Sponsor a networking event

Over the years the HD8 Network has brought you a range of speakers; experts in their fields and local businesses, providing insights and overviews, inspiring and informing attendees to help them become better businesses.

In November we were honoured to have Revell Ward sponsor a lunch following our event.  We believe it was in gratitude for the event, as Jenifer has attended off and on over the years and supports our aim.

It was nice to see lots of new faces, and everyone seemed to have a jolly good time, we hope to see them again in the future.

 

We have introduced a ‘bring a guest and get a credit at your next event’ promotion, which is encouraging members to invite new faces and this is having a positive impact on the numbers of attendees and conversations had each month.

We have also introduced a Contribution Slip, for attendees to help us record the impact that we are making in the local area as a result of our events and network.

 

If your organisation would like to sponsor one of networking events and provide lunch following one of our mid morning mid month meetup networking events, then please get in touch.

 

Get More Sales in 2019

Prepare to get 2019 off to a brilliant start with hints and tips on getting more sales.

Paul Simpson Business HubOur speaker this month is Paul Simpson from The Business Hub UK who will be sharing strategies on helping you increase sales and plan to grow your business.

Paul Simpson works with all sizes of business to achieve.

Achieve what? Well that up to you, helping businesses in a practical and pragmatic way learn how to create a business so the owners can enjoy the life they ultimately want and desire.

Building sales is the major challenge for many SME. Paul Simpson has owned and run several businesses, experiencing life at the coal face and now passes his wisdom on to you.

To book your ticket please visit – https://hd8networkmmmmm-jan.eventbrite.co.uk

The Welcome Centre. Food Bank and more …

Welcome Centre Food Bank and MoreWith the Main centre – for visitors and parcel collections is Lord Street, Huddersfield and the Donations centre – to drop off donations – on Queens Mill Industrial Estate, Queens Mill Road,  Lockwood, the Welcome Centre in Huddersfield is one of the largest food banks in the north of England.

 

The number of people using food banks across the UK has risen from tens of thousands to millions since 2010.

There are many factors contributing to the rise of food poverty, including national welfare reforms, the rise of zero hours contracts, and struggling local economies. The Welcome Centre provides food, toiletries and other essentials alongside a one-to-one advocacy, guidance and support service tailored to people’s needs.

The food packs that the Welcome Centre give out contain enough food for seven days.

They try to provide a good quantity of nutritious, high quality food in our food packs, and tailor each pack to meet people’s dietary requirements and preferences. They believe in respecting people’s food choices no matter what financial predicament they find themselves in.

They’re more than just a food bank.

The Welcome Centre offer clients advocacy, guidance and support to help them address any underlying or ongoing issues which prevent them getting back on their feet.  You can find out more about the additional support they provide here advocacy, guidance and support.

As an independent, local charity, they rely on the support of local people like you; please help if you can.

The Welcome Centre accept donations of most dried, fresh and tinned foods as long as they are unopened and in date.

If you want to discuss a donation of surplus stock from your business, please contact emma.thewelcomecente@gmail.com

The Christmas appeals currently for food etc are – https://www.thewelcomecentre.org/pages/32-christmas-shortages

Donations of Christmas items should be with the Welcome Centre by Friday 21st December.

Other ways that you can get involved can be found here – https://www.thewelcomecentre.org/pages/2-support-us

To get contact details of the Welcome Centre, please visit  our organisation listing for them.

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.

Bloomindale’s Top 5

We are celebrating 5 years of the HD8 Network and so are asking people to give us their top 5.  Please click here to see ours – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/top-5-things-blog/

Here are Bloomindale’s top 5

5 things about Bloomindale

  • Local small business
  • Independent
  • Florist and Atelier
  • Strong community ethos
  • We employ local

5 Bloomindale Events 

  • Christmas Wreath Workshop – 19th November at The George Inn
  • Christmas Wreath Workshop – 26th November at The George Inn
  • Christmas Wreath Workshop – 29th November at The Coffee Loft & Tapas Bar
  • Christmas Market – 25th November – The Dunkirk
  • Christmas Wreath Workshop – 4th December – Denby Care Home

