The team here at It’seeze Websites is dedicated to supporting local businesses. We offer a wide range of advice to our website clients about the business support available across Hull and East Yorkshire. 
 
Read on to discover our top tips for making this year your most profitable and rewarding yet! 

 Business grants 

Everyone always asks about 'free money' - AKA business grants. While there are certainly business grants available, they often tend to be match funded. 
 
If you do need some extra capital to get things up and running or to take your small business to the next level, there are numerous business grants available through Hull City Council, HEY LEP and the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.  
 
These grants can range from a few hundred pounds to much larger sums and you may be surprised how much financial support your business can access. 

 Hull & East Yorkshire networking groups 

Love it or loathe it, networking can be one of the best things you can do to get your business out there. Our region has so many opportunities for expanding your network, gaining new business and collaborating with likeminded people. 
 
We strongly recommend checking out the following organisations: 
 
Three of the most well known local groups are The Business Culture, Humber Bondholders and the Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce
 
There are also multiple BNI chapters in our region (ask us for details) as well as the Hull Business Women's Breakfast Club. 
 
If you're interested in business growth as well as networking, we’re your local ambassadors for Entrepreneurs Circle, which is designed for ambitious owners who are looking to grow and learn. 

 Online business networks 

As well as in-person and virtual networking groups, there are a number of online business groups that you can join. These groups offer opportunities for you to promote offers, events or just to connect and chat with other business owners. 
 
Here are a few local Facebook Groups: 
 

 Free business advice and support 

Small businesses in Hull and East Yorkshire can access a huge variety of free advice and support through the Business & IP Centre. Offering tons of insight, resources, training and events, not to mention one-to-one sessions and help with protecting intellectual property, it’s your go-to place for invaluable guidance. 
 
Based in Hedon, Sirius offers free advice and business loans for local people setting up a business in the area, or to expand an already successful business in Hull and the East Riding Of Yorkshire. 

 Business mentoring and support 

Start-ups in Hull and anyone who’s self-employed will always benefit from mentorship. If you like the idea of having a seasoned professional to bounce ideas off and ask for constructive feedback, you definitely need to speak to For Entrepreneurs Only. As well as offering toolkits, events and workshops to help you fine-tune your business, the group also provides peer-to-peer mentoring that’s second to none. 

 Local news contacts 

Do you have an exciting business announcement that you’d like to share with the world? That’s great, as there are plenty of Hull news websites waiting to hear from you. If you have a press release or want to speak to a reporter, make sure to get in touch with Hull Is This, BusinessWorks and The Business Desk, plus if your business is based in Hull City Centre you can contact HullBID to see if they’ll feature your news on their website. 
 
Business Up North and Business Mondays are good ones to bear in mind too, as they have wide readerships based across the North and the UK as a whole. 

 Let’s talk business growth 

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