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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 makes a happy workplace?

A new study of workplaces has found that being appreciated is significantly more important to employees than money.

20/03/2019

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HMRC ignores negative feedback on IR35 tool

Research into the effectiveness of the controversial IR35 employment status tool CEST has found that that half of users polled described it as "bad" or "very bad".

19/03/2019

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UK labour market "defies gravity"

UK employment has reached an all-time high, wages are up and unemployment is at its lowest level since the 1970s.

19/03/2019

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Government promises light touch on MTD compliance

Chancellor Philip Hammond has said that businesses that are "doing their best to comply" with Making Tax Digital will not be penalised if they inadvertently breach VAT filing or record-keeping rules in the first year.

18/03/2019

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Chambers warns of Brexit "black hole"

The latest economic forecast by the British Chambers of Commerce predicts a weaker outlook for business investment and trade due to continued Brexit uncertainty and slower expected global economic growth.

18/03/2019

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Spring Statement: UK's "brighter future" depends on deal

Chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond has used the Spring Statement to warn of the economic consequences of leaving the EU without a deal.

13/03/2019

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SMEs to get more government contracts under new plan

A new SME Action Plan has been launched to unlock opportunities for smaller businesses to access government contracts.

12/03/2019

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Big rise in number of self-employed women

Women are increasingly choosing to work for themselves in order to improve their pay and working conditions, according to new research.

12/03/2019

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Mixed picture on SME fortunes ahead of Brexit

The latest SME Health Check Index has found that evaporating confidence and restricted GDP growth are hitting Britain's SMEs.

12/03/2019

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Counting the cost of Making Tax Digital

A new study by the Federation of Small Businesses has found that small firms will have to spend an average of £564 on Making Tax Digital software in the first year.

11/03/2019

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Searching for the small business with a big heart

The Small Business Big Heart Awards recognise the many ways that the UK's small business community helps individuals and charitable causes.

11/03/2019

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Online shopping: smartphones overtake desktop

For the first time ever, the smartphone has overtaken desktop's share of online sales in the UK, making it the dominant device for shoppers buying online.

06/03/2019

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HMRC warns taxpayers about bogus callers

Taxpayers with a landline number should be vigilant of phone calls from fraudsters pretending to be the tax authority.

05/03/2019

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Business dismay as IR35 extension moves forward

The government is pushing ahead with the extension of IR35 into the private sector despite widespread concerns about its effect on business.

05/03/2019

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Making Tax Digital could boost SME revenues

A new study has forecast that Making Tax Digital will deliver an increase in revenues for UK small firms and net gains in turnover and growth for the economy.

04/03/2019

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The rise of the "side hustle"

A new poll has found that one in five British adults has at least one extra source of income outside of their main employment.

04/03/2019

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New initiative to better support disabled workers

The TUC and the GMB have introduced a "model passport" to make sure disabled people have the support they need to flourish at work.

27/02/2019

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Government must keep its promise to SMEs says FSB

In 2017, the Conservative party made a manifesto promise to give firms that employ those from disadvantaged groups a one-year national insurance holiday.

26/02/2019

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New poll names Facebook as SME favourite

UK small businesses say Facebook is the social media site they use the most, according to new research.

26/02/2019

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Stress is growing problem for business owners

Regulation, heavy workloads and economic uncertainty are taking their toll on the UK's small business owners, according to a new study. 

25/02/2019

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UK businesses welcome Making Tax Digital

New research has found that almost two-thirds of senior decision-makers in UK businesses are in favour of all tax accounts being digitalised.

25/02/2019

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Thousands more Brits go freelance

New employment data shows that the UK's strong labour market is being driven in part by the rise in the self-employed.

20/02/2019

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Is your workplace damaging your health?

A new survey has found that more than one in two UK office workers believe their health is being impaired by their workplace.

19/02/2019

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FSB launches Fair Pay, Fair Play campaign

The UK small business organisation wants to end late payments and stop supply chain bullying.

19/02/2019

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British exporters remain confident despite cost pressures

The number of UK exporters that expect to have to increase their prices because of rising costs has gone up, according to a new report.

18/02/2019

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Private sector pay hits a seven-year high

Inflation and a continuing skills shortage are pushing up salaries in the private sector, according to a new report.

18/02/2019

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Why freelancers may have to work until they're 79

A new report has warned that self-employed workers in the UK may need to keep working until they are almost 80 to build up a big enough pension pot.

13/02/2019

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Business funding and the Brexit effect

One in three smaller businesses expects access to finance to become more difficult after Brexit, according to a new report.

12/02/2019

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Brits worried that high streets could disappear

Big name store and café closures are causing anxiety among consumers as empty shop fronts continue to dominate some UK high streets.

12/02/2019

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Cyber threats to UK businesses on the rise

The UK's cyber threat environment is intensifying according to the findings of a new survey.

11/02/2019

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Client Testimonials

“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.

 

Sirius have proved to be, and I’m sure will be, an invaluable resource as my business has developed from a small beginning to its current size. The network of Sirius businesses has also been a valuable resource for my company, having both traded, and shared experiences, with local businesses going through similar growth and development.”

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