5 businesses that Bloomindale like

  • Utterly Yorkshire
  • Springfield Mill
  • Denby Care Home
  • Citrus Financial Management
  • Gawthorpe Butchers

5 things Bloomindale love about HD8 area

  • Local trend
  • Community spirit
  • Charitable abundance
  • Accessible transport
  • Outdoor facilities

 

If you would like to find our more about Bloomindale, please visit their website https://www.bloomindaleflorists.co.uk

or connect with them on social media https://www.facebook.com/bloomindaleflorists/ and https://www.instagram.com/bloomindaleflorist/

Have you got a Top 5?

If so, email info@HD8network.co.uk or post them on our social media channels.

 

What to find out more about the HD8 Network?   Then click here

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/

New Listing – Tania Fisher Bespoke Ceremonies

At Tania Fisher Bespoke Ceremonies, your Celebrant will create a unique ceremony from scratch.

One that truly reflects you as a couple. It can be light hearted, humorous, formal or simple and will perfectly suit you as a couple.

Having a Celebrant led Wedding Ceremony means you have complete flexibility over your venue – anywhere, anytime.

With so many hidden gems, stunning private estates, beautiful outdoor locations, unlicensed and licensed venues out there, a Celebrant offers you the chance to have your wedding in any location you find and love.

As well as a listing on the HD8 Network, Tania Fisher Bespoke Ceremonies has also created a new category on the HD8 Network directory listings– Weddings and other life celebrations.

We can’t believe this category hasn’t been created before!  We have HD8 Weddings Facebook Page.

There will be many more businesses in the area that do weddings, birthdays, christenings, funerals, all manner of events.  We will start going through the existing listings, however, can you help?

Can you nominate businesses in the area that fits this category?  Businesses with the most nominations will receive free enhanced listings.

Sign up now and get your businesses listed and optimised ready for the next season.

Membership packages

Our website and membership packages are designed with marketing in mind.

Our varied digital marketing communication tools enable your business to be seen by people who work, rest and play in and around the HD8 area.

We promote the HD8 Network, and therefore yourself, in many other ways, mixing offline and online marketing techniques.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss purchasing one of the above options then please email info@HD8network.co.uk or telephone 07790705223 now.

Remember if there is something you are interested in which we are not already offering, or you would like to mix and match the benefits we are more than happy to build you a bespoke package.

Our aim is to promote and support the HD8 area, by connecting you with your customers.

Read more about becoming a member

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.

5th anniversary celebration event

This year to mark our 5th anniversary we are holding a celebration at the Dunkirk Inn on 18th July from 7pm.

We have been receiving donations for raffle prizes – so if you are a business and want to donate something in return for coverage and promotion please get in touch.

If you would like raffle tickets but cannot attend the event, please see –

  • the Eventbrite page and buy a ticket *link
  • me in person
  • or one of the volunteered contacts in your community … details coming soon –
    • if you want to be one of those – you could be a ‘mum’ at school or ‘dad’ at sports drop off (sorry to be gender specific) an organiser or participator of a community group, popular, prominent figure etc – and want to help out, please get in touch.

We’d love it if you would be able to attend and have a drink with us at the Dunkirk and have a summer socialable evening (weather permitting on their roof terrace).

This is not a business networking event – if you want to promote your business we will give you a sticker for people to recognise this and maybe space for promotional material and pop up banner, but this is not a sales event!

This event is for those who work, rest AND play here.

It is to celebrate the area and hopefully raise a toast to the HD8 Network and our 5th anniversary.

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Book your ticket here

 

#yourtop5

As we are celebrating our 5th anniversary this year, the HD8 Network ask for your top 5.

Whether this is 5 reasons why you love work, rest or play in HD8, the top features of your event or business, the groups you belong to, the activities you are involved in.

5 best/recent pictures you have taken of the area.

Be as imaginative as you like ….

 

Help us celebrate 5 years, by sharing wonderful, positive stuff about the HD8 area.

