Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome – latest walk leaflet

Denby Dale Walkers Welcome Denby Dale Walkers Welcome Scissett CircularThe latest walk leaflet devised by Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome Group offers a choice of walks of different lengths starting & ending at The Crown in Scissett.

Denby Dale Walkers Welcome Scissett Circular

This is the group’s 19th trail leaflet and all can be downloaded at  www.denbydale-walkersarewelcome.org.uk .

The group was founded in 2009 by local volunteers  (supported by Denby Dale Parish Council and the Denby Dale Countryside Officer) who believed that the Denby Dale Area has beautiful countryside, a rich and fascinating heritage and an excellent network of Public Rights of Way; and they have tried to promote walking in and around Denby Dale ever since.

In 2012 they affiliated fully to the national Walkers are Welcome scheme – see www.walkersarewelcome.org.uk .

New supporters are always welcome – contact via the website.

HD8 Virtual High Street is Live

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

But now we need you to make it a  success.

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

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

Should your business be on there?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Silver and Gold packages available too.

 

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

Circular Economy event – 3rd November 2020

Free workshop opportunity for local businesses

https://climate.leeds.ac.uk/events/kirklees-workshop-maximise-your-businesss-potential-through-a-circular-economy/

This is open to all, but textiles, engineering and furniture manufacturers may find it particularly useful.

It’s early days, but we feel that a circular economy approach may provide key areas for innovation and competitiveness for our businesses as they recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will:

Introduce the Circular Economy concept
Inspire businesses to think greener
Clearly showcase the benefits to business of introducing Circular Economy practises
Help businesses to become more resilient in the future

Visit our Online Events Calendar to find out more information – 

Maximise your businesses potential through a circular economy (workshop)

Kirkburton Hardware has moved

Kirkburton Hardware has moved to a new premises in Kirkburton.

Louise from Kirkburton Hardware said “Obviously the move was very big but worth every bit of blood, sweat and tears that we put in to it, with help from friends and family.  We now have a much bigger shop and are very happy we did it”.

Kirkburton Hardware premise moveThe move to a more central spot in the village has meant they are now seeing new customers, presumably because of increased visibility and ability to carry more stock.

Unbelievably, 90% of the shop was moved in this little french bike trailer, Rachel, one of Kirkburton Hardware’s much loved customers!  Louise and Glen have said that she was an absolute godsend!  That is definitely a customer worth keeping!

 

They are also now back to their normal hours too. 

Which are –

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 830 till 4pm

Wednesday 830 till 12

Saturday 830 till 2pm

 

Want to find out more about Kirkburton Hardware and find out where they have located to please visit their directory listing on our website

Kirkburton Hardware

Technology Support 24/7 launches to provide Tech support for clients across the North West and Europe.

Technology Support 24/7 are excited to announce the launch of their new, innovative, Managed Services business, supporting businesses in all areas of their technology needs.

TS247 HD8 Network memberGiven the innovative approach they are taking to the IT Support sector, they see themselves as market disruptive, taking the tradition model of IT support and turning it on its head, to be proactive, strategically engaged and agile to client’s needs.

Nick Clarke, a prominent technology specialist and entrepreneur, launched Technology Support 24/7 in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic, seeing the effect that the pandemic had had on the SME market, with many businesses ‘caught in the headlights’ not knowing which way to turn in finding a technology solution for their business’s needs.  Nick comments:

“Over the past six months we have seen how critical Technology is and how an effective IT infrastructure is pivotal, in positioning your organisation for resilience & growth as we continue to move forward with more flexible working arrangements.” “We saw an opportunity within the market, to launch a support provider, that puts your needs, at the heart of its proposition, considering the strategic aspirations of our clients and indeed, how best to support their teams, clients and stakeholders, as we move forward in a new way of working.”

Technology Support 24/7 has been designed to provide a complete support solution for clients, from business networking opportunities, conferencing and phone solutions, hardware provision, consultancy, training, and support, through to cybersecurity, disaster recovery and contingency planning.

Their Mission is to support you and your colleagues, unlocking your potential, through a fully supported, future proof, technology infrastructure

In addition, and by way of them further supporting the business community during this difficult period; They are offering a complimentary Business Technology Review – Are you fit and ready for a new way of working?

Throughout the remainder of 2020 they are offering a complimentary assessment, considering aspects in your business, such as: Cyber Security, Remote Working, Backup & Replication, Telephony & Internet Connectivity to name just a few key areas.

They will provide a Technology Health Check Report, compiled by their dedicated IT Professionals, with recommendations to maximise the use of Technology in support of your Business, this report is then yours to use how you see fit.

