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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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HSBC boosts its annual lending fund for small firms

The bank is to lend £12 billion to UK small businesses in the coming year, up by £2 million since 2017.

19/09/2018

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Four in ten firms not aware of Making Tax Digital

More needs to be done to make businesses aware of their obligations under Making Tax Digital, according to a leading accountancy body.

19/09/2018

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UK managers face gender confidence gap

Half of UK managers feel their gender or age has diminished colleagues' confidence in them, according to new research.

18/09/2018

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Most UK small firms fear a no-deal Brexit

Two-thirds of UK small businesses that trade with the EU say a no-deal Brexit will have a negative effect on their ability to do business, according to new research.

18/09/2018

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Start-up Day 2018 opens its doors

National Start-up Day takes place at the British Library in London and at 17 city libraries across the UK on Thursday 20 September.

17/09/2018

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IPSE says pensions have a "PR problem"

Freelancer body IPSE is urging the Government and the pensions industry to take steps to overcome what it calls "the pensions PR problem" in order to improve the retirement prospects of millions of self-employed people.

17/09/2018

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UK exports remain at record high

UK exports reached £629.3 billion in the year to July 2018, according to the latest trade figures.

12/09/2018

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Energy should be "smarter, cheaper and fairer" for SMEs

A new report is calling on the Government to reform the energy market to make it easier for small businesses to switch providers and access cheaper tariffs.

12/09/2018

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Brits losing sleep because of work stress

Over half of British workers polled in a new survey say they have problems sleeping because of stress at work.

11/09/2018

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Businesses face a consumer trust crisis

Two new studies have highlighted ongoing challenges for businesses as consumer trust dwindles and brand loyalty becomes a thing of the past. 

11/09/2018

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TUC calls for four-day work week by 2100

The TUC has published a new report on the future of work which concludes that new technology could pave the way for shorter hours and higher pay for working Brits.

10/09/2018

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New laws to protect SMEs that work for big firms

The Government is to introduce new measures to protect small businesses against unfair contracts that stop them raising money from unpaid invoices.

10/09/2018

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Government U-turns on self-employed tax cut

The Government has announced that self-employed people will continue paying Class II National Insurance Contributions (NICs), despite previously promising that the tax would be scrapped in April 2018.

06/09/2018

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Two-thirds of UK firms don't have cyber security insurance

A new report has found that many UK businesses do not have sufficient protection in the event of security breaches or data loss.

05/09/2018

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Government breaks promise on pension dashboard

Business groups have criticised the Government's change of plans on delivering a pension dashboard for UK savers.

05/09/2018

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The rise of the freelancer

Half of the UK workforce will freelance by 2020 , according to a new report.

04/09/2018

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Business banking app aims for one million SME customers

Countingup, the innovative accounting and banking app aimed at freelancers and small businesses, has raised £2.3m in seed funding.

04/09/2018

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More Brits want to work from home

No more commuting and freedom over schedules are two of the main factors driving the rise in home-working, according to a new study.

03/09/2018

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Is wellbeing the true cost of running a business?

Small business owners are making serious sacrifices to ensure their company is a success, according to new research.

03/09/2018

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Working on holiday could prevent burnout for freelancers

More and more micro-business owners in the UK now spend their holidays switching between business and leisure.

29/08/2018

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Most SME owners haven't planned their exit

Over three-fifths of business owners have no succession plan in place and do not know how they will leave their business, according to a new study.

29/08/2018

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Widespread reluctance to report workplace injuries

Employees across all industries are worried about reporting injuries sustained in the workplace to their employer for fear of making them angry, according to new research.

29/08/2018

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Pension crisis looms for self-employed

More than two-fifths of self-employed workers do not have a pension and a third say they can't afford to save for retirement, according to new research.

28/08/2018

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Government to crack down on reckless directors

Business secretary Greg Clark has announced new plans to safeguard workers, pensions and small suppliers when a company goes bust.

28/08/2018

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Business groups react as no-deal realities are spelled out

The Government has published the first tranche of technical notices outlining the detailed implications of a no-deal exit from the European Union.

28/08/2018

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How to attract the best Generation Z recruits

Post-millennial Generation Z employees value workplace perks more than any other age group, according to new research.

22/08/2018

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Government unveils new Export Strategy

International trade secretary Liam Fox has set out a plan to make Britain a "21st century exporting superpower".

22/08/2018

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Business leaders' confidence drops

Confidence in the economy among directors has fallen to its lowest point in 2018, according to the findings of a new survey by the IoD.

21/08/2018

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Poll findings are wake-up call for senior managers

A new survey of 2,000 UK employees has found that senior managers are the least trusted people in the workplace.

21/08/2018

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2019 small business of the year opens for entries

The Federation of Small Businesses has launched its search to find the best small businesses from across the UK.

20/08/2018

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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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