Feel free to

  • Post in the HD8 Network groups that you are members of and maybe mention or tag contacts where possible.
  • Write and email info@HD8Network.co.uk your blog articles, that we can post in our news section, as well as post links to (the news article) from our social media.

We look forward to hearing your top 5!

Read our top 5 coming soon …

We love The Venue

OMG it was amazing!

Wow wow wow! We fell in love with the Venue last year but couldn’t find mutually agreeable dates.  However …..

Our first meeting at The Venue yesterday was amazing!

All the attendees said how easy it was to get to, how much free parking was available and what a wonderful setting it was; both the leafy peaceful grounds that is just 10 minutes from Town or from the far reaches of HD8 area, as well as the multipurpose modern and clean facilities.

One of our regular and loyal attendees said, “That is was the MOST useful meeting I have been to in the past 4 years” (just to clarify, she wasn’t saying the others hadn’t been … she wouldn’t come almost every month if that was the case!).

So, what are you waiting for?  Put the future dates in your diary and get your tickets booked!

(click on the underlined dates to book your tickets)

We are looking forward to seeing you at one (and many) of our networking events!

 

But remember, networking is not the only thing we do!

We offer you a range of ways for you to promote your business

Events Calendar
Online Business Directory
News Platform
Social Media Channels
Email Marketing
And many many more possibilities

Find out about our listing and membership opportunities or contact us to discuss your bespoke package.

It’s the Venue for HD8 Network Mid Month Meetups

We have a new venue for our informal and friendly business networking events, which are focused on making and building relationships in the local area.

The next Mid Month Meetup event, on 13th March 2018 between 12 and 2pm, will be at The Venue within Storthes Hall Park, with our usual speed networking sessions and a welcome talk from The Venue.

Book your tickets now – www.HD8NetworkMMM-March.Eventbrite.co.uk

The Venue at Storthes Hall is the new venue for the HD8 Network Mid Month Meet Up

The Venue at Storthes Hall Park underwent a major refurbishment project 18 month back costing 3/4million pounds.

The Venue dominates a large standalone building over two floors, comprising of a bar, cinema, eGaming room, large function area and two smaller activity areas with table tennis and pool available, and that’s only downstairs!

Essentially a student café bar, the Venue provides areas upstairs where computers and meeting rooms can be used, for studies as well as being rented out to the business community.

The Venue is also used by many dog walkers and people exploring the vast area covered within the park.

The Venue at Storthes Hall is the new venue for the HD8 Network Mid Month Meet UpThere is plenty of parking and you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, however you are no more than 15 minutes out of town or from the other far reaching areas of the HD8 postcode. It is one of the many hidden jewels of the area which the HD8 Network strive to reveal.

The buildings that greet you as you drive into the park, before you reach the Venue, is the accommodation for the Huddersfield University students and along a long roadway opposite the Venue, lives Shelley Football fields and Stafflex Arena.

The Venue has also been used by the team at AD:VENTURE to deliver some of their business growth workshop sessions.

Discussions had taken place between the Venue and HD8 Network last year, however diaries were clashing, and a consistent pattern of dates could not be agreed. Around the same time the Coffee Loft became available and have perfectly suited the Meetup since. However, having the room to grow has become a key objective for the HD8 Network’s future. Merewyn says “The Coffee Loft have been so accommodating and the Christmas Tapas lunch we had was divine. It will be a shame not to have the excuse to visit regularly, however it will drive us to support them in a variety of different ways, enabling others to receive their warmth of greeting and service.”

The proven format will remain the same for the Mid Month Meetups

The Venue at Storthes Hall is the new venue for the HD8 Network Mid Month Meet Up

Businesses will be paired off for the Speed Networking sessions, each having 5-6 minutes to introduce their business and let others know about their advancements and offers. This structured approach brings energy to the room and helps you identify quickly whether you want to follow up the conversation at another time.

Everyone gets to have conversations with at least half of the people in the room – on occasion this can go into extra time, but the organiser refers to it as ‘Carnage’.

Pairs are managed by a timekeeper ringing a bell to indicate the halfway point – where most people swap talkers – and a whistle signally for the ‘mover’ to rotate to their next candidate.

This type of networking gets you engaged without having to stand up and perfect, or not, your public speaking skills.

The HD8 Network also bring interesting and useful speakers to the Mid Month Meetup networking event, which also allows members the opportunity to provide a ten-minute overview of their business. This month it seems fitting that the spotlight will be on Storthes Hall Park and the Venue.

Before the Mid Month Meetup delegates are invited to a peer to peer workshop, to help them discover the news stories they want to tell people about. Merewyn says, “Our workshops explaining the membership and ways people could use our offering were well received, showing a desire to learn more. And there seems to be a real buzz at the moment about peer to peer support with many success stories evolving from this experience. The HD8 Network are focused on creating a culture of collaboration and peer support. It’s about supporting the local economy and making where we work, rest and play a better place … even more than it is now, which is already amazing.”

“There are many people who live in the area and commute far for work, and many that live far away however commute here for work. One of the visions for the HD8 Network is to challenge that balance and reduce travel time and congestion, freeing up more time for rest and play, inviting more visitors to the area and supporting the wonderful leisure, retail and food organisations here”.

The HD8 Network online events calendar and social media communities, as well as the e-newsletter, news blogs and business directory make this all possible.

For most, it is free at the point of service, however for businesses wanting to reach more people and develop their profile there is a small charge to help cover running costs and develop the platform into something that delivers the service that makes your life more fun, easier and local.

To find out about membership and listing oppportunities please visit – www.HD8Network.co.uk/Join/

But don’t forget to book your tickets now

www.HD8NetworkMMM-March.Eventbrite.co.uk

 

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.

 

The HD8 Network

The HD8 Network is here whether you want to communicate with people who work, rest or play in the HD8 area and we have a range of tools and packages for you to access them.

Rest or play in the HD8 area?

Then our website has a local business directory, online events calendar and news section with article that might interest about the local area, members and HD8 Network updates.

You can also connect with other people in the area on our Facebook Groups, and on our Facebook Page and other social media channels you can receive updates notifications of events in the area.

We also have an email marketing list which you can sign up to and receive updates via email.

All of this is freely available for you to use in honest pursuit of of local organisations, services and activities.

 

Hold Events?

Want to promote your events and tell more people about them?  Then our FREE Events Calendar is just the trick.

Whether you are part of the PTA or run regular Yoga classes or Football games, whether it is a special offer, an online seminar or a Beer Festival, the online events calendar can be a useful tool to let people know about your events – if that’s what you want of course!

Our Events Calendar can be viewed in chronological order or by category.

If this is of interest to you then please complete your details and submit the form so that we can publish your event details.

 

If you work in the area

Of course all of the above is available to you, however your organisation could be one of the articles or posts that others who work, rest or play in the HD8 area are reading and chatting about.

For full details about what we do can be found on our Join Us page, however we are always happy to discuss requirements and build bespoke packages.  When it comes to membership, the main investment for you to make is content, providing information to be used on the variety of our tools, which the special membership is designed to assist you with.  Plus, you don’t pay for networking events!

Our next Mid Month Meetup networking event is on 13th February at the Coffee Loft in Scissett.  This is a great opportunity for you to meet other businesses from around the area. It is quite informal and friendly and we normally have a speaker. Depending on what you are looking for, attending networking events might be a good way to spread the word of your special offers and build business contacts, hopefully producing referrals – well that is the aim of the game, isn’t it. Booking can be made via Eventbrite – www.HD8networkMMM.Eventbrite.co.uk

If you want to find out more about the HD8 Network and how you can promote your business in the HD8 area you might be interested in our workshops.  The next one is before the networking event. Places are limited and cost £30 per delegate (which will then be discounted against future listing or membership purchases). Booking is essential and can be done via www.PromoteinHD8.Eventbrite.co.uk

Depending on your particular business needs we’d be happy to see how the HD8 Network can help. For example, if you were wanting to tick some corporate social responsibility boxes as well as raise awareness, we could look at holding a sponsored community event or find another appropriate way to raise your profile.

