Your feedback is important to us

For us to make continual improvements, we need to hear from you.

Would you like to –

  • Email or message us your thoughts?
  • Have a chat on the telephone or Zoom?
  • Fill in a survey?
  • Take part in observational learning?
  • Take part in peer groups?
  • Other?

These are some of the many ways that we are considering collecting feedback from you.

We are currently asking –

What do you know about the HD8 Network?

Complete your answer here – https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/FiCsFG

Find us onIf you would like to book a telephone or Zoom call, we have started using Calendly to book the sessions, if you are comfortable using that please click here

However otherwise please email info@HD8network.co.uk or message us through social media (or whatsapp if we are already connected).

We’re data cleaning

We are constantly trying to ensure the contact data we hold in our systems are current and up to date, and that we only make contact with people that want to be contacted.

This month we found we could connect our Eventbrite account and our CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software.  However by doing this, it added all the contact details of the people who had previously booked on to one of our networking events …. Yes all (almost) 8 years worth!!!

Now we know that just because you booked an event once, you might not be interested in hearing anything more from us, and we didn’t want to assume that you might.  So whilst you might have been added to our system, we didn’t subscribe you to our mailing list … however, you might have already subscribed through another channel.

Since connecting the accounts we have sent a number of emails to the people concerned, to let them know what has happened and to invite them to ‘update their preferences’ and let us know if they would like us to stay in touch with them.

However while doing this and checking whether people had responded, we then also realised, to be cyber secure, it is always recommended to never click on links in emails – even if you are sure it is from who you think it is from … what a Catch 22 we found ourselves in …

So in our final email reminder – before deleting them from our records – we have advised that they can find an article on our website, in the News Section (what you are reading now) where they can click on the button (below) to update their records, so we know we can stay in touch.

Update your preference button

If you would like to update your records, even if you have never attended one of our events – we are SO MUCH MORE than a networking event – you can also do so here, by clicking the button (now above).

If you would like to unsubscribe and/or be deleted from our records, whilst we will cry and take it personally (only slightly joking) we would rather you did so, as we would hate to be a nuisance and we would much rather have a higher open and click rate, than we would have number of people sent to.  To unsubscribe please click here or email us to let us know.

Account Manager Meetings

Account Manager Meetings are included in our Silver and Gold membership packages, so we thought we would highlight how this benefits you.

When you are a Silver or Gold #HD8member we work with you, to help you find and tell your story, using our platform and further afield.

The HD8 Network offers you a platform for communication in this wonderful corner of Huddersfield.

The directory listing offers one way for your business to be found, however our website offers you many other ways to be discovered.

The Village pages provide an overview based on location.  So, if you are a Scissett based business, you would be found on the Scissett page, alongside upcoming events.

The Events section gives a free space for activities to be added and be discovered by date or category.

The News section provides a space for articles from a wide range of contributors.

We also run several Social Media profiles and Groups, these are invaluable ways for sharing news, updates and reminders of your activities, products, or services.

As part of Silver and Gold membership you can send us or simply tell us what you would like us to communicate about you, on your behalf.

And as part of your Silver and Gold membership, you are also entitled to an account manager meeting.

These sessions are intended to

  • Find your story
  • Build your profile
  • Identify content for the newsletter, News section and wider social media.
  • Promote events if you have event listings
  • Create marketing communications
  • Identify current ROI and how you can improve it
  • Report on exposure and engagement
  • Create a plan for the membership

Why wouldn’t you use your account management meeting?

 

Gold members are entitled to quarterly account management meetings, Silver members receive a one-off meeting typically at the beginning of their membership, with the option, like Bronze members as an add-on when desired.

In 2021 we have decided to offer existing members the Gold experience for 3 months for free.  However, this offer is not available to everyone and is not with immediate effect.  If you are interested, please book a meeting to discuss the options.

 

To book yourself an account managers meeting, please click here and pick a session that suits your availability.

