START-UP RESOURCE

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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.

Link: http://sirius-hull.marketinginfohub.co.uk/

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Most bosses can't handle employee stress

New research has found that over half of Brits have had to take time off work because of stress but many bosses say they don't know how to help.

25/04/2018

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Find your "hidden accountant" AAT tells SMEs

Four in five small businesses have unqualified staff managing their finances, according to new research.

25/04/2018

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Freelance confidence falters ahead of Brexit

A new survey of self-employed professionals has found that confidence in the UK economy is diminishing as Brexit approaches. 

24/04/2018

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Most employees want a more relaxed dress code

More than half of UK office workers are unhappy with their workplace dress code according to new research.

24/04/2018

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How UK small firms could save millions on energy costs

A new study has identified the fixtures and equipment that waste the most energy in small business premises.

23/04/2018

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Businesses identify 500 mobile "not spots" in the UK

Small firms have been reporting areas where they can't get a reliable mobile signal as part of a new campaign by the British Chambers of Commerce.

23/04/2018

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Global demand for British goods rises

A new report predicts that UK exports of goods and services will continue to rise and will double by 2030.

18/04/2018

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Self-employment stabilises at 4.8 million

After many years of rapid growth, the number of self-employed people in the UK has reached a plateau, according to new Government figures.

18/04/2018

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Welcome signs that the wage squeeze is over

The latest Government statistics show that wages have grown by 2.8% compared to a year earlier.

18/04/2018

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Economic confidence turns positive

Business leaders' confidence in the economy has returned to positive territory for the first time in almost a year.

16/04/2018

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Job satisfaction put under the spotlight

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD ) has launched an annual survey designed to measure seven aspects of job quality for UK workers.

16/04/2018

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Is measurement in marketing stifling creativity?

Almost three-quarters of marketers polled in a new study say that a culture of measurement is killing creativity when it comes to devising marketing campaigns.

16/04/2018

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Challenger bank for small firms launches

A new UK business current account with integrated accounting and tax software has launched this week.

11/04/2018

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Businesses must do more to be GDPR compliant

Half of consumers have yet to receive any emails from brands asking for permission to use their information, as new data regulation draws closer.

11/04/2018

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Government gets tough to support small firms

A package of measures has been introduced to level the playing field for smaller businesses bidding to win Government contracts.

11/04/2018

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The UK cities where cash is no longer king

New research has identified the UK cities that have the highest proportion of cashless transactions.

09/04/2018

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Millions of would-be entrepreneurs need more support

There are almost seven million potential entrepreneurs in the UK who have plans for a business but are being held back because of a lack of support.

09/04/2018

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Start Up Loans hit ÂŁ400 million milestone

The Government-backed enterprise programme has provided more than 54,000 loans to start-ups and early stage businesses since 2012.

09/04/2018

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How social proof drives buying behaviour

New research has highlighted the products and services most likely to be found via social media.

04/04/2018

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Social Entrepreneurs programme opens for applications

In its sixth year, the Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme provides funding and support to budding entrepreneurs that want to make a difference.

04/04/2018

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Gender pay gap reporting deadline arrives

Businesses with more than 250 employees must publish their gender pay gap data by midnight on 4 April.

04/04/2018

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Burnout risk as 45% of firms ignore staff stress

New research has revealed that 45% of UK businesses do nothing to help alleviate workers' stress , despite the fact that work is the most common cause of stress.

03/04/2018

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Levy in question as apprenticeships fall

New figures show that there has been a 25% drop in the number of people starting apprenticeships in the first two quarters of the 2017/18 academic year.

03/04/2018

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UK infrastructure is holding businesses back

Over a third of UK businesses don't believe that the UK's road and rail networks are meeting their needs, according to new research by the British Chambers of Commerce.

03/04/2018

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Millennials turn their backs on dull workplaces

One in five 18-24 year-olds say they have rejected a potential employer because they were put off by the state of the premises, according to new research.

28/03/2018

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Small retailers gear up for a busy Easter weekend

A quarter of small UK retailers expect to see an increase in sales over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

28/03/2018

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Small business confidence bounces back

Confidence among UK small firms is rising according to the Federation of Small Businesses.

27/03/2018

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UK start-ups spend six hours a month on marketing

A new study has found that busy start-up owners are devoting less than a day per month to market their business.

27/03/2018

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Self-employment surge tails off

After several years of rises, the latest labour market statistics show that the number of self-employed people in the UK has fallen by 22,000 in the past year.

26/03/2018

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More new parents plan to take shared leave

Uptake of shared parental leave has been slow since it was introduced but new research suggests that attitudes could be changing.

26/03/2018

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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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