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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 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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Small firms now waiting even longer to be paid

A new report has revealed that late payment waits for small businesses have doubled in the past year.

10/12/2019

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Freelancers are down but not out as 2020 looms

A new survey of freelancers has found that confidence is low but freelancers have "gone into overdrive" in recent months to prepare for Brexit and IR35.

10/12/2019

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Coconut integrates Open Banking into its accounting app

Coconut, the accounting app designed for self-employed people and small firms, has integrated Open Banking into its offering.

10/12/2019

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Business owners are being held back by uncertainty

In the past six months there has been a significant rise in the number of small business owners saying that market uncertainty is hampering their growth plans.

03/12/2019

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The self-assessment deadline you might not know about

Some tax payers can pay their self-assessment tax bill via the PAYE code adjustment but the deadline for this is fast approaching.

03/12/2019

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The 2019 election guide for small firms and sole traders

Confused about who is promising what in the election? Here's our guide to the manifesto pledges from all the major parties, focusing on the big issues facing small business owners and self-employed workers.

03/12/2019

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HMRC issues warning about scam calls, texts and emails

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has warned millions of tax-payers to watch out for fraudsters in the run up to the 31 January self-assessment deadline.

26/11/2019

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Employers struggle as more staff ask for flexible hours

A new survey has found that more than four in ten employers say they need help implementing flexible working as the demand for flexible hours rises.

26/11/2019

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Retail optimism returns after prolonged slump

The six-month decline in UK retail sales ended in November, according to the latest quarterly CBI Distributive Trends survey.

26/11/2019

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Why workers are embracing the rise of the robot

Three-quarters of British workers say they'd be happy to work alongside robotic technology if it meant they could reduce manual processes.

19/11/2019

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Planned cut in corporation tax shelved

Boris Johnson has told the CBI conference this week that a proposed corporation tax cut would be postponed under a Conservative government and the money saved would be spent on the NHS.

19/11/2019

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Global study finds UK SMEs in the doldrums

A new global business survey has found that UK small firms are the least likely to invest during the remainder of 2019 as the threat of a UK recession in 2020 looms.

19/11/2019

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Counting the cost of stress in the workplace

More than a third of UK workers have thought about quitting their job due to stress and millions of working days are lost to mental health-related issues every year.

12/11/2019

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