 

Not already a member of the HD8 Network?  Find out about the different membership packages available

 

 

Buy a Ko-fi on Mad Friday 2020

3 acres December 2020It’s Mad Friday 2020 and the pubs are not allowed to open.

We have been out over the last week, hand delivering our Christmas Postcards – because nothing says Christmas like a postcard … And it’s broken our heart not being able to go into the pubs, restaurants and cafes to hand deliver our postcards.

Many other organisations have been affected, either being able to, or restricted in how they are able to trade.

The situation was especially heightened when trying to deliver to churches and community centres – most of whom don’t appear to have letter boxes by the way.

Please support these organisations wherever you can.

Earlier in the year we inspired by the Unpretentious Network, who have run superb networking events throughout #thistime and asked for you to simply buy them a coffee via @kofi_button.

So, we created our own Kofi button and welcome you to donate to a fund to be used to support these organisations.

ko-fi.com/hd8network

Buy HD8 Network ko-fi appTo support this campaign please buy the organisation at the heart of our communities a coffee, a pint, maybe a round.

If you are one of the #affected organisations, please get in touch and let us know how we can support you during these extremely hard times. Tell us why you deserve it and what you can do in reciprocation and we can talk free membership during these tough times.

 

Want to shop local and buy amazing Christmas gifts?  Visit our Virtual High Street and watch our HD8 does QVC on our YouTube Channel.

Or catch up with us on the variety of social media platforms we chat and share on.

 

 

But how much traffic does my listing receive?

We are always looking and the stats and information to support and measure out campaigns.

We are more than happy to make these available to you and send our Silver and Gold members regular analytics on the traffic on their listing.

What would be really helpful, would be to hear from you what you want to know about?

Are you bothered by Page Views, or the Bounce.  Do you want to know which they page they went to next, or which page they landed on?

Do you want to know about social media following, reach and engagement?

Do you want demographic of audience, subscribers or members?

If you would like to receive the recent Google Analytics over please complete the form below –

 

Analytics Request

Request the report and provide permissions (please tick all that apply)
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HD8 Virtual High Street is Live

We literally went live in under a week, following an after meeting conversation and so we are proud of our outcomes so far.

But now we need you to make it a  success.

Please keep coming back to browse as Businesses are being added all the time

Tell us what you want to buy!  Do you want to play a Christmas Shopping game?  Join us on Facebook and Insta.

Should your business be on there?

We are looking to connect with local producers and retailers, artists and fitness instructors, know anyone that wants to sell more, we provide a platform to be seen locally in HD8.

All they have to do is fil in a form here and wait for approval. 

However to stay Live on the site you also need to send us any images and text you want to appear in there. If you have those already, Great. We don’t need it just yet. We can get you Live and showing on the Virtual High Street.  BUT – to be of any benefit to anyone, it needs to be right while its live.

A reasonable admin may apply if you need assistance to get it right.  First chat is free.

It costs just £20 to list your business on the HD8 Virtual High Street which is will be available from now, over the Christmas period.

Or become a Bronze member for £30 for the full year.

Silver and Gold packages available too.

 

Want EVEN MORE – Join the FSB for £49* if you employ under 10 employees and are based in West Yorkshire.

Local Restrictions Grant Update

Applications for the Local Restrictions Support Grants are now live visit www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness

Information on the open and upcoming grant schemes can be found below:

National Lockdown Support Grant

For businesses forced to close due to national restrictions between 5 November and 2 December 2020

Business premises forced to close in England from 5th November as part of the national lockdown measures will receive grants worth up to £3,000 per 28 days under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) scheme.

Eligibility

To be eligible, your business must:

  • be in Kirklees
  • have been registered as the occupier for Business Rates on 4th November 2020
  • have been open and trading as usual before the restrictions
  • have been providing services in person to customers from the premises
  • be required to close under the government’s national lockdown restrictions

Businesses required to close, or remain closed

  • All non-essential retail
  • Hospitality venues
  • Accommodation
  • Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities
  • Entertainment venues
  • Personal care facilities
  • Community centres and halls – unless exempt
  • Places of worship, apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals
  • Nightclubs
  • Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars.

