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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.

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Government backs UK firms with new funding

The government has provided £200 million of additional funding via the British Business Bank to support innovative start-ups and small firms that require finance to grow.

17/04/2019

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Jobs boom sees rise in the number of older workers

The UK employment boom is continuing, according to the latest labour market statistics.

16/04/2019

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Big break for aspiring food entrepreneurs

The Federation of Small Businesses has partnered with Le Cordon Bleu to give aspiring entrepreneurs with a food business idea the chance to turn their dream into reality.

16/04/2019

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BME workers more likely to be trapped in insecure work

The UK labour market is discriminating against black and minority ethnic workers, according to a new report by the TUC.

15/04/2019

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Over half of SMEs see a recession on the horizon

Confidence among UK small businesses has fallen and many firms expect trouble ahead as economic uncertainty continues to take its toll.

15/04/2019

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Birmingham is UK's top city for small firms

The latest Small Business Index has identified the best European cities for enterprise based on SME population, business support and the affordability of premises.

10/04/2019

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Poor management triggers rise in workplace stress

The CIPD is calling for more investment in management training to help tackle rising levels of stress at work.

09/04/2019

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Apprenticeship Levy uptake remains low

UK businesses are set to lose over one billion pounds in funding because they've failed to set up new apprenticeships, according to a new report.

09/04/2019

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Why freelancers love working remotely

A new report has found that remote working boosts flexibility and productivity for self-employed workers.

08/04/2019

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Pension confusion for one in four workers

New research has found that more than a quarter of UK adults with workplace pensions don't know about the increased contributions which have just come into effect.

08/04/2019

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Older entrepreneurs use their pension pots for funding

Older entrepreneurs have taken almost £1.5bn from pension pots to fund new ventures since the introduction of pension freedoms in 2015.

04/04/2019

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Employee happiness is neglected by small firms

A poll of 600 small business leaders has found that key aspects of business strategy are being overlooked, including employee wellbeing.

02/04/2019

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Businesses face rising costs as new tax year looms

The latest British Chambers of Commerce quarterly economic survey has found that UK economic health weakened considerably in the first quarter of 2019 as rising business costs and the Brexit impasse take their toll.

02/04/2019

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TUC calls for minimum wage changes

Research by the TUC has found that young workers are missing out on £200 million a year in minimum wage pay.

01/04/2019

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What's holding back would-be entrepreneurs?

Lack of time and money are the main roadblocks for budding entrepreneurs that want to get a new business off the ground according to a new study.

01/04/2019

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Number of scale-up businesses reaches new high

The number of high-growth businesses in the UK has increased to a record 36,510, according to a new study.

27/03/2019

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MTD: over a million businesses yet to sign up

A Freedom of Information request sent to HMRC has revealed that only 4% of UK businesses mandated to join Making Tax Digital from 1 April have registered.

26/03/2019

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Clock is ticking on registering .uk domains

After a five-year "right of registration" reservation period, there are now less than three months to go before second level .uk domains become widely available.

26/03/2019

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Investment in UK businesses set to rise

A survey of private investors has found that 85% are actively looking to invest UK businesses in 2019, with healthcare and technology firms attracting the most interest.

25/03/2019

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Further defeat for HMRC in IR35 tribunal

Business groups say the latest case, involving TV presenter Lorraine Kelly, proves that HMRC's employment test tool CEST is not fit for purpose.

25/03/2019

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What makes a happy workplace?

A new study of workplaces has found that being appreciated is significantly more important to employees than money.

20/03/2019

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HMRC ignores negative feedback on IR35 tool

Research into the effectiveness of the controversial IR35 employment status tool CEST has found that that half of users polled described it as "bad" or "very bad".

19/03/2019

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UK labour market "defies gravity"

UK employment has reached an all-time high, wages are up and unemployment is at its lowest level since the 1970s.

19/03/2019

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Government promises light touch on MTD compliance

Chancellor Philip Hammond has said that businesses that are "doing their best to comply" with Making Tax Digital will not be penalised if they inadvertently breach VAT filing or record-keeping rules in the first year.

18/03/2019

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Chambers warns of Brexit "black hole"

The latest economic forecast by the British Chambers of Commerce predicts a weaker outlook for business investment and trade due to continued Brexit uncertainty and slower expected global economic growth.

18/03/2019

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Spring Statement: UK's "brighter future" depends on deal

Chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond has used the Spring Statement to warn of the economic consequences of leaving the EU without a deal.

13/03/2019

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SMEs to get more government contracts under new plan

A new SME Action Plan has been launched to unlock opportunities for smaller businesses to access government contracts.

12/03/2019

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Big rise in number of self-employed women

Women are increasingly choosing to work for themselves in order to improve their pay and working conditions, according to new research.

12/03/2019

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Mixed picture on SME fortunes ahead of Brexit

The latest SME Health Check Index has found that evaporating confidence and restricted GDP growth are hitting Britain's SMEs.

12/03/2019

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Counting the cost of Making Tax Digital

A new study by the Federation of Small Businesses has found that small firms will have to spend an average of £564 on Making Tax Digital software in the first year.

11/03/2019

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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”

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