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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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Business groups call for clarity on immigration

Fewer than one in three EU citizens in the UK have had settlement status applications approved, as the UK government announces that freedom of movement will end in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

20/08/2019

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What's standing in the way of business success?

New research has found that legislation and economic climate are the biggest obstacles facing UK businesses that are looking to grow.

20/08/2019

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New skills task force looks to the future

Leading organisations from education and business have come together to agree a universal framework for essential skills.

20/08/2019

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One in four SMEs depends on key figure for survival

A new poll has found that more than a quarter of small firms would face immediate closure if a key person in the business died or became seriously ill.

13/08/2019

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Business theft on the rise

The UK has seen a 9% increase in business theft over the past three years but some parts of the country are seeing much bigger rises, according to new research.

13/08/2019

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Business owners reveal their biggest regrets

A new study has uncovered the biggest mistakes experienced by the owners of UK small firms, including financing, pricing and taking misplaced advice from others.

13/08/2019

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One in four firms driven by seasonal peaks

A new survey has found that cashflow is a significant challenge for businesses that see their sales fluctuate across the year.

06/08/2019

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More than one million SMEs hit by cyber crime

UK small firms are collectively subject to almost 10,000 cyber-attacks a day, according to new findings from the Federation of Small Businesses.

06/08/2019

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Discounts on MTD software offered as deadline arrives

This week sees a significant deadline under Making Tax Digital as VAT-registered businesses that file on a quarterly basis submit their first VAT return using the new system.

06/08/2019

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Over-35s feel undervalued at work

Three new surveys of British workers have focused on the different ways that work can affect employee happiness - from age discrimination to poor leadership.

30/07/2019

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Small firms have to "fight their own legal corner"

Two-fifths of SMEs believe the UK legal system only works for big businesses and those that can afford it, according to the results of a new study.

30/07/2019

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One in three UK firms looking to hire

The latest Quarterly Recruitment Outlook from the British Chambers of Commerce has found that recruitment intentions strengthened in the second quarter of 2019.

30/07/2019

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Holiday blues for women business owners

Only one in four female small business owners will be having a two-week holiday this summer according to the results of a new survey.

23/07/2019

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SMEs struggle as employment costs rise

Workplace pensions, the national living wage, national insurance contributions and the apprenticeship levy are creating a cost burden that is difficult for many small firms to cope with, according to new research.

23/07/2019

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Government to improve UK worker rights

Millions of flexible workers in sectors such as retail and hospitality will benefit from new rights under proposed government reforms.

23/07/2019

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Mid-morning is peak creativity time

A survey of UK employees has investigated when different workers feel most productive and have their best ideas.

16/07/2019

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Making Tax Digital VAT return deadline looms

Businesses with an annual turnover above £85,000 are being urged by HM Revenue and Customs to sign up to Making Tax Digital before the 7 August VAT filing date.

16/07/2019

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Dismay as Finance Bill brings IR35 changes closer

If passed, the draft Finance Bill will cement changes to the off-payroll working rules but business groups have warned that their effects could be devastating.

16/07/2019

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Immigration proposals could exacerbate labour shortages

Over half of UK businesses with staff from outside the UK would be negatively impacted by government proposals for the UK's future immigration system, according to new research.

09/07/2019

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One in eight UK freelancers plans to quit by 2020

A new survey of freelancers and contractors has found that two key issues - Brexit and IR35 tax reforms - are prompting many self-employed workers to rethink their futures.

09/07/2019

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SME employees expected to work on holiday

Three in ten SME employees will work at least once a day during their summer holiday, according to new research.

09/07/2019

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LGBT+ staff face discrimination at work

New research conducted for Pride month has found that almost two-thirds of LGBT+ employees have been made to feel uncomfortable at work because of their sexuality or gender identity.

02/07/2019

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Businesses to lead fight against climate change

The vast majority of business directors and managers say that business leaders have a responsibility to take action on climate change.

02/07/2019

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Tough times for UK small firms as confidence drops

Two new quarterly business surveys have found that political uncertainty continues to adversely affect UK small businesses on all fronts, from investment and productivity to recruitment.

02/07/2019

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Big firms face penalties for paying suppliers late

For the first time, large businesses could be fined for failing to pay smaller suppliers on time under new government proposals.

25/06/2019

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SME owners losing sleep over the value of their business

A new survey has found that company valuation is seen as a pressing issue for two-thirds of UK business owners.

25/06/2019

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Eight in ten small firms struggling to grow

Business uncertainty, red tape and the tax burden are all key issues that are holding back UK small firms with ambitions to grow.

25/06/2019

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Why more disabled workers are choosing self-employment

More disabled people than ever are choosing to work for themselves, but they are being let down by poor support from government.

18/06/2019

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One in three self-employed workers not insured

Almost one third of the UK's self-employed workers have no protection against the risks associated with running a business, according to a new report.

18/06/2019

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Brits turn to side hustles for extra cash

It has become increasingly common for professionals to have a business on the side in order to supplement their income, according to a new study.

18/06/2019

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