A more detailed list is published in Closing certain businesses and venues in England

Businesses which will be eligible for the following grant

  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 5 November 2020 will receive a payment of £1,334 per 28-day qualifying restriction period
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 5 November 2020 will receive a payment of £2,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on 5 November 2020 will receive £3,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period
  • Businesses who appear on the rating list and who have been forced to remain closed under national restrictions since March 2020 will receive an additional payment to cover the period 1st November 2020 to 4th November. This includes:
    • Nightclubs, dance halls and discotheques
    • Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars

 

Tier 2 Local Restrictions Support Grant

For businesses who were significantly impacted by Tier 2 local restrictions between 5th August 2020 and 4th November 2020

Leisure, hospitality or accommodation businesses that were not legally required to close but that have been severely impacted by the restrictions under Tier 2 will receive a grant of up to £2,100 per 28 days under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (open) scheme.

Eligibility

To be eligible, your business must:

  • be in Kirklees
  • be a leisure, hospitality or accommodation business
  • occupy premises registered for businesses rates (businesses that do not pay rates directly to Kirklees Council, for instance businesses in shared workspace or bed &breakfasts who pay Council Tax rather than Business Rates are eligible to apply but will be required to supply additional evidence of occupation, for instance a rental agreement or invoice)
  • have been open and trading as usual before the restrictions
  • have been providing services in person to customers from the premises
  • have been severely impacted by Tier 2 restrictions

Eligible businesses include

  • Hospitality venues – cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs
  • Accommodation businesses – hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites
  • Leisure and sports facilities – including sports facilities, leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting range.

Businesses which will be eligible for the following grant

  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 5th August 2020 will receive a grant of up to £934 per 28-day period
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 5th August 2020 will receive a grant of up to £1,400 per 28-day period
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a grant of up to £2,100 per 28-day period.

 

Kirklees Discretionary Support Grant Scheme

The council has also been given funding to develop a discretionary grant scheme to help those businesses which – while not legally forced to close from 5th November – are nonetheless severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID-19.

Make an expression of interest for the Discretionary Grant

Email us if you are interested business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk

After you have emailed them

They will contact you with updates on this scheme when further information is available.

 

Covid-19 Denby Dale Ward Update

Unfortunately HD8 remains an identified high risk area and we still have a high number of cases in Denby Dale Ward and in our surrounding areas.

Covid-19 Denby Dale Ward UpdateThe number of positive cases that have been reported back in Denby Dale ward has risen to 18.

This works out at a positive case rate, over the 7 day period, of 106 per 100,000 people. This is up from 76 in last week’s update.

This is higher than England’s average rate and is also a higher figure than the Kirklees-wide rate.

There is currently a delay in some test results being processed so the figure for this period may be higher.

This serves as an important reminder about how important it is that we all do what we can to follow the rules and take every precaution possible to protect against the virus;
– to regularly wash hands for 20 seconds – and/or use hand sanitisers;
– to not meet up with people outside your household/support bubble;
– to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces, where it is advised
– to follow social distancing rules by making 2m of space
– and to isolate if you have any symptoms and to try to get a test as soon as is possible.

You can find a summary of the local restrictions on the Government website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-restrictions-areas-with-an-outbreak-of-coronavirus-covid-19.

HD8 is still Covid High Risk

HD8 is still High Risk CovidUnfortunately the HD8 postcode of Huddersfield remains a high risk area for the Coronavirus.

We still have a high number of cases in Denby Dale Ward and in all of our surrounding areas – with high rates in Shelley and Shepley at the moment, as well as Holmfirth.

In the last 7 days, the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in Denby Dale Ward has been 76 per 100,000 people.

