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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.
Companies will have to pay smaller suppliers within 30 days under the new terms of the Prompt Payment Code as the government seeks to crack down on late payment.
A new YouGov survey has revealed how British attitudes to work have changed during to the coronavirus pandemic.
A judgement by the Supreme Court means that small businesses that have claimed for coronavirus-related business interruption losses will now be paid by their insurers.
A quarter of a million UK small businesses are set to fold unless they get more help, according to a new study.
A survey has found that more than half of UK firms that hire independent contractors have yet to prepare for new off-payroll tax rules that will come into effect in a matter of weeks.
Small Business Britain is recognising some of the UK's most inspiring female entrepreneurs for the contribution they've made to their communities and to the economy during the pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic has left the self-employed sector "undermined and diminished" according to the latest research by freelancer body IPSE.
Around 5.4 million tax payers have less than a month to complete their annual tax return, ahead of the self assessment deadline on 31 January.
Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a grant worth up to £9,000 to help them survive the current lockdown.
The latest government data shows that unemployment reached 4.9% in the three months to October, redundancies hit a new high and the number of UK self-employed workers continued to fall.
The organisers of the Small Business Saturday event have estimated that UK shoppers spent £1.1 billion on the day, as shoppers showed support for their local high streets after a tough year.
New research has revealed that shopping online causes frustration, boredom and even anxiety for many people, suggesting that retailers need to raise their game when it comes to customer experience.
As online shopping has increased during the pandemic, so too has the number of shoppers returning items to get a refund.
New figures reveal that almost one fifth of workers in the UK's smallest businesses were still on furlough at the end of September, raising fears that many firms will find it hard to survive once the scheme ends.
Hundreds of small businesses and sole traders are to provide work placements to unemployed young people under the Kickstart programme.
The third SEISS grant for self-employed workers affected by the pandemic is now open for applications; but freelancer body IPSE is warning that new rules may create a "climate of fear".
New research by MoneySuperMarket has found that many Brits do not have their financial houses in order when it comes to pensions, life insurance and wills.
A new report has found that the coronavirus pandemic has significantly changed the way that SMEs use business banking.
Chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak has set out his plans in a Spending Review that aims to "protect lives and livelihoods" as the pandemic continues to take its toll.
New research suggests that Black Friday 2020 could be the busiest ever as online sales continue to soar.
Independent retailers are breathing a sigh of relief as the government's COVID Winter Plan allows them to reopen ahead of Christmas but there are challenges ahead for bars and restaurants.
A new collaboration between Yell and Amazon means that millions of small businesses can now be found using Alexa; and a start-up is offering grants to help SMEs make TV ads.
Brighton tops the list of the best places to start a side business as it emerges that website domain name registrations for new businesses soared during the last lockdown.
As the 2021 self assessment deadline approaches, there are increasing reports of fake emails, texts and phone calls purporting to be from HMRC.
The real Living Wage hourly rates for 2020/21 have been increased, widening the gap between this voluntary wage rate and the government's statutory minimum wage rates.
After two decades of growth in UK self-employment, a new study by the London School of Economics has found that one in five freelancers consider it likely that they'll leave self-employment as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
Workers on furlough will now get 80% of their income paid by the government until the end of March 2021; support for the self-employed has also been increased.
New research has found that coronavirus lockdowns have boosted the nation's loyalty to small businesses, with 59% of Brits saying they now support local businesses more than previously.
The government has made the third instalment of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme more generous for November but business groups are warning that many freelancers are still falling through the cracks.
If bank branches continue to close at their current rate there will be none left by April 2032, according to a new study of the retail banking sector.
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