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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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How to have a tax-free Christmas party

The UK's leading accountancy body is reminding employers that they can "spread the Christmas joy" by taking advantage of a staff party tax break.

20/11/2018

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IoD poll shows support for withdrawal deal

The first poll of business leaders since the publication of the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement has found that most UK directors want to see the deal approved.

20/11/2018

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Business groups urge MPs to back May's Brexit deal

The prime minister may be having a hard time convincing MPs to back her Brexit deal but business groups have broadly welcomed Theresa May's draft withdrawal agreement.

19/11/2018

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Government identifies 27,000 leads for UK exporters

An improved government export service now provides online details of thousands of current exporting opportunities that are open to UK businesses.

19/11/2018

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Two-thirds of small firms still not GDPR-compliant

Six months after the introduction of EU data protection legislation, a new report has found that only one third of SMEs believe they are compliant.

14/11/2018

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Average commuting time rises by 18 hours

Getting to and from work now takes five minutes longer than a decade ago, according to new analysis by the TUC.

13/11/2018

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Women entrepreneurs add £105bn to UK economy

Women entrepreneurs and business leaders are increasingly delivering growth and creating jobs in the UK, according to a new report. 

13/11/2018

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NatWest launches app for small businesses

Mettle is described as an "end-to-end platform for businesses", combining a current account with invoicing and bookkeeping capabilities.

12/11/2018

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One in three SME owners works 50+ hours a week

More people are choosing to work for themselves than ever despite the long hours, a new survey has found.

12/11/2018

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New study finds stress epidemic at work

It's International Stress Awareness Week and a new report has found that stress in the workplace is damaging the wellbeing of employees and reducing productivity.

07/11/2018

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HMRC steps up communication on Making Tax Digital

The first government letters about Making Tax Digital for VAT are being sent to sole traders and small business owners in the coming days.

07/11/2018

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Workers want more flexibility over Christmas

A new poll of office workers has found that 75% would like the chance to work from home or change their hours in the run-up to Christmas.

06/11/2018

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One in four employees has a business on the side

Employees admit that they spend time on their own money-making projects while they're supposed to be doing their day job.

06/11/2018

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Real Living Wage rises to £9 an hour

Over 180,000 UK workers are to get a 2.8% pay rise today as the Living Wage Foundation increases the real Living Wage hourly rate.

05/11/2018

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Debt is growing problem for business owners

A growing number of small business owners and self-employed people are facing high levels of debt as they struggle to keep their businesses afloat, according to a new report.

05/11/2018

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Retail sales cool after strong summer growth

Retail sales growth has slowed in the year to October, after four consecutive months of growth during the summer.

31/10/2018

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Company insolvencies on the rise

The latest government data reveals that company insolvencies have increased in the third quarter of 2018.

31/10/2018

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Half of SMEs have already switched AE pension provider

New research has found that many UK small businesses have already moved to a new auto-enrolment pension provider in a search for better value for money.

31/10/2018

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Thumbs up for Hammond's SME-friendly Budget

Business groups have welcomed many of the measures in the Autumn Budget, applauding what the chancellor didn't do as well as what he did.

30/10/2018

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Budget 2018: Hammond shows he's listening to small firms

The Autumn Budget has brought some good news for small businesses and freelancers, as well as relief that new off payroll tax rules won't come in until 2020.

29/10/2018

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"Mountain to climb" on apprenticeships says IoD

The latest Government figures show that the number of apprenticeship starts have continued to fall since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy.

29/10/2018

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The perils of living in the moment for freelancers

A new study of freelancers has found that self-employed workers are mostly financially secure and happy in the present but are concerned about the future.

24/10/2018

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100 days left to file your 2017-2018 tax return

HMRC is urging UK taxpayers to avoid a last minute rush and complete their 2017-2018 self-assessment tax return early.

24/10/2018

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FSB launches mental health campaign for SMEs

Small business owners have a crucial role to play in talking about mental health and helping to destigmatise it in the workplace, according to the Federation of Small Businesses.

23/10/2018

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Countdown to Small Business Saturday begins

Now in its sixth year, Small Business Saturday UK will take place on Saturday 1 December this year.

23/10/2018

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The rise of "generation start-up"

The number of young UK business directors has increased by over a third in the past year, according to the latest data.

22/10/2018

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UK shoppers plan big spend on Black Friday

A new survey has found that UK shoppers will spend an average of £90 each during this year's Black Friday retail sales event.

22/10/2018

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How stress affects small business leaders

A new poll of small business owners has found that female leaders are more resilient than their male counterparts when it comes to handling stress.

17/10/2018

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Businesses invited to join Making Tax Digital pilot

The Government has launched a pilot for a new online VAT service and is inviting more than half a million UK businesses and sole traders to try it ahead of the UK-wide launch in 2019.

17/10/2018

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SME employees fed up with managing expenses

The burden of paying for business expenses and claiming them back is taking its toll on staff in small businesses, according to a new report.

16/10/2018

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