The Business Network Online (BNO) – developed by the British Chambers of Commerce and Accredited Chamber Network – is the first network of this type to provide a safe platform for people to buy and sell their products and services from as well as to develop and build new contacts. The BNO, which operates through the trusted Chamber community, provides people with a simple and effective way to meet new business partners and suppliers as well as reach new markets and customers.
The newly published sdea Directory of Shopfittings and Display 2009/2010 is a source of retail display ideas to help retailers create an enticing store environment. It contains retail display props, shopfittings and accessories, as well as contact details of companies that offer a complete store fitting. The Directory also provides company profiles and a showcase gallery featuring visual interpretation of many of the retail display products on offer.
The EU will make available €19 billion of planned European Social Fund expenditure to support people hit by the economic crisis. A new EU loans facility will be set up to provide micro-credits for those who would usually have difficulty accessing the necessary funds to set up a business or micro-enterprise. The aim of this initiative is to preserve jobs and help those facing difficulties while paving the way for recovery.