The HD8 Network celebrates the network of the HD8 villages. Promoting and connecting the HD8 area
We are here whether you work, rest or play in the area. We bring together the brilliant variety of people, places and resources in our fantastic local area and provide for a platform for collaboration and communication.
The catalyst for creating the HD8 Network happened in 2013, after spending years commuting out of the area for business purposes, and I wanted to work locally. I wanted to live here and play here too.
Offering web-based resources such as a local directory, an events calendar, community pages and social media channels as well as business networking meetings and events, we welcome you to use the site and all that we offer.
Here’s a timeline of how we got to celebrating 8 years of the HD8 Network … play your part of what comes next.
- Launch of New Website – with new search functions
- Launch of Community Memberships
- Launch the Loveday Membership – thanking and recognising those that have influenced the journey.
8 Years of the HD8 Network
Website with Events Calendar, News Section and Organisation Directory
Events calendar, directory listing and news page all found on our website, alongside pages for each village in the area, with descriptions, facts and figures and other information, highlighting specific events and organisations in the village.
The HD8 Network also offers three membership packages (Gold, Silver & Bronze) to organisations in and around the area. The packages provide several options to reach more people and raise awareness of their organisation in the local area.
We also manage a number of different social media communities.
We also now manage a number of different social media communities. Predominately on Facebook – our groups are active supportive communities – however you can also join in our conversations on Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram. Find out more here – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/contact-us/social-media-communities/
At time of checking, we have 60 members and a subscriber list of 1159 people – 842 Work here, 242 Rest and Play here (with 47 not at all categorised – Cleaning and keeping up to date contact details and communication preferences is important to us and this an ongoing tactic we try to focus on. We have also just deleted hundreds of records and email addresses, as they had not been responsive in some time).
And of course, we continue to hold our monthly Meetup networking events for organisations.
HD8 does QVC with John Danbury
Launched the Virtual Christmas High Street
Moved the Meetups Online
FSB sponsor our Meetups and buy us cake, with members of the Federation of Small Businesses receiving discounted entrance
HD8 Network Photoshoot at Westleigh House with John Steel Photography
Moved the Meetups to The Venue at Storthes Hall Park
HD8 Christmas Networking Do – Tapas at The Coffee Loft supported by FSB
Ran ‘Promote your organisation on HD8 Network’ Seminars alongside the Meetups at The Coffee Loft, Scissett
Meetup at the Mill Canteen
Meetup at The Flying Ferrett, Shelley
The second HD8 Business Show – Emley Welfare Ground
Moved to the Woodman Inn, Thunderbridge for our Meetups
3rd Anniversary of Networking Events at Shelley Football Grounds, sponsored by the FSB
Sponsored Shepley Festival and held Drinks Reception at The Coach House at Cliffe House
HD8member memberships launched with new website
HD8 Network Business Show – Think Forensic Crime Scene Centre in Skelmanthorpe.
It was AMAZING – Read what you thought of it
The HD8 Network went through a rebrand
Initially all I wanted was a pop-up banner – to let people know they were at the right venue for our Meetups – and maybe some promotional leaflets.
As the HD8 Network hardly covered the costs of running the meetings – including a meal at the time, there was no money available to do this.
I discovered a Kirklees Council initiative that provided me with strategic support. This led me to develop membership packages, changing the HD8 Network from a hobby into something more.
I invested some inheritance money and engaged with several suppliers from around the area. A terrific group effort brought together the website by Delicious Media, the CRM and respective softwares by Creative Analysis. Branding, including our amazing logo, by Nunu Creative and photographic images by John Steel which involved coordinating a photoshoot with potential members, a few “drive-by-shootings” to capture images of the area and many, many laughs and cups of tea.
1 year of holding our networking events.
Birthday Cake made by Oliver James Sugarcraft, alongside gluten free cupcakes – especially for Proud Bookkeeping. Pin the Business Card on the Donkey and Musical Chair Networking and Champagne.
We settle the home of our Meetup networking events as the 315 Bar and Restaurant, Lepton.
Christmas Lunch – Cliffe House – Shepley
Meetup location – La Dolce Vita – Scissett
Meetup location – 315 Bar & Restaurant – Lepton
Meetup location – Henry’s Coffee & Wine Bar – Skelmanthorpe
Second Meetup Networking Event – Woodman Inn – Thunderbridge
(Merewyn in hospital with 6 week early new born).
First Meetup Networking Event – Denby Dale – The Dale Man and up to the Thai Restaurant afterwards, for those that wanted.
What a scorchio day! Many were pleased of a cold drink.
Met Steph Walker from Delicious Media at a networking event and she helped me plunge into the world of hosting networking events and also created our amazing website.
She was my sidekick, my go to gal, my extra bit of confidence at the beginning and in some respects still is to this day.
Without Steph this journey would never have been possible, at all.
I am forever and continually grateful to her.
It is unfortunate that she’s upped sticks and moved down south …. to Sheffield! …
To make connections and build my Sayers Solutions business, I am used to attending networking events and I attended a networking event, run by Keith Loveday, where I met at least 8 people from the HD8 area (which is quite a lot, as there was only 12 people in attendance!).
I joked to Keith – who was also living in the HD8 area at the time – and said “why don’t you set up one where we live?”
While driving home I thought ‘why don’t I do it?’.
I bodge up a logo. I contacted the local pub and I created a Facebook Page to test the water and people loved the idea, saying “we should meet up”.
The HD8 Network was created
Before all of this
I – Merewyn Sayers – run another business – Sayers Solutions – marketing coaching, training and consultation.
Like many other business owners, I find myself travelling distances, outside of the HD8 area. I am passionate about the local economy yet I find myself working with customers and suppliers outside of this area.