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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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Revealed: the best place to run a business in the UK

Belfast tops the list of the best cities in the UK for running your own company, according to new research on business costs.

04/08/2020

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Time is running out for COVID-19 grant schemes

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that local economies risk missing out on more than £1 billion in emergency COVID-19 funding if the government goes ahead with plans to close three grant schemes this month.

04/08/2020

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Small business owners offered free leadership training

The government has launched two training programmes designed to improve small business leadership and problem-solving skills in the wake of coronavirus.

04/08/2020

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Making Tax Digital plans ring alarm bells for freelancers

The government has unveiled the next steps for Making Tax Digital but self-employed workers are worried that it could make tax administration more complicated.

28/07/2020

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SME outlook is polarised in new FSB survey

The latest poll by the Federation of Small Businesses has found a significant divide when it comes to small business confidence.

28/07/2020

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"Amazon tax" could backfire for small retailers

A digital retail tax intended to level the playing field between online retailers and high street stores would push up prices for consumers, the British Retail Consortium has warned.

28/07/2020

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Mixed picture on the post-lockdown bounce back

Studies by business organisations suggest that SME confidence is rising but many firms still plan to make redundancies.

21/07/2020

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Working from home set to double

New research confirms that the coronavirus pandemic has caused a permanent shift in how people work.

21/07/2020

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Traditional ads reign supreme for UK consumers

TV advertising is still the biggest influencer of UK buying decisions, ahead of celebrity endorsements and online video ads.

21/07/2020

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Relief for taxpayers as HMRC offers deferral on July payment

HMRC estimates that the move could boost cash flow for self assessment customers by £11.8 billion.

14/07/2020

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Eat Out to Help Out scheme opens for registrations

Restaurants, cafes and bars can now sign up to the new government initiative aimed at encouraging people to safely return to eating out.

14/07/2020

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Brexit worries give way to COVID-19 gloom

Growth prospects for small firms in the UK are looking bleak as business owners say cash flow problems, red tape and lack of funding are holding them back.

14/07/2020

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Chancellor announces a summer statement to tackle COVID-19 slump

The chancellor of the exchequer, Rishi Sunak, annoucned a number of measures to lift the economy of of the post-coronavirus slimp.

09/07/2020

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Employers to get bonus for keeping on staff

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a raft of new measures designed to protect, support and create jobs, including a job retention bonus.

08/07/2020

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Over a million small firms get Bounce Back loans

New figures show that Bounce Back loans worth more than £30 billion have been approved for small firms as the UK government announces a further £1.57 billion in funding for the arts sector.

07/07/2020

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Small firms plan outsourcing and pay cuts to stay afloat

Almost a third of UK companies are looking to outsource parts of their business operation as a direct result of the pandemic, according to new research.

07/07/2020

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Businesses count the cost of the pandemic

New surveys show that three in ten business leaders have permanently streamlined their teams because of the coronavirus crisis and one in ten small firms have lost all their business.

30/06/2020

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SME late payment crisis deepens through lockdown

A new survey of more than 4,000 small firms has found that the majority have been hit by late payment as a result of COVID-19.

30/06/2020

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Business-to business sees online buying surge

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a significant shift in the way businesses sell to each other, leaving traditional salespeople out in the cold.

30/06/2020

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More businesses get the green light to reopen in July

Many more businesses in England will be able to reopen from 4 July, including pubs, hotels, restaurants and hairdressers.

23/06/2020

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Older entrepreneurs say they're not ready to retire

Two-thirds of business owners over the age of 55 say they will "never stop" working - out of choice rather than necessity.

23/06/2020

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Renewed calls for ethnicity pay gap reporting

Mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting for businesses will be debated in Parliament after a petition attracted more than 100,000 signatures.

23/06/2020

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Shoppers urged to support local stores as lockdown eases

The Federation of Small Businesses is calling on the public to support small retailers as they start to open up after lockdown.

16/06/2020

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Demand for office space set to plummet

New research suggests that demand for office space in the UK could drop by up to 50% as more businesses change their attitudes to staff working from home.

16/06/2020

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One in two commuters considering cycling to work

New research has found that over half of UK employees are considering cycling to work, with two-thirds saying they want to avoid having to use "unsafe" public transport.

16/06/2020

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Massive shift to online as small firms adapt to the new normal

One in seven small business owners say they are transitioning towards becoming fully or mainly online enterprises since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK.

09/06/2020

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No safety net for freelancers that fall between the cracks

One in five highly skilled freelancers say they will have to close their business because of the COVID-19 crisis, according to the results of a new survey.

09/06/2020

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SMEs and suppliers in tug-of-war over credit

Small firms and their suppliers are struggling to agree payment terms as both face cashflow problems because of unpaid invoices.

09/06/2020

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Small firms step up to help their communities

As businesses across the UK adapt to survive during the coronavirus crisis, many small firms are also making significant efforts to support their local communities.

02/06/2020

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Backlog of holiday leave could hamper recovery for small firms

As employees return to work, UK businesses are likely to face a backlog of annual leave requests that could cost them thousands of pounds.

02/06/2020

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As a result of the guidance received and the funds provided we now  have a team of dedicated staff and we are well set up to build on these foundations for our future.


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