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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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Dramatic drop in apprenticeship starts

The latest figures from the Department for Education show that the number of apprenticeship starts fell by 28% in the past year.

20/06/2018

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HMRC blames small businesses for tax gap

The UK tax body says it has reduced the tax gap but claims that the largest amount of unpaid tax is owed by the nation's small firms.

20/06/2018

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The rise of the "school run" entrepreneur

A study on self-employment has identified a key new group of entrepreneurs - parents that want to fit their work around the school run.

19/06/2018

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New network of business angels targets regions

More than half of the UK's business angel investors are based in London and the South East, according to new research.

19/06/2018

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Cards overtake cash as contactless takes off

Debit cards have overtaken cash as the most frequently used payment method in the UK.

18/06/2018

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BCC downgrades UK growth forecast for 2018

The UK is set for its weakest year of GDP growth since 2009, according to new analysis by the British Chambers of Commerce.

18/06/2018

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Landmark case for gig workers

A self-employed plumber has won a legal battle for working rights in a Supreme Court ruling.

13/06/2018

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Micro-businesses fear slump after Brexit

Most micro-business owners in the UK think that Brexit would be damaging for the economy, according to the results of a new survey.

13/06/2018

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Government unveils start-up visa

People who want to start a business in the UK will be able to apply for a new "start-up" visa from 2019.

13/06/2018

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How running a business affects wellbeing

Most business owners say that the stress of running a business has had a negative impact on their personal lives, according to a new study.

12/06/2018

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Small business hiring to slow down

The contribution of new SME workers to the UK economy is expected to drop by more than half over the next five years.

12/06/2018

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The business cost of World Cup "sickies"

New research predicts that unauthorised staff absences during the World Cup could cost UK businesses more than £13 billion.

12/06/2018

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IPSE makes the case for raising the VAT threshold

The UK freelancer body IPSE says a higher VAT threshold would stimulate small business growth and encourage innovation. 

06/06/2018

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Why are start-up survival rates not higher?

Six in ten new businesses don't last five years and only 11% are still going strong after 15 years, according to new research.

06/06/2018

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Sunny weather boosts retail sales in May

Fine weather and two bank holidays helped lift UK retail sales out of the doldrums last month.

05/06/2018

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Acas tells employers: plan ahead for World Cup

Acas has published advice for businesses to help them prepare for potential staffing issues during the World Cup.

05/06/2018

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The nine most sought-after work perks

Additional holidays and flexible hours are the most popular benefits for employees but when perks seem like gimmicks they can backfire, according to new research.

04/06/2018

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Ageing workforce is biggest threat to productivity

A new survey of senior HR professionals has highlighted concerns about productivity and the ageing workforce.

04/06/2018

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Revealed: UK's best and worst cities for digital coverage

A new study has found that there are big differences between cities across the UK when it comes to wifi, broadband and mobile connectivity.

30/05/2018

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Millions of calls to HMRC are not answered

New figures from the National Audit Office reveal that one in ten phone calls to the HMRC helpline are not picked up.

30/05/2018

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Big firms must raise their game on late payments says FSB

The Federation of Small Businesses has called on large companies in the UK to do more to end late payments, poor payment practice and supply chain bullying.

30/05/2018

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Simpler ISAs could encourage more freelancers to save

Self-employed people are still far less likely to save than other workers, according to Government figures.

29/05/2018

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Are there more dividend tax changes to come?

A Government report has suggested that tax rates on dividends should be brought in line with income tax rates.

29/05/2018

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UK exporters are "impeded by labour shortages"

Two-thirds of manufacturers that export struggled to recruit in the first quarter of 2018, according to new research.

29/05/2018

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"Bring your own device" policy is cyber security risk

Small businesses that allow their employees to work on their own laptops and smart phones are at greater risk of security breaches.

23/05/2018

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Is too much planning bad for business?

Entrepreneurs that start a business without a fixed plan are more likely to succeed according to new research.

23/05/2018

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Freelancer day rates rise in 2018

The latest poll of self-employed workers shows there has been a marked improvement in confidence and earnings in 2018.

22/05/2018

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Online retail goes from strength to strength

While sales and footfall on the UK high street remain sluggish, online retail sales saw a significant increase in April.

22/05/2018

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GDPR is good for business says Capgemini study

A quarter of consumers spend more with an organisation when they are convinced of their GDPR compliance according to new research.

21/05/2018

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Could IR35 rules be extended to the private sector?

The Government is to look into extending off-payroll tax rules to contractors in the private sector.

21/05/2018

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