Photoshoot with John Steel Photography

Earlier this month the HD8 Network organised a photoshoot with the amazing John Steel Photography, inviting members and other organisations that are involved with the HD8 Network or who ‘Work’ in the HD8 area to come along and have their picture taken.

We used John Steel Photography in 2015 when we built our website, however recently, when designing a pop-up banner for the She Means Business Instagram Workshop that we hosted in June – delivered by Social Progress – we noticed that some of the images were out of date; One business has recently retired and closed their company, another has relocated to Sheffield and others had pursued different avenues in their careers.

So we realised that we needed new images that were representative of the people who currently Work, Rest or Play in the area.

To provide continuity from the previous photoshoot and existing catalogue of images, we asked our ‘models’ to bring props that illustrated their business.  For some this was incredibly easy – for example the Roofer and the Marquee Hire Company – however the services, particularly the online services, were much harder and required much more creative, out of the box thinking, but we got there.  Can you can guess correctly what they do …?

HD8 Network Photoshoot 2019 John Steel PhotographyWe also asked our models to bring their amazing smiles and told them this was a fun shoot, with lots of energy and not your typical ‘professional’ corporate headshot.

The morning was VERY busy, with some people just being able to pop in, squeezing it into their busy working day and others staying for longer and using the time to network and build relationships with the other people that came along.  Jo Cove from ‘Made in Clayton West‘, a local community organisation, said the atmosphere was buzzing and that there was a great bunch of people.

Member and regular attendee of our monthly Meetup networking events, Paul Campbell from the Effective Group, was kind enough to let us the use their new offices at Westleigh House in Denby Dale for our studio.  This was the perfect venue and we thank them enormously.

We are very grateful to everyone involved who came along and made the day super special and more importantly for creating such fantastic images.

However, of course we give all our thanks to the very talented John Steel, who used his own unique personality and banter to get the best out of the models and produce the most amazing photos.  Thank you.

We will be using these photos in our future promotions and literature, so keep a look out for this.  We had so much fun organising and arranging the day, and have a long list of people that would have loved to have been involved but weren’t able to, that we would like to do another soon.

The people and businesses featured, in no particular order, include –

If you would like to feature in these photos or even arrange for a photoshoot at your own premises then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Want to become a member of the HD8 Network please visit our Join area for more information or get in touch.

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#SheMeansBusiness Instagram Workshop

She Means Business Instagram training workshopThe HD8 Network were very honoured last month to host the #SheMeansBusiness Instagram training workshop, delivered by the amazing Esther Orridge from Social Progress.

SheMeansBusiness June 2019Local businesses, specifically startups and those adopting social media for the first time for business use were invited to attend and be shown the powers of Instagram and how it could be used for business purposes.

Esther delivered the presentation with her bubbly personality and extensive expertise and knowledge, and all the attendees agreed that it had been a very informative and useful event.

We were certainly inspired and found ourselves with renewed enthusiasm for this promotional publishing tool, prompting several images to be shared in the following days.  We hope to build on this and adopt it as a tool to engage with and find followers, furthering our communication channels.

The key takeaway point for us was that businesses should have a business profile as opposed to an individual account – which is very easy to do.

The training workshop was held at The Venue in Storthes Hall Park – where we hold our monthly Meetup networking events – and everyone agreed that it is the perfect venue for this and many other types of events – it’s even a great place to go for a coffee, something to eat or maybe something a bit stronger with family and friends.  Storthes Hall feels like a hidden gem, as if you are in the middle of nowhere, although you are no more than 15 minutes from Huddersfield Town Centre or the M1 (depending which way you drive).

Stay in touch with our activities by coming back regularly to our website, check out our social media channels and subscribe to our mailing list (using the form at the bottom of most pages on the website).

Want to become a member of the HD8 Network please visit our Join area for more information or get in touch.

6th Anniversary Meetup

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Jacqui will be discussing “How the Council supports businesses”

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

 

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

 

Meet our Members

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

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

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

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

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

 

HD8 Network Meetups

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Will we see you next time?

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

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

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hd8-network-mid-morning-mid-month-meetup-networking-event-6th-birthday-tickets

 

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.

Update your preferences

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Shepley Spring Festival 2019

Wow what a great atmosphere and music there is at Shepley Spring Festival …. and great memories too!

Shepley Spring Festival 2019 Storthes Hall HD8 Network

New Venue Storthes Hall

The Venue and Aparthotel at Storthes Hall Park worked really well for the Shepley Spring Festival this year, especially as the weather was at the point of only threatening unpleasant weather…

The wide range of rooms in the Venue provided a variety of spaces and proves that there is future potential for a long and happy relationship between Shepley Spring Festival and Storthes Hall.  Especially if other parts of the grounds were available to expand into.

If you would like to get in touch with the Venue at Storthes Hall, please find details on our directory listing here.

Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust Festival Shop at Shepley 2019

LCYCT Shepley Festival Clothing ShopThe whole Shepley Spring Festival was buzzing all weekend, and none more so than the LYCT ‘ebay’ shop.  Selling items donated by a variety of organisations for the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust as part of their fundraising.

LCYCT Shepley Festival Shop

 

Not only did the charity get a great return on investment, decluttering stores and making a profit.

