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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...

Link: Handbook Download

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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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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Christmas comes early as shopping habits change

New research shows that British consumers have radically altered the way they shop and, in a quest for bargains, many have already started to buy Christmas gifts.

22/09/2020

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Businesses call for support as new restrictions are imposed

Prime minister Boris Johnson has announced a number of new restrictions for England intended to slow the spread of coronavirus.

22/09/2020

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Working from home increases cyber threat

A new study has found that many employers are failing to give their staff adequate information on ways to avoid cyber-attacks while they are working from home.

15/09/2020

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Small family firms "doing the most to protect jobs"

As redundancy levels soar, new research has found that the UK's small family businesses are least likely to have laid off staff during the pandemic.

15/09/2020

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No rest for the self-employed as holidays are ditched

Nearly three-quarters of business owners say they will take no more than five days holiday next year even though 89% agree that time off is important for mental health.

15/09/2020

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The unexpected benefits of working from home

Employees are not only more productive when they work from home, they are also financially better off, according to new research.

08/09/2020

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Businesses need support as debts rise

Four in ten firms have borrowed money this year to help them survive the pandemic; now they need support to avoid getting into a debt crisis.

08/09/2020

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Countdown to Small Business Saturday begins

One hundred of the UK's most inspiring small businesses have been chosen to mark the official countdown to Small Business Saturday 2020.

08/09/2020

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One in four small firms owned by women yet to reopen

Women business owners could be making greater sacrifices than their male counterparts this year as they contend with specific challenges from the pandemic, according to a new survey of small business owners.

01/09/2020

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Free digital skills hub for small firms goes live

Make It Click is a new initiative aimed at supporting small businesses and helping them to boost their IT skills.

01/09/2020

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Cyber crime threatens small firm survival

Research shows that three out of five small businesses close their doors within six months after falling victim to a cyber-attack.

01/09/2020

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IPSE warns of "devastating" gaps in support for self-employed

The latest government statistics show that over one million freelancers in the UK are not eligible for state support during the coronavirus crisis.

25/08/2020

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Hiring freelancers boosts productivity and profit

New research has found that skilled freelancers can significantly improve business performance for those that employ them.

25/08/2020

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Small firms outperform expectations

UK small businesses saw a 14% drop in revenue in the second quarter of 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic but the impact was far less damaging than had been feared.

25/08/2020

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Why it's time for a money makeover

Three-quarters of Brits say the coronavirus pandemic has prompted them to rethink their spending and saving habits.

18/08/2020

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Applications open for second SEISS grant

Self-employed workers who have been financially affected by coronavirus can now apply for a second grant through the Self Employment Income Support Scheme.

18/08/2020

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Working late is new normal for UK workers

As more people work from home, a new study has found that longer working hours have become standard practice in the UK. 

18/08/2020

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Brits urged to "shop local" to support SMEs

The Government has launched a Shop Local campaign to help support independent shops on UK high streets.

11/08/2020

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Average freelancer income falls by 25%

The drop in income was driven by a record fall in the average number of weeks freelancers worked during the second quarter of 2020.

11/08/2020

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One in six freelancers have no savings

A new study has found that 17% of self-employed workers have no financial buffer and less than one in ten have insurance to protect their income.

11/08/2020

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Revealed: the best place to run a business in the UK

Belfast tops the list of the best cities in the UK for running your own company, according to new research on business costs.

04/08/2020

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Time is running out for COVID-19 grant schemes

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that local economies risk missing out on more than ÂŁ1 billion in emergency COVID-19 funding if the government goes ahead with plans to close three grant schemes this month.

04/08/2020

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Small business owners offered free leadership training

The government has launched two training programmes designed to improve small business leadership and problem-solving skills in the wake of coronavirus.

04/08/2020

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Making Tax Digital plans ring alarm bells for freelancers

The government has unveiled the next steps for Making Tax Digital but self-employed workers are worried that it could make tax administration more complicated.

28/07/2020

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SME outlook is polarised in new FSB survey

The latest poll by the Federation of Small Businesses has found a significant divide when it comes to small business confidence.

28/07/2020

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"Amazon tax" could backfire for small retailers

A digital retail tax intended to level the playing field between online retailers and high street stores would push up prices for consumers, the British Retail Consortium has warned.

28/07/2020

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Mixed picture on the post-lockdown bounce back

Studies by business organisations suggest that SME confidence is rising but many firms still plan to make redundancies.

21/07/2020

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Working from home set to double

New research confirms that the coronavirus pandemic has caused a permanent shift in how people work.

21/07/2020

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Traditional ads reign supreme for UK consumers

TV advertising is still the biggest influencer of UK buying decisions, ahead of celebrity endorsements and online video ads.

21/07/2020

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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”

Jason Bowers - Interiors–TheStudio.Com

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