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.

STORTHES HALL PARK SHORTLISTED FOR TWO HOSPITALITY & TOURISM AWARDS

White Rose Awards 2019 Y Finalist - Storthes HallStorthes Hall Park near Huddersfield has been nominated in two awards for the prestigious White Rose tourism awards that recognises the very best that Yorkshire has to offer.

This is the third award nomination Storthes Hall Park has attracted in less than two months , coming on the back of an extensive refurbishment programme.

SHP will be hoping to lift a trophy after being shortlisted in both the Business Events Venue of the Year and New Tourism Business award categories.

Storthes Hall Park Business Development Manager Miriam Pedersen-Smith said: “This is turning out to be a transformative year for the Storthes Hall Park and the award nominations are fantastic news for the team who have worked so hard over the past 12 months.”

White Rose Award chair Elaine Lemm said: “This year’s panel of prestigious industry-wide experts have been well and truly put through their paces shortlisting for the recently revamped White Rose Awards. With the standard of entries continuing to rise, competition was fierce, and choosing finalists not easy. With the attention to detail, passion and sheer hard work seen from so many superb businesses, it is easy to see why Yorkshire has an outstanding reputation for tourism and hospitality.”

The glitzy awards ceremony, which celebrates the very best in food, drink, accommodation and attractions in Yorkshire, will take place at the Leeds First Direct Arena in November.

 

Find out more about Storthes Hall Park British Chambers of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award for Mid-Yorkshire.

For contact details and more information about Storthes Hall Park please check out their directory listing here –

The Venue – Storthes Hall Park

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.

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#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.

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 side by side.

Please click here to see the 2019 Packages Presentation

At our Meetup networking event we delivered the above 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.

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

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.

Effective SEO and Google Ads

Paul Campbell Effective Internet HD8 Network

• Who wants to receive a free web audit?
• See how your business ranks on Google?
• Receive a free joint consultation with your peers?

In October Paul Campbell from Effective Internet is the speaker at the HD8 Network’s Mid-month-mid-morning-meetup networking event (Mmmmm).  Book your ticket here –  https://hd8networkmmmmm-oct.eventbrite.co.uk.

Paul will introduce his business to the HD8 area. He has been running it for the past 18 years and has recently relocated to Westleigh House in Denby Dale. Bringing his team of SEO, Google and website experts to work in the HD8 area.

Situated at one side of the bridge, Effective Internet share the Business Centre with a wide variety of businesses located at Westleigh House, including fellow member Louise Lowe from Denby Professionals.

At our networking events we often like to bring you an expert, as well as give our members the spot light. This session on 16th October will be a short 15 session, aiming to encourage discussions and suggestions amongst members.

Paul from Effective Internet will highlight the key issues that most of us get wrong aswell as provide insight into the complex world of SEO – although it doesn’t have to be complicated.

Effective Internet regularly generate a 6 fold ROI for their clients.

What are you waiting for?  Book your ticket now!

Alcatel Rainbow – The ‘Relationship Machine’

If you don’t know what Unified-Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) is, or are unsure about what it can do for your business, then Direct Voice and Data – based in Skelmanthorpe – believe it’s time for you to get up to speed and take advantage of its benefits and capabilities.

UCaaS applications are services that provide multiple ways to communicate with people in a multimedia environment. Through their Instant Messaging, Voice calling and Video Conferencing functionalities they enable you to connect with internal members of your organisation as well as those outside of your immediate communication network.

The UCaaS market is growing. Recent research published in the MarketsandMarkets comprehensive 2013-2018 UCaaS report indicates that 2014 represented the beginning of the technology’s widespread adoption. This rise is no surprise, given the need for businesses to support an increasing number of communication channels and interactions, without committing to a corresponding increase in investment. You see, most of the UCaaS platforms such as Rainbow offer a free standard set of features, with more advanced ones charged at a low subscription rate.

What is Rainbow?

Rainbow is a business grade messaging platform that allows you to communicate effectively with people inside and outside of your organisation. At its base and FREE level it provides you with:
• Instant messaging with built in photo and document sharing capabilities
• Multi-platform applications (Windows, iOS, Android) and a web browser version (allowing you to easily communicate from any device)
• Point to Point Audio and Video Calling from mobile or desktop
• Project or Team spaces in the form of ‘Bubbles’, allowing all project stakeholders to converse and share resources in a dedicated space
• We can white-label the Rainbow platform with your company information/logos to provide a seamless look and encourage employee adoption.

Is Rainbow a Good Fit for your business?

If you can answer yes to any of the following questions then Direct Voice and Data believe that Rainbow could provide your business with the route to benefiting from unified communication sooner than you may have expected:
1. You need access to the latest communications but don’t have the capital budget or in house resource to implement a solution. This may be underpinned by a need to improve productivity or customer service, or by a time-limited event such as a merger, acquisition or the opening/closing of an office.
2. You are currently using another product such as WhatsApp or Facebook chat for business communication, but are worried that it is not professionally secure, or that it doesn’t draw a line between business and personal usage.
3. You and/or your organisation work collaboratively with others on projects on a daily basis. Rainbow offers you the ability to create ‘bubbles’, project-specific spaces that facilitate communication between stakeholders, and allow resources to be shared between all participants.

If you are interested in using Rainbow in your business please feel free to contact Direct Voice and Data. They would be happy to demonstrate the product for you, as well as get you signed up with your FREE licenses. Direct Voice and Data also offer a low cost management service for this product.

 

Direct Voice and Data have kindly agreed to be our speaker at our Mid Month Meetup in May, where you will get an insight of who they are and the products and services they can offer you to make you a more effective business.  To book your tickets please visit www.HD8networkMMM-May.Eventbrite.co.uk

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.

 

Making paste is a tasty business

Our next networking event will be on Tuesday 14th November.

Joining us at the Coffee Loft in Scissett, Krishna Patel, of Dilishque Curry Paste, Your Indian Pantry in a Pot, will share with you her story of how a curry paste that was originally made for her has now become a family business.

Dilishque Curry PasteResearch shows that to capture attention and gain shelf space; large manufactures are mimicking smaller nostalgic traditional brands. Krishna say’s “We have the knowledge and patience for blending spices which has been passed down through generations establishing a strong heritage.” However, this versatile curry paste was not originally made for commercial use.

The challenges that Krishna and her mother faced when producing homemade meals has led to the product they have today and help solve some of their customers and consumers challenges:

  • Knowledge of blending spices and creating an authentic tasting curry
  • Lack of time – planning meals, shopping for individual ingredients and cooking

With 23 million curry lovers in the UK, Dilishque Curry Paste is well placed to solve the challenge of making authentic tasting curries when you are pressed for time.

Since launching in 2015 Dilishque Curry Paste has sold through their website, Food & Drink Festivals and curry demonstrations, where people have a chance to “try before you buy”.

She will explain why it was made and the process of validating the idea and how to use such a versatile product.

So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets now

Also at the networking event, we will be speed networking; giving you the chance to have a 5 minute conversation with at least half the people in the room.

There will be plenty of opportunity to informally network with the other local businesses in the room.  Towards the end of the meeting there is the chance to have lunch with us, if you wish to, please order on arrival.

Tickets are £10 for non-members and £5 for members

Tuesday 14th November – Coffee Loft and Tapas Bar, Scissett, HD8 9JZ

Book your ticket here – www.HD8networkMMM.Eventbrite.co.uk

 

Before the networking event we will also be holding a free workshop to show you how you can promote your business in the HD8 area.

Booking for the workshop is compulsory and there are limited space.  To book your ticket please visit – www.PromoteonHD8.Eventbrite.co.uk

 

 

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/

 

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.

Facts and Figures December 2016

We have 184 Members of varying degrees and a Mailing List of over 1400.

In the last year www.HD8network.co.uk received nearly 8000 visits, from just over 6000 users and received just under 16,000 page views.

Last month there were 680 sessions on the website. In October, when we held this year’s Business Show there were 916 sessions and we saw heightened traffic on the website since we started to announce the show.  We also saw a large number of visitors in November last year when we launched the new website and membership options.

Facebook referred 1286 page views to the website

The HD8 Network Page on Facebook has nearly 1200 Likes and reached 758 people last week (26th November – 2nd December 2016) with 90 Post engagements.

The Facebook Group has 475 members.  There are also a range of focused Facebook Groups.

We have 2357 followers on our HD8 Network handle on Twitter and are following 2177. Our tweets earn 24.9k impressions in the last 28 days. On average we earn 3 link clicks, 2 retweets and 2 likes per day.

The Linkedin Group has 154 members and the Company Page has 57 Followers, both of these areas are admittedly currently totally underutilised.

Information correct as of 3rd December 2016

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Background info on the HD8 Network

The HD8 Network was first created in April 2013, initially on Social Media.

In July 2013 the HD8 Network started to offer a physical offline networking at the monthly Meet Up events and a website was started later in the year.

The HD8 Network undertook a rebranding exercise in the summer of 2015, held the first HD8 Business Show in the August 2015, with a subsequent one in October 2016 and the new website and membership packages were launched in November of 2015.

Further improvements have been made to the website since and is part of a continuous improvement strategy.

 

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If you would like to comment or question any of the above please contact us at info@HDnetwork.co.uk

Find out how you can join the HD8 Network and promote your organisation and activities in and around the HD8 area?