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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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Small retailers make plans for Black Friday

New YouGov research for Amazon has found that nearly one in four UK SME retailers (23%) is planning to participate in Black Friday this year, up from 14% last year.

15/11/2017

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Businesses should donate to charity "by law"

A new survey has found that more than half of UK consumers believe that every business should be required to give some of their profits to charity.

15/11/2017

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UK small businesses lose value

The average value of small businesses in the UK is dropping, with restaurants and cafes in London being hit the hardest according to new research.

14/11/2017

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Two in three UK small firms have plans to grow

UK small businesses need to build partnerships in order to achieve their growth ambitions, according to a new report.

14/11/2017

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"Don't lower VAT threshold" say business groups

Two leading business groups have warned that lowering the VAT threshold could be "a disaster" for small businesses.

13/11/2017

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Aspirational Brits are keen to start a business

Four in five Brits have thought about starting their own business, according to new research.

13/11/2017

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Business Café for entrepreneurs to launch

Penny Power and Gail Thomas have joined forces to launch a new high street café chain aimed at business owners and the self-employed.

08/11/2017

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Potential £75,000 pension boost for self-employed

Extending auto-enrolment to gig workers could boost their retirement income by at least £75,000, according to a new study.

08/11/2017

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Who's stalking who? Social media in recruitment

Most employers say they check out job applicants on social media but new research finds that one in five job candidates also "stalks" prospective employers online.

07/11/2017

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Businesses "misunderstand" what investors want

A new study by Innovate UK has found that many businesses are unaware of the key criteria investors are looking for when they are trying to get funding.

07/11/2017

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Pay rises for some as "real" Living Wage goes up

The voluntary Living Wage - dubbed the "real Living Wage" - has increased to £10.20 per hour in London and to £ 8.75 per hour in the rest of the UK.

06/11/2017

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Report uncovers the truth about UK freelancers

A new study has highlighted the diverse nature of the UK's freelance population, allowing policy-makers to provide better support for self-employed workers based on their circumstances.

06/11/2017

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Mixed fortunes for small manufacturers says CBI report

Despite a rise in new orders, optimism among small manufacturers has fallen for the first time this year, according to the latest CBI SME Trends Survey.

01/11/2017

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The workplace tasks that make us most anxious

Having to give someone negative feedback tops the list of the most scary tasks at work, according to a new survey.

01/11/2017

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Why your employees may be on the verge of leaving

A survey of over 8,500 employees and employers across 13 European countries has revealed that many more workers are looking for another job than their bosses realise - especially in the UK.

31/10/2017

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Universal Credit is "threat to entrepreneurship"

As the roll-out of Universal Credit continues, campaigners are warning that the system is not working for self-employed people on low and fluctuating incomes.

31/10/2017

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"On the side" traders could face fines from HMRC

Tax experts have warned that anyone renting property through Airbnb or selling goods on sites like eBay and Gumtree could be fined by HMRC if they don't pay income tax on their earnings.

30/10/2017

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May promises swift action on mental health at work

A new report on mental health in the workplace, Thriving at Work, has prompted a swift response from Government and business groups.

30/10/2017

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On the road: Small Business Saturday tours UK

The "shop local" campaign Small Business Saturday has embarked on a five-week bus tour of the UK this week, starting in Scotland.

25/10/2017

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SMEs call for more support from Government

Small firms are losing faith in Government business support plans as the impact of Brexit begins to bite, according to new research.

25/10/2017

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ICO sets up GDPR helpline for small firms

The Information Commissioner's Office is to launch a dedicated helpline aimed at small businesses that have questions about new data protection laws.

24/10/2017

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4.4 million self-employed workers have no illness cover

A new report reveals that the vast majority of self-employed workers have no contingency plan or critical illness cover in the event that they cannot work.

24/10/2017

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Innovative banking and accounting app to launch

Countingup is a UK bank account and accounting app in one, aimed at UK entrepreneurs running micro-businesses.

23/10/2017

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SME report finds "postcode lottery" of productivity

A major new report on small and medium-sized businesses has revealed startling differences in productivity levels in different parts of the UK.

23/10/2017

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One in four Brits exhausted at work "on a daily basis"

Many Brits are sleep-deprived and stressed and it is negatively impacting their performance at work according to new research.

18/10/2017

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One third of bosses haven't heard of GDPR

A survey of members of the Institute of Directors has revealed a worrying lack of awareness about the impending new data protection rules, GDPR.

18/10/2017

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Export finance for SMEs now available via banks

International trade secretary Liam Fox has announced that small businesses can now access Government-backed export finance directly from their banks.

17/10/2017

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Why Brits are afraid to take sabbaticals

International research reveals that British employees are wary of asking for extended breaks from work even though two-thirds are tempted by the idea of a sabbatical.

17/10/2017

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"Work about work": why we're not getting enough done

Nearly half of UK employees spend most of their time on organisational, planning and other admin tasks - rather than the actual job in hand.

16/10/2017

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Businesses still not getting promised rates relief

New Government figures show that less than half of eligible English councils have begun allocating their share of the £300 million business rates hardship fund launched six months ago.

16/10/2017

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