Want to find out how to communicate with people who work, rest or play in the HD8 area then visit our Join Us page which details our listing and membership information or get in touch for a chat.

 

If any of this is of interest to you please do not hesitate in getting in touch.

 

The 10-minute Marketing Plan

Sayers Solutions will be the speaker at this month’s HD8 Network’s Mid-Month Meet Up business networking event on the 11th October at the Coffee Loft in Scissett and will be discussing the “10-minute Marketing Plan”.

Merewyn Sayers at Solutions SolutionsMerewyn Sayers, the owner of Sayers Solutions, will be showing small business owners the vital parts of the marketing plan which should not be overlooked.  Merewyn says, “When people approach marketing, then head straight for the promotion elements, however there is a lot more that needs to be established beforehand”.  The 10-minute Marketing Plan is intended to help busy business owners balance the time-poor day to day running of the business with the need to be strategic and plan for the future and not depend on being hand to mouth”.

Merewyn adds “It is unrealistic for small business owners to spend months solely on their marketing plan, ignoring the running of their business, especially when the plan is neglected after its completed.  A marketing plan should be a living document, and whilst this session demonstrates you can have a marketing plan in 10 minutes, it also reinforces the point that you should be spending 10 minutes on your marketing plan each week”.

Sayers Solutions works with small businesses to help them be better at what they do.  Essentially Merewyn becomes your marketing manager – one of her clients refers to her as their “head of marketing” – this can be on a weekly basis or a one-off training workshop and anything in between.

Whilst Sayers Solutions urges clients to think strategically and understand their offering, as well as their client’s needs, they also implement tactics and campaigns.  This can sometimes involve working with partners who specialise is certain areas, at the customers discretion.

Merewyn also setup the HD8 Network 4 years ago, as she identified the need for a platform for local businesses and residents to communicate and promote the activities in the area.

Before the networking event there will also be a workshop for local businesses to find out more about the HD8 Network and how they can use it to promote their business.  This is a free workshop, however places are limited and so booking is essential.

To book your tickets for either the networking event or workshop please visit www.HD8network.eventbrite.co.uk or contact Merewyn on 07790705223.  Alternatively you can visit the website www.HD8network.co.uk or connect on social media www.HD8network.co.uk/contact-us/social-media-communities/

 

Adding an event

The HD8 Network has a fabulous online events calendar to promote your events and activities.  We use this platform and our social media communities to tell people who work, rest or play in the HD8 area about them.

It is simple and free for you to list your events, just visit www.HD8network.co.uk/add-your-events/

Event Name

 

How event listing appears on HD8 Network online events calendar

The first thing you will be asked is the event name, for many this will be easy and obvious, however make sure that you make it appealing and informative, as it will appear on a list of events.  So you want to entice and reassure people to click for more information.

When

If you hold regular activities, ie weekly classes, then please don’t forget to click “Recurring event”.

Recurring events listing on HD8 Network online events calendar

The recurring events function enables you to list weekly or monthly events, or a series of events, for example school holiday sessions.

This function will ask you to enter a start and finish date.  If you run an exercise class for instance and you don’t have an end date, please choose a date 6 months or a year ahead, whichever you feel most appropriate for you.

Where possible, if your event comes to an end or changes please remember to let us know, as neither of us want people getting the wrong information.

“This event repeats” If you hold a daily or weekly event etc, then the next part that asks “every” might be confusing, however this is relevant if you hold an event every 3 months or fortnightly for example.

If your event is only held in a day, then it spans no days, but for example a Beer Festival might span 3 days.  If in doubt leave it.

Where

Event listing on HD8 Network online events calendarThere are already many addresses in the events calendar, so if your address is already listed happy days, you just need to select it.  Otherwise please enter the details including the postcode to help people find you.  If you are holding a webinar or other type of event where you don’t have a venue, please click “no physical location”.

Don’t worry about the map showing the correct place, we will ensure that it is pinpointed correctly when we publish your listing.

