6th Anniversary Meetup

This year we are celebrating 6 years of the HD8 Network.

Conceived and brought to life in the spring-summer 2013.

One of the first things we did was create a social media community and the response was they wanted to meet up.  So we created our Meetups.

Following this we brought you the website, business shows and membership packages and what we have been consistent with is our social communities and our physical meetups.

Earlier this year Jacqui Gedman – Chief Executive of Kirklees Council – kindly offered to be our speaker at one of our Meetups.

We jumped at the chance and thought it would be ideal to do this on our 6th Anniversary of HD8 Network Meetups this year in July.


Jacqui will be discussing “How the Council supports businesses”

Tickets will be on sale as usual.  Whilst we intend on holding our Speed Networking sessions this will depend on the number of attendees.  We also want to acknowledge and celebrate this 6 year milestone and so will try to measure the attendee interest and act accordingly.


Book your tickets now on Eventbrite – HD8networkMmmmm-July.Eventbrite.co.uk


Meet our Members

The HD8 Network is more than just our networking events, however ….

The HD8 Network Meetups are really wonderful and you should come along to see for yourself.

We have a laugh, but also have organised time for attendees to speak with at least half the people in the room.

But most of all, we provide a comfortable fun two hours aimed at helping your business in the HD8 area.

Building relationships with other business owners can provide a range of benefits; peer learning, creating accountability, sharpening your business acumen.  It’s not JUST about growing your business contacts – but that’s pretty great fun too.


HD8 Network Meetups

The HD8 Network is more than just our networking events.  (But these are really wonderful and you really should come)  

At our Meetups we have a laugh, but also have organised time for attendees to speak with at least half the people in the room in a speed networking style.

As many of the attendees come regularly, this is more of a monthly catch up than elevator pitch, but it is good practise to bring business cards or leaflets with contact details to act as a reminder for people who has met you.  Some people also bring demonstrations or other portfolios, however its about what suits you best.

We generally have a speaker, aimed at educating you on aspects of business, as well as providing heightened exposure to a member’s business, whilst not being a sales pitch.

Building relationships with other business owners brings so many benefits, including peer learning, creating accountability, sharpening your business acumen, as well as growing your business contacts.

You might be looking for services and trades for home or work life, or want to promote your organisation and sell stuff.

We have many charities who come along and can tell you how you can support the organisations that help to provide much needed services to the community and the exposure they can give you in return.

The HD8 Network Meetups has a range of B2B businesses, as well as B2C and MLM in attendance.  The majority of attendees are made up of sole traders or one-man-bands, however we also have employees, as well as business owners attending and our Meetups attract all ranges of businesses at varying times of the year. You just never know who is going to book on (or even turn up) – that’s the ‘fun’ of running and ‘planning’ events.


Will we see you next time?

Most of all the HD8 Network Meetups are a comfortable, fun two hours, aimed at helping your business and the HD8 area of Huddersfield.

Join us for our 6th Anniversary event with Jacqui Gedman from Kirklees Council



But like we say we are SO MUCH MORE than Networking Events

Check out our memberships for package details.  We can get exposure for your business online, through our directory listing, news section, events calendar, social media communities and email.  There is also the opportunity to meet and talk face to face with our members, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.  Life is busy enough.  But they are good fun.

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our Top 5 things blog

If I had a top 5 top thing, to celebrate our 5th anniversary, I would have to pick my favourite surprise organisations …

Number one – Boom, it has to be Think Forensics.

Wow what a business.  What a concept.  What an amazing woman behind it.

Number two – The Pigs in the Woods.

I must confess I have never visited or made contact, however I LOVE driving past it.  Perhaps a bit dangerous trying to point out the pigs to the kid while driving …. But makes my heart sing a bit.

Number three – Shepley Spring Festival.

I have stolen the description “a mini Glastonbury”.  I mentioned above, an amazing woman, but this Festival is also a credit to the amazing team work that can pull off an international 3-day music festival year on year, despite council and other funding cuts and other obstacles – including the weather in some years!!