If you would like more information or would like to book in an assessment then please visit their directory listing here on our website –

Technology Support 24/7 Limited

Hello from James Houtby Travel Counsellors

HD8 Network member James Houtby Travel CounsellorsHello HD8 and beyond if you are reading from outside the area.  My name is James Houtby and I had been looking at starting my own business for the previous three years and the pros of doing so never outweigh the cons with having a young family and the security of a regular income every month from a secure job, or so I thought.

Back in April of this year I found my position at the company I worked for being made redundant.  At the time I did not realise however this was the best thing that could have happened to me and my life was about to change forever!

Fast forward to the 27th July and I launched my own Travel Management Company specialising in both leisure and corporate travel.

Airplane window - James Houtby Travel Counsellor

“You’re mad” I hear you saying.  Launching a travel business in the middle of pandemic when the travel industry is reeling!

I promise you I am not mad, having worked in the travel industry for approx. 15 years working my way up from a Junior Travel Consultant to Senior Management this was the right time for me.  Partnering with the award-winning travel counsellors, they have provided me with the platform from which to successfully launch my own business in the travel industry.

I offer more than a traditional travel management company and high street travel agency by providing a personal and concierge service.  I will get to know you/your business and your fellow travellers personally, understand your wants and needs and provide you with a VIP service without the VIP price tag.

My dream holiday I hear you all asking now …

SOUTH AMERICA-Peru-Macchu PichuI love history therefore there are various places I would love to visit:

Egypt – the Pyramids and the Sphinx in Giza,

Angkor Wat which is the largest temple complex in the world located in Siem Reap, Cambodia

and to travel the length and breadth of Peru including taking in Machu Picchu, this Incan settlement is set high up in the Andes Mountains above the Urubamba River valley this location absolutely fascinates me.

The final holiday would be to take a cruise through the Arctic Circle, travelling from Reykjavik in Iceland, Franz Josef Island and Spitsbergen which is the only inhabited areas of the Svalbard archipelago.

Thank you for reading, if this has inspired you please get in touch and let me help you create your next dream holiday!

For more details, including contact details please visit James Houtby’s directory listing on our website here

James Houtby – Travel Counsellor

Covid-19 Denby Dale Ward Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Personal Branding Photography by John Steel

Oliver James Sugar Craft, John Steel Photography

John Steel Photography has been in business for more than a decade and specialises in photographing people.  There are four different sides to his photography business, these are –

  • Weddings
  • Family
  • Commercial
  • Fitness

His photography captures personality and is absolutely not posed or boring – anything but!

This article focuses on Personal Branding Photography, however if you are interested to find out about the other aspects of John Steel Photography, please visit his website to find out more.

Personal branding seems to be a new buzz word, but what does it mean?

John Steel defines personal branding as “branding for small business owners.”

As business owners we live and breathe our businesses and to survive and flourish, each small business needs to attract exactly the right clients.

Personal branding establishes who you are, what you offer and who your customer is.

For many years John Steel Photography and the industry have referred to these types of images as Business Portraits, which included headshots and shots for press coverage.  But with developing online access to your business a new sector has been created, and so has the buzzwords “Personal Branding Photography”.

John Steel says “Branding images tell the story of you and your personal brand.  They are a selection of images that communicate with the people using your website, social media, print media and so on.”

 

John Steel vehemently believes that “People buy from people” and advises you to “make sure you stand out with fabulous pictures that show the real, authentic side of you.”

So, you have created your business; you have spent hours and hours creating your brand; but who you are and what do you represent?

Your business is your passion – it is your life; so, take time to show everyone how great you really are.

A personal branding photo shoot is so much more than a head shot.

John Steel is here to capture you in your true light; capturing your personality so that it will sell your product or service.

Who can have a personal branding shoot?

Well pretty much everyone; if you are a butcher, baker, candlestick maker, magician, personal trainer, or accountant…absolutely anyone can have one.

Interested to find out more or maybe even book a session with John Steel Photography? 

Then send him an email on John@JohnSteelPhotography.com

In the meantime, check out his HD8 Network directory listing –

John Steel Photography

HD8 is still Covid High Risk

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 metres of free chocolate up for grabs!

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

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

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

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

Competition closes on 11 October.

Good luck!

Covid-Safe Manufacturing Webinar

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

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

In this vital one-hour webinar:

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

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

 

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

 

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

Manufacturing Covid Leaflet_AW CM3442.7

Boost for small businesses in West Yorkshire

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

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

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

·         24/7 HR and legal advice line

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

·         Easy access to funding options

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

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

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

Visit the FSB’s directory listing –

Federation of Small Businesses

 

Hats off to emerging HD8 business women

I don’t know if our word has anything to do with anything, but the HD8 Network would like to take its hat off to some amazing emerging business women in the HD8 area.

