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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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Shift towards self-employment is "here to stay"

The latest labour market statistics show that the number of self-employed people in the UK has remained stable at 4.8 million.

18/07/2018

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Government panel appointed to save the high street

Eight retail gurus have been appointed by the Government to assess the state of UK high streets and advise on how to bring them back to health.

18/07/2018

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Why small firms say they can't afford to be innovative

A lack of resources is preventing many small businesses from improving the way they work or updating the products they make.

17/07/2018

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New study identifies the UK's late payment hot spots

Organisations in Peterborough, Sheffield and Stoke-on-Trent currently have the worst record for paying freelancers and micro-businesses on time according to new data.

17/07/2018

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Brits turn to online shopping during heatwave

There has been a significant upturn in online sales during the prolonged hot weather according to a new survey of British ecommerce retailers.

16/07/2018

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Business groups respond to Brexit blueprint

Publication of the Government's Brexit White Paper has been welcomed by business groups but there are still more questions than answers.

16/07/2018

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UK firms take action on gender pay gap

Almost six in ten UK employers are taking significant steps to tackle the gender pay gap according to new research.

11/07/2018

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Demand for British goods and services hits new high

The latest Government trade figures show that exports reached a record high of £620 billion in the year to May 2018.

11/07/2018

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Barclays improves lending offer for small firms

Barclays has increased its unsecured lending limit from £50,000 to £100,000 as a result of new research that shows the importance of faster finance for small and medium-sized enterprises.

10/07/2018

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22,400 minimum wage workers get millions in back pay

The Government has published the names of 239 employers found to have underpaid 22,400 UK workers by a total of £1.44 million.

10/07/2018

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Bumpy road ahead for SMEs says BCC report

Economic conditions remain "sluggish" and the forecast is subdued, according to the latest Quarterly Economic Survey from the British Chambers of Commerce.

09/07/2018

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Independent contractors speak out on IR35

A survey of 2,000 public and private sector contractors has found there is widespread dissatisfaction about current and proposed IR35 off-payroll tax rules.

09/07/2018

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Reinvent the high street says Grimsey review

With the decline of bricks and mortar retailing, high streets and town centres need to be transformed into community hubs, according to an independent review.

04/07/2018

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High price to pay for SMEs that neglect the law

A new study has found that small firms are losing more than £13.6 billion a year by failing to take care of their legal issues.

03/07/2018

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The 24 questions on Brexit that UK firms want answered

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published 24 "real-world" questions on Brexit as it warns that businesses urgently need clarity.

03/07/2018

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The rise of the sharing economy

Users of services in the UK sharing economy - such as Airbnb and Uber - have grown by 60% in 18 months, according to new research.

03/07/2018

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Study finds that freelancers are happier

A report from the Centre for Research on Self-Employment (CRSE) has found that on average self-employed people have higher levels of life satisfaction and wellbeing than employees.

02/07/2018

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Four freelancers behind every Instagram influencer

Instagram might look effortless but new research has revealed what it takes to become a major influencer.

02/07/2018

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Auto Enrolment won't work for the self-employed says report

Most self-employed workers are not doing enough to save for their retirement but a new report concludes that the Government's Automatic Enrolment scheme is not the answer.

27/06/2018

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Graduates warned to mind the "employability gap"

Despite their qualifications, employers say that many new graduates lack the professional skills that they are looking for.

27/06/2018

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Businesses unaware of impending tax changes

Less than a year before its planned introduction, many UK businesses have little or no awareness of HMRC's Making Tax Digital initiative.

26/06/2018

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Guidance for employers during heatwave

With temperatures set to remain high all week, Acas has issued guidance to help employers manage workplace challenges in the hot weather.

26/06/2018

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Public sector "damaged" by IR35 tax changes

Changes to self-employment tax laws have had a "seriously damaging effect" in the NHS and across the public sector, according to new research.

25/06/2018

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Younger employees are data security risks

More than a third of senior decision-makers believe that younger workers are most likely to cause data security breaches in the workplace.

25/06/2018

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Dramatic drop in apprenticeship starts

The latest figures from the Department for Education show that the number of apprenticeship starts fell by 28% in the past year.

20/06/2018

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HMRC blames small businesses for tax gap

The UK tax body says it has reduced the tax gap but claims that the largest amount of unpaid tax is owed by the nation's small firms.

20/06/2018

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The rise of the "school run" entrepreneur

A study on self-employment has identified a key new group of entrepreneurs - parents that want to fit their work around the school run.

19/06/2018

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New network of business angels targets regions

More than half of the UK's business angel investors are based in London and the South East, according to new research.

19/06/2018

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Cards overtake cash as contactless takes off

Debit cards have overtaken cash as the most frequently used payment method in the UK.

18/06/2018

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BCC downgrades UK growth forecast for 2018

The UK is set for its weakest year of GDP growth since 2009, according to new analysis by the British Chambers of Commerce.

18/06/2018

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May I say that I have been trading for nearly two years now, and without the help of Sirius I would probably still just be pushing the idea around and most certainly would not still be trading and moving forward. Without doubt their assistance has been invaluably in more ways than I believe I will fully realise.

 

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