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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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Freelancer day rates rise in 2018

The latest poll of self-employed workers shows there has been a marked improvement in confidence and earnings in 2018.

22/05/2018

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Online retail goes from strength to strength

While sales and footfall on the UK high street remain sluggish, online retail sales saw a significant increase in April.

22/05/2018

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GDPR is good for business says Capgemini study

A quarter of consumers spend more with an organisation when they are convinced of their GDPR compliance according to new research.

21/05/2018

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Could IR35 rules be extended to the private sector?

The Government is to look into extending off-payroll tax rules to contractors in the private sector.

21/05/2018

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Average start-up costs revealed

A new study has calculated the typical costs for setting up a business in the UK.

16/05/2018

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What's stopping staff from working at home?

Worries about fairness as well as concerns about security are stopping many employers from allowing employees to work from home.

16/05/2018

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Do you have a financial buffer?

Many small business owners don't feel financially confident unless they have a buffer big enough to cover running costs for a year, according to new research.

15/05/2018

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Pay rises for staff at two-thirds of small firms

The proportion of small businesses that are increasing wages for their employees has hit a three-and-a-half year high.

15/05/2018

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Pressure on wages as businesses struggle to recruit

Employers are finding it increasingly difficult to access the skills and labour they need, according to new data.

14/05/2018

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Universal Credit unfairly penalises the self-employed

A cross-party Commons Work and Pensions Committee has found that the Universal Credit system leaves self-employed workers worse off than employees.

14/05/2018

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HMRC warns about tax rebate email scams

The UK tax body is calling on British tax-payers to be vigilant as fraudsters send emails and text messages claiming to be from HMRC.

09/05/2018

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Tackling the intergenerational divide

A new report by the Resolution Foundation has outlined proposals to help narrow the intergenerational gap between baby boomers, Generation X and Millennials.

09/05/2018

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UK SMEs looking beyond EU for new markets

Small businesses are increasingly confident about trading overseas post-Brexit, according to a new report.

09/05/2018

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Consumers losing faith in brands over data use

As GDPR looms and data privacy scandals hit the headlines, many consumers no longer trust brands with their data.

08/05/2018

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Business use of electric vans soars

The number of electric vans on the road has risen by 30% in just one year as more businesses seek to establish their green credentials and save money.

08/05/2018

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GDPR compliance proving tougher than expected

Business leaders are less confident about being ready for new GDPR regulations than they were eight months ago, as the deadline draws near.

08/05/2018

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Are businesses in denial about GDPR fines?

Most businesses don't believe they will be fined for breaching GDPR rules according to a new survey.

02/05/2018

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Presenteeism hits record high

More people than ever are going to work when they are ill and also working while on annual leave.

02/05/2018

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Working mums struggle after maternity leave

There are more working mums than ever, but many are still struggling to juggle work and childcare, according to a new report.

01/05/2018

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Just-in-time businesses unprepared for Brexit

New customs arrangements post-Brexit could be challenging for traders that rely on just-in-time delivery of goods and components.

01/05/2018

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Thousands of contractors "wrongly taxed"

Many contractors have been wrongly classified as employees by public sector employers, according to the findings of a new investigation.

30/04/2018

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Nine out of ten public sector suppliers are paid late

Late payment is widespread across the entire public sector and is putting many small businesses at risk, according to new research.

30/04/2018

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Most bosses can't handle employee stress

New research has found that over half of Brits have had to take time off work because of stress but many bosses say they don't know how to help.

25/04/2018

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Find your "hidden accountant" AAT tells SMEs

Four in five small businesses have unqualified staff managing their finances, according to new research.

25/04/2018

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Freelance confidence falters ahead of Brexit

A new survey of self-employed professionals has found that confidence in the UK economy is diminishing as Brexit approaches. 

24/04/2018

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Most employees want a more relaxed dress code

More than half of UK office workers are unhappy with their workplace dress code according to new research.

24/04/2018

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How UK small firms could save millions on energy costs

A new study has identified the fixtures and equipment that waste the most energy in small business premises.

23/04/2018

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Businesses identify 500 mobile "not spots" in the UK

Small firms have been reporting areas where they can't get a reliable mobile signal as part of a new campaign by the British Chambers of Commerce.

23/04/2018

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Global demand for British goods rises

A new report predicts that UK exports of goods and services will continue to rise and will double by 2030.

18/04/2018

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Self-employment stabilises at 4.8 million

After many years of rapid growth, the number of self-employed people in the UK has reached a plateau, according to new Government figures.

18/04/2018

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Client Testimonials

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.

 

If you considering going into business, use them. You will not be disappointed and hopefully in two years you will writing this for them as well.

 

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