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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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Small firms not ready for Making Tax Digital

New research for HMRC has found that 70% of businesses are still unaware of the forthcoming roll-out of Making Tax Digital (MTD).

13/12/2017

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Employees are happy to stay put for the right job

With skills shortages raising the prospect of increased staff turnover, new research suggests that many employees are content to stay where they are.

13/12/2017

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Digital skills gap: UK SMEs fall behind

The Federation of Small Businesses has warned that UK productivity growth will continue to stall unless action is taken to tackle the digital skills deficit in small businesses. 

12/12/2017

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Young start-ups "more optimistic" than established firms

Two surveys by the Institute of Directors reveal that founders of young companies are feeling much more confident about their prospects than directors at more established businesses.

12/12/2017

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Self-employed risk health by working through illness

Four out of five freelancers and micro-business owners admit that they have worked through an illness rather than taking time off.

11/12/2017

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Small business confidence takes a knock

The health of small businesses in the UK is at its lowest level in three years, according to the latest SME Health Check Index.

11/12/2017

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Four-hour days: how we'll work by 2050

A new study predicts that the four-hour working day will be the norm within 30 years as technology revolutionises the way we do business.

06/12/2017

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IPSE highlights the self-employed savings crisis

The UK's leading freelancer body has described the low levels of pensions saving by self-employed Brits as a "ticking time bomb".

06/12/2017

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2017 is record year for small businesses

Small businesses contributed £1.9 trillion to the UK economy this year, according to new Government figures.

05/12/2017

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One in five firms struggles to find premises

The planning system in England is more "complex, costly and difficult" for business than it was five years ago, according to a new report from the British Chambers of Commerce.

05/12/2017

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The tax-exempt bonuses that few firms know about

Many employers are keen to reward staff with bonuses - especially at Christmas - but less than one in ten have taken advantage of Government rules that allow them to make tax-exempt awards.

04/12/2017

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Will you be logging on this Christmas?

Almost one third of office workers expect to log on to work and check emails on Christmas Day this year, according to a new survey.

04/12/2017

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Small firms lead the way on closing gender pay gap

The gender pay gap in SME-dominated industries has fallen from 22% to 13% in the past decade - twice as fast as the national rate.

29/11/2017

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London is top start-up and innovation hub in Europe

A new survey has found that London is still overwhelmingly viewed as Europe's start-up and innovation hub - both by Londoners and Europeans.

29/11/2017

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Why start-ups are selling up, not scaling up

The number of mergers and acquisitions of young enterprises is at a record high according to data from the latest Barclays Entrepreneurs Index.

28/11/2017

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Half of businesses admit to paying suppliers late

As new legislation requires companies to report their payment policies and practice, new research finds that late payment is still widespread.

28/11/2017

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ASA cracks down on misleading broadband speed claims

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has changed the rules governing the way that broadband speed claims can be advertised.

27/11/2017

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Government unveils ambitious Industrial Strategy

The new strategy is intended to "boost productivity, embrace technological change and increase the earning power of people across the UK".

27/11/2017

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"Business-friendly" Budget but there's more to do

Small business groups have welcomed chancellor Philip Hammond's Autumn Budget - most notably his reforms of the business rates system, his decision to freeze the VAT threshold and new investment in infrastructure.

22/11/2017

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A "balanced" Budget with a few surprises

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has delivered what he has called a "balanced Budget" designed to support an "inclusive economy".

22/11/2017

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Christmas shoppers shun cash-only independents

Small businesses, cafes and shops that don't take cards or contactless payments risk losing out on £2bn in the run up to Christmas according to new research.

21/11/2017

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HMRC offers free webinars on tax for self-employed

With January's online self-assessment deadline fast approaching, HMRC has put together a programme of webinars to help self-employed people manage their tax reporting obligations.

21/11/2017

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Small firms plan to use more freelancers

A new survey has found that 57% of small businesses plan to employ more freelancers than permanent staff by 2020.

20/11/2017

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FSB counts cost of lowering the VAT threshold

With fears that the VAT threshold could be lowered in this week's budget, the Federation of Small Businesses has warned that such a move would "drain small firms of time and money".

20/11/2017

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Small retailers make plans for Black Friday

New YouGov research for Amazon has found that nearly one in four UK SME retailers (23%) is planning to participate in Black Friday this year, up from 14% last year.

15/11/2017

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Businesses should donate to charity "by law"

A new survey has found that more than half of UK consumers believe that every business should be required to give some of their profits to charity.

15/11/2017

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UK small businesses lose value

The average value of small businesses in the UK is dropping, with restaurants and cafes in London being hit the hardest according to new research.

14/11/2017

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Two in three UK small firms have plans to grow

UK small businesses need to build partnerships in order to achieve their growth ambitions, according to a new report.

14/11/2017

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"Don't lower VAT threshold" say business groups

Two leading business groups have warned that lowering the VAT threshold could be "a disaster" for small businesses.

13/11/2017

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Aspirational Brits are keen to start a business

Four in five Brits have thought about starting their own business, according to new research.

13/11/2017

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As a result of the guidance received and the funds provided we now  have a team of dedicated staff and we are well set up to build on these foundations for our future.


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