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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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UK firms not compliant with stress health and safety law

Workplace mental health experts have warned that many UK companies are not doing enough to protect employees from work-related stress.

18/02/2020

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Late pay is growing problem for UK exporters

New data shows that many foreign businesses that bought goods and services from UK companies in 2019 paid their invoices late.

18/02/2020

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New online tools to help businesses prepare for 2021

The UK government has created several tools to help British nationals and businesses get ready for new rules in 2021 once the transition period is over.

18/02/2020

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Would-be entrepreneurs lack confidence to start a business

One in five Brits wants to set up their own business in the next five years but worries about everything from age to money are holding them back.

11/02/2020

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Is running a business bad for your health?

A new survey has found that two-thirds of start-up founders attribute personal health issues to their hectic working lives.

11/02/2020

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Budget must turn SME optimism into real growth

The UK economy saw zero growth in the fourth quarter of 2019; now business groups are calling for a spring Budget that supports the UK's small firms.

11/02/2020

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Action needed to safeguard apprenticeships for small firms

As National Apprenticeship Week gets underway, the Federation of Small Businesses is calling on the government to secure the long-term future of apprenticeships.

04/02/2020

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Banking app for sole traders launches new tax tool

Countingup, the small business banking and accounting app, has launched a tax estimate tool for calculating income tax, national insurance and corporation tax.

04/02/2020

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Budget must address "critical" skills shortages

Almost three-quarters of UK firms looking to recruit have struggled to find the right talent, a new survey of employers has found.

04/02/2020

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Why SME manufacturers are more upbeat in 2020

A new survey by the CBI has found that manufacturing business owners are more optimistic about their prospects for the first time in years.

04/02/2020

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Why women are driving the rise in self-employment

The latest government figures show that the number of self-employed workers in the UK has risen to over five million.

28/01/2020

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Jack's Law introduces paid parental bereavement leave

A raft of employment reforms will include the new legal right to two weeks' paid leave for parents who suffer the devastating loss of a child.

28/01/2020

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Immigration salary threshold should be lower says MAC

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has advised the government to drop the salary threshold for immigrants to £25,600.

28/01/2020

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UK SMEs stockpile £86 billion of surplus cash

Small and medium-sized firms in the UK have accumulated £86 billion of cash and they are keeping it in current accounts that pay little or no interest.

21/01/2020

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2019 was a bumper year for UK start-ups

Last year, almost 700,000 new firms were launched in the UK, a 2.8% rise compared to a year ago.

21/01/2020

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Revealed: the best universities for would-be entrepreneurs

A new study has uncovered the universities with the highest number of entrepreneurs among their graduates.

21/01/2020

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Get Work partners with Google to support tradespeople

A new online lead generation service aimed at UK tradespeople has been launched today by Get Work in partnership with Google.

21/01/2020

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Technology will be key to prosperity after Brexit

Two new business surveys have highlighted the challenges facing UK firms but they also suggest there is light at the end of the Brexit tunnel.

14/01/2020

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Too little too late? IR35 review gets luke-warm reception

The government has launched a review of the upcoming changes to off-payroll working rules but its scope is limited to ensuring a smooth transition when the new rules come into force in April.

14/01/2020

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Most small firms wary of Open Banking

A new survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found that business owners are worried about sharing banking data electronically, despite the benefits.

14/01/2020

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Fake reviews are big problem for small firms that sell online

New research from the Federation of Small Businesses has revealed the scale of challenges facing firms that use online marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay and Facebook.

07/01/2020

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High Pay Day shines spotlight on executive pay

Top bosses starting work on Thursday 2 January only needed to work for three days (33 hours) in order to make same amount of money that the typical full-time employee earns in an entire year.

07/01/2020

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Commuters lose five days a year because of delays

The CBI and KPMG have launched a campaign to highlight the need to improve transport infrastructure across the UK.

07/01/2020

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Salaries set to rise for the first time in two years

Professional salaries in the UK are expected to increase by at least 3% in 2020, following two years' of pay freezes.

02/01/2020

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Has the UK economy hit bottom yet?

The latest quarterly economic survey by the British Chambers of Commerce has found "protracted weakness" across most indicators of economic health in the final quarter of 2019.

02/01/2020

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National Living Wage to increase by 6.2%

The government's acceptance of the Low Pay Commission's 2019 recommendations means that the NLW will reach the target of 60% of median earnings in April 2020.

31/12/2019

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Do you need a career reboot in 2020?

New research has found that half of UK employees fear they're in the wrong job; while a survey of freelancers has found many are lonely and stressed. 

17/12/2019

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All eyes on Boris Johnson over the issue of IR35

Business groups welcomed the Conservative party pledge, made just before the election, to review the upcoming IR35 changes. But will Boris Johnson keep his promise?

17/12/2019

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UK business population hits new heights

As 2019 draws to a close, the latest government statistics show that the total number of businesses in the UK has risen to 5.9 million.

17/12/2019

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Is shopper hypocrisy costing small firms business?

New research has found that many UK shoppers don't put their money where their mouth is when it comes to supporting small firms and independent shops.

10/12/2019

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