Startup in a Pandemic

The pandemic has, and still is causing so many disruptions and difficulties within businesses, you probably wouldn’t think to even try and start up a new venture, in these uncertain times.

Half Inch Seam Faye at her machineYet this is exactly what Faye from Half Inch Seam, has done.

After being made redundant in July 2020, she started making face masks for family and friends, soon, through word of mouth the demand increased and she began to sell them online.

Having an academic background in textiles and a love for sewing she started to offer other sewing services and realised that the demand was out there, and that’s how the business began.

Half Inch Seam offer all kinds of sewing services,

  • Clothing and Curtain Alterations and Repairs
  • Made to measure Curtains, Roman blinds and cushions,
  • Small production runs of handmade goods for other businesses.

If there’s anything to learn from the pandemic within business, it is that we have to be adaptable to change.

Find contact details and more information here on her directory listing – 

Half Inch Seam

 

Your feedback is important to us

For us to make continual improvements, we need to hear from you.

Would you like to –

  • Email or message us your thoughts?
  • Have a chat on the telephone or Zoom?
  • Fill in a survey?
  • Take part in observational learning?
  • Take part in peer groups?
  • Other?

These are some of the many ways that we are considering collecting feedback from you.

We are currently asking –

What does the HD8 Network mean to you?

Complete your answer here – https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/FiCsFG

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However otherwise please email info@HD8network.co.uk or message us through social media (or whatsapp if we are already connected).

Tech 24/7 Business in a Box

Are you a solo entrepreneur, micro-business, or a business start-up?

Are you stuck for time or at your limits with your IT?

Tech 24/7’s Business in a Box includes:

  • Domain
  • Microsoft 365 Subscription
  • Remote Device Monitoring and Security Updates
  • Cyber Security and Backup
  • Helpdesk

If you would like more information download this info-sheet

Click here for the Tech 24/7 Business in a Box info sheet

Or contact Tech 24/7 by visiting their directory listing here

Technology Support 24/7 Limited

 

 

LIGHT UP FOR LOVE ❤

Tis Sunday 14th February – VALENTINES DAY. ❤

Join us, in whatever way you can by lighting up your door, house, windows or garden with some Valentine hearts, spreading love and kindness to all who passes.

You can use what you have or create something new with things you have at home already.

Do anything you like and please share any creative ideas here.

Please spread the word and we look forward to a little bit of sparkle on Sunday.

Find out more here –

Light up for Love

Contact details can be found on Made in Clayton West’s directory listing on our website –

Made in Clayton West

Clayhouse Interiors provides a totally bespoke service

Over 20 years’ experience in the Kitchen & Bedroom industry,  Marc provides a totally bespoke service, from concept to completion.

No two designs are the same.

With access to beautiful showrooms and direct accounts with major manufacturers.

From traditional designs to Italian inspired contemporary design, whatever you choose, Clayhouse Interiors deliver to the highest of standard.

Aconbury Porcelain Establishing Shot

Clayhour Interiors  use ArtiCad 3D design to help you visualise your space and deliver innovative design.

With a choice of over 150 different cabinets in any colour, together with a full range of doors, with the option of bespoke creations.

They pride ourselves on the quality and workmanship of our service.

 

Marc offers a full personalised client led service getting to know you and your vision.

“Having already worked with Marc on our new kitchen, we had no hesitation in engaging him to design our bespoke bedroom furniture. We are not disappointed with the results and again benefitted from Marc’s attention to detail and fantastic customer service.”

Simon, Huddersfield

 

Visit Clayhouse Interiors directory listing for contact details and more here –

Stockist wanted for Jane Middleton Art

Shout out to greetings card and print stockists:

Hi, I’m a local illustrator from shepley and I design and produce greetings cards and giclee prints.

I have some new designs that I sell via my Etsy shop www.Etsy.com/shop/janemiddletonart

My work is quirky and humorous, and the card quality is to a high professional standard and had stamped with my logo on the back. They are blank inside and nice and big (A5) so there’s plenty of space for a message.

I’m looking to stock my cards with local businesses that are currently permitted to remain open.

If you’d be interested please contact Jane Middleton Art  –

Jane Middleton Art

To my Valentine

Jane Middleton Art Valentine Better TogetherJane Middleton Art Old and wrinkly love

 

 

Enterprise Print Special Offer – Vouchers

Enterprise Print LogoEnterprise Print have been printing for local businesses and individuals for over 30 years.

