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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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Spiralling costs dampen the UK's entrepreneurial spirit

Two new surveys reveal the concerns that are stopping would-be entrepreneurs from starting their own enterprise as the cost of doing business soars.

09/08/2022

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Micro-businesses need more help to get to Net Zero

Over two million of the UK's smallest businesses believe reducing their own carbon emissions "will not make a significant difference to climate change" according to a new survey.

02/08/2022

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Four-day work week could be the norm by 2030

New research has found that the majority of employers, employees and recruiters expect that a four-day week will be in place in just eight years for most workers.

02/08/2022

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SMEs with one employee now eligible for digital discounts

The UK government's Help to Grow: Digital scheme has been expanded to businesses with at least one employee; as a result, up to 1.2 million small firms can now get discounts on the latest digital technology.

26/07/2022

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Small firms show resilience in the face of challenges

A new survey of small business owners has found that seven in ten remain confident about their prospects in spite of rapidly rising prices and hiring challenges.

26/07/2022

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iwoca's Flexi-Loan product doubles to meet small business demand

iwoca, one of Europe's largest small business lenders, is today announcing that it is more than doubling the maximum size of its core lending product, Flexi-Loan, allowing small business owners to access up to £500,000.

20/07/2022

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Small firms call for action as insurance premiums rise

A new report has found that many small businesses in the UK are having to pay higher insurance premiums for less generous cover.

19/07/2022

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The tax super-deduction is working and must stay, says IoD

The temporary capital investment tax super-deduction has had a “positive and measurable” impact on business investment and should be made permanent, according to research by the Institute of Directors.

13/07/2022

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Most UK workers dream of being their own boss

New research has found that as many as 85% of UK workers want to start their own business one day and many believe a side hustle is the first step.

13/07/2022

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One in four UK firms fear for their survival

Almost a quarter of UK business leaders are worried that their company may not survive this financial year due to the cost of living crisis.

05/07/2022

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Freelancer confidence rises in spite of challenges

A new poll has found that self-employed workers are less stressed and more confident about their own prospects as they anticipate a significant rise in day rates over the next 12 months.

28/06/2022

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Poll finds many small firms think MTD does not apply to them

A new HMRC study has found that while awareness of Making Tax Digital is fairly high among VAT-registered firms, there is widespread confusion about specific requirements and many businesses don't think the rules apply to them.

21/06/2022

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As the going gets tough, shoppers rally around small firms

A poll of small firms in the UK has found that there is widespread evidence that consumers are showing more support for independent shops and businesses as UK trading conditions worsen.

21/06/2022

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New push for faster SME payments as costs soar

The Small Business Commissioner has joined an alliance of 16 leading UK business groups in a drive for faster payments to support small firms as the cost of doing business bites.

13/06/2022

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Untapped tech adoption could boost UK economy by £232 billion annually

A new survey reveals that if small businesses unlocked the full benefits of tech it would add an extra £232 billion to the UK economy

13/06/2022

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Six in ten start-ups plan to do their own accounts

A new survey has found that 61% of start-up business owners say they won't use the services of an accountant to file tax returns in a bid to save money.

07/06/2022

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SME growth plans stall without funding

A poll of small business owners has found that seven in ten firms with growth plans say they won't be able to achieve their objectives without an injection of finance.

07/06/2022

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Rising energy costs prompt small firms to go green

More than one in ten small businesses are bringing forward plans to become more sustainable as a way to reduce their energy costs, according to a new survey.

31/05/2022

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Small business vacancies reach new high

As the number of small business job vacancies soars above 500,000, a new study has investigated what small business owners are looking for in their next employee.

24/05/2022

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Pavement licence scheme to be made permanent

Cafes, restaurants, pubs, snack bars and other such businesses will benefit from plans announced in the Queen's Speech to make the temporary COVID-related pavement licence scheme permanent.

19/05/2022

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Lending to small firms hits all-time low

Applications for small business loans are down and approvals are also at a record low according to the findings of a new poll of SMEs by the Federation of Small Businesses.

17/05/2022

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Millennial business owners turn to TikTok for sales

Small business usage of social media channels for marketing and sales - including Facebook, Instagram and TikTok - has risen significantly since the beginning of the pandemic.

10/05/2022

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Councils get powers to breathe new life into high streets

The Levelling up and Regeneration Bill, announced in today's Queen's speech, will give local leaders new powers to take control of empty shops and derelict buildings in order to regenerate high streets and town centres across the UK.

10/05/2022

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Workers at home told to "smarten up" on video calls

A new survey has found that more than half of British bosses think their employees should be dressing more smartly when working from home.

03/05/2022

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Unhappy contractors given no choice on umbrella companies

A poll of self-employed contractors working through umbrella companies has found that the majority say they would rather work for themselves but they don't have a choice in the matter.

26/04/2022

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Study finds working from home increases productivity

A growing number of employers have reported increased productivity as they embrace home and hybrid working, according to new research.

26/04/2022

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eBay hits the road to support online entrepreneurs

The eBay Business Roadshow will visit 12 cities and towns, delivering training, support and investment worth over £1 million to small online businesses across the UK.

19/04/2022

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Remote work could be key to Britain's 'Levelling Up' plan

New research finds remote work could enable 13 million people to live and work outside the UK's major economic hubs.

14/04/2022

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One year on: counting the cost of IR35 reform

Two new studies have found that the 2021 IR35 tax reform has had a negative impact on both freelance contractors and the businesses that employ them.

12/04/2022

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Small firms take steps to combat escalating costs

New research has found that at least one in four small businesses are trying to protect their margins by reducing their energy usage and putting up prices.

12/04/2022

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