Details

Make sure you enter details and description that will help people who find your listing know that it is the right event for them.  Having full and correct information will also help Google to index the link and show up on search engines.  Try to describe what type of event it is and what people can expect.

You might like to add contact details in case they want to ask you any questions or book tickets.  If you sell tickets, tell people how they can buy them.  And don’t forget your website and social media channels so that people can follow you and find out more information.

Categories on event listing of HD8 Network online events calendarCategory

You can list your event under as many categories as you think are appropriate – use the Ctrl button and click for multi-selection – choose as tenuous as you can.  If the category you’d like to use is missing, don’t stop completing the form, just let us know now or when we confirm your listing has been published.

Event Image

Similarly if you don’t have an image at hand, please still complete the form and send it to us when we confirm your listing has been published or email info@HD8network.co.uk.

Please try and resize your images to about 600 pxls as there is a maximum upload size.  But again don’t worry too much about this, if you can email it, we can resize it.

Although please make sure you have the authority and permissions to use images on third party sites.

 

Then press submit event

When we are notified of the event listing, we will check details and publish the events.  This can take a couple of days (usually quicker though), so please make sure you list your events with plenty of notice.  If you haven’t heard from us, please feel free to get in touch to make us aware of the event listing.

Please remember this is your opportunity to sell your event or activity and we can only list what you post, however we might remind you to add an image or contact details.

When you receive the confirmation email please click on the event link, checking that everything looks okay and other links in the event are working and let us know if you have any amends.

We then suggest that you use this event listing to tell more people about it.  We offer a plethora of Facebook Groups which you can join and communicate with people, as well as our Facebook Page and Twitter to mention us in your posts.  We are also on Linkedin, Instagram and Google +.

However we can also provide further promotion of your events –

  • Posting on our social media communities on your behalf
  • Boosting the posts on Facebook and Twitter
  • Including details in our email marketing
  • Adding an overview (before and/or after the event) in our News Section
  • We are also connected with other media and publishing agents, so if applicable we could send out information to them on your behalf.

Good luck promoting your event!

If you have any difficulties completing the form or you would like to ask any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch info@HD8network.co.uk or contact via our Facebook Page.  Please also check out our  listing and membership page

Now list your event by clicking here

Facts and Figures August 2017

We have 64 Members of varying degrees and a Mailing List of over 1400.

Our Facebook Page has 1286 Likes

Our Facebook Groups members are as follows

HD8 Network Group     547 members

HD8 Day Out                 27 members

HD8 Jobs                       73 members

HD8 Services                 53 members

HD8 Social                     151 members

HD8 Sports                     115 members

HD8 Walking                 28 members

HD8 Wedding                29 members

HD8 Babies                    717 members

HD8 Toddlers                 194 members

HD8 Infants                    17 members

HD8 Juniors                   15 members

HD8 Teenager               7 members

HD8 School Leaver           10 members

Many of these groups are new and none are actively promoted and so all growth and engagement has been organic.  Facebook has now enabled us to link the groups with our Facebook page, which will enable us to promote and engender engagement in these groups.  One of our marketing objectives this year is to increase our cross promotion of our groups and promote their facility wider.  However, we are often told how reliable and trustworthy community we have.

 

Other social media followers include

Twitter/HD8Network      2533 Followers

Instagram                      260 Followers

Linkedin Company Page       59 Followers

Linkedin Group             160 Members

The HD8 Network Page on Facebook reached 593 people last week (6th August – 12th August 2017), however this was a 67% decrease from last week.

Our Tweets earnt 24.9k impressions in the last 28 days, which is the same as on last report.

Facebook referred 1295 page views (20% of referrals) to the website, although this number is expected to greatly increased with use of tracking codes on links shared externally.  Google refers nearly 30% of traffic to our website and nearly 20% is labelled as direct, which is where the tracking codes will assist better analysis.

 

In the last year www.HD8network.co.uk received nearly 7000 visits, from just under 5000 users and received just under 16,000 page views.

Whilst there is a reduction of visits and users reported since we last published these results, there has been similar amounts of page views, which shows people are staying on the site for longer.

