The DTI's Small Business Service is offering firms facing financial difficulty a helping hand. A pilot advisory and mediation service offers businesses suffering a crisis in short-term liquidity ­ perhaps due to late payment or other circumstances beyond their control ­ a "second chance". Insolvency experts will negotiate with creditors on behalf of ailing small businesses. The trial scheme will operate through Business Link offices in Manchester, Newcastle, North Yorkshire, Wessex, Leicestershire, Nottingham, West Midlands and the east of England. {{NEWS }}