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

 

#WhereinHD8 continues

You will be pleased to hear that we have decided to continue with our #WhereinHD8 campaign.

#WhereinHD8 HD8 Network

But this time we want to draw attention to the different villages in the HD8 area.

On our website there is a page for each village (found on our homepage) where we aim to provide details of the village, as well as a sample of the local events and business based there.

Each Friday we will be spotlighting the different #HD8 villages on social media linking to the pages on our website and ask you for contributions.

Do you have information that you would like to update the pages with?

Maybe you could recommend businesses and events that would benefit from featuring here.

If so, please get in touch and share your photos and stories, while sharing and engaging with our social media posts, to help us reach more people.

Where in the HD8 do you think is amazing and why?

SlingLibrary bring new offering to HD8

SlingLibrary have started to run walks with parents in the local area, providing companionship and information exchange while enjoying the great outdoors

Slinglibrary.com are all about helping you make life easier.

And now they are helping you to get stuff done while being out in nature together.
Hands free cuddles
Helping reduce colic symptoms
Simply allowing you to eat a meal with a knife and fork.
slinglibrary.comSlingLibrary.com have been run from Library’s, playgyms and public halls and have supported thousands of families in Huddersfield and Halifax over the last 10 years.
Then Coronavirus happened and everyone was told to stay home, stay safe, avoid people and not take unnecessary journeys.
Rachel from SlingLibrary.com says “It feels like a lifetime since our last libraries ran. And for our newborns it is!
We recommend all parents of new babies attend our bump to baby session which we’ve moved online for now. We’ve been managing coronavirus safe collections and drop offs of slings.
But we’ve not been having the impact on our community that we love to give.
We’ve heard of parents isolated, unable to make the lasting friendships that help you transition to the parent you want to be.
We’ve heard of loneliness and fear being a double edged sword.
Keeping parents stuck and the loss of people contact increasing their fear of catching the virus.
We’ve seen the smouldering smoke as a larger problem of maternal mental health begins to decline and we’ve decided to make a stand!”

One thing coronavirus has taught us is simplicity, slowing down and appreciating the now. It’s also reminded us of humanity’s ability to adapt and survive.

SlingLibrary Sling Walks outside
So, moving forwards, as part of the SlingLibary.com’s covid-19 recovery plan, they are looking forward to regular walks. Bringing parents and families together in a socially distanced way, enabling contact without putting ourselves in a situation that feels unsafe or that we’re not comfortable with.
SlingLibrary Sling Walks UmbrellasThey are introducing summer holiday walks, taking socially distanced parents out for walks.
Bringing parents together in the fresh air which is well documented to improve mental wellbeing.
Regardless of weather!
But it will be more than that, each week they will discuss a theme, bring the world to life for your little ones and give play ideas to use throughout the week with your babies and young children.

At the moment there are regular walks planned in Scissett and Wyke, with travelling walks as our family life allows.

They are starting a 3 month project; to record the impact this has on families at the end of August.
After then sessions will cost £6.  It is advisable to block book to get the most out of the play ideas and learn about helping your baby develop.
While the SlingLibrary.com are fine tuning their walks they are offering their time and expertise in exchange for donations.

Walks in Scissett weekly on Tuesday.

Walks in Wyke every other week on Fridays.

Pop up walks – look out on Facebook.

For more information and contact details please visit the SlingLibrary’s directory listing

Sling Library

Measure the traffic received

Did you know that you can track the amount of traffic you receive from the HD8 Network?

Providing that you use Google Analytics (or similar software) on your website.

Listings on our directory provide information to enable people to get in touch with you.
This includes contact details and links to your social media and website.

The HD8 Network can measure how many views your listing receives. As well as the links that are clicked, the email addresses that have been clicked on to be used, and the downloads that have occurred. Silver or Gold Members receive reports of this activity as part of their membership.

However, did you know that you are also able to measure the activity at your end?

Log into your Google Analytics account; click on Acquisition, All Traffic, Source/Medium.

The traffic from us should show with descriptions like –

HD8network?utm_source=HD8network / Directory_Listing

HD8network / Directory_Listing

During a recent member’s account management meeting we were discussing their membership, helping them to optimise their exposure and the traffic that their listing had generated.

This is copy of the report that the member produced in their Google Analytics, which shows the traffic their website has received from us.

If you would like to find out more about the HD8 Network Membership benefits please visit – www.HD8network.co.uk/Join or get in touch.

 

Do you know we have a Events Calendar?

I thought I would remind you about our Events Calendar on the website.

It is free for organisations to list their events on our online events calendar.

Ordinarily you would have found lots of interesting things to do … however a small pandemic had us delete all pre-standing events and now it is looking a bit empty and boring.

Currently we only have some business networking events and the sling library socials.

But we know that there is a lot more happening than that!

List your event or activity now for free – https://www.hd8network.co.uk/add-your-event/

You do not need to be a member of the HD8 Network to make use of the calendar.

We say if it is of interest to those who work, rest and play in the HD8 area it is okay to upload your event.

So, you might also find events further afield too.

HD8 Network Events CalendarCome and find different events for you and your family.

Whether you are looking for activities for the kids, a new skill you want to learn or a day out.

Normally there would be groups, events and fairs listed all the time and we want to get back to this.

So please tell everyone about the events calendar, add your events and keep checking back to see what else is going on.

We offer promotional packages for events who want further promotion outside of the events calendar.  If this might be of interest to you, please get in touch.