Events pages received nearly 4000 page views, the directory received 2137 page views and the Join page, the page to add events and about us have also been the top viewed pages in the last year.

Denby Dale in the area section received the most page views, followed by Clayton West, Skelmanthorpe and Kirkburton.

Last month there were 559 sessions on the website, with an average of 2.5 pages per sessions

Information correct as of 14th August 2017

 

How do we communicate

We thought we’d take a moment to remind you about the platforms we use to communicate the local knowledge we offer you whether you work, rest or play here.

Website

The main source of information is www.HD8network.co.uk which has an online events calendar and organisation directory, as well as news blog page for member’s updates and stories and other interesting reports of activities in the HD8 area.

Social Media

We have a strong presence on Facebook, with a Page and a variety of Groups.

The focus for the Page is for us to be able to push information out to you guys and for you to like and comment on as you please.  The Groups on the other hand it’s completely up to you how they are used (within legal and ethical boundaries of course). Groups are communities on Facebook enabling you to communicate with others with similar focuses. Many use groups for selling items, whilst this was never our intention for this to be the case, it is a powerful enabler for us to recycle the loved items we don’t want any more.

We are also active on Twitter, Linkedin and Google + and dabble with Instagram. Again these are mostly used for us to push information out to you guys, but we are a chatty bunch and love a bit of banter and would love to engage with you about the HD8 area (always with a positive attitude of course!) using these platforms.

Physical Meetings

For the past 4 years we have held monthly networking events for businesses and other organisations to meet and build relationships, finding new customers, sources of information and shared interests.

We have also held 2 Business Shows, which were full day events revolving around seminars and exhibitors as well as networking opportunities and business relationships being formed and developed.

Email

We have an email marketing circulation, which we want to develop enabling you to pick and choose whether they wish to hear about Work, Rest or Play topics.

 

But none of this works without you, so whether you Work, Rest or Play in the area, get involved and join in.

Engage with us on social media, visit our website, sign up to our mailing list and if you are an event organiser list your event or activities on our online calendar and if you are a business or other organisation then at least get a basic listing on our online directory.

If you would like to find out more about the promotion aspects of the HD8 Network please visit www.HD8 network.co.uk/Join/ or contact us to chat about it.

Work, Rest or Play in HD8

What do we mean when we repeatedly say work, rest or play in the HD8 area?

Work

Well work, sounds simply enough … but more directly we are talking to those who run businesses in the area.

Of course those of you who are employees in the area are also included in this title, however we have not yet developed a platform to properly support a recruitment facility. For the meantime we suggest that this can be done naturally using the Facebook Groups or relying on organisations to demand this facility.

So work, is mostly at this time relevant to the businesses and other types of organisations that operate in the area. Now this also sounds simple, and of course it would be ideal if both your organisation was based in the area along with you customers.  However we say that even if your not, your customers might be and we also totally understand that while your business might be based here, your customers might not be. This is especially the case for our local manufacturers and engineering companies, and the HD8 Network is confident that we have a range of offerings to benefit you as well. You guys might be the driving force to develop a locally resourced recruitment platform …

You don’t have to be a profit making organisation either for Work to apply to you, perhaps you are a church or school or a community group who wants to spread the word and tell more people about your activities.

Rest and Play

This is an area of overlapping categories, and we feel that they cannot be explained alone but instead alongside each other.

Rest refers to those who live here and Play those that enjoy the area and the amenities.

For example you might play football here, or shop in the variety of retail outlets we have or enjoy a meal out at one of our many pubs and restaurants or visit one of our local national tourist attractions.

However you might live here and want to find doctors or dentist information or about volunteering opportunities or opinions about schools. As well as local trades people who can be verified using our social media communities.

 

Does this help you to identify whether you Work, Rest or Play in the HD8 area and clarify what the HD8 Network is all about?

If so, and you’ve not already done so, why don’t you sign up to our mailing list and get offers and updates from the area and say whether you Work, Rest or Play here (don’t worry there are many of us that do all three!)

 

Help others find out about the HD8 Network by sharing this article on your social media pages.

Thanks for reading.