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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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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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Employment stats don't reflect reality for small firms, says FSB

Job vacancies have hit an all-time high but the Federation of Small Businesses has warned that rising employment costs are preventing small firms from hiring.

14/09/2021

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National Insurance rises are "anti-small business" says FSB

Prime minister Boris Johnson has unveiled plans to increase National Insurance contributions in order to fund health and social care - but business groups say it could derail the UK's recovery from COVID.

07/09/2021

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Small Business Saturday unveils SmallBiz100

Small Business Saturday has chosen 100 inspirational small businesses to mark the countdown to this year's campaign.

07/09/2021

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Working parents welcome return to the office

New research shows that parents with children at home are most eager to return to the workplace in order to re-establish some normality and work-life balance into their lives.

07/09/2021

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Celebrating the UK's female entrepreneurs

Two leading enterprise organisations are running their annual searches to recognise and honour the UK's most inspiring female business owners.

31/08/2021

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Business rates: "a levy that hurts small firms"

The Federation of Small Businesses is calling on the government to support small businesses by significantly reforming business rates - which it has described as "regressive and outdated".

31/08/2021

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UK set to ditch cookie banners in GDPR shake-up

The government is expected to get rid of some website cookies rules as it promises to scrap key parts of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force in 2018.

31/08/2021

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Small firms make vaccinations compulsory for staff

A new study has found that the Delta variant of the coronavirus is having a significant impact on small businesses, with some delaying a return to the workplace and many planning to make COVID vaccinations mandatory for their employees.

24/08/2021

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COVID burnout affects one in two business owners

A new survey suggests that around 2.9 million small business owners have experienced burnout since the start of the pandemic in 2020.

24/08/2021

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Did Freedom Day backfire for the high street?

The government is accused of scoring an own goal over Freedom Day as it emerges that July's retail figures fell.

24/08/2021

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Sole traders left struggling by the pandemic

A new study suggests that sole traders may have been disproportionately impacted by COVID restrictions, with almost six in ten reporting that they are either not trading at all or are trading less than pre-COVID.

17/08/2021

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Four in ten UK firms facing staff shortages

Research conducted by the Institute of Directors has found that 44% of businesses are currently struggling to recruit the staff they need.

17/08/2021

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Small firms look overseas for growth opportunities

As the travel green list extends to 36 countries, new research has found that up to 2.5 million UK small businesses are looking for ways to expand overseas.

17/08/2021

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Why home and hybrid working is best for small firms

The government may be encouraging people to return to work, but new research has found that workers in small businesses are twice as likely as those in larger firms to continue working from home.

10/08/2021

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Nine in ten small firms don't measure their carbon footprint

Larger firms are far more likely to be taking environmental action than small and micro-businesses, according to a new study by the British Chambers of Commerce and O2.

10/08/2021

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Four in five employers "don't care about degrees"

A-level results day has seen record numbers of students getting top grades with plans to go to university, but new research reveals that four in five employers don't require a degree qualification for entry-level roles.

10/08/2021

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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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