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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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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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Spending review aims to steer the UK out of "economic emergency"

Chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak has set out his plans in a Spending Review that aims to "protect lives and livelihoods" as the pandemic continues to take its toll.

25/11/2020

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Black Friday set to be a record breaker

New research suggests that Black Friday 2020 could be the busiest ever as online sales continue to soar.

24/11/2020

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What does the Winter Plan mean for your business?

Independent retailers are breathing a sigh of relief as the government's COVID Winter Plan allows them to reopen ahead of Christmas but there are challenges ahead for bars and restaurants.

24/11/2020

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New initiatives put small firms in the spotlight

A new collaboration between Yell and Amazon means that millions of small businesses can now be found using Alexa; and a start-up is offering grants to help SMEs make TV ads.

17/11/2020

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Revealed: the best UK cities to start a side hustle

Brighton tops the list of the best places to start a side business as it emerges that website domain name registrations for new businesses soared during the last lockdown.

17/11/2020

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HMRC warns tax-payers to watch out for scammers

As the 2021 self assessment deadline approaches, there are increasing reports of fake emails, texts and phone calls purporting to be from HMRC.

17/11/2020

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Real Living Wage increases as more employers join the scheme

The real Living Wage hourly rates for 2020/21 have been increased, widening the gap between this voluntary wage rate and the government's statutory minimum wage rates.

10/11/2020

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One in five freelancers could quit self-employment

After two decades of growth in UK self-employment, a new study by the London School of Economics has found that one in five freelancers consider it likely that they'll leave self-employment as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

10/11/2020

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Sunak extends furlough scheme into Spring 2021

Workers on furlough will now get 80% of their income paid by the government until the end of March 2021; support for the self-employed has also been increased.

05/11/2020

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Brits show small businesses more love as pandemic hits

New research has found that coronavirus lockdowns have boosted the nation's loyalty to small businesses, with 59% of Brits saying they now support local businesses more than previously.

03/11/2020

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Self-employed workers to get extra support in November

The government has made the third instalment of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme more generous for November but business groups are warning that many freelancers are still falling through the cracks.

03/11/2020

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Could high street bank branches become a thing of the past?

If bank branches continue to close at their current rate there will be none left by April 2032, according to a new study of the retail banking sector.

03/11/2020

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England to re-enter lockdown

Prime minister, Boris Johnson, announces that England will go back into lockdown from 5 November.

31/10/2020

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Zoom effect sees workplace etiquette slipping

A new survey of those working from home because of the pandemic has found that the standard of workplace manners is falling as meetings go online.

27/10/2020

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Lay-offs in small businesses hit an all-time high

The latest FSB Small Business Index has found that times are tougher than ever for small firms after two difficult years.

27/10/2020

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Chancellor loosens the purse strings as restrictions start to bite

Rishi Sunak has unveiled a new package of measures designed to "significantly increase the generosity and reach" of the coronavirus winter support schemes.

22/10/2020

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Pandemic leaves thousands without an NI number

An investigation by Money Box for the BBC has discovered that thousands of people that are legally entitled to work in the UK have been unable to get a National Insurance number.

22/10/2020

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Small firms face "brain drain" due to tech challenges

A new study has found that many small businesses are losing their best talent because they are not geared up for remote working during the pandemic.

20/10/2020

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One in four firms doing nothing to improve boardroom diversity

A quarter of employers (24%) make no effort to attract and recruit more diverse candidates for top-level jobs, according to a new report.

20/10/2020

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"Time is running out" government warns businesses

The government is urging business leaders to prepare for Australia-style trading arrangements from 1 January as it launches its Time is running out campaign.

20/10/2020

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Are businesses prepared for a second wave?

Many UK businesses, both big and small, are taking a "wait and see" approach to planning for winter lockdowns, according to a new report.

13/10/2020

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Self-employed? Last chance to apply for the second SEISS grant

Self-employed workers that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic have just days left to apply for the second government SEISS grant.

13/10/2020

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New support for businesses forced to close

From 1 November, the government's Job Support Scheme will include support for any business that is required to close under new coronavirus restrictions or local lockdowns.

12/10/2020

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Brits on the move as remote working becomes the norm

Nearly two-thirds of Brits have thought about moving since their daily commute has been replaced by home working, according to new research.

06/10/2020

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Home-working here to stay, finds IoD study

The coronavirus pandemic will have a lasting impact on office use, according to a new survey of company directors.

06/10/2020

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Small Business Saturday roadshow goes online

Small firms across the UK are being offered a new package of Support and mentoring as Small Business Saturday launches the UK's first online roadshow for towns and cities affected by the pandemic.

06/10/2020

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Amazon Prime Day set to be bonanza for small firms

UK shoppers could spend as much as ÂŁ1 billion in an early Christmas shopping spree during the two-day event before Brexit brings in new bureaucracy and potentially higher prices.

29/09/2020

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Is the 9-5 working day best for productivity?

A new study suggests that flexible working could increase the UK's creativity and productivity as it finds that the 9-5 day does not work for everyone.

29/09/2020

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Chancellor unveils winter plan for jobs and businesses

Rishi Sunak has announced a replacement for the furlough scheme - the new six-month Job Support Scheme is intended to protect jobs in businesses affected by coronavirus over the winter.

24/09/2020

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SMEs invest to adapt and survive

Despite the financial pressures caused by COVID-19, more than three-quarters of small business owners have invested additional budget into their companies this year.

22/09/2020

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