Tax returns and VAT returns.

Setting standards for seamless electronic Government. The purpose of this site is to enable the public sector, industry and other interested parties to work together in developing and agreeing policies and standards for e-government.

The GLA is a strategic authority with a London-wide role to design a better future for the city. It supports the work of the Mayor of London, helping his office to develop and deliver strategies for London and supports the London Assembly in its role of scrutinising the work of the Mayor and representing the interests of Londoners.

This site provides the first, online, one-stop gateway for local authorities to get quick and easy access to local government-related information that is published on the web sites of central government departments and agencies.

The PAS facilitates self-sustaining change and improvement in the local government planning sector.

The Society's aim is to ensure that planning makes a major contribution to achieving sustainable developments, from national to local level, in ways, which are fair and equitable and meet the social economic and environmental aspirations of all sectors of the community.



Government - Offices/Departments 



The council keeps under review the administrative justice system as a whole with a view to making it accessible, fair and efficient.                                                   



There are 15 members of the National Parks family in the UK and each one is looked after by its own National Park Authority. We all work together as the Association of National Park Authorities (ANPA).



As a residuary body, the company is responsible for discharging a variety of functions, including obligations in respect of liabilities acquired by British Rail as a major employer over nearly half a century and as a direct result of the privatisation process.



British Waterways is the public corporation that cares for the 2,200-mile network of canals and rivers in England, Scotland and Wales. Our role is to ensure that the waterways can be used for all to enjoy, now and for many years to come.



Business Eye was first published in 1999 and since has grown in stature to become the leading business magazine serving the Northern Ireland marketplace.



Practical help, advice and support
for new and growing businesses in Scotland.

We provide specialist support to help business and the public sector boost business returns by cutting carbon emissions, saving energy and commercialising low carbon technologies.

COI Communications is the Government's communication team. It works in partnership with client departments and agencies to provide effective communications solutions.



The Civil Service is committed to providing all its staff with opportunities to develop and a positive working environment. It also offers a variety of fast track routes for promising graduates and experienced professionals.



The Coal Authority works to protect the public and the environment in coal mining areas. We manage the effects of past coal mining in order to promote public safety and safeguard the landscape – now and for future generations.

The Commission for Integrated Transport (CfIT) advises the Government on the implementation of integrated transport policy, monitoring developments across environment, health and transport and other sectors.



The successor department to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM). It is an expanded department with a powerful new remit to promote community cohesion and equality, as well as responsibility for housing, urban regeneration, planning and local government.



The Government's Department for Culture, Media and Sport has policy responsibility for museums, galleries and libraries, the built heritage, the arts, sport, education, broadcasting and the media and tourism, as well as the creative industries and the National Lottery.



The Department for Education is responsible for education and children’s services. 



The Government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) aims to promote sustainable development, which means a better quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come, including a better environment at home and internationally, and sustainable use of natural resources.



The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is building a dynamic and competitive UK economy by: creating the conditions for business success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this it will foster world-class universities and promote an open global economy. BIS - Investing in our future.

The Government's Department for Transport aims to achieve better transport.



DECC was created in October 2008, to bring together energy policy and climate change mitigation policy.



The Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) was formed in 1990 to provide independent reassurance that water supplies in England and Wales are safe and drinking water quality is acceptable to consumers.




Employment Tribunals hear claims about matters to do with employment.

We have a statutory remit to promote and monitor human rights; and to protect, enforce and promote equality across the nine "protected" grounds - age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.



EUREKA is more than an organisation, it is an ambition: to become the leading platform for R&D-performing entrepreneurs in Europe and beyond. EUREKA R&D is industry-led, applied, close-to-market — with tangible results and visible benefits.



The Forestry Commission of Great Britain is the Government department responsible for the protection and expansion of Britain's forests and woodlands.



Actuarial analysis – for the public sector – from the public sector.

The Health and Safety Executive seeks to ensure that risks to people's health and safety from work activities are properly controlled.



HM Inspectorate of Education has been an integral part of the Scottish education system for over 160 years.

The Land Registry guarantees the title to, and records the ownership of, interests in registered land in England and Wales.





