The finance ministry has promised aid for small businesses in a bid to make inroads into the appalling level of unemployment in this country. It is of course small business which keeps the entire economy afloat, last year 1.6m companies in this country, some 98 percent of all businesses, employed less than six people. A quick calculation shows that if each of these companies employed one more person then unemployment would be halved. Perhaps that is not very realistic. It is even less realistic if money for future development cannot be raised. Unfortunately the only way to raise money as far as lending institutions are concerned is if you are a dead cert and small businesses do not fall into this category.