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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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What now? Businesses react to Brexit vote

UK business groups have expressed their concerns about a potential no-deal Brexit after Parliament rejected the government's proposed withdrawal agreement.

16/01/2019

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Many EU professionals could leave UK after Brexit

A survey of members of the union Prospect has found that two-thirds of EU citizens working in a range of specialist sectors say they might leave the UK because of Brexit.

15/01/2019

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Sheffield is the best UK city for start-ups

A new study has identified the 15 most promising places to start a business in the UK.

15/01/2019

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New campaign aims to kick-start flexible working

The take-up of flexible working has stalled in the past nine years, despite Government initiatives and legislation changes.

14/01/2019

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Freelancers don't want May's deal or no-deal

The prime minister's Brexit deal is almost as unpopular as the prospect of leaving the EU with no deal, according to a new poll of self-employed workers.

14/01/2019

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UK workers take more sick days in January

New research shows that employees are more likely to take sick days in January than in any other month of the year.

09/01/2019

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The top workplace challenges in 2019

New research by Acas has revealed that sourcing staff with the right skills will be the biggest issue faced by businesses in the year ahead.

08/01/2019

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New government start-up service takes off

More than 200,000 business owners have already used a new one-stop government service allowing start-ups to register their company and register for tax at the same time.

08/01/2019

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Dodgy internet is biggest tech bugbear for small firms

Phishing, unreliable internet, cyber security and GDPR compliance top the list of the most common technology-related challenges for UK small businesses.

07/01/2019

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Small firms not ready for new VAT rules in 2019

Making Tax Digital will affect millions of small businesses from April this year but the latest data suggests more than half of all UK SMEs still don't understand what's in store. 

07/01/2019

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Fat Cat Friday highlights pay disparity

In just three working days, the UK's top bosses make more than a typical full-time worker will earn in the entire year, according to new figures.

04/01/2019

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Widespread labour shortages affecting UK firms

The majority of businesses in both manufacturing and services are reporting difficulties in recruiting staff, according to new data.

03/01/2019

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Stark warnings from business groups for 2019

With business confidence at an 18-month low, the Institute of Directors and the Federation of Small Businesses are calling on politicians to do more to support UK SMEs.

02/01/2019

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Small retailers face a deluge of returns

Today is peak returns day, with thousands of unwanted items being returned to high street stores and online sellers.

02/01/2019

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Thousands complete their tax returns at Christmas

More than half of UK taxpayers have already filed their 2017/18 tax returns with less than a month to go before the 31 January 2019 deadline.

02/01/2019

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Business groups say no to no-deal Brexit

In a strongly-worded statement, the UK's leading business groups are calling on politicians to prevent a disorderly no-deal Brexit on 29th March 2019.

19/12/2018

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New plan to tackle self-employed pensions crisis

The government, in partnership with the pensions industry, is to trial a new initiative designed to help self-employed workers save more for later life.

18/12/2018

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Small firms are gloomy about prospects for 2019

Despite stable economic conditions, there has been a sharp fall in confidence among small businesses because of concerns about Brexit.

17/12/2018

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Workplace reforms tackle inequalities in the gig economy

The government has unveiled what it is calling "the biggest package of workplace reforms for over 20 years".

17/12/2018

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Christmas shoppers rally behind small businesses

Over half of UK consumers say they will support small firms and independent retailers as Christmas approaches.

17/12/2018

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IPSE: The government should be thanking the self-employed

The rise in the number of people working for themselves has helped to take employment levels to new heights, says IPSE.

12/12/2018

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Many Christmas Day workers get no extra pay

A new report has found that many companies are not compensating their employees for working on bank holidays over Christmas.

12/12/2018

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Social ad spend shifts to Instagram from Facebook

A new report on social media trends has found that Instagram is in the ascendancy but it warns that influencer fraud is also on the rise.

11/12/2018

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Small business confidence tumbles ahead of Brexit vote

Confidence among UK small firms has fallen to its lowest point since 2011, according to new data from the Federation of Small Businesses. 

10/12/2018

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Freelancer of the year opens for entries

The UK's self-employed workers are being encouraged to enter the IPSE 2019 Freelancer of the year awards.

10/12/2018

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Late payment to SMEs is "market abuse" says report

Late payment practices continue to adversely affect UK small businesses and self-employed contractors, according to a new report.

05/12/2018

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Pensions dashboards to launch in 2019

Proposals to give millions of people online access to their pension information have been unveiled by the government.

04/12/2018

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Small Business Saturday hits new heights

Shoppers came out in force for this year's Small Business Saturday event.

04/12/2018

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Contractors oppose upcoming IR35 tax changes

New research suggests that 85 MPs could lose their seats over the issue of new off-payroll tax rules as independent contractors say they would vote against their MP if they were to support the changes.

03/12/2018

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Festive décor is good for staff morale says study

New research has found that employee wellbeing and engagement increases in workplaces with Christmas décor.

03/12/2018

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“From our first meeting I found their willingness to help me develop my business and their positivism towards my business venture extremely encouraging at a time when there are so many unknowns. I received practical and relevant advice, not to mention a soft loan, which proved to be invaluable to both my business start up and throughout the subsequent four years we have been trading.

 

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