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It's essential to promote your business. If customers don't know you exist, how can you ever hope to sell to them?

But when money is tight, how can you afford a big marketing push? No need to panic. There are plenty of low cost and no-cost methods of spreading the word.

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Hull Business Support Handbook

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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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MARKETING RESOURCE

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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.

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Zoom effect sees workplace etiquette slipping

A new survey of those working from home because of the pandemic has found that the standard of workplace manners is falling as meetings go online.

27/10/2020

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Lay-offs in small businesses hit an all-time high

The latest FSB Small Business Index has found that times are tougher than ever for small firms after two difficult years.

27/10/2020

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Chancellor loosens the purse strings as restrictions start to bite

Rishi Sunak has unveiled a new package of measures designed to "significantly increase the generosity and reach" of the coronavirus winter support schemes.

22/10/2020

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Pandemic leaves thousands without an NI number

An investigation by Money Box for the BBC has discovered that thousands of people that are legally entitled to work in the UK have been unable to get a National Insurance number.

22/10/2020

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Small firms face "brain drain" due to tech challenges

A new study has found that many small businesses are losing their best talent because they are not geared up for remote working during the pandemic.

20/10/2020

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One in four firms doing nothing to improve boardroom diversity

A quarter of employers (24%) make no effort to attract and recruit more diverse candidates for top-level jobs, according to a new report.

20/10/2020

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"Time is running out" government warns businesses

The government is urging business leaders to prepare for Australia-style trading arrangements from 1 January as it launches its Time is running out campaign.

20/10/2020

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Are businesses prepared for a second wave?

Many UK businesses, both big and small, are taking a "wait and see" approach to planning for winter lockdowns, according to a new report.

13/10/2020

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Self-employed? Last chance to apply for the second SEISS grant

Self-employed workers that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic have just days left to apply for the second government SEISS grant.

13/10/2020

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New support for businesses forced to close

From 1 November, the government's Job Support Scheme will include support for any business that is required to close under new coronavirus restrictions or local lockdowns.

12/10/2020

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Brits on the move as remote working becomes the norm

Nearly two-thirds of Brits have thought about moving since their daily commute has been replaced by home working, according to new research.

06/10/2020

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Home-working here to stay, finds IoD study

The coronavirus pandemic will have a lasting impact on office use, according to a new survey of company directors.

06/10/2020

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Small Business Saturday roadshow goes online

Small firms across the UK are being offered a new package of Support and mentoring as Small Business Saturday launches the UK's first online roadshow for towns and cities affected by the pandemic.

06/10/2020

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Amazon Prime Day set to be bonanza for small firms

UK shoppers could spend as much as £1 billion in an early Christmas shopping spree during the two-day event before Brexit brings in new bureaucracy and potentially higher prices.

29/09/2020

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Is the 9-5 working day best for productivity?

A new study suggests that flexible working could increase the UK's creativity and productivity as it finds that the 9-5 day does not work for everyone.

29/09/2020

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Chancellor unveils winter plan for jobs and businesses

Rishi Sunak has announced a replacement for the furlough scheme - the new six-month Job Support Scheme is intended to protect jobs in businesses affected by coronavirus over the winter.

24/09/2020

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SMEs invest to adapt and survive

Despite the financial pressures caused by COVID-19, more than three-quarters of small business owners have invested additional budget into their companies this year.

22/09/2020

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Christmas comes early as shopping habits change

New research shows that British consumers have radically altered the way they shop and, in a quest for bargains, many have already started to buy Christmas gifts.

22/09/2020

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Businesses call for support as new restrictions are imposed

Prime minister Boris Johnson has announced a number of new restrictions for England intended to slow the spread of coronavirus.

22/09/2020

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Working from home increases cyber threat

A new study has found that many employers are failing to give their staff adequate information on ways to avoid cyber-attacks while they are working from home.

15/09/2020

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Small family firms "doing the most to protect jobs"

As redundancy levels soar, new research has found that the UK's small family businesses are least likely to have laid off staff during the pandemic.

15/09/2020

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No rest for the self-employed as holidays are ditched

Nearly three-quarters of business owners say they will take no more than five days holiday next year even though 89% agree that time off is important for mental health.

15/09/2020

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The unexpected benefits of working from home

Employees are not only more productive when they work from home, they are also financially better off, according to new research.

08/09/2020

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Businesses need support as debts rise

Four in ten firms have borrowed money this year to help them survive the pandemic; now they need support to avoid getting into a debt crisis.

08/09/2020

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Countdown to Small Business Saturday begins

One hundred of the UK's most inspiring small businesses have been chosen to mark the official countdown to Small Business Saturday 2020.

08/09/2020

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One in four small firms owned by women yet to reopen

Women business owners could be making greater sacrifices than their male counterparts this year as they contend with specific challenges from the pandemic, according to a new survey of small business owners.

01/09/2020

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Free digital skills hub for small firms goes live

Make It Click is a new initiative aimed at supporting small businesses and helping them to boost their IT skills.

01/09/2020

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Cyber crime threatens small firm survival

Research shows that three out of five small businesses close their doors within six months after falling victim to a cyber-attack.

01/09/2020

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IPSE warns of "devastating" gaps in support for self-employed

The latest government statistics show that over one million freelancers in the UK are not eligible for state support during the coronavirus crisis.

25/08/2020

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Hiring freelancers boosts productivity and profit

New research has found that skilled freelancers can significantly improve business performance for those that employ them.

25/08/2020

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