 

Ellen Wilkinson Sophia Rita BoutiqueEllen Wilkinson with her fabulous on trend clothes shop, Sophia Rita Boutique, featuring womenswear, footwear and accessories.

Ellen has adapted and pivoted like a dream during this time, whilst juggling homeschooling of TWO children under 5.

The Boutique can be found in Nortonthorpe Mills in Scissett, and was due to open just after the announcement of lockdown; after months of careful, strategic planning and organising.

Ellen Wilkinson Sophia Rita Boutique

So instead Ellen launched the business on Facebook and Instagram, selling items virtually and thankfully (well quite rightly) has so far made a massive success.

The doors of the boutique are now wide open and welcoming you to revitalise your wardrobe.

Well done Ellen you should be very proud of yourself!

 

HD8 Network member Jayne Adamson from the Flex CollectiveAnd of course, there is the force to be reckoned with – Jayne Adamson #hatsoff #massivefan

Jayne had embraced self empowerment (that was a mistype, but I like it, so it’s staying in) like myself.  If you’re going to set up a business, you might as well do two at the same time!

HD8 Network member Flex Collective

She has seen a gap in the market – a professional place to work and meet in the HD8 area – and gone for it and created the Flex Collective in Denby Dale.

Jayne has quite rightly remarked in the past that there are loads of nice cafes in the area with amazing views and refreshments, but they are not always the professional setting without distractions that is required.

The Flex Collective can be booked by the day and for meetings, and have been running training sessions recently to help local business owners.  Visit their listing on our website here

Well done ladies!

You’re doing an amazing job!  Especially “during this time”

 

PS – as new businesses they probably didn’t qualify for ANY OF THE GOVERNMENT SUPPORT available during Covid and lockdown.

Not the council led grants for businesses with PROPERTY, including possibly either of the discretionary grants (which again just offers support to businesses with property).

They won’t have had a history of accounts and so won’t be eligible for SEISS (Self employed income support scheme) if they are classed as self employed.

If they had the legal structure of a Limited Company, they still wouldn’t have got anything, apart from the option to furlough themselves – but like we mentioned there was no employment history to base this on and if they had of been able to take this option, it would have quite possibly kissed goodbye to any of their hopes and dreams, as under furlough you’re not able to do any work – especially not income generating.

Instead they have striven on admirably …

… despite the amounting costs of stock, furniture, property, legal fees, utilities and all the other endless bills associated with running a business, with reduced or diminished public confidence to go out and shop or be around others and both having children not at school that also need occupying.

((Btw – if you don’t agree about the situation of these ladies and other, let’s say the Forgotten. Please get in touch with your MP, the FSB and others that need to hear your voice and examples to help argue the case) rant over …)

Go on girls!

Please support these wonderful women and all the other local businesses by spreading the word, celebrate them publicly and most importantly spend your money with them!

 

Denby Dale co-working and meeting space now open

Your local co-working and meeting space in Denby Dale is now open.

Jayne Adamson creator of the Flex CollectiveThe Flex Collective was set up by Jayne Adamson who had been working at home since starting her marketing business (she helps product led businesses with their strategy and marketing) in February 2019.

She decided that working from home all the time was not good for her, she found it lonely and missed collaborating with her ex colleagues, customers and suppliers.

Well many of us have had a taste of that now and there are not a lot of people who have actually enjoyed working from home for the last 4 months, whilst home schooling kids or with the other half under the feet or maybe just being alone all that time.

Yes, many of us have discovered the power of the online video meeting even for our social lives as well as work but let’s be honest, we are so over that aren’t we?

The fact remains that nothing can beat being around people, the banter, having someone make you a brew and generally just being somewhere other than your own house.

As pubs and restaurants reopen and people get back to some sort of normality, the government are set to change the ‘work from home’ advice that they have been dishing out since March and are now saying we can go to work.

It still remains to be seen whether employers will force their employees to go to the office (yes, by law they can do this), or whether they will be open to more flexible arrangements, or even will tell their employees to carry on working from home for the foreseeable future.

If you are one of those being told to continue to work from home or you are your own employer and you can do what the hell you like then it may be time to consider visiting The Flex Collective to chat about the co-working space.

It is a friendly, comfortable and fully equipped office where you can chat with like minded people whilst cracking on with your work without the distractions that we have all had to put up with the last few months.

And best of all, you can try it out for free for a day, see if you like it.