This is higher than the England average and is a higher figure than the Kirklees-wide rate when local restrictions were imposed.

This serves as an important reminder about how important it is that we all do what we can to follow the rules and take every precaution possible to protect against the virus;
– to regularly wash hands for 20 seconds – and/or use hand sanitisers;
– to not meet people outside your household/support bubble;
– to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces, where it is advised
– to follow social distancing rules by making 2m of space
– and to isolate if you have any symptoms and to try to get a test as soon as is possible.

You can find a summary of the local restrictions on the Government website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-restrictions-areas-with-an-outbreak-of-coronavirus-covid-19.

2 metres of free chocolate up for grabs!

Show the Denby Dale Centre how you and your family measure 2M to keep your social distance.

Take a picture, share it on your social media and email it to the Denby Dale Centre at: distance@ddc.org.uk.

Entries must be willing to be shared on the Denby Dale Centre Facebook page.

The most creative entry will win 2 metres worth of free chocolate.

Competition closes on 11 October.

Good luck!

Covid-Safe Manufacturing Webinar

Kirklees Council is hosting a Covid-Safe Manufacturing Webinar on Monday 28th September at 2pm.

Join online to discover ways you can make your manufacturing business COVID safe and reduce the chance of outbreaks at work.

In this vital one-hour webinar:

  • Thornton & Ross Ltd share their experiences and lessons learned
  • The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) highlight best practice for manufacturers
  • Experts from Kirklees Council, Thornton & Ross and the HSE, will answer your questions

Join the webinar on YouTube: http://bit.ly/COVID-19MANUFACTURING

 

If you have a question that you would like covered in the webinar please email Covid-Secure.Enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk

 

The attached booklet ‘How to keep your workplace COVID-safe, guidance for factories and manufacturing settings’ may also be of interest.

Manufacturing Covid Leaflet_AW CM3442.7

Boost for small businesses in West Yorkshire

It’s more important than ever to get all the support you can and the FSB is here for you!

The Federation of Small Businesses are delighted to be offering small businesses in West Yorkshire an exclusive £130 discount on FSB membership in the first year, in collaboration with Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, giving you access to a range of vital business services from just £47*.

·         Thousands of FSB members have benefitted from essential services, advice and guidance during the crisis. As a member, you’ll get instant access to:

·         24/7 HR and legal advice line

·         Online library of over 1,100 legal, tax and HR documents, templates and guides

·         Easy access to funding options

·         Recover the money you’re owed with our debt collection service

Applications are now open for a limited time to the self-employed and micro-businesses with up to 10 employees.

To take advantage of this offer, click the link, submit your details and we’ll be in touch shortly. https://www.fsb.org.uk/west-yorkshire.html

Visit the FSB’s directory listing –

Federation of Small Businesses

 

Apply for the second round of the Local Authority Small Business Discretionary Grant Fund

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.

Kirklees discretionary grant fundGrants 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

#WhereinHD8 continues

You will be pleased to hear that we have decided to continue with our #WhereinHD8 campaign.

#WhereinHD8 HD8 Network

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?

Measure the traffic received

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.

This is copy of the report that the member produced in their Google Analytics, which shows the traffic their website has received from us.

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.

 

Do you know we have a Events Calendar?

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!

List your event or activity now for free – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/add-your-event/

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.

HD8 Network Events CalendarCome and find different events for you and your family.

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/

Wow! I didn’t know all that was available!

HD8 Network Wow! I did not know all that was availableDo 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.

Update; Help businesses in Kirklees to apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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.

Government Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - information from Kirklees CouncilThe scheme has now been extended to the end of June 2020 and businesses can claim for furloughed employees who were on their PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020.

Further details about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are included in the attached flyer which has been updated with the latest information and at www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness.

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 business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk.

Further updates you may be interested in today:

Many thanks for your support.

Kirklees Council Business Team

Virtual Meetups now free for Silver Members

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.

Virtual Meetups on Zoom are free for Silver MembersThe 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