The Home Office is the Government department responsible for internal affairs in England and Wales.



The department exists to ensure the correct tax is paid at the right time, whether this relates to payment of taxes received by the department or entitlement to benefits paid.

We are an agency of the Home Office, and our organisation is divided into five unified operations; borders, international, immigration, intelligence and criminality and detention.



The IPC is an independent body which makes decisions on applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects. These are the large-scale facilities that support the economy and vital public services. This includes railways, large wind farms, power stations, reservoirs, harbours, airports and sewage treatment works.

The Information Commissioner's Office is responsible for the Data Protection and Freedom of Information Acts.



Thousands of new jobs available every week.
Justin Craig, and the concept of Easter revision courses, was established in 1981 by Marilyn Craig. Having done some private tuition around the kitchen table, she was asked by more and more students for exam revision coaching until she ran out of time.

As a functional body of the Greater London Authority (GLA), we support and implement the Mayor's priorities for the capital’s economic development at a regional level, working across local boundaries to get the best results for London as a whole.



The Ministry of Justice works in partnership with other Government departments and agencies to reform the criminal justice system, to serve the public and support the victims of crime. It is also responsible for making new laws, strengthening democracy, modernising the constitution and safeguarding human rights.



Natural England procures goods and services from a diverse range of suppliers. These suppliers play a critical role in supporting the delivery of outcomes for the natural environment.



The official site of the Prime Minister’s Office.



Operating from within the National Archives, OPSI provides a wide range of services to the public, information industry, Government and the wider public sector relating to finding, using, sharing and trading information.



The Office for Disability Issues (ODI) leads the government’s vision of achieving equality for disabled people. We believe disabled people should have the same choices and opportunities as non disabled people.

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. We regulate and inspect to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages.



Ofgem is the Office of the Gas and Electricity Markets. Protecting consumers is our first priority.

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) is the independent safety and economic regulator for Britain's railways.

At Ofqual, we’re responsible for maintaining standards, improving confidence and distributing information about qualifications and examinations.

 Our job is to make sure that your water company provides you with a good quality service at a fair price.

Buying Solutions is the national procurement partner for all UK public services and is part of the Efficiency and Reform Group within the Cabinet Office.



The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is the public body responsible for developing and building the new venues and infrastructure for the Games and their use after 2012.

Ordnance Survey is the internationally recognised market leader in the field of maps and mapping. It offers a wider range of products than any comparable organisation, from traditional walking maps and road maps to the large-scale maps and digital products that now make up the largest part of its business.



Our role is to investigate and decide pension complaints between members of pension schemes (including personal pensions) or their beneficiaries, employers, trustees, managers and scheme administrators.

Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency, working closely with the Department for Education.

The Residential Property Tribunal Service ("RPTS") is the umbrella organisation for the five regional offices called Rent Assessment Panels which provide an independent, fair and accessible tribunal service in England for settling disputes involving private rented and leasehold property.

The Royal Parks is an executive agency of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). 



The Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) is the UK Government's independent adviser on sustainable development.



The National Archives is the UK government's official archive, containing over 1,000 years of history.



Part of the Department for Work and Pensions.

Transport Scotland is an agency of the Scottish Government and is accountable to Parliament and the public through Scottish Ministers.

We are the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK. Not only do we process more than two million applications for full-time undergraduate courses every year, but we help students to find the right course.

The Valuation Tribunal is independent of the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), whose staff value homes and business properties for council tax and business rates.

Established in 1969, the Women's National Commission is the official and independent advisory body giving the views of women to the government of the United Kingdom.       


Government Offices for the Regions / Additional Websites:



This site provides links to help you access the individual websites of the Regional Development Agencies, where you can find more detailed information on the work going on in your region.                                                                

The Government Office Network consists of nine regional offices across the country, and the GO Network Centre and Services. Located in major cities across England, the Government Offices address the particular needs of their region.


Guidance on Environmental regulations for the Construction and Building Industry                                                                                 

Our role is to stimulate technology-enabled innovation in the areas which offer the greatest scope for boosting UK growth and productivity.

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice.