Please help us welcome Clean Towels, who are based in Skelmanthorpe, as a new member of the HD8 Network
Kirklees Council has made a second and final round of the Local Authority Discretionary Grant fund available to help small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19.
Grants of up to £10,000 are being made available to businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs that have not received funding in round one and are not eligible for other Government grant schemes, including the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.
This fund is available to the following types of businesses:
- Manufacturing businesses with their own business rate assessment with a ‘Rateable Value’ of over £15,000 and less than £51,000
- Businesses that wholly or mainly supply the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Sector with their own business rates assessment with a ‘Rateable Value’ of over £15,000 and less than £51,000
- OFSTED registered childcare providers
Businesses must also meet the following criteria to be eligible:
- Be a small or micro business
- Have relatively high, ongoing fixed property-related costs
- Be able to demonstrate they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis
- Have been trading on 11th March 2020
- Occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000
Applications are open now and you can apply online via our website www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness .
Further information including full eligibility criteria and detailed guidance can also be found on their website. The application process will close at midnight on Wednesday 19 August 2020. The Council reserves the right to amend the closing date and will publish any changes on its website
You will be pleased to hear that we have decided to continue with our #WhereinHD8 campaign.
But this time we want to draw attention to the different villages in the HD8 area.
On our website there is a page for each village (found on our homepage) where we aim to provide details of the village, as well as a sample of the local events and business based there.
Each Friday we will be spotlighting the different #HD8 villages on social media linking to the pages on our website and ask you for contributions.
Do you have information that you would like to update the pages with?
Maybe you could recommend businesses and events that would benefit from featuring here.
If so, please get in touch and share your photos and stories, while sharing and engaging with our social media posts, to help us reach more people.
Where in the HD8 do you think is amazing and why?
Did you know that you can track the amount of traffic you receive from the HD8 Network?
Providing that you use Google Analytics (or similar software) on your website.
Listings on our directory provide information to enable people to get in touch with you.
This includes contact details and links to your social media and website.
The HD8 Network can measure how many views your listing receives. As well as the links that are clicked, the email addresses that have been clicked on to be used, and the downloads that have occurred. Silver or Gold Members receive reports of this activity as part of their membership.
However, did you know that you are also able to measure the activity at your end?
Log into your Google Analytics account; click on Acquisition, All Traffic, Source/Medium.
The traffic from us should show with descriptions like –
HD8network?utm_source=HD8network / Directory_Listing
HD8network / Directory_Listing
During a recent member’s account management meeting we were discussing their membership, helping them to optimise their exposure and the traffic that their listing had generated.
If you would like to find out more about the HD8 Network Membership benefits please visit – www.HD8network.co.uk/Join or get in touch.
I thought I would remind you about our Events Calendar on the website.
It is free for organisations to list their events on our online events calendar.
Ordinarily you would have found lots of interesting things to do … however a small pandemic had us delete all pre-standing events and now it is looking a bit empty and boring.
Currently we only have some business networking events and the sling library socials.
But we know that there is a lot more happening than that!
You do not need to be a member of the HD8 Network to make use of the calendar.
We say if it is of interest to those who work, rest and play in the HD8 area it is okay to upload your event.
So, you might also find events further afield too.
Whether you are looking for activities for the kids, a new skill you want to learn or a day out.
Normally there would be groups, events and fairs listed all the time and we want to get back to this.
So please tell everyone about the events calendar, add your events and keep checking back to see what else is going on.
We offer promotional packages for events who want further promotion outside of the events calendar. If this might be of interest to you, please get in touch.
If you were a member of the HD8 Network, we would remind you to send us content to share on your behalf and offer you the opportunity to work with us to help you find your story
To find out more about our listing and membership packages please visit – www.hd8network.co.uk/join/
Do you know how often we are told this when we finally get a chance to speak to people and explain what we offer?
So many people have a preconception of what it is we do and do you know how hard it is to overcome a preconception?
Most people know us for our networking events and we realise that this is probably entirely our fault, as we need to regularly promote them to make sure that we get the bums on seats … especially now they are happening twice a month!
But I think the association to these type of events is due to us having #Network in our name (Even my daughter calls it HD8 Networking Event – but I think she does it to wind me up).
But a Network is exactly what we are.
We are a platform for communication in the HD8 area of Huddersfield.
Other people think that we are just Facebook Groups and many possibly don’t realise that we manage a range of them. We have recently changed our posting policy in the Facebook Groups, so that now only members of the HD8 Network can promote their business in there … but do you know how much confusion that has caused? LOADS!! Especially, we think because you can be a member of a Facebook Group, as well as a member of the HD8 Network. And we often have people tell us they are a member of the HD8 Network when they are not even subscribed to our mailing list – possibly haven’t even visited our website.
One of the things that nearly everyone thinks that we do – which we definitely don’t – is publish and distribute the magazine through your door #DefinitelyNotUs
What most people don’t realise is that we ALSO have an online events calendar, business directory, share content via our news page on our website and on our social media channels, have a mailing list of engaged subscribes, offer a range of membership packages for businesses to promote themselves, as well as provide account management to help our members get the exposure they desire.
We are also developing packages for the larger businesses in the area, to compliment their CSR and employee benefit policies and we go out of our way to help community groups and charities.
Did you know we did all of this?
What did you think we did?
I would love the opportunity to discuss this further with you.
HMRC’s online claims system for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has launched today, Monday 20th April. Businesses participating in the scheme will be able to claim up to 80% of the wages of employees who would otherwise have been laid off as a result of the virus, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.
The Council is working to ensure that all Kirklees businesses are aware of the full range of support available, including the Job Retention Scheme, and we would appreciate your ongoing assistance to achieve this.
Please share this message and flyer via your own local networks to help us reach business owners across Kirklees. Business owners can also contact the Council’s Business Team if they have any questions about the scheme at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further updates you may be interested in today:
- More than £42.6m in coronavirus business grants has now been paid to 3866 businesses in Kirklees. Read the full article here: https://kirkleestogether.co.uk/2020/04/20/more-than-42-6m-has-been-paid-to-3866-businesses-across-kirklees/
- The Government has today launched the Future Fund to provide government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors. Find out more here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/future-fund
Many thanks for your support.
Kirklees Council Business Team
It is an unprecedented world at the moment and because of this, we are having to be ever evolving. We are trying to adapt so that we can continue to support the local area. One of the ways that we have been doing this, is by transferring our business networking events to Virtual Meetups – which are now FREE for Silver members, as well as Gold members.
Our virtual Meetups give local businesses the opportunity to introduce their products and services. However we have also found the Meetups are having a positive impact on attendees social life as well as mental health.
The Meetup sessions are held on Zoom on Thursday mornings starting at 10am
We had initially agreed to hold the events fortnightly – more regularly than our normal monthly events. However, it was not as easy to set this up on Eventbrite (how we process the ticket purchasing). So we have decided to hold these weekly.
Once a month these events will be supported by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), whereby their members can attend our virtual Meetups for free.
These Virtual Meetups will cost
£10 to non members,
£5 for Bronze members and FSB members (if it is not the ‘Supported by FSB’ Meetup),
Free for Silver and Gold Members.
At our Virtual Meetup on Thursday 16th April, we were able to replicate our unique Speed Networking format, as seen at our physical Meetups over the past 7 years. All agreed that they liked the format and it had been productive for them.
Survey results showed that attendees thought these events were –
useful for their business, enjoyable and that they will attend further ones.
also beneficial to attendees social life and mental health.
If you would like to join us for one of our Meetups please visit our Eventbrite profile to book your ticket – HD8network.Eventbrite.co.uk
However if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us (during reasonable hours) on 07790705223.
If you would like to find out more about our membership packages and to sign up please visit – www.HD8network.co.uk/join
Has your business been closed or seriously affected by coronavirus?
Are you considering staff redundancies?
The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme could help.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will pay up to 80% of the wages of employees who would otherwise have been laid off as a result of the virus, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.
This website includes information on the full range of support available for businesses and the self-employed to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 virus.
Kirklees Council understands that the COVID-19 pandemic is a time of great uncertainty and difficulty for business of all sizes and in all sectors. We are committed to working together with key partners in the private sector to maintain jobs and investment in the District.
Kirklees Council Business Team
Read our News section for other articles with updates on the Coronavirus situation.
Have you considered that membership of the HD8 Network could be as part of your CSR policy and your way of supporting the local community?
Are you a big business in the #HD8 area of Huddersfield?
For many businesses, the HD8 Network provides them a way to promote their services and products locally.
Many people know us for our networking events, others know about our social media groups and channels, however there is much more that we offer.
