Kirklees Council Showcasing local business diversification – Coronavirus Pandemic

Kirklees CouncilKirklees Council knows this is an incredibly difficult time for local businesses and we’re keen to showcase those that have adapted, fundamentally changed or refocussed their business models during the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Over the next couple of months we’ll be running a marketing campaign:

  • to celebrate business success
  • promote lessons that could be transferred to other businesses/sectors of the economy
  • look towards the economic recovery from the virus

I’m looking for businesses in Kirklees that have:

If you know of any currently, or hear of any businesses over the few months that meet this criteria please email business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk with the business name, contact details and a quick summary of how the business has adapted (or ask the business to get in touch if you don’t want to forward details).

Many thanks

Kirklees Business Team

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

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Has your business been closed or seriously affected by coronavirus?

Are you considering staff redundancies? 

The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme could help.

Government Job Retention Scheme - information from Kirklees CouncilThe 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.

Further details are included in the attached flyer and at www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness.

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.

Kind regards

Kirklees Council Business Team

business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk

Read our News section for other articles with updates on the Coronavirus situation.

Membership could be part of your CSR policy

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!

Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group
Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group
Photo taken by John Steel Photography

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.

Government grants for businesses in Kirklees – update

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 business.rates@kirklees.gov.uk although regrettably it is not possible to answer queries about the timing of individual payments due to the unprecedented volume of enquiries.

Help businesses in Kirklees apply for Government coronavirus grants

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 business.rates@kirklees.gov.uk.

Meetup Speaker

Simon MonaghanWe are pleased to announce that we have a last minute speaker added to our Meetup agenda on November.

Simon Monaghan will be talking to us about common grants available from Leeds LEP, and how we can make grants work for our businesses and our clients.

The world of grants is both confusing and frustrating, and Simon is well-equipped to guide and advise business owner through the ever-changing maze of grant opportunities.

Simon is a well-established business coach primarily operating in West Yorkshire who has 30 years of management experience and entered the world of coaching from a successful family business.

Simon is Leeds-based and over the last seven years he has worked with hundreds of local businesses and has assisted many clients to help fund growth through grants, a service which he now also offers to non-clients.

Book your ticket for our Meetup by visiting – https://hd8networkmeetup-nov.eventbrite.co.uk or it will cost you more on the door.

For more information about our Meetups please visit https://www.hd8network.co.uk/meetup/  or call me on 07790705223.

FREE ADULT COURSES – Kirklees College

Fancy learning a new skill or taking up a new hobby?

Interested in changing career?  Maybe you want to learn how to do something new?

Kirklees College logoKirklees College are offering a selection of absolutely free adult courses.

No hidden costs, to be eligible you simply need to be over 19 and live locally.

So be impulsive, bite the bullet and click through to our course page to see where your next educational journey can begin: https://www.kirkleescollege.ac.uk/free-adult-courses/

Kirklees College Free Adult Courses

 

For contact details and more information about Kirklees College please visit their Directory Listing – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/local-businesses/kirklees-college/

 

Would you like your business featured on the HD8 Network?  Then get in touch and discuss how you could benefit from this exposure.

Bring a guest and get £5 credit

Busy networking events are what everyone wants.

The more people there are to meet, the more connections there are to make.

We do our best to promote our events, however we need your help too!

Be an ambassador of our Mid Morning Mid Month Meetup networking events and tell others about our events and invite them along.

As a reward for your efforts, when you bring a guest (or a guest brings a card with your details on) you will receive £5 credit at your next networking event.

What do you do next?

Click on the picture and you will find a variety of templates that you can download and print to assist you recommend our networking event.

Write on your details (if you are really clever you could do this electronically) and print them or perhaps attach a copy of your business card and then hand them out when networking.

We have plenty of pre-printed cards that you can get from us at our networking events.

If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

HD8 Network article template

We know it can sometimes be tricky to write an article about yourself, so we have written you a template to get you started.

Use this as a starting point and think about what story you want to tell.

Click here to download the HD8 Network article template 2018

If you would like to book a session to discuss what you could say please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Read other articles on the HD8 Network news section – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/news/

Think Big…..Think AD:VENTURE

Our speaker at this months Mid Month Meetup will be Rachael Thurlbeck, the Business Adviser for Leeds City Region Ad:venture Programme.

 

Delivering expert help and advice to high growth businesses from start up to expansion, AD:VENTURE is here to help your business venture reach its full potential.

The AD:VENTURE programme delivers ERDF funded growth support to existing businesses in their first 3 years of trading and for people planning to start a business within the Leeds City Region.

The programme supports businesses with high growth ambitions, and is generally aimed at businesses who supply to other businesses (Business to Business sales)

 

Please check out our website if you need more information http://ad-venture.org.uk/

 

Book your ticket now by visiting – www.HD8NetworkMMM.eventbrite.co.uk

Advanced tickets cost just £5 for members, £10 for non members and free for special members.  However will cost more on the door.

Click here to find out more about our Mid Month Meetup informal networking event or details about our listing and membership options.

 

EPIP January Newsletter

Please find attached East Peak Innovation Partnership (EPIP) latest newsletter.

 

Grants of up to £60,000 are available for projects which contribute to the creation of jobs, support the local economy and meet one or more of the priorities listed overleaf (see newsletter). Further information is available on the website www.epip.org.uk.

East Peak Innovation ask you to get in touch if you would like to discuss a potential project or see website for further details or to download the applicant handbook. Some examples of projects already funded are shown on the newsletter.

For more information contact

Tracy Charlesworth – LEADER Programme Manager

Tel:  01226 763201 / 07715 670634

www.epip.org.uk

 

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