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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?

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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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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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Working from home is taking its toll on employees

Acas has issued guidance to help staff manage their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic, as new research shows that many employees are struggling with working from home.

26/05/2020

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Thousands of retailers get the go-ahead to reopen in June

High street shops, department stores and shopping centres across England will be able to reopen in mid-June but only if the government's five tests are met and as long as premises are made COVID-19 secure.

26/05/2020

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Early signs that UK SMEs could be on the road to recovery

Research by Barclaycard has found that, despite significant challenges in the short term, there are early signs that small firms in the UK are starting to recover.

26/05/2020

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Most businesses ready to embrace the "new normal"

The latest Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker from the British Chambers of Commerce has found that UK small firms are ready for a gradual reopening of the economy but they still need government support.

19/05/2020

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Coronavirus sick pay scheme to go live in May

A new online system will allow small and medium-sized businesses to claim back Statutory Sick Pay payments they have made to their employees during the coronavirus pandemic.

19/05/2020

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Don't rush the return to work warns RoSPA

A leading health and safety body has warned that a badly thought-out return to work could spell financial disaster for businesses.

19/05/2020

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Four in ten pubs fear closure because of pandemic

A survey of over 500 pub owners conducted by the Forum of Private Business has found that nearly four in ten pubs say they are not confident of surviving a June lockdown.

12/05/2020

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Huge relief as furlough scheme is extended to October

Chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced that the Job Retention Scheme will be extended by four months.

12/05/2020

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Government's back-to-work plan starts with "baby steps"

The government has published guidance for employers to help them get their businesses back up and running while ensuring their workplaces are operating safely.

12/05/2020

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Self-employment scheme gets early launch

HMRC is writing to self-employed workers this week to explain how to apply for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

05/05/2020

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"Sudden and seismic shift" in small business confidence

The proportion of UK small businesses predicting growth has plummeted from 39% to just 14% in the past three months, according to new research.

05/05/2020

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New entrepreneurs emerge in the face of adversity

A new survey has found that one in ten Brits have plans to start their own business because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

05/05/2020

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Bounce Back loans could save thousands of small firms

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a 100% government-backed loan scheme aimed at the UK's smallest firms.

28/04/2020

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Pandemic causes surge in freelancer numbers

A leading online platform for freelancers has seen a four-fold rise in sign-ups as well as increased demand for specific skills including business planning and marketing.

28/04/2020

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Employees working from home are happier but less engaged

A new study has assessed how UK employees are coping with working life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

28/04/2020

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Small company directors feel "despondent and left behind"

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has written to MPs calling for action to support directors of small firms who have been left out of current coronavirus support measures.

21/04/2020

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Furlough scheme opens in time for April payday

More than 140,000 companies have applied to the government's job furlough scheme on its first day of operation.

21/04/2020

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COVID-19: Stark warnings on business failures

A raft of new surveys has found that alarming numbers of small businesses say they don't expect to survive the coronavirus crisis.

21/04/2020

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Can new lenders get the coronavirus loan scheme moving?

As businesses struggle to access the finance they need, the British Business Bank has approved four new lenders for accreditation under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

14/04/2020

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COVID-19: New tools help SMEs get government support

The Coronavirus Government Support Eligibility Checker helps businesses to find out which schemes they are eligible for.

14/04/2020

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COVID:19: New tools help SMEs get government support

The Coronavirus Government Support Eligibility Checker helps businesses to find out which schemes they are eligible for.

14/04/2020

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Serviced office tenants miss out on COVID-19 grant cash

Small businesses that occupy serviced office spaces have missed out on £100m of grants based on business rates - worth £10,000 per business.

14/04/2020

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One in four employers expects permanent redundancies

In spite of a raft of support measures put in place by the UK government, many employers expect to make permanent redundancies because of the coronavirus crisis.

07/04/2020

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PeoplePerHour pledges £10m to help freelancers and SMEs

The UK freelance marketplace PeoplePerHour is making £10 million available for small businesses to spend on hiring freelancers via its platform.

07/04/2020

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New innovation grant opens for applications

UK-registered businesses are being invited to apply for a share of £20 million in grant money to respond to new and urgent needs during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.

07/04/2020

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Government overhauls coronavirus loan scheme

Problems with the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) have been addressed by the government.

07/04/2020

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Gaps in support for business must be filled says IoD

The Institute of Directors is calling for help for companies and entrepreneurs currently "falling through the cracks" of government support during the coronavirus crisis.

31/03/2020

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New insolvency rules give businesses breathing space

The government has announced a relaxation of UK insolvency laws to enable UK companies undergoing a rescue or restructure process to continue trading, giving them breathing space that could help them avoid insolvency.

31/03/2020

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Employers urged to do more for staff mental wellbeing

The CIPD and Simplyhealth have said that employers need to check in with employees - including those working remotely - to support their mental wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

31/03/2020

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Self-employed get rescue package but it won't pay out until June

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has given details of a new scheme to help self-employed people that are losing work due to the coronavirus outbreak.

26/03/2020

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