 

They also clothed the festival.

A lady even forgot her clothing – she had wine and knickers, but nothing more than the dress she was wearing …. until she shopped and kitted herself out at the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Festival Shop.

The range of clothing was outstanding with prices that made it unquestionable.  Items flew off the benches.  Bag and bags of sharfs, shawls, gloves and hats.  Pajamas, coats, tops and outdoor skiwear … I think they even had jeans and work trousers too.

The festival goers lapped it up and the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust were overwhelmed with the result and I believe they have personally thanked all that assisted them over the weekend and have asked the HD8 Network to extend their thanks to all.

Want to find out more about the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust please visit their listing on our directory for more information.

 

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.

#SheMeansBusiness Instagram Training Workshop in Huddersfield

#SheMeansBusiness Instagram Training Workshop in HuddersfieldYou might have seen on Facebook, that we have teamed up with Social Progress and Enterprise Nation to put on Instagram 101 training.

Check-in on the Facebook Event

Wednesday 26th June 2019 from 10 -12

Storthes Hall Park – The Venue – HD8 0WA, Huddersfield

Join accredited She Means Business trainer Esther Orridge, from Social Progress for this Instagram Training Workshop hosted by HD8 Network.

Event Itinerary:
10am – registration and networking with tea and coffee ☕️
10:30am – introduction by HD8 Network
10:35am – presentation by Esther Orridge, Social Progress
11:30am – networking
12 noon – finish

Book your tickets through Enterprise Nation

Building: Storthes Hall<br /> Location: Huddersfield, Huddersfield University<br /> AHR

Building: Storthes Hall<br /> Location: Huddersfield, Huddersfield University<br /> AHR

A Year of GDPR

IG Solutions Official LogoWill your business be celebrating (job well done) or commemorating? A focus on key elements of the legislation and what the business should have done (in the last 365 days) to ensure they are compliant with the new legislation.

What is there still to do?

Can Leeds City Council help?

As we approach the 1st anniversary of GDPR, it’s important to assess your organisation’s current position and progress over the past 12 months, as well as ensure your staff are justly equipped with the information and training required to satisfy the ICO.

IG Solutions will be our speaker at our June Mmmmm and will give an overview and pointers of the things you should be doing to ensure that you are compliant.

IG Solutions is Leeds City Council’s dedicated team of information governance professionals with over 20 years’ experience of delivering Information Governance in the public, private and third sector, responsible for meeting the statutory information governance requirements of over 15,000 staff across the council and its 99 elected members.

Top Ten Pages on Google Analytics

Looking at the top ten pages viewed in the last month, it is pleasing to see that the Local Business Directory was at number 1.

The HomePage 2 and Add-your-Event was the 3rd.  The Events calendar followed, followed by the Join page.  These are the top 5 pages that we would like to see in there.

In 6th place is the unsubscribe page.  We have been attempting to do some data cleaning, making sure that our database is current and correct and asking people to update their preferences according to whether they work, rest or play in the HD8 area and their interest in our networking events.  As we understand not all the messages, we send are of interest to everyone and want to tailor this as much as possible,

About the HD8 Network and Mid Month Meetup are next pages in the top 10, followed by Facebook Sign up landing page, which is interesting to see and shows how powerful our social media communities are and they are connected to the website.

News is in 10th place, and whilst I wouldn’t want to wish any of the above not in the top ten, this is where we see the value for our ‘readers’, alongside our directory and events section.  And so would like to see this higher placed in the future.

There were 1264 pageviews.  The average time on the page was a minute and the bounce rate was 63%.

Correct as of 29th March 2019

 

 

New Membership Packages Announced

At our Mid Morning Mid Month Meetup in March we announced our new membership packages which will come into force on 1st April 2019.

Please click here to see the information sheet which illustrates the new packages.

At our Mmmmm we delivered a presentation to explain the new packages and the added benefits.  Please let us know if you would like to receive a copy of this.

If you are quick and sign up for membership before 1st April we will honour the current prices.

New technical updates

To improve your experience we have invested in some technical updates on our website.

These updates will improve your ability to measure the benefits and impact you receive from the HD8 Network.

Call to Action Button

We have created a Call to Action Button on Directory Listings.

This will help you to direct visitors to undertake certain actions.  This could be for a special offer or focused on an area of work or product range.

We recommend that members create unique landing pages for traffic from our listings.  This will allow you to measure the impact received from your membership.

Members can update their ‘Call to Action Button’ by emailing us with details to be included.

 

Google Maps

We have fixed Google Maps on the Event Listings, following changes Google made last year, controlling the access to the information.

But please remember to include contact details and links to directory listings to make it as easy as possible for potential attendees come to your events.

 

 

Source and Medium

We have added some code into our website, so that you can measure the traffic from our website to yours, in your Google Analytics.

Contact us for a guide to find this information in your Google Analytics.

 

Chat Box

At the bottom right hand of the screen you will see a little chat box.  Chat to us when you have questions or queries.

It is us, so apologies if  we don’t always respond immediately—especially in the middle of the night or when we’re in meetings.

 

We’d love the opportunity to explain these updates further so please get in touch!

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/