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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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Rise in gender pay cases expected after BBC row

The resignation of the BBC's China editor, Carrie Gracie, over equal pay is likely to encourage many more women to take action over pay, according to employment lawyers.

17/01/2018

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Tax, economy and start-ups: IoD predictions for 2018

The Institute of Directors has published 14 predictions for 2018 and has warned of "tumultuous" times ahead.

17/01/2018

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Thousands of small firms at risk as Carillion fails

Up to 30,000 suppliers, many of them small businesses, are owed money by the failed construction firm Carillion.

16/01/2018

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Apprenticeships down as levy system loses support

More than half of those employers who pay the apprenticeship levy are unhappy with the current system and want to see it replaced with a training levy, according to new research.

16/01/2018

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New payment laws are "double-edged sword" for SMEs

Businesses will no longer be able to charge customers for using credit and debit cards as new EU rules take effect.

15/01/2018

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Record number of Brits want to be their own boss

New research shows that 11% of Brits plan to start a business in 2018 and 24% plan to work for themselves at some point in the future.

15/01/2018

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Micro-business event kick-starts 2018

MicroBizMatters Day, a social media event aimed at the smallest businesses, takes place this week on Friday 12 January.

10/01/2018

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Skills shortage is "biggest risk for business"

Skills shortages are reaching critical levels, according to the latest Quarterly Economic Survey by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

10/01/2018

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Gloomy start to 2018 for small firms

Small business owners are heading into 2018 with increased pessimism because of rising costs, weak growth and flagging consumer demand.

09/01/2018

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Productivity rise sparks debate

UK productivity improved in the third quarter of 2017 but it remains to be seen whether this is a turning point or a blip.

09/01/2018

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"Fat Cat Thursday" highlights pay gap

In the first three working days of 2018, the UK's top bosses made more money than the typical UK full-time worker will earn in the entire year.

08/01/2018

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Why most meetings are "unproductive"

Research reveals that 67% of meetings attended by the average small business employee are a waste of time because they don't achieve their goal.

08/01/2018

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Europe is primary trading partner for most UK firms

A new survey by the British Chambers of Commerce has found that most UK businesses still regard Europe as their main trading partner.

03/01/2018

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Small firms "cautiously optimistic" about 2018

SME business leaders are relatively confident about their own prospects in the year ahead but have concerns about the wider economy, according to a new poll.

03/01/2018

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Government launches late payment complaints service

The Government has given new small business commissioner Paul Uppal powers to help small firms resolve issues with late payment.

02/01/2018

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Why aren't more businesses using WhatsApp?

New research shows that less than half of British businesses are using WhatsApp, despite its widespread appeal among consumers.

02/01/2018

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Tribunal claims rise after fees abolished

The number of employment tribunal claims in England and Wales went up significantly in the three months after fees were abolished in July this year.

20/12/2017

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More than half of UK SMEs plan to recruit in 2018

A poll of UK companies has found that 58% of SMEs are expecting to take on additional staff next year but there is concern about the UK's labour market in the long term.

20/12/2017

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Auto-enrolment hailed a "success" by CBI

A review of workplace pensions by the Department for Work and Pensions has found that auto-enrolment "has worked" and "the financial behaviour of millions of people has changed".

19/12/2017

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Slow broadband and mobile blackspots blight SMEs

Many UK small firms continue to be held back by slow broadband speeds and poor mobile phone coverage, according to the latest research by Ofcom.

19/12/2017

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One in ten self-employed workers is "vulnerable"

A new report highlights the difficulties facing the lowest paid and most insecure self-employed workers in the UK.

18/12/2017

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Career drivers: most Brits just work to pay the bills

Seven in ten Brits say that they go to work just to pay the bills and one third of workers say they are unhappy in their jobs.

18/12/2017

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Small firms not ready for Making Tax Digital

New research for HMRC has found that 70% of businesses are still unaware of the forthcoming roll-out of Making Tax Digital (MTD).

13/12/2017

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Employees are happy to stay put for the right job

With skills shortages raising the prospect of increased staff turnover, new research suggests that many employees are content to stay where they are.

13/12/2017

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Digital skills gap: UK SMEs fall behind

The Federation of Small Businesses has warned that UK productivity growth will continue to stall unless action is taken to tackle the digital skills deficit in small businesses. 

12/12/2017

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Young start-ups "more optimistic" than established firms

Two surveys by the Institute of Directors reveal that founders of young companies are feeling much more confident about their prospects than directors at more established businesses.

12/12/2017

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Self-employed risk health by working through illness

Four out of five freelancers and micro-business owners admit that they have worked through an illness rather than taking time off.

11/12/2017

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Small business confidence takes a knock

The health of small businesses in the UK is at its lowest level in three years, according to the latest SME Health Check Index.

11/12/2017

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Four-hour days: how we'll work by 2050

A new study predicts that the four-hour working day will be the norm within 30 years as technology revolutionises the way we do business.

06/12/2017

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IPSE highlights the self-employed savings crisis

The UK's leading freelancer body has described the low levels of pensions saving by self-employed Brits as a "ticking time bomb".

06/12/2017

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