They specialise in Digital Printing – which is the most economical way to print stationery items in colour in small quantities.

Most of their work is things like Business Cards – Loyalty cards – Vouchers – Posters – Leaflets – Booklets and Brochures and Marketing Packs for the Marketing side of a business,  NCR Sets, Books and Pads for the administrative side of a business and then Invites, Greetings Cards, Books & Calendars for the general public.

They use the latest digital technology using the very best Xerox equipment and have two machines to ensure that they have the capacity to hit deadlines and not let their customers down – Much of their work is turned around for the following day.

Since 2013, Enterprise Print are part of the LGP Group based in Leeds, who has the very latest Litho equipment for those bigger jobs – and they also have a vast array of specialist finishing equipment for things like Laminating Foiling Embossing and stringing.

Special Offers

Enterprise Print Example of Gift Voucher 400x193Enterprise Print are currently trying to help out many of our local business that have been badly hit through Covid by doing a special offer on Vouchers – particularly for businesses in the beauty industry – Hair, Nails Make up or general wellness.

Vouchers are a great way for these businesses to still generate some income NOW whilst they have to remain closed.

Enterprise Print can do lots of different kinds of vouchers – from special offer vouchers offering discounts to ones that have an immediate monetary value – or for specific treatments.

And they have ways of ensuring levels of security that makes it impossible to copy or reproduce – from a basic number system – to more elaborate things like holographic foiling or micro imaging.

 

Contact Enterprise Print for any questions or enquiries. 

They are here to help

Enterprise Print

Marvel in the beauty of Iceland with your Travel Counsellor

A three-night actioned packed trip to Iceland to look forward to in February 2022.

Tick off a bucket list trip with us on this exclusive trip with James Houtby Travel Counsellor. Northern Lights

We start this trip with a welcome dinner in a restaurant not far from Reykjavik harbour which is our next port of call as we embark on a search for the Northern Lights out at sea.

Day two, we take in the Blue Lagoon which is considered one of the “New Wonders of the World”.  Once we arrive back in Reykjavik you will have the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.

Day three is the highlight of the trip we take in The Pearl, a private Golden Circle Super Jeep tour and Snowmobile tour is an Iceland adventure where you will experience some of Iceland’s most famous and exciting natural phenomena by exploring the Golden Circle.  This is topped off with an unforgettable snowmobile tour on Langjökull glacier.  During our trip we will see active hot spring geysers and Gullfoss one of Iceland’s most powerful waterfalls.

Tick off this bucket list item with your personal Travel Counsellor who will be on hand during the whole trip.

This is just a brief overview of the trip, to view the full details and pricing please download the full trip details here

IcelandThis is just a flavour of what we have to offer, your holidays should be as unique as you are, and no two holidays should ever be the same.

James Houtby Travel Counsellor offers a fully bespoke, tailor made service being with you every step of the way alleviating the stresses of booking your holiday allowing you to enjoy the whole process of turning your dreams into reality.

If Iceland is not quite your thing fear not, together we can make your dream holiday a reality, let me help you create memories which will last a lifetime!

James Houtby Travel Counsellors details

 

Visit James Houtby Travel Counsellor’s directory listing here  –

James Houtby – Travel Counsellors

Buy a Ko-fi on Mad Friday 2020

3 acres December 2020It’s Mad Friday 2020 and the pubs are not allowed to open.

We have been out over the last week, hand delivering our Christmas Postcards – because nothing says Christmas like a postcard … And it’s broken our heart not being able to go into the pubs, restaurants and cafes to hand deliver our postcards.

Many other organisations have been affected, either being able to, or restricted in how they are able to trade.

The situation was especially heightened when trying to deliver to churches and community centres – most of whom don’t appear to have letter boxes by the way.

Please support these organisations wherever you can.

Earlier in the year we inspired by the Unpretentious Network, who have run superb networking events throughout #thistime and asked for you to simply buy them a coffee via @kofi_button.

So, we created our own Kofi button and welcome you to donate to a fund to be used to support these organisations.

ko-fi.com/hd8network

Buy HD8 Network ko-fi appTo support this campaign please buy the organisation at the heart of our communities a coffee, a pint, maybe a round.

