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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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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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Government gets tough on late payers

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.

19/01/2021

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Wellbeing beats money as employee priorities shift

A new YouGov survey has revealed how British attitudes to work have changed during to the coronavirus pandemic.

19/01/2021

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"Big victory" for small firms on COVID insurance claims

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.

15/01/2021

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250,000 small firms plan to close their doors

A quarter of a million UK small businesses are set to fold unless they get more help, according to a new study.

12/01/2021

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New IR35 tax rules are coming but are businesses ready?

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.

12/01/2021

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Campaign honours "trailblazing" female entrepreneurs

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.

12/01/2021

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UK's self-employed community contracted by 5% in 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has left the self-employed sector "undermined and diminished" according to the latest research by freelancer body IPSE.

05/01/2021

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Millions yet to file their January tax return

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.

05/01/2021

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Chancellor unveils new one-off grants as third lockdown begins

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.

05/01/2021

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Business groups calls for action as unemployment rises

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.

15/12/2020

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Spend on Small Business Saturday breaks new record

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.

15/12/2020

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Only 15% of consumers actually enjoy shopping online

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.

15/12/2020

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Small firms paying out thousands in refunds in 2020

As online shopping has increased during the pandemic, so too has the number of shoppers returning items to get a refund.

08/12/2020

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Can micro-businesses survive after furlough?

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.

08/12/2020

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Small firms offer Kickstart placements to young unemployed

Hundreds of small businesses and sole traders are to provide work placements to unemployed young people under the Kickstart programme.

08/12/2020

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New SEISS rules are "stricter and more complex"

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".

01/12/2020

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One in ten over-55s don't have a pension

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.

01/12/2020

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How COVID-19 has changed business banking for small firms

A new report has found that the coronavirus pandemic has significantly changed the way that SMEs use business banking.

01/12/2020

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Spending review aims to steer the UK out of "economic emergency"

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.

25/11/2020

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Black Friday set to be a record breaker

New research suggests that Black Friday 2020 could be the busiest ever as online sales continue to soar.

24/11/2020

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What does the Winter Plan mean for your business?

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.

24/11/2020

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New initiatives put small firms in the spotlight

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.

17/11/2020

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Revealed: the best UK cities to start a side hustle

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.

17/11/2020

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HMRC warns tax-payers to watch out for scammers

As the 2021 self assessment deadline approaches, there are increasing reports of fake emails, texts and phone calls purporting to be from HMRC.

17/11/2020

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Real Living Wage increases as more employers join the scheme

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.

10/11/2020

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One in five freelancers could quit self-employment

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.

10/11/2020

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Sunak extends furlough scheme into Spring 2021

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.

05/11/2020

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Brits show small businesses more love as pandemic hits

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.

03/11/2020

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Self-employed workers to get extra support in November

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.

03/11/2020

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Could high street bank branches become a thing of the past?

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.

03/11/2020

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