Whilst big businesses in the area might think that the HD8 Network and our membership is irrelevant to them – as their customers are not here – their other key stakeholders are; for example their employees, their neighbours, their councillors and other authorities making decisions which affect their business, all of whom are part of the surrounding communities.
The HD8 Network membership, used as part of your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy, would enable you to communicate effectively with these other groups that impact on your business.
By becoming a member and paying the membership fees, you enable us to run our website and free online events calendar, as well as manage our social media communities.
We have many hopes and dreams for the HD8 Network and taking large profits is not one of them (despite my husbands frustrations).
Everything we have so far earnt (and more) has been reinvested into building the ‘business’ and we have no intentions of stopping there!
In the past we have
- given discounted membership to charities and non-profit organisations, enabling them to come to our meetings and promote their messages.
- sponsored a toddler group’s sign – by paying for and organising a vinyl banner to be printed, which let more people know where they met.
- communicated a local rugby club’s campaign for sponsors and trustees to enable them to acquire their desired new changing rooms.
- provided space for a local newsletter to be accessible online.
- annually supported a internationally recognised music festival that happens locally.
This is just a few examples of how we have helped the locally community. And we want to do more and to help more.
If you would be interested in learning how your membership could help the local area please get in touch.
West Yorkshire Police and the Rural Neighbourhood Policing Teams are committed to providing continued reassurance and a high level of service during these difficult times.
Society has changed with the current climate and the Coronavirus pandemic. The Police would appreciate being kept up to date with any issues/concerns from any of the public which can be addressed by them to increase public confidence.
The Neighbourhood Policing Team are focused on Coronavirus related issues, whilst dealing with other emergencies.
The West Yorkshire Police and Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team receive daily briefings with regard to – changes to the way in which they police the area, what progress is being made, and what the Government are expecting of them.
The Police are updating the public constantly, giving constituents the most up to date information and advice as they come into contact with them, and are patrolling constantly to ensure that Government restrictions are being adhered to.
The Sergeant at Holmfirth is sometimes working in another office and may not be able to answer the phone at that time, so please refrain from phoning this number.
Please continue to ring 999 in case of an emergency and 101 for all other incidents.
Read our News section for other articles with updates on the Coronavirus situation.
Kirklees Council has had a fantastic response from local businesses seeking to draw down a Small Business Grant or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant as part of the Government’s COVID-19 support package.
As of this morning over 4,300 grant applications have been submitted.
Council staff are working hard to process the submissions, undertake any checks required by Government and get payments out as soon as possible.
BACS payments will commence later today and will continue on a daily basis until all of the grants have been paid.
However, we know that many more Kirklees businesses are eligible for a grant
Please would appreciate you could share this article within your local networks to make sure all businesses receive support as soon as possible.
Further information and the online application form is available at www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness.
Business owners can also contact the Council business rates team if they have any questions about the grants at email@example.com although regrettably it is not possible to answer queries about the timing of individual payments due to the unprecedented volume of enquiries.
The Government has announced details of a package of financial support for businesses and the self-employed to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 virus.
This week Kirklees Council has written to all businesses in Kirklees who are eligible for either the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant or Small Business Grant to let them know that they need to complete an online form on the Council website in order to ensure payment as swiftly and securely as possible at the beginning of April. Further information and the online form is available here: www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness
However, we are aware that, due to the current situation, many business owners are not at their business premises and therefore may not see this letter immediately. We would therefore be grateful if you could share this message via your own local networks to help us reach business owners across Kirklees. Business owners can also contact the Council business rates team if they have any questions about the grants or their application at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kirklees Council understands that the COVID-19 pandemic is a time of great uncertainty and difficulty for business of all sizes and in all sectors. We are committed to working together with key partners in the private sector to maintain jobs and investment.
As you will know the Government has announced a package of targeted measures to support businesses during this period, including a job retention scheme; business rate reliefs and grants for small businesses and firms in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors; support for Statutory Sick Pay for SMEs; and loan finance via the Bank of England and British Business Bank.
Full details can be found at www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness
These pages are updated regularly with the latest information so please do refer back to the website frequently.
The Council is currently writing to all businesses and premises that are eligible for the Business Rates Relief Grant; please refer to the website for any updates on this.
Kirklees Council Business Team
Its Lawrence here from the Community Hubs team at Kirklees Council.
I just wanted to give you an update on how the Council will be working to offer support to communities through this period.
