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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?

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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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Self-employed get rescue package but it won't pay out until June

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has given details of a new scheme to help self-employed people that are losing work due to the coronavirus outbreak.

26/03/2020

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Freelancers left high and dry as they wait for support

The government has yet to announce any measures to help the UK's five million self-employed, many of whom have lost work during the coronavirus crisis.

25/03/2020

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Business Interruption Loan Scheme opens for applications

Aimed at small businesses, the scheme will offer interest-free loans of up to £5 million for 12 months.

24/03/2020

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UK small firms shut their doors as lockdown is imposed

The government has stepped up measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and has said that all "non-essential premises" must now close.

24/03/2020

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Massive support package aims to keep people in jobs

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced an unprecedented package of measures to protect millions of jobs and incomes during the coronavirus outbreak.

23/03/2020

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Latest government announcements for workers and businesses

The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced an “unprecedented” package of measures to support businesses and workers, including the Coronavirus job retention scheme.

20/03/2020

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IR35: Off-payroll tax rules changes delayed until 2021

Contractors and business groups have welcomed a delay to the roll-out of the IR35 off-payroll tax changes that were due to be implemented in April.

18/03/2020

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Business support package targets retail and hospitality sector

Chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak has said he will make £330bn available in lending to keep UK firms in business as the coronavirus crisis deepens.

17/03/2020

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British Chambers of Commerce downgrades growth expectations

UK economic growth is expected to slow sharply in 2020 amid disruption caused by the impact of coronavirus, according to the latest economic forecast from the British Chambers of Commerce.

17/03/2020

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Self-employed women to lose maternity rights under new tax

Legislation coming into effect from April 2020 will remove the current maternity rights of self-employed female worker, affecting tens of thousands of women in the UK.

17/03/2020

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Budget 2020 gets thumbs up from business groups

Business groups have praised the spring Budget which includes a package worth £30 billion to support businesses during the Coronavirus outbreak.

11/03/2020

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Business confidence evaporates as coronavirus escalates

Research conducted by the Institute of Directors (IoD) has found that the post-election bounce in business leaders' economic confidence has evaporated following the emergence of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

10/03/2020

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Government announces major boost to 4G coverage

The UK government has unveiled a £1 billion deal with mobile network operators that promises to take 4G coverage to 95% of the UK landmass by end of 2025.

10/03/2020

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Poor credit history holds back freelancers and SMEs

Over nine million UK adults have had an application for credit refused, according to new research.

03/03/2020

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Business gender gap is closing but there's more work to do

More women than ever are setting up businesses but a new study of British SMEs has found that the bigger the company, the less likely it is that a woman is running it.

03/03/2020

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The rise of the teenage entrepreneur

A new study has found that the number of teenagers starting their own businesses has risen 700% in the past decade.

03/03/2020

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Scrapping entrepreneurs' relief will "destroy retirements"

Reports suggest that the chancellor of the exchequer may use the spring Budget to scrap entrepreneurs' relief.

03/03/2020

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SMEs and freelancers raise concerns about immigration rules

The UK's leading freelancer body IPSE has warned that the new points-based immigration system will not meet the needs of self-employed workers.

25/02/2020

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Government unveils new business support website

The government has launched a new business campaign designed to help businesses in England to find the right support.

25/02/2020

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Acas publishes advice on handling coronavirus at work

The employment organisation Acas has issued new guidance for employers and employees that have been affected by the coronavirus.

25/02/2020

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UK firms not compliant with stress health and safety law

Workplace mental health experts have warned that many UK companies are not doing enough to protect employees from work-related stress.

18/02/2020

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Late pay is growing problem for UK exporters

New data shows that many foreign businesses that bought goods and services from UK companies in 2019 paid their invoices late.

18/02/2020

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New online tools to help businesses prepare for 2021

The UK government has created several tools to help British nationals and businesses get ready for new rules in 2021 once the transition period is over.

18/02/2020

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Would-be entrepreneurs lack confidence to start a business

One in five Brits wants to set up their own business in the next five years but worries about everything from age to money are holding them back.

11/02/2020

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Is running a business bad for your health?

A new survey has found that two-thirds of start-up founders attribute personal health issues to their hectic working lives.

11/02/2020

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Budget must turn SME optimism into real growth

The UK economy saw zero growth in the fourth quarter of 2019; now business groups are calling for a spring Budget that supports the UK's small firms.

11/02/2020

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Action needed to safeguard apprenticeships for small firms

As National Apprenticeship Week gets underway, the Federation of Small Businesses is calling on the government to secure the long-term future of apprenticeships.

04/02/2020

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Banking app for sole traders launches new tax tool

Countingup, the small business banking and accounting app, has launched a tax estimate tool for calculating income tax, national insurance and corporation tax.

04/02/2020

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Budget must address "critical" skills shortages

Almost three-quarters of UK firms looking to recruit have struggled to find the right talent, a new survey of employers has found.

04/02/2020

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Why SME manufacturers are more upbeat in 2020

A new survey by the CBI has found that manufacturing business owners are more optimistic about their prospects for the first time in years.

04/02/2020

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I had a great business idea, contacts and knowledge, so why work for someone else? But the banks were unsure about my choice of location for the business and refused me the loan that I needed.

 

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