If you want to book a free day you can do that here http://theflexcollective.co.uk/make-a-booking/ using code ONEDAYFREE. Jayne would be happy to welcome you and show you around.

The space works on a flexible membership basis where you can sign up for 5, 10 or 15 days a month or you can just pay as you go, the more you go the more you save. Details of pricing for all the services can be found on the website here http://theflexcollective.co.uk/pricing/

Over the last few weeks they have had quite a few people trying out the space and all have said they will be back once they can properly get their lives back, so that is looking like it will be September time as many still have childcare issues and many are just not ready to come out of their homes yet. However, over the next month or so hopefully people will grow in confidence and we can all get back to work properly (whatever properly means!)

Flex Collective workshop

As well as the space for co-working there is also a large meeting room which can be hired out by the hour, half day or full day for private meetings, training workshops and networking events, whatever you need it for really.

There have been a couple of workshops run in this space already with very limited numbers so that they could maintain a social distance but both were really well received and there will be more to come.

Amongst others there will be another wordpress workshop for those of us with wordpress sites that we don’t know how to update, a social media strategy workshop to help local businesses define what their strategy should be and how to reach their target customer and also a facebook ads workshop.

If you have any suggestions of something you would like to see then just pop an email to jayne@theflexcollective.co.uk who will be very open to discussing any ideas with you.

Jayne really wants The Flex Collective to be a place where our community can collaborate and support each other so that we can all see each other, and therefore the HD8 area thrive in the long term.

You can follow The Flex Collective on

Facebook here – https://www.facebook.com/The-Flex-Collective

Instagram here – https://www.instagram.com/theflexcollective/

or on Linkedin here – https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflexcollective 

 

Or visit the Flex Collective’s listing on our directory 

The Flex Collective

 

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

Kirklees Council has made a second and final round of the Local Authority Discretionary Grant fund available to help small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19.

Kirklees discretionary grant fundGrants of up to £10,000 are being made available to businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs that have not received funding in round one and are not eligible for other Government grant schemes, including the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.

This fund is available to the following types of businesses:

  • Manufacturing businesses with their own business rate assessment with a ‘Rateable Value’ of over £15,000 and less than £51,000
  • Businesses that wholly or mainly supply the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Sector with their own business rates assessment with a ‘Rateable Value’ of over £15,000 and less than £51,000
  • OFSTED registered childcare providers

Businesses must also meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Be a small or micro business
  • Have relatively high, ongoing fixed property-related costs
  • Be able to demonstrate they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis
  • Have been trading on 11th March 2020
  • Occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000

Applications are open now and you can apply online via our website www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness .

Further information including full eligibility criteria and detailed guidance can also be found on their website. The application process will close at midnight on Wednesday 19 August 2020. The Council reserves the right to amend the closing date and will publish any changes on its website

Paisley Properties delighted to be back in the offices

Having survived working from home during lockdown Paisley Properties and Paisley Mortgages were delighted to be back in the offices in May.

Instantly the phones were ringing and people were desperate to view properties and get their homes on the market.

Both the sale and rental sector have been so buoyant and the addition of the later ‘Stamp Duty Holiday’ announcement added further momentum to an already busy market.

There is currently so much demand for properties the estate agents are encouraging people to put their homes up for sale/rent, investigate mortgage deals as there are some good ones to be obtained (they do not charge a you a fee and offer whole of market mortgage advice) and consider making the move while there are thousands of pounds to be saved.

Paisley Properties offers a personal and pro-active approach to house selling and renting and are passionate about property in the local areas they cover, so please contact them for a no obligation market appraisal.

They also work closely with other local business and believe strongly in supporting the local community so we can all bounce back together.

For contact details and more information please visit Paisley Properties listing here – 

Paisley Properties

Flying and going abroad in the current climate

Airport - flying in this current climateOur local representative from Travel Counsellors, Gemma Favager has recently travelled to Majorca with colleagues and her son, to test out what the new normal feels like when travelling abroad.

Gemma has blogged about her experience to help customers and others deciding whether to travel and what they might expect.

Hotels abroad in this current climateHer aim is to talk you through the process and truthfully answer questions on how it is.

The article covers the airport experience; flying and the things you need to be think about and do, including insight from a child’s point of view.  As well as what to expect when you get to the resort.

If you are considering whether to holiday this year or just inquisitive, please come and read Gemma’s experience of holidaying during the new normal – https://www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/gemma.favager/Profile-Blog/Myexperiencesofflyingnow

More information and contact details for Gemma Favager Travel Counsellors please visit her directory listing here

Gemma Favager – Travel Counsellors