Number four – There are so many that I could choose from it is so hard to single out, but I would have to pick the community amenities –

  1. The community libraries seem to have been a great success and popular and have been an impressive response to “the cuts”.
  2. Emley Community Centre, Football Club and Wentworth rooms was a delight the other year and is an impressive community area with so much potential. However, there are also many other sports and recreation clubs across the HD8 area it seems so harsh to single any out.
  3. Cliffe House is an adventure I know will continue to grow for me. I love the history of it – my MiL (Mother in Law) has stayed here … sorry that’s misleading, she’s not that old – she went on here school trip …. My little one isn’t just old enough for the adventure play equipment, but I can’t wait to give it a try.  I did a stewarding session at Shepley Spring Festival the other year and the acoustics in the stables, I kept being told, where amazing!
  4. Scissett Baths – This has been my second office over the last year … not necessarily working, instead working out. It is great facility, but hard work to get to grips with timetables and the classes are so popular, it’s tricky to book.  You must be dedicated, but the facilities are amazing (not forgetting the history) – and it’s one of the longest pools in Kirklees …
  5. Now I am torn between the great facilities for kids or just plummeting for Springfield Mills; especially after Jelly Beans and the transformation she has made (along with support from the other units) …. Leapfrogs too has recently gone through an amazing transformation, as has Kirklees Light Railways – have you been to their outside park in Clayton West recently? And of course, there are the other amazingly run community playgroups, stay and plays, etc, without forgetting the little parks dotted everywhere … However, Spingfield Mills, essentially should be your retail dream … a perfect way to spend your time …. The variety of shops/units in there, the service that is provided (most of the time) the quality and variety that is available, however ….

Number five – I have run out of numbers! Can I lump together in one all the other amazing organisations in the area?

  1. The back-bedroom businesses
  2. The (wo)man with a van services that keep our house, gardens, family and all other sorts of elements in our lives and business in working order
  3. The shops, beauticians, restaurants and entertainment activities, as well as events
  4. The employers, the national and international companies, the manufacturers, fabricators, engineers, ecommerce …
  5. The non-profit organisations that organise our social lives

Wow, I never thought it was going to be so hard to leave out so much.  My mind is racing with the number of organisations and people that I haven’t mentioned, however I mean no offence when I do so.

Can you do better?  What are your top 5?

It doesn’t have to be so far reaching as mine #coverallangels #anglesaswell

Post on our social media, email your articles to info@HD8network.co.uk or just generally tell people what is great and what is happening in the area.

Kirklees’ Biggest Business Conference Returns

Kirklees Business Conference HD8 NetworkFollowing on from the success of the 2017 Conference, the Mid Yorkshire Chamber is delighted to be hosting their 2018 Kirklees Business Conference (KBC) at John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield on Wednesday 21st March.

The free, one-day conference has become an unmissable event in the local business calendar which is dedicated to helping businesses to connect, learn and grow.

Attracting over 600 business people and 50 exhibitors, KBC includes a fantastic programme of engaging seminars, a discussion panel, surgery sessions and open networking throughout the day.

This year the Mid Yorkshire Chamber is proud to announce an official partnership with Google bringing a Digital Garage to KBC as part of the seminar programme.

Kirklees Business Conference HD8 NetworkRunning alongside the four seminar sessions, more surgery sessions will also take place following their success last year. Held by local businesses located in the stadium boxes, the surgeries will provide the opportunity for companies to run their own seminars, workshops or one to ones.

Rory Bourke, Events & Sponsorship Co-ordinator at the Chamber said ”Kirklees Business Conference is definitely shaping up to be a day not to be missed. The conference is a fantastic opportunity to raise your profile, make new contacts and learn from other experienced professionals. There are many opportunities for local businesses to get involved through sponsorship, exhibiting or attending as a delegate.”