We’re working alongside our citizens and local organisations to make sure that together we can all support our neighbours and communities over the coming weeks. We’re working especially closely with local voluntary sector organisations through our partners at Volunteering Kirklees (part of Third Sector Leaders).
Together we’ve developed a co-ordinated Community Response, including a Kirklees Council helpline and online forms that anyone can use to either request help, or to offer support to others. Our response teams in local places will be matching requests for help with offers of support, so that we can work together to support the most vulnerable in our communities.
Anyone can let us know about the things they need help with, or that someone who they are concerned about might need help with. Individuals, organisations and businesses can also tell us about the support they may be able to offer to others, via the forms and number below.
- Online forms: http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/covid19response
- The Community Response helpline: 01484 226919
The helpline is managed by Kirklees Direct and opened at 9am on Wednesday 25th March. It will initially be open from 8am to 6pm weekdays. We will review this daily. Citizens and organisations can share information with us online at any time.
Also, locally, the key community organisations offering and coordinating community support are:
- Holme Valley:
Holme Valley Mutual Aid Community Group.
Tel: 01484 212056
Denby Dale Centre
If you are a local organisation that is either offering support, or are aware of support being offered locally by individuals, organisations, or businesses, it’s crucial that we are aware of this so we can factor that in into finding the right support on the ground, so I’d ask you to please fill out the form following the link above. Also, feel free to let me know directly, so I have a better overview of local groups offering support, and I can feed this in on the ground. It would also be advisable to make contact with either of the local key community organisations, to ensure coordination of efforts as much as possible.
Please can you share this information through your networks.
Thank you all for all of your efforts to support your communities so far.
Do not hesitate to get in contact with any further questions or issues.
Best wishes to you all,
Community Hub Co-ordinator – Holmfirth Family Hub and The Bridge Hub
Kirklees Community Hubs Team
Getting exposure online for your business is more vital than ever and one of the most effective ways available remains to be business directories.
The information age has given you numerous ways to reach your customers that literally did not exist a decade ago, and the online directory listing is one of them.
A company directory listing is a method that stands the test of time and has evolved with the technology around us. However now instead of listing your business in the big and bulky hard copies of the Yellow Pages or the ‘local’ magazines delivered through your door, the online directory listing is what you should be taking advantage of, whether you are a large or small, B2B or B2C business.
Putting the required information at the fingertips of the now internet savvy customer.
So first off, what is an online directory listing?
This is a record, on a website, which provides your company information. Normally this information would include contact details, generally have links to your own website or social media, and sometimes include descriptions.
Different directories have varying offerings; at the HD8 Network we offer 2 types of directory listings – Basic and Enhanced.
Whereas our enhanced listing has space for more description and images, has a larger more visual presence at the top half of the directory page on the website and has more chance of appearing on other pages throughout the website – including individual village pages (for example Denby Dale – click here to see an example)
So, why should you use Online Directories?
Online directories provide you with backlinks to your own website, they are extremely cost and time effective ways to increase your visibility, exposure and discoverability and can improve reputation as well as facilitate reviews and recommendations. But it is imperative that you keep the information there present and up to date!
One of the most important features that online directories, like the HD8 Network, offers you is high-quality backlinks to your website.
Backlinks from reputable online directories improve your SEO, because online directory listings generally have a high domain authority.
In simple terms; high-ranking websites + links to your company website = great for SEO.
On top of general links to your website, the HD8 Network also offer you the ability to add a Call to Action button, which you can update. This is aimed to direct website visitors to a particular place which is bespoke to you. Here are some of the examples used on the HD8 Network directory listings
The time, effort, and money involved (which is generally minimal) to gain such valuable backlinks will help you to reap the SEO benefits of links from reputable and high-ranking websites.
Quick and Cost Effective
This leads us on to our next point. The process of uploading your details to an online directory is generally a very quick and easy way of gaining exposure for your business – especially when creating a listing on the HD8 Network website.
When you initially create your listing on the HD8 Network, we only ask the very basic information, giving you the option to send on descriptions and images if you want to enhance your exposure.
Within a short time (could be a matter of hours or even minutes if I’m able to juggle the current home-schooling/working from home situation) your listing will be live and available for people to find you.
They also use this method as it increases the chances of finding companies relevant to their needs. The HD8 Network assists the searcher to find products and services in and around the HD8 area and supports the ethos of local.
Boosting your visibility online will increase the likelihood that you will get found and your (potential) customers will be able to find your company details, resulting in more business for you!