If you are one of the #affected organisations, please get in touch and let us know how we can support you during these extremely hard times. Tell us why you deserve it and what you can do in reciprocation and we can talk free membership during these tough times.

 

Want to shop local and buy amazing Christmas gifts?  Visit our Virtual High Street and watch our HD8 does QVC on our YouTube Channel.

Or catch up with us on the variety of social media platforms we chat and share on.

 

 

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.

Think Forensic Spot the Difference

Win a Children’s Crime Buster or Spy Kit.

Can you spot the 3 differences between the Christmas trees?

T&C’s apply.  Email answers to Hello@ThinkForensic.co.uk on or before 16th December 2020.

For T&C’s visit – https://www.thinkforensic.co.uk/competition-tcs-2

 

Find Think Forensic on our Christmas Virtual High Street

HD8 Christmas Virtual High Street

For more information and Think Forensic contact details please visit their listing in our directory here –

Think Forensic

Local Restrictions Grant Update

Applications for the Local Restrictions Support Grants are now live visit www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness

Information on the open and upcoming grant schemes can be found below:

National Lockdown Support Grant

For businesses forced to close due to national restrictions between 5 November and 2 December 2020

Business premises forced to close in England from 5th November as part of the national lockdown measures will receive grants worth up to £3,000 per 28 days under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) scheme.

Eligibility

To be eligible, your business must:

  • be in Kirklees
  • have been registered as the occupier for Business Rates on 4th November 2020
  • have been open and trading as usual before the restrictions
  • have been providing services in person to customers from the premises
  • be required to close under the government’s national lockdown restrictions

Businesses required to close, or remain closed

  • All non-essential retail
  • Hospitality venues
  • Accommodation
  • Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities
  • Entertainment venues
  • Personal care facilities
  • Community centres and halls – unless exempt
  • Places of worship, apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals
  • Nightclubs
  • Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars.

A more detailed list is published in Closing certain businesses and venues in England

Businesses which will be eligible for the following grant

  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 5 November 2020 will receive a payment of £1,334 per 28-day qualifying restriction period
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 5 November 2020 will receive a payment of £2,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on 5 November 2020 will receive £3,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period
  • Businesses who appear on the rating list and who have been forced to remain closed under national restrictions since March 2020 will receive an additional payment to cover the period 1st November 2020 to 4th November. This includes:
    • Nightclubs, dance halls and discotheques
    • Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars

 

Tier 2 Local Restrictions Support Grant

For businesses who were significantly impacted by Tier 2 local restrictions between 5th August 2020 and 4th November 2020

Leisure, hospitality or accommodation businesses that were not legally required to close but that have been severely impacted by the restrictions under Tier 2 will receive a grant of up to £2,100 per 28 days under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (open) scheme.

Eligibility

To be eligible, your business must:

  • be in Kirklees
  • be a leisure, hospitality or accommodation business
  • occupy premises registered for businesses rates (businesses that do not pay rates directly to Kirklees Council, for instance businesses in shared workspace or bed &breakfasts who pay Council Tax rather than Business Rates are eligible to apply but will be required to supply additional evidence of occupation, for instance a rental agreement or invoice)
  • have been open and trading as usual before the restrictions
  • have been providing services in person to customers from the premises
  • have been severely impacted by Tier 2 restrictions

Eligible businesses include

  • Hospitality venues – cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs
  • Accommodation businesses – hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites
  • Leisure and sports facilities – including sports facilities, leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting range.

Businesses which will be eligible for the following grant

  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 5th August 2020 will receive a grant of up to £934 per 28-day period
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 5th August 2020 will receive a grant of up to £1,400 per 28-day period
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local Business Rates rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a grant of up to £2,100 per 28-day period.

 

Kirklees Discretionary Support Grant Scheme

The council has also been given funding to develop a discretionary grant scheme to help those businesses which – while not legally forced to close from 5th November – are nonetheless severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID-19.

Make an expression of interest for the Discretionary Grant

Email us if you are interested business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk

After you have emailed them

They will contact you with updates on this scheme when further information is available.

 

Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome

Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome logoOne positive side-effect of lockdown is that many more locals have discovered the pleasures of walking in the beautiful countryside of the Denby Dale district, which has an excellent network of public rights of way.

Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome Group works to promote walking in the area.

You can download 18 splendid walk leaflets, of different lengths from their website –

www.denbydale-walkersarewelcome.org.uk

 

 

 

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.