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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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UK job vacancies exceed one million

The labour market has changed drastically over the past year but despite soaring vacancies, one in 20 people can't find a job and redundancies could be looming as the furlough scheme winds up.

03/08/2021

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Fewer holidays for small business owners and their staff

Brits working in small firms have taken less time off than usual during the pandemic; and those that are taking a break are staying close to home.

03/08/2021

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It's time to simplify VAT rules says accountancy body

With the UK now out of the EU, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) says the UK government is now in the best position to thoroughly review the structure of VAT.

03/08/2021

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Businesses call for mass testing to avoid mass self-isolation

The UK's leading business groups are calling on the government to rethink its self-isolation strategy and focus on daily testing to keep more people at work.

27/07/2021

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Small firms and self-employed need more business support

A new report has warned that the government's levelling-up agenda will fall short unless more is done to provide business advice to smaller firms.

27/07/2021

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Why the high street needs reinventing after COVID

New research shows that Brits are worried about the continuing decline of the high street, a process that has been accelerated by the pandemic.

27/07/2021

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Out-of-date websites are losing money for small firms

A new study has found that shoppers spend 54% less with small businesses that have not updated their websites compared to those that have.

20/07/2021

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New rules for the fifth self-employment grant

Self-employed workers can now claim the fifth and final government grant but to be eligible they must demonstrate that their turnover has fallen as a result of the pandemic.

20/07/2021

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Small firms introduce "house rules" after Freedom Day

Many small businesses are continuing to ask customers to wear masks, use sanitiser and respect social distancing even after COVID restrictions have been lifted.

20/07/2021

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HMRC issues National Minimum Wage rate reminder for summer staff

HMRC has reminded employers that they are legally obliged to pay students and other summer workers at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

13/07/2021

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CBI puts forward six-point plan for boosting business confidence

The CBI has devised a six-point plan for businesses to reopen successfully and learn to live with the COVID virus.

13/07/2021

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BCC appeals for clear guidance for businesses on 19 July

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has welcomed news that full reopening of the UK economy will go ahead on 19 July, but fears lack of clear guidance will leave businesses uncertain of how to protect their employees and customers.  

13/07/2021

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Study shows employee share schemes are great for business

A new study into employee share schemes has found that they significantly boost company growth, make recruitment easier and improve employee retention.

06/07/2021

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Will Freedom Day see a rush back to the office?

The government will remove the vast majority of COVID restrictions from 19 July - although it is urging people and businesses to remain cautious - but not everyone thinks a mass return to the workplace is a good idea.

06/07/2021

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New EU VAT rules mean costly red tape for UK small firms

An estimated 26,000 ecommerce sellers in the UK face additional red tape costs from July as the EU introduces new VAT rules on sales from outside the bloc.

06/07/2021

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It's not too late to claim tax relief for working from home

The government is urging employees that have had to work from home during the pandemic to claim tax relief via the HMRC online portal.

29/06/2021

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Small businesses forced to adapt as shoppers reject cash

Cash-only small firms risk losing customers if they don't offer alternative payment options, a new study finds.

29/06/2021

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Freelancer mental health takes a knock

The proportion of freelancers reporting mental health problems has risen by over 200% during the pandemic, leaving one in five struggling with issues like anxiety and depression.

29/06/2021

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Job vacancies are up but applicants are in short supply

The number of people applying for retail and logistics jobs has fallen dramatically as both Brexit and COVID-19 have had an impact on worker availability.

22/06/2021

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Freelance sector needs "shot in the arm"

Freelancer body IPSE has warned that many self-employed workers in the UK have been "financially scarred" as a result of the pandemic and it says the sector needs more support to get back on its feet.

22/06/2021

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Cyber threat rises as more people work on their own devices

As eight in ten organisations say they actively encourage their employees to use their own devices for work (BYOD), fears about the associated cyber threats are growing.

22/06/2021

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Faster payment could unlock profits for small firms

A new study has calculated that up to £60bn of additional revenue could be unlocked for small businesses if their large customers paid them on receipt of invoices.

15/06/2021

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Businesses ask for more support as "Freedom Day" is delayed

The Federation of Small Businesses says urgent support is needed for small firms affected by the delay in the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.

15/06/2021

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Counting the cost of COVID for small firms and their staff

Two new studies have highlighted some of the most damaging effects of the pandemic on small businesses and their employees.

15/06/2021

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Small firms returning to business as usual

Nine in ten small firms expect to be running at full strength by the end of this year but the British Chambers of Commerce has warned that further government support may yet be needed.

08/06/2021

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Etsy sees big rise in sellers as side hustles take off

The number of active Etsy sellers almost doubled in 2020 as almost two million people worldwide looked for new ways to earn money from home during the pandemic.

08/06/2021

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New watchdog to protect workers' rights

The government has announced plans for a new body that will take over responsibility for enforcing the rules on modern slavery, the minimum wage and other employee rights.

08/06/2021

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Small firms urged to join the race to net zero

The government is calling on the six million small businesses in the UK to lead the way on climate action as part of the drive to net zero.

01/06/2021

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FSB proposes employee equity plan to aid recovery

The Federation of Small Businesses is calling on the government to help struggling companies by giving them the opportunity to convert state-backed loans into employee ownership trusts.

01/06/2021

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Many of the UK's smallest firms still in survival mode

Despite signs that the economy is bouncing back strongly, 15% of owner-managed businesses are in survival mode and expect to make redundancies, according to a new report.

01/06/2021

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