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Small firms are being urged to tender for public sector contracts and to make use of a government website that advertises projects suitable for smaller enterprises.

A leading business group has argued that greater numbers of small firms should look at the benefits that taking on apprentices may have to offer.

The CBI has called on the government not to consider axing the research and development tax credit scheme as a way of saving money.

An advertising campaign has been launched to promote the various government-funded packages available to small firms in order to help them cope with the recession.

Changes to EC Sales Lists, proposed from 1 January 2010, have now been crystallised following the EU Council’s adoption of Directive 2008/117/EC and Regulation (37/2009) on 16 December 2008.

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