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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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Businesses count the cost of the pandemic

New surveys show that three in ten business leaders have permanently streamlined their teams because of the coronavirus crisis and one in ten small firms have lost all their business.

30/06/2020

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SME late payment crisis deepens through lockdown

A new survey of more than 4,000 small firms has found that the majority have been hit by late payment as a result of COVID-19.

30/06/2020

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Business-to business sees online buying surge

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a significant shift in the way businesses sell to each other, leaving traditional salespeople out in the cold.

30/06/2020

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More businesses get the green light to reopen in July

Many more businesses in England will be able to reopen from 4 July, including pubs, hotels, restaurants and hairdressers.

23/06/2020

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Older entrepreneurs say they're not ready to retire

Two-thirds of business owners over the age of 55 say they will "never stop" working - out of choice rather than necessity.

23/06/2020

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Renewed calls for ethnicity pay gap reporting

Mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting for businesses will be debated in Parliament after a petition attracted more than 100,000 signatures.

23/06/2020

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Shoppers urged to support local stores as lockdown eases

The Federation of Small Businesses is calling on the public to support small retailers as they start to open up after lockdown.

16/06/2020

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Demand for office space set to plummet

New research suggests that demand for office space in the UK could drop by up to 50% as more businesses change their attitudes to staff working from home.

16/06/2020

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One in two commuters considering cycling to work

New research has found that over half of UK employees are considering cycling to work, with two-thirds saying they want to avoid having to use "unsafe" public transport.

16/06/2020

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Massive shift to online as small firms adapt to the new normal

One in seven small business owners say they are transitioning towards becoming fully or mainly online enterprises since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK.

09/06/2020

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No safety net for freelancers that fall between the cracks

One in five highly skilled freelancers say they will have to close their business because of the COVID-19 crisis, according to the results of a new survey.

09/06/2020

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SMEs and suppliers in tug-of-war over credit

Small firms and their suppliers are struggling to agree payment terms as both face cashflow problems because of unpaid invoices.

09/06/2020

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Small firms step up to help their communities

As businesses across the UK adapt to survive during the coronavirus crisis, many small firms are also making significant efforts to support their local communities.

02/06/2020

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Backlog of holiday leave could hamper recovery for small firms

As employees return to work, UK businesses are likely to face a backlog of annual leave requests that could cost them thousands of pounds.

02/06/2020

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Government support is "lifeline" for SMEs and freelancers

Chancellor Rishi Sunak's extension of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and the gradual tapering of the furlough scheme has been widely praised by business leaders.

02/06/2020

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Working from home is taking its toll on employees

Acas has issued guidance to help staff manage their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic, as new research shows that many employees are struggling with working from home.

26/05/2020

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Thousands of retailers get the go-ahead to reopen in June

High street shops, department stores and shopping centres across England will be able to reopen in mid-June but only if the government's five tests are met and as long as premises are made COVID-19 secure.

26/05/2020

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Early signs that UK SMEs could be on the road to recovery

Research by Barclaycard has found that, despite significant challenges in the short term, there are early signs that small firms in the UK are starting to recover.

26/05/2020

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Most businesses ready to embrace the "new normal"

The latest Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker from the British Chambers of Commerce has found that UK small firms are ready for a gradual reopening of the economy but they still need government support.

19/05/2020

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Coronavirus sick pay scheme to go live in May

A new online system will allow small and medium-sized businesses to claim back Statutory Sick Pay payments they have made to their employees during the coronavirus pandemic.

19/05/2020

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Don't rush the return to work warns RoSPA

A leading health and safety body has warned that a badly thought-out return to work could spell financial disaster for businesses.

19/05/2020

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Four in ten pubs fear closure because of pandemic

A survey of over 500 pub owners conducted by the Forum of Private Business has found that nearly four in ten pubs say they are not confident of surviving a June lockdown.

12/05/2020

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Huge relief as furlough scheme is extended to October

Chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced that the Job Retention Scheme will be extended by four months.

12/05/2020

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Government's back-to-work plan starts with "baby steps"

The government has published guidance for employers to help them get their businesses back up and running while ensuring their workplaces are operating safely.

12/05/2020

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Self-employment scheme gets early launch

HMRC is writing to self-employed workers this week to explain how to apply for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

05/05/2020

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"Sudden and seismic shift" in small business confidence

The proportion of UK small businesses predicting growth has plummeted from 39% to just 14% in the past three months, according to new research.

05/05/2020

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New entrepreneurs emerge in the face of adversity

A new survey has found that one in ten Brits have plans to start their own business because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

05/05/2020

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Bounce Back loans could save thousands of small firms

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a 100% government-backed loan scheme aimed at the UK's smallest firms.

28/04/2020

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Pandemic causes surge in freelancer numbers

A leading online platform for freelancers has seen a four-fold rise in sign-ups as well as increased demand for specific skills including business planning and marketing.

28/04/2020

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Employees working from home are happier but less engaged

A new study has assessed how UK employees are coping with working life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

28/04/2020

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