Small firms are urged to take advantage of a unique opportunity to find free funding to help them overcome the credit crunch.To coincide with the second annual Small Business Week (13-20 October), j4b are delighted to offer companies free access to all the features of their funding website These features are usually only available to subscribers. With the credit crunch limiting the amount of commercial funding available to small businesses, it is even more important than ever for businesses to find out about Government-backed finance and loans. Hundreds of millions of pounds are available from a range of European, national, regional, and local sources, and now businesses can search for free to find out about grants, loans and venture capital funds that they might be entitled to.

Whether businesses want to expand, improve their premises and equipment, diversify into other areas, market their company more effectively, or reduce costs by becoming more energy efficient, search for funding free for a limited period. 

Small Business Week 2008 will see a number of events held across the country to celebrate the achievements and impact of the UK’s 4.6 million small businesses. 

Backed by a host of household names, including BT, the British Chambers of Commerce and Natwest, the seven-day festival will include a series of workshops and seminars bringing small firms, regional bodies and government agencies together to tackle the big issues facing the business community.

 Businesses can follow the week’s proceedings and download a number of handy hints and resources at the Small Business Week 2008 website