Your business reputation will also be strengthened by using online directory listings.
Directory Listings can also be seen as a seal of approval and a trusted source of information – the HD8 Network try to carry out credibility checks on the businesses who take up membership – and by having a listing on there, it tells potential onlookers that you are also trustworthy, and your business is a high quality one.
Reviews and Recommendations
The HD8 Network also provides a plethora of social media platforms, which enables your customers to review and recommend your business, which is an important part of improving your reputation and trustworthiness.
Allowing people to review your company online shows that you value their opinion and you are interested in what your audience think, helping you to build and maintain a positive brand image.
It also helps to show that you are not a fraudulent firm and you are serious about what you do.
Having your business listed on a directory, can also help people to share your details with others online.
Up to date and current
However, a word of warning! It is vital for you to make sure you keep your details present and correct on the listings. We would urge you to keep a record of all the places that you appear and have a directory listing.
It is important to make changes to all the listings that you have when you have a change of circumstance. These could include and are not exclusive to – phone numbers, URLs, and addresses.
This seems so obvious, but there is nothing more frustrating for searchers to find out of date information. It is also not just a waste of time (and money) for you as it just defeats the point but can also actually be detrimental to your business!
In conclusion there are so many benefits for using online business directories for both SMEs and large enterprises alike.
An online business directory like the HD8 Network is absolutely an opportunity that you should be taking advantage of, especially as there are so many other costly and time-consuming methods of marketing available in business today.
They are a cost-effective, time-effective method to increase the reach of your business and a great way to improve your overall brand trustworthiness as well as strengthen your reputation.
Increase the visibility of your business, building backlinks and improved reputation by signing up to become a member of the HD8 Network.
In light of the difficulties that the Coronavirus is creating for local businesses, the HD8 Network would like to offer you FREE Bronze membership (or discount against Silver or Gold membership).
To take advantage of this please use ‘CORONA’ on the sign up page.
Go to www.HD8Network.co.uk/join/ , select the package for you and then click “sign up now”.
Listings will be published as soon as possible (with allowances for homeschooling)
Stay safe people and let me know if you would like to discuss the options
It is important that we provide consistent and up to date information to enable businesses to access the support available – and to reach as many affected businesses as we can.
I would be very grateful if you would circulate the attached flyer to your members.
It provides an overview of the support package, a link to the Council website which is being regularly updated and the relevant contact details.
If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact the Business Team.
FSB Members will have recently received this information by email about the recent flooding and the support available for small businesses affected
Following the flooding incidents that have followed Storm Ciara over the weekend, local authorities are working to help businesses and communities.
If your business has been affected there is some practical advice from the FSB about what you can do before, during and after a flood.
If you are affected in any way the following details may be of use.
Get help: The Environment Agency has specially trained Flood Support Officers across the country who provide information and advice during and after floods. Call Floodline (24-hour service) on 0345 988 1188.
Check the Government’s National Flood Forum or speak to a Floodline adviser to find out how to stay safe during a flood, 24/7 on: 0345 988 1188.
You can also report a flood or possible cause of flooding via the Environment Agency incident hotline: 0800 80 70 60.
Insurance: If you have been flooded, contact your insurance company and follow their advice. Members can take advantage of the FSB Insurance Service, including the advice line and business continuity planning kit. For further advice on making claims insurance claims click here. If you haven’t got insurance, the National Flood Forum can offer help and support on 01299 403055
Prepare for more flooding: Further rainfall is expected in the next 36 hours with weather warnings issued across England. Keep up to date with the government flood alert service.
Health: If you are concerned about any health related issues following the flooding call the NHS 111 service. In an emergency call 999.
As experts in business, FSB offers members a wide range of vital business services, including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in Government. Its aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. More information is available at www.fsb.org.uk. You can follow us on twitter @fsb_policy.
After Thomas Cook unfortunately ceased trading this week, it’s so important that those travellers who have been affected are aware of how their holiday may be financially protected.
Travel Counsellors have created this quick guide to give insight and provide useful information on how the protection works.
It’s a subject the Travel Counsellors are passionate about, and they want to help and support all those affected by the recent collapse as much as possible, so if you’d like to speak to someone for further advice about your Thomas Cook booking please call your local representative Gemma Favager from Travel Counsellors.
Gemma is on hand to answer any questions you may have and can help you with your holiday arrangements should you need it.
The HD8 Network is more than just our networking events. (But these are really wonderful and you really should come)
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.