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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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Google search volumes show massive digital shift

Analysis of Google search volumes has highlighted the extent to which businesses have embraced digital marketing and ecommerce as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

13/04/2021

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UK export slump prompts calls for action

Both the Federation of Small Businesses and the British Chambers of Commerce are calling on the government to do more to support exporters as new trade figures show how far UK exports have fallen.

13/04/2021

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Revealed: best UK cities for women to start a business

A new study has identified the UK cities where women have the best chance of starting a successful business.

13/04/2021

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Does anyone want to go back into the office?

A new survey has found that millions of Brits would rather carry on working from home even when the government says it's safe to go back into the workplace.

06/04/2021

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Chancellor launches Recovery Loan Scheme

The new government-backed loan scheme promises to provide additional finance to businesses that need it throughout 2021.

06/04/2021

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Confidence boost for businesses as economy reopens

Directors' optimism in the economy is at its highest level since just after the 2019 General Election, according to new data from the Institute of Directors.

06/04/2021

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Are rolling tax payments on the cards for business owners?

The government has opened a consultation on the idea of replacing annual self-assessment tax returns with a rolling in-year tax payment system for businesses and the self-employed.

30/03/2021

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SMEs ditch plans for redundancies thanks to vaccine rollout

One in five small businesses say they have changed their recruitment plans as a result of the successful vaccine rollout and now plan to take on more staff.

30/03/2021

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One year on: counting the cost of COVID on small firms

A year after the first lockdown, new research shows how the pandemic has left many UK freelancers and small business owners struggling.

30/03/2021

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New poll finds out what makes job hunters tick

A survey of UK professionals has shed new light on why Brits leave their jobs and what persuades them to take new ones.

23/03/2021

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Two-thirds of website traffic now mobile

There has been a 16% uplift in mobile traffic in the past year, according to analysis of 20 billion web sessions.

23/03/2021

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Employers urged to test their staff as lockdown eases

The government is asking businesses to make sure their employees take COVID-19 tests on a regular basis to prevent the spread of the virus.

23/03/2021

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Extra checks for newly self-employed applying for SEISS grant

The fourth SEISS grant will be open to those who became self-employed in the tax year 2019 to 2020 but there will be extra hoops to jump through for some.

16/03/2021

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Exodus of contractors looms after IR35 changes in April

A new survey of freelancers has found that 50% plan to stop contracting in the UK after changes to off-payroll tax rules come into effect in April - unless they can get contracts unaffected by the changes.

16/03/2021

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£20 million SME Brexit Support Fund opens for applications

The fund is intended to help smaller businesses adapt to new trade rules with the EU; however, the latest data shows that UK trade with the EU has already fallen dramatically since the UK left the EU at the end of January this year.

16/03/2021

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Female-led start-ups set to power economic recovery

A new survey by Small Business Britain has found that almost one-fifth of women are thinking about starting their own business.

09/03/2021

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Does your business have a financial wellbeing policy?

Half of UK employers don't have a financial wellbeing policy, despite the financial impact of COVID-19 on employees.

09/03/2021

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Almost half a million businesses got off the ground in 2020

In spite of the coronavirus pandemic, 468,371 businesses were registered in the UK in 2020 according to data from Companies House.

09/03/2021

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Relief as Sunak's Budget delivers more support for businesses

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has promised to extend many of the key coronavirus support schemes until later in the year to protect businesses as they emerge from lockdown.

03/03/2021

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Budget 2021: steep rise in corporation tax is coming

The chancellor of the exchequer has announced a big increase in corporation tax from 2023 and a freezing of income tax thresholds as part of his plans for driving economic recovery after the pandemic.

03/03/2021

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COVID-19 sparks a digital transformation for marketers

A new study shows that businesses have shifted resources to digital marketing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic - and it is paying dividends.

02/03/2021

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Freelancers struggle to get on the property ladder

It is "more difficult than ever" for freelancers to buy a home, as new research shows that 59% feel they're being penalised for being self-employed when trying to get a mortgage.

02/03/2021

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New VAT deferral scheme opens

Over half a million businesses who deferred VAT payments last year can now pay the VAT they owe in smaller monthly instalments, thanks to a new government scheme.

23/02/2021

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Has unemployment reached its peak?

The unemployment rate has risen to its highest level in almost five years but a new poll by the CIPD suggests that more than half of employers expect to hire new staff in 2021.

23/02/2021

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Businesses look ahead to the road to recovery

Business groups have welcomed the government's roadmap out of lockdown as a new Barclaycard survey suggest small firms are optimistic about their prospects once restrictions are lifted.

23/02/2021

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Searching for the UK's small business heroes

Small firms are being urged not to miss the 28 February deadline for this year's Small Awards, a nationwide search for the most inspirational small businesses in the UK, across all sectors.

16/02/2021

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Freelancers forced to lower their rates in Q4 2020

The latest quarterly Confidence Index from freelancer body IPSE has found that freelancers have had to work longer hours for lower rates of pay in order to keep their income stable.

16/02/2021

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Small firms get financial support as Brexit changes bite

The UK government has announced a £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund to help small businesses that trade with the EU.

16/02/2021

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One in four firms plan to hire apprentices in 2021

It's National Apprenticeship Week and a new survey of UK businesses and tradespeople shows that demand for apprentices is as strong as ever.

09/02/2021

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Pandemic takes a mental toll on business owners

A new study has found that 80% of small business owners say they have experienced symptoms of poor mental health in the past year - including panic attacks, anxiety, depression and disrupted sleep.

09/02/2021

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