Confirmed conference sponsors and partners include; AD:VENTURE, The John Smith’s Stadium, The Design Mechanics and Social Progress.

Delegate tickets are free but registration is essential, significant interest is anticipated therefore early delegate booking via www.kirkleesbusinessconference.co.uk is advised to avoid disappointment.


For further information about the conference follow @MYBizConfs and #KirkleesConf on twitter.

To find out more about sponsoring or exhibiting at the event please email events@mycci.co.uk or call 01484 483679.

Facts and Figures December 2016

We have 184 Members of varying degrees and a Mailing List of over 1400.

In the last year www.HD8network.co.uk received nearly 8000 visits, from just over 6000 users and received just under 16,000 page views.

Last month there were 680 sessions on the website. In October, when we held this year’s Business Show there were 916 sessions and we saw heightened traffic on the website since we started to announce the show.  We also saw a large number of visitors in November last year when we launched the new website and membership options.

Facebook referred 1286 page views to the website

The HD8 Network Page on Facebook has nearly 1200 Likes and reached 758 people last week (26th November – 2nd December 2016) with 90 Post engagements.

The Facebook Group has 475 members.  There are also a range of focused Facebook Groups.

We have 2357 followers on our HD8 Network handle on Twitter and are following 2177. Our tweets earn 24.9k impressions in the last 28 days. On average we earn 3 link clicks, 2 retweets and 2 likes per day.

The Linkedin Group has 154 members and the Company Page has 57 Followers, both of these areas are admittedly currently totally underutilised.

Information correct as of 3rd December 2016

Read the full report here

Background info on the HD8 Network

The HD8 Network was first created in April 2013, initially on Social Media.

In July 2013 the HD8 Network started to offer a physical offline networking at the monthly Meet Up events and a website was started later in the year.

The HD8 Network undertook a rebranding exercise in the summer of 2015, held the first HD8 Business Show in the August 2015, with a subsequent one in October 2016 and the new website and membership packages were launched in November of 2015.

Further improvements have been made to the website since and is part of a continuous improvement strategy.


Read the full report here

If you would like to comment or question any of the above please contact us at info@HDnetwork.co.uk

Find out how you can join the HD8 Network and promote your organisation and activities in and around the HD8 area?

Structured 121 networking

Come and attend are structured networking sessions and have short conversations with fellow local businesses and see if you want to chat further.

Afterwards you will feel more at ease talking to the fellow attendees during the rest of the event

At our monthly Meet Ups networking events, we then listen to a speaker and eat a meal.  Quite often there will be a table discussion, but individual conversations do develop.

At the Business Show there will be numerous opportunities to deepen the initial 121.  You’ll be comfortable and relaxed sitting together listening to the speakers, participating in the group sessions or chatting with the exhibitors.

We are a network.  By building connections and working together we all profit.

We believe in the HD8 area, whether you work, rest or play here.

It is a beautiful, vibrant place with many hidden gems.

Come a reveal yourself at our friendly, relaxed business networking events on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Woodman Inn or at our HD8 Business Show on Wednesday 12th October at Emley Welfare Ground.

Exhibitors at the HD8 Business Show

Would an exhibitor stand at the HD8 Business Show benefit your business?

All exhibitors at the HD8 Business Show will have the ability to record contact details of attendees and the areas they visited.

Using the QR codes printed on the delegate badges, sponsored by the Kirklees Branch of the fsb, using technology provided by Conference Badge.

You will be able to swipe the badges, collecting delegate details using a simple app on your phone, enabling you the ability to keep track of all the people you speak to – with their permission of course.

As a thank you for supporting the HD8 Business Show, we will also provide you with a list of those who signed up and attended the show- although without email addresses, as direct permission to contact cannot be given as it is a free event for the delegates.  For all participants including exhibitors, we will however share your details with whomever you wish on the delegate list.

You are also welcomed to contribute content to be shared on our blog and social media communications up to and after the event.

All this is included with the price of a stand!

