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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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IPSE: The government should be thanking the self-employed

The rise in the number of people working for themselves has helped to take employment levels to new heights, says IPSE.

12/12/2018

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Many Christmas Day workers get no extra pay

A new report has found that many companies are not compensating their employees for working on bank holidays over Christmas.

12/12/2018

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Social ad spend shifts to Instagram from Facebook

A new report on social media trends has found that Instagram is in the ascendancy but it warns that influencer fraud is also on the rise.

11/12/2018

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Small business confidence tumbles ahead of Brexit vote

Confidence among UK small firms has fallen to its lowest point since 2011, according to new data from the Federation of Small Businesses. 

10/12/2018

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Freelancer of the year opens for entries

The UK's self-employed workers are being encouraged to enter the IPSE 2019 Freelancer of the year awards.

10/12/2018

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Late payment to SMEs is "market abuse" says report

Late payment practices continue to adversely affect UK small businesses and self-employed contractors, according to a new report.

05/12/2018

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Pensions dashboards to launch in 2019

Proposals to give millions of people online access to their pension information have been unveiled by the government.

04/12/2018

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Small Business Saturday hits new heights

Shoppers came out in force for this year's Small Business Saturday event.

04/12/2018

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Contractors oppose upcoming IR35 tax changes

New research suggests that 85 MPs could lose their seats over the issue of new off-payroll tax rules as independent contractors say they would vote against their MP if they were to support the changes.

03/12/2018

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Festive décor is good for staff morale says study

New research has found that employee wellbeing and engagement increases in workplaces with Christmas décor.

03/12/2018

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New lending fund to support growth of 2,000 small firms

The British Business Bank has announced up to £150 million of new lending to UK small businesses through Funding Circle.

28/11/2018

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The effect of #MeToo on UK workplaces

New research on sexual harassment has revealed that only one in four workers says that media coverage of the #MeToo campaign has helped to improve their workplace culture.

27/11/2018

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Revealed: the UK hotspots for entrepreneurs

A new study has uncovered the parts of the UK where entrepreneurship is thriving, as well as those where it's in the doldrums.

27/11/2018

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What's stopping young people from starting a business?

New research has found that a fear of failure may be deterring young people - and particularly young engineers - from starting their own enterprises.

26/11/2018

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Calls for government to delay Making Tax Digital

The House of Lords has called for the introduction of Making Tax Digital for VAT to be delayed because of concerns that small businesses are not ready for the new system.

26/11/2018

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November is the new December for Christmas shopping

The growing popularity of Black Friday means that November is fast becoming a busier month than December for Christmas shopping.

21/11/2018

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How to have a tax-free Christmas party

The UK's leading accountancy body is reminding employers that they can "spread the Christmas joy" by taking advantage of a staff party tax break.

20/11/2018

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IoD poll shows support for withdrawal deal

The first poll of business leaders since the publication of the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement has found that most UK directors want to see the deal approved.

20/11/2018

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Business groups urge MPs to back May's Brexit deal

The prime minister may be having a hard time convincing MPs to back her Brexit deal but business groups have broadly welcomed Theresa May's draft withdrawal agreement.

19/11/2018

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Government identifies 27,000 leads for UK exporters

An improved government export service now provides online details of thousands of current exporting opportunities that are open to UK businesses.

19/11/2018

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Two-thirds of small firms still not GDPR-compliant

Six months after the introduction of EU data protection legislation, a new report has found that only one third of SMEs believe they are compliant.

14/11/2018

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Average commuting time rises by 18 hours

Getting to and from work now takes five minutes longer than a decade ago, according to new analysis by the TUC.

13/11/2018

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Women entrepreneurs add £105bn to UK economy

Women entrepreneurs and business leaders are increasingly delivering growth and creating jobs in the UK, according to a new report. 

13/11/2018

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NatWest launches app for small businesses

Mettle is described as an "end-to-end platform for businesses", combining a current account with invoicing and bookkeeping capabilities.

12/11/2018

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One in three SME owners works 50+ hours a week

More people are choosing to work for themselves than ever despite the long hours, a new survey has found.

12/11/2018

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New study finds stress epidemic at work

It's International Stress Awareness Week and a new report has found that stress in the workplace is damaging the wellbeing of employees and reducing productivity.

07/11/2018

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HMRC steps up communication on Making Tax Digital

The first government letters about Making Tax Digital for VAT are being sent to sole traders and small business owners in the coming days.

07/11/2018

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Workers want more flexibility over Christmas

A new poll of office workers has found that 75% would like the chance to work from home or change their hours in the run-up to Christmas.

06/11/2018

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One in four employees has a business on the side

Employees admit that they spend time on their own money-making projects while they're supposed to be doing their day job.

06/11/2018

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Real Living Wage rises to £9 an hour

Over 180,000 UK workers are to get a 2.8% pay rise today as the Living Wage Foundation increases the real Living Wage hourly rate.

05/11/2018

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Client Testimonials

I had a great business idea, contacts and knowledge, so why work for someone else? But the banks were unsure about my choice of location for the business and refused me the loan that I needed.

 

Sirius recognised the potential and gave me a start-up loan. Once I gained the backing of Sirius, the banks started to take my proposal more seriously. Without this support I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do what I am doing now.”

 

Interiors-thestudio.com has now been trading for ten years. The business continues to expand, setting up an e-commerce website and diversifying into the contract market, offering furniture and a complete interior design service for bars, beauty salons and offices. “Sirius believed in me when no one else would. Now I’m expanding, taking on new staff and giving young people a chance. If you put your mind to it, anything is possible”

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