The latest labour market statistics show that the number of self-employed people in the UK has remained stable at 4.8 million.
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Hull Business Support Handbook
Welcome to the latest edition of Hull City Council’s Business Support Handbook.
The Hull and Humber area is on the brink of an exciting and transformational period of economic activity and growth.
Following the Siemens announcement, over the next several years our area aims to become...
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With an engaging mix of how-to guides, feature articles, checklists, expert Q&As, FAQs, case studies, video content and blogs, each site provides new and established businesses with free advice about how to manage a range of key tasks and issues. The sites also contain a weekly round-up of small business news.
Donut information is updated regularly and checked by a network of leading business support professionals and independent experts.
Eight retail gurus have been appointed by the Government to assess the state of UK high streets and advise on how to bring them back to health.
A lack of resources is preventing many small businesses from improving the way they work or updating the products they make.
Organisations in Peterborough, Sheffield and Stoke-on-Trent currently have the worst record for paying freelancers and micro-businesses on time according to new data.
There has been a significant upturn in online sales during the prolonged hot weather according to a new survey of British ecommerce retailers.
Publication of the Government's Brexit White Paper has been welcomed by business groups but there are still more questions than answers.
Almost six in ten UK employers are taking significant steps to tackle the gender pay gap according to new research.
The latest Government trade figures show that exports reached a record high of £620 billion in the year to May 2018.
Barclays has increased its unsecured lending limit from £50,000 to £100,000 as a result of new research that shows the importance of faster finance for small and medium-sized enterprises.
The Government has published the names of 239 employers found to have underpaid 22,400 UK workers by a total of £1.44 million.
Economic conditions remain "sluggish" and the forecast is subdued, according to the latest Quarterly Economic Survey from the British Chambers of Commerce.
A survey of 2,000 public and private sector contractors has found there is widespread dissatisfaction about current and proposed IR35 off-payroll tax rules.
With the decline of bricks and mortar retailing, high streets and town centres need to be transformed into community hubs, according to an independent review.
A new study has found that small firms are losing more than £13.6 billion a year by failing to take care of their legal issues.
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published 24 "real-world" questions on Brexit as it warns that businesses urgently need clarity.
Users of services in the UK sharing economy - such as Airbnb and Uber - have grown by 60% in 18 months, according to new research.
A report from the Centre for Research on Self-Employment (CRSE) has found that on average self-employed people have higher levels of life satisfaction and wellbeing than employees.
Instagram might look effortless but new research has revealed what it takes to become a major influencer.
Most self-employed workers are not doing enough to save for their retirement but a new report concludes that the Government's Automatic Enrolment scheme is not the answer.
Despite their qualifications, employers say that many new graduates lack the professional skills that they are looking for.
Less than a year before its planned introduction, many UK businesses have little or no awareness of HMRC's Making Tax Digital initiative.
With temperatures set to remain high all week, Acas has issued guidance to help employers manage workplace challenges in the hot weather.
Changes to self-employment tax laws have had a "seriously damaging effect" in the NHS and across the public sector, according to new research.
More than a third of senior decision-makers believe that younger workers are most likely to cause data security breaches in the workplace.
The latest figures from the Department for Education show that the number of apprenticeship starts fell by 28% in the past year.
The UK tax body says it has reduced the tax gap but claims that the largest amount of unpaid tax is owed by the nation's small firms.
A study on self-employment has identified a key new group of entrepreneurs - parents that want to fit their work around the school run.
More than half of the UK's business angel investors are based in London and the South East, according to new research.
Debit cards have overtaken cash as the most frequently used payment method in the UK.
The UK is set for its weakest year of GDP growth since 2009, according to new analysis by the British Chambers of Commerce.
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