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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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Funding is key for SME growth plans in 2022

Small business owners across the UK are looking to hire staff and launch new products and services but one in two say they need funding in order to bring their plans to fruition.

23/11/2021

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Online advertising soars ahead of Black Friday

A new study of business spending has revealed that companies have significantly increased their use of Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn advertising in 2021.

23/11/2021

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HMRC issues scam alert as tax deadline looms

The UK tax body has warned customers to watch out for fraudulent tax rebate emails and texts after a year in which nearly 800,000 tax-related scams were reported.

16/11/2021

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New laws to resolve remaining COVID-19 commercial rent debts

Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, has announced that new laws and a Code of Practice are being introduced to resolve the remaining commercial rent debts accrued because of the pandemic.

16/11/2021

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Leading entrepreneurs to speak at Business Show

Dragon Touker Suleyman, Innocent's Douglas Lamont and the small business minister Paul Scully are just some of the keynote speakers that will be attending the 43rd Business Show at the ExCeL in London on 24 and 25 November.

09/11/2021

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Revealed: what start up business owners ask Google

A new study of internet search terms used by new business owners has uncovered the start up business questions that are most frequently asked on Google.

09/11/2021

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Government accused of imposing "stealth tax" on sole traders

A new tax measure included in the small print of last week's Budget could cost self-employed workers more than £1.7bn, according to the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

02/11/2021

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UK small firms hope COP26 will be a catalyst for change

Small businesses are keen to reduce their carbon emissions, become more sustainable and achieve net zero status, but they need support and smart policies to help them get there, according to a major new study.

02/11/2021

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Will it be a merry Christmas for small retailers?

Over one-third of shoppers plan to start their shopping earlier this year according to a new survey, but the results also show that attitudes to spending are shifting and retailers will need to adapt if they want to have a profitable festive season.

02/11/2021

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A pro-business Budget - but was it pro-small business?

The Autumn Budget 2021 was chock-full of spending pledges and support for businesses but business groups have questioned whether the measures go far enough for the UK's six million small firms.

27/10/2021

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Chancellor reveals plans ahead of Budget 2021

A rise in the Living Wage, an end to the public sector wage freeze, more money for health, education, transport and housing - the Treasury has been releasing details of the chancellor's spending plans ahead of Wednesday's Budget.

26/10/2021

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One in three contractors driven out by IR35 changes

New research by IPSE has found that changes to IR35 tax rules have had a devastating effect on UK contractors, prompting many of them to leave self-employment altogether.

26/10/2021

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On the road again for Small Business Saturday

This year's Small Business Saturday roadshow will visit 20 UK towns and cities to offer online and in-person support to local entrepreneurs.

19/10/2021

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Demand for tradespeople sees millions planning career move

More than one in ten UK workers are thinking about retraining in a trade as demand for plumbers, electricians, joiners and builders soars.

19/10/2021

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Small business confidence holds steady despite winter woes

After a significant bounce-back in the spring, small business growth forecasts are still looking good and the number of small firms that fear they might not survive has hit its lowest level for two years.

19/10/2021

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Free therapy sessions offered to SME owners as stress rises

A new study has found that less than one in three small business owners experiencing poor mental health have sought professional help.

12/10/2021

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Start-ups offer workplace perks to attract talent

A new poll of UK workers has found that start-ups are increasingly offering workplace benefits to help recruit and retain employees.

12/10/2021

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2020/21 tax return deadline looms

HMRC is reminding taxpayers to check that they have the correct information in order to complete their next tax return - including any payments from COVID-19 support schemes.

12/10/2021

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Small firms worried that staff won't return from furlough

New research has found that two in five small business owners are concerned that their employees may move on to new jobs now that the furlough scheme has ended.

05/10/2021

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Stormy weather ahead for small businesses

The latest survey by the Institute of Directors reveals that SME confidence plummeted in September and the Federation of Small Businesses has warned that small firms may be facing an "autumn storm".

05/10/2021

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Freelancers face debt crisis warns IPSE

New research has highlighted the plight of freelance workers that did not qualify for government support during the pandemic.

05/10/2021

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August sees worrying rise in business insolvencies

The latest government figures show that there was a 71% increase in the number of company insolvencies in August compared to the same month last year.

28/09/2021

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Relief for sole traders as tax changes are delayed

The government has announced that Making Tax Digital for Income Tax will now be introduced in April 2024 - a year after it was originally scheduled to start.

28/09/2021

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Pressure mounts as COVID support schemes end

Accountants are warning that a "perfect storm" is brewing for UK small businesses as COVID support schemes come to an end and other pressures build including rising energy prices, supply chain issues and a looming National Insurance hike.

28/09/2021

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Could 2021 be the year of staff resignations?

A new report has warned that increasing numbers of unhappy workers are considering leaving their jobs as working from home takes its toll due to the pandemic.

21/09/2021

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COVID sick pay scheme to end in September

The government scheme enabling small businesses to recoup statutory sick pay costs due to coronavirus will end at the end of September, and any outstanding claims must be made by 31 December 2021.

21/09/2021

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Late payment is causing widespread stress and anxiety

A new survey of small businesses in the UK has found that the majority of business owners affected by late payment are suffering stress, anxiety or depression because they are so worried about cashflow.

21/09/2021

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The International Franchise Show returns

The International Franchise Show returns to the ExCel London.

20/09/2021

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Start Up Loans reach £600 million milestone

Lending to entrepreneurs and small businesses outside London through the government-backed Start Up Loans scheme has passed the £600 million mark.

14/09/2021

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2021 sees surge in the number of start-ups

Almost 80 new businesses were created every hour across the UK in the first half of 2021, according to a new study.

14/09/2021

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