START-UP RESOURCE

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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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Small firms could hire 1.6m workers with the right support

Small business-friendly government policies could help to create more than one and a half million new jobs in the UK, according to a new survey.

18/06/2024

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Tories and Labour go all out to woo SMEs and freelancers

The Conservative Party has pledged to scrap the main rate of National Insurance for the self-employed by the end of the next Parliament. Meanwhile, Labour Party plans for supporting small firms include replacing business rates and cracking down on late payments.

11/06/2024

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Millions of small business votes are up for grabs

Two new polls have found that many freelancers and small business owners have yet to decide how they will vote in the general election on 4 July.

11/06/2024

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Accountants leverage technology to enhance client services

A new survey has found that increased demand from clients for a full spectrum of services is driving accountants to rely on technology to stay ahead of the curve.

11/06/2024

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Calls to "mend trust" between HMRC and the self-employed

Freelance body IPSE says the next government should take more responsibility for HMRC's actions to boost trust with the self-employed.

04/06/2024

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Business groups publish manifestos ahead of election

The British Chambers of Commerce and the CBI have laid out their proposals for the new government ahead of the general election.

04/06/2024

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The seaside towns that have become micro-business hotspots

Coastal towns, including Felixstowe, Bournemouth, Sidmouth and Bexhill-on-Sea, are seeing a boom in micro-businesses according to new data.

26/05/2024

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16 million small business voters are waiting to be noticed

The Prime Minister has announced the date of the next General Election but will SMEs feature in party policies?

23/05/2024

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HMRC leaves customers hanging on the telephone

Customers cumulatively spent 798 years on hold waiting to speak with HMRC in 2022/23 - more than double the time spent waiting in 2019/20, according to a new National Audit Office report.

20/05/2024

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Family finance gets three in ten small firms off the ground

A new survey has found that almost one-third of UK small businesses have received financial backing from a family member to help them get started.

20/05/2024

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Is running a business affecting your health?

Almost half of UK small business owners say that running their own business has negatively impacted their health, according to new research conducted by FreeAgent.

14/05/2024

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Rise in shoplifting affects one in two small firms

The British Independent Retailers Association is urging authorities to take more action on retail crime as a new survey finds that half of small business owners say that shoplifting is a big problem.

07/05/2024

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Calls for action on energy standing charges to small firms

Small businesses in the UK are facing steep rises in the standing charges they pay to energy firms, putting them at risk of closure.

07/05/2024

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Have you paid enough NI to get the full state pension?

The government has launched a new online service to make it easier for customers to check for and fill any gaps in their National Insurance (NI) record to help increase their state pension.

30/04/2024

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New import charges set to affect small businesses

Both the British Chambers of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses have raised concerns about the impact of new customs charges on small firms.

30/04/2024

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Would-be entrepreneurs delay start-up plans as election looms

New research has found that while many Brits want to start a business, nearly half say that economic instability and uncertainty ahead of the next general election is deterring them from starting up.

23/04/2024

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All change for small firms as the new tax year begins

Small businesses are looking to make significant operational changes, especially around efficiency and finances, in the 2024/25 financial year.

16/04/2024

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Small firms are optimistic for 2024 as they go for growth

A new survey of small businesses has found that two-thirds of UK business owners and freelancers say they expect to do better in 2024 compared to last year.

08/04/2024

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IR35 tax changes leave one in ten contractors out of work

A new survey by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) has found that 10% of skilled freelancers are currently out of work due to the impact of controversial reforms to IR35 tax legislation.

08/04/2024

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Seven in ten workers unaware of new flexible working law

Research by Acas has found that most employees don't know about new laws that will make it easier to request flexible working.

02/04/2024

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One in eight SME owners now use online influencers

More and more small businesses are using social media influencers as part of their sales and marketing strategy; and new research shows that those that do are reaping the rewards.

25/03/2024

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Small firms struggle as bank branches close

A new study has investigated the impact of bank branch closures on the UK's small business community.

25/03/2024

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Invaluable free guide on contract law basics launched

UK businesses of all sizes, and in all sectors, can benefit from a new free information guide that has been launched by Business Companion to give a clear, concise, and up-to-date overview of the key aspects of contract law for their everyday operations.

21/03/2024

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Could the Bank of England interest rate fall this week?

Financial analysts predict that the Bank of England is likely to reduce interest rates in the coming months but will they cut the rate when they meet this week? Businesses are certainly hoping for good news but most economic pundits expect the rate to stay the same.

19/03/2024

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HMRC asks businesses to pay back R&D tax relief

Thousands of small businesses have been asked to pay back the R&D tax relief they received in recent years as part of an HMRC crackdown on error and fraud.

12/03/2024

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UK sees leap in digital start-ups with six figure turnovers

Despite challenging conditions, the number of UK digital micro-businesses turning over more than £100,000-a-year grew substantially during 2023.

12/03/2024

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Spring Budget 2024 receives mixed reaction

Although Chancellor Jeremy Hunt claimed small businesses were close to his heart during his Spring Budget speech, many of those who represent the UK’s 5.5m SMEs were left distinctly underwhelmed.

06/03/2024

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Why "start-up stigma" is holding back entrepreneurs

Societal pressures to conform and lack of support from friends and family are key barriers for people that want to start their own business, according to new research.

05/03/2024

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Small firms steer clear of business loans with personal guarantees

New research has found that many business owners are reluctant to take out loans to help grow their business because of the risk to their personal assets, including their homes.

27/02/2024

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Registering a company to get more expensive

The fee that businesses have to pay to register a limited company with Companies House is to increase significantly from 1 May 2024.

27/02/2024

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