It is not just a table you are getting; instead think of it as participation in an experience and of the exposure your business will get.

If the thought of a tableclothed stall accompanied by banner stands and promotional material, with pitching salespeople puts you off, why not do something different?

For example we could arrange a comfy seating area, for delegates and yourself to have friendly relaxed conversations.  You could bring a board of knobs and screws or show us your waterworks.

And don’t forget you are also welcome to join other delegates and participants in structured 121’s as seen at the HD8 Network’s monthly Meet Ups at the Woodman Inn.

The aim of the HD8 Business Show is connect you and make your business flourish and we want you to benefit from speaking to as many people as you can, on the day and afterwards.


HD8 Business Show at Emley Welfare Ground

This year’s HD8 Business Show will be held on the 12th October 2016 at Emley Welfare Ground.

Think Forensic SkelmanthorpeFor those of you that know of last year’s event, you will know that I chose a quirky venue. Let me tell you a story … One day in January 2015, I visited the awe inspiring Sue at Think Forensic and their new venue in Skelmanthorpe.

While I was walking around looking at the crime scene rooms and the street connecting them, we were chatting and she mentioned the successful Christmas fair she had just held and I suggested the idea of using her premises for a Business Show.

Seven months later HD8 had its first small business trade show.

Local businesses, most of whom I have built relationships with, took stands and chatted with the delegates who attended free of charge.

HD8 Network Business Show 2015There were also a range of speakers talking about business related matters.  In smaller rooms – the aforementioned crime scenes (but not the blood spatter room) there were more personal sessions.

It all went amazingly and it was the perfect choice of venue.

Any way as I was saying …. For those of you that know about last year, I love quirky buildings. I love the beauty, history and narrative the building gives.


This year I have chosen Emley football club and surrounding area for the HD8 Business Show

WHD8 Emley Towerhy wouldn’t I? The whole of Yorkshire looks up to Emley. Well that was my argument for wanting to call my daughter Emley.

HD8 Emley Cross

Emley is such a beautiful little village on top of a tall hill. And it has a very big tower on it, which sends tele-signals to the surrounding areas. (Btw my daughter is called Elizabeth.)

The Emley Welfare Ground is a fantastic location with 3 amazing venues with hospitable and friendly managers running them.

A couple of guys from AFC Emley checked out our networking group a few years ago and invited us down to a match. A year later we had had the first HD8 Business Show and I was dreaming about building on the success and planning the second, thinking of a venue, when I remembered the support AFC Emley had also provided promoting this big (potentially) annual event. So I approached Andrew Painten and went to visit the club, being informed there were 2 other buildings as well.

HD8 AFC EmleyWhen I got there I remembered how much parking there was available and headed optimistically to the clubhouse. On my way out to visit the other venues I enquired what was down the corridor. I was shown to the dressing rooms. A bit like Goldilocks I was shown a big room, a medium size one and a … yep you’ve guessed it … a small one. And it clicked; I could see shirts on the walls and benches lined up …. This would be a perfect speaker venue.

I then visited the Emley Youth and Community Centre and was show a newly renovated building with a large open plan kitchen, dining area and activity room.

I was then shown to the Wentworth, which is a lovely square shaped building with the bar across half of the back wall with a seating area in front of it. Then to your right is a big smart, pleasantly decorated function room with good flooring and comfortable long saddles at each end.

How perfect! I just had to pick a date and invite you to join us in making this day a success. (haha, yeah of course it has been that easy).

Book your free delegate tickets here – www.hd8businessshow.eventbrite.co.uk

Find out more about the HD8 Business Show

HD8 Business Show 2016

We are in the midst of organising the HD8 Business Show 2016

More details coming soon ….

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If you are interested in being an exhibitor or a speaker, hold breakout sessions, advertising on our website, programme or otherwise at the event or even becoming a sponsor then please register your interest here.

If you would like to attend and be informed of planned activities at the HD8 Business Show 2016 then please sign up to our mailing list.