If you were a member of the HD8 Network, we would remind you to send us content to share on your behalf and offer you the opportunity to work with us to help you find your story

To find out more about our listing and membership packages please visit – www.hd8network.co.uk/join/

Wow! I didn’t know all that was available!

HD8 Network Wow! I did not know all that was availableDo you know how often we are told this when we finally get a chance to speak to people and explain what we offer?

So many people have a preconception of what it is we do and do you know how hard it is to overcome a preconception?

Most people know us for our networking events and we realise that this is probably entirely our fault, as we need to regularly promote them to make sure that we get the bums on seats … especially now they are happening twice a month!

But I think the association to these type of events is due to us having #Network in our name (Even my daughter calls it HD8 Networking Event – but I think she does it to wind me up).

But a Network is exactly what we are.
We are a platform for communication in the HD8 area of Huddersfield.

Other people think that we are just Facebook Groups and many possibly don’t realise that we manage a range of them. We have recently changed our posting policy in the Facebook Groups, so that now only members of the HD8 Network can promote their business in there … but do you know how much confusion that has caused? LOADS!! Especially, we think because you can be a member of a Facebook Group, as well as a member of the HD8 Network. And we often have people tell us they are a member of the HD8 Network when they are not even subscribed to our mailing list – possibly haven’t even visited our website.

One of the things that nearly everyone thinks that we do – which we definitely don’t – is publish and distribute the magazine through your door #DefinitelyNotUs

What most people don’t realise is that we ALSO have an online events calendar, business directory, share content via our news page on our website and on our social media channels, have a mailing list of engaged subscribes, offer a range of membership packages for businesses to promote themselves, as well as provide account management to help our members get the exposure they desire.

We are also developing packages for the larger businesses in the area, to compliment their CSR and employee benefit policies and we go out of our way to help community groups and charities.

Did you know we did all of this?
What did you think we did?
I would love the opportunity to discuss this further with you.

HD8 gets a brand-new co-working and meeting Venue

With a host of businesses as well as a myriad of remote workers living in the area, it is not before time that we are about to have a dedicated co-working and meeting space in Denby Dale that is open to anyone in or out of the area.

The Flex Collective is the brainchild of Jayne Adamson who herself worked from home, alone, throughout 2019 and found it both challenging and lonely.  She decided to look for a coworking space to hang out in but liked the idea of staying local, avoiding costly travel and parking costs as well as the commute time.  Until now nothing like this existed in our area so Jayne decided to set it up herself.

The space, which is inside Westleigh House near to the train station, will have a co-working area that holds 9 people and as the name suggests is totally flexible to the needs of its members.  Whether you want somewhere to work just a day a week or three days a week or just to use it on an ad-hoc basis that is entirely up to you.  It works via a membership scheme on the basis that the more you use it the better value it is.

Flex collective HD8 Network member

As well as the co-working side of things, Jayne also recognised the need for the area to have a professional meeting space so has designed this flexible space so that it can work as a business lounge for small non private meetings and also can be booked out by the hour or the day for any kind of meeting for up to 24 people.

There will be training workshops held there which are designed to help business owners to drive their businesses forward with the first ones booked in for very small groups to concentrate on their social media strategy where the attendees will learn how to set their strategy, what platforms they should be posting on and how to set them up and use them to get the best from them.  They will also get 121 advice following the workshop from The Flex Collectives very own social media manager.

And finally, as one of the many challenges that Jayne has recognised being a home worker is the lack of access to office equipment, there will be printing, photocopying and binding facilities, in face anything you would expect to find in a fully stocked office available to members, visitors and the general public.

The aim of The Flex Collective as a business is not just about the space, it is about creating a community of supportive ‘colleagues’ who’s advice and experience we can each call upon if we have a particular challenge and also to have a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to work or meet in whenever the mood takes us.

With government advice changing so quickly Jayne has been ensuring that the space is a safe place to be and is hoping to open the doors officially on the 6th of July.  She is currently offering show arounds on a one to one basis for anyone interested in having a look and a social distanced chat and cuppa.  Please do get in touch with her if you want a nosey.

More details for the Flex Collective can be found by visiting their directory listing here –

The Flex Collective

Business Resilience Survey launched to understand impact of Covid-19 in Kirklees (flyer attached)

Businesses across Kirklees are being asked to complete a business resilience survey to identify the support they need to recover and build resilience beyond the Covid-19 crisis. The results will help the Council business team, and other regional business support organisations, understand the impact of Covid-19 across the District and provide support where it is needed the most.

The survey will be open until Friday 26 June and a summary of the results will be published on the Council website.

To complete the business resilience survey please visit www.kirklees.gov.uk/businesssurvey. If you have any questions about the survey please get in touch with the Kirklees Business Team at business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk.

Local Discretionary Grant Fund

Eligible small businesses in Kirklees who have been impacted by Covid-19 can now apply for up to £10,000 to help with ongoing fixed property-related costs through the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund. Applications must be made online before Monday 22 June 2020.  This new Government grant fund has been launched to help many of the small businesses who didn’t qualify for financial support under the other Government Covid-19 business grant schemes.

Grants will be awarded based on submitted evidence of actual property-related costs incurred by applicants, including rent, service charges, contribution to landlord rates and other specified property costs, as well as evidence of loss of income due to Covid-19.

The government has set out clear criteria on eligibility and the fund is therefore available to the following types of businesses in Kirklees:

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces which do not have their own business rates assessment