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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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Counting the cost of stress in the workplace

More than a third of UK workers have thought about quitting their job due to stress and millions of working days are lost to mental health-related issues every year.

12/11/2019

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Over-50s driving the rise in self-employment

Many older workers are joining the ranks of the self-employed and are benefitting from that decision, according to new research.

12/11/2019

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Sole trader confidence hits new low

Research conducted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found that optimism among the UK's self-employed workers is in negative territory for fifth straight quarter.

12/11/2019

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One in five small business owners has adverse credit history

New research shows that adverse credit is affecting many limited company and self-employed mortgage applications.

06/11/2019

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IPSE launches #5millionvotes campaign

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) has launched its manifesto ahead of the general election, calling for new policies to support the UK's five million freelancers.

05/11/2019

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Government unveils new funding for rural firms

Rural businesses across the UK will benefit from £35 million in government funding to create new jobs, boost tourism and unlock growth in rural areas.

05/11/2019

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Mixed fortunes for UK high streets in 2019

A new study has identified the UK cities whose high streets are growing the fastest and those that are declining the most.

05/11/2019

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One in five engineering firms missing out on R&D funding

Engineering companies in the UK are potentially missing out on over £10 billion of R&D funding each year, according to new research.

29/10/2019

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Enterprise scheme supports 200 start-ups a week

The New Enterprise Allowance, a fund for jobseekers with a business idea, has helped launch nearly 20,000 businesses since 2017.

29/10/2019

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IR35 and Brexit are biggest worries for freelancers

A new survey has found that one-third of self-employed workers have already been adversely affected by Brexit and 27% say they expect to lose business when IR35 changes are implemented in 2020.

29/10/2019

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Small firms have their "heads in sand" over cyber-crime

Almost 90% of SMEs are not insured for cyber-crime despite recognising it as the biggest threat to their business, a new study has found. 

22/10/2019

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FSB calls for ambitious Autumn Budget to support SMEs

With the Budget scheduled for 6 November, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called for "radical business rates reform" in its Budget submission.

22/10/2019

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Revealed: the best place in the UK to start a trade business

New research finds that Leicester, Bristol and Sheffield top the charts as the most successful cities for tradespeople.

22/10/2019

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The SME verdict on the Queen's Speech

Business groups representing freelancers and small firms have welcomed some of the key proposals in the Queen's Speech - including pension dashboards for the self-employed.

15/10/2019

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Four in ten UK workers "close to breaking point"

A poll of professionals has found that too much pressure at work is leading to high levels of stress for many employees.

15/10/2019

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More SMEs resorting to legal action to chase payments

New research has found that two in five small business owners are taking legal action against customers that haven't paid them on time.

15/10/2019

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FSB calls for export vouchers for small firms

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is asking the government to do more to support struggling small firms by giving them export vouchers.

08/10/2019

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Business confidence plummets as productivity falls

Government figures show that labour productivity has fallen at the fastest rate for five years in the second quarter of 2019.

08/10/2019

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Could women do more to reduce pay inequality?

Two-thirds of women believe they are contributing to the gender pay gap according to a new report.

08/10/2019

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Businesses get tough on cyber crime

A new report on the cyber threat environment has found that businesses are fighting back and becoming more aware of ways to protect themselves against cyber crime.

01/10/2019

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GDPR compliance gives competitive advantage

Most firms still aren't fully GDPR compliant but a new report has found that compliance brings significant business benefits.

01/10/2019

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SMEs face higher costs with Living Wage rises

Chancellor Sajid Javid has unveiled plans to lower the age threshold for the National Living Wage to 21, on advice from the Low Pay Commission.

01/10/2019

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Latest IR35 rulings "add to the chaos" says IPSE

HMRC's recent win at the High Court against three BBC presenters has only added to the confusion about IR35 rules according to freelancer body IPSE.

24/09/2019

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Government no-deal guidance has "major gaps"

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published an evaluation of UK government guidance for businesses in the event of a no-deal Brexit on 31 October.

24/09/2019

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Work anxiety casts a cloud over the weekend

A new survey has revealed that worries about work are having a detrimental impact on employees during their time off.

24/09/2019

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Brexit leaves UK firms in an "impossible situation"

A new poll by the Institute of Directors has found that UK firms want an end to Brexit uncertainty but don't want the UK to leave with no deal.

17/09/2019

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Three million self-employed workers face pension crunch

Freelancer body IPSE has warned that 3.3 million self-employed people could be left without a pension within the next ten years.

17/09/2019

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Employment law violations are "far too common"

One in 20 UK workers are not getting holiday pay and one in ten don't get a payslip, according to the findings of new research on employment practices.

17/09/2019

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Myths about apprenticeships hinder retraining

Nearly two-thirds of the UK workforce want to change their career path but many wrongly believe they are too old to embark on an apprenticeship.

10/09/2019

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UK SMEs expand their horizons as Brexit looms

More than one in five UK small business owners are looking to expand into new markets overseas in order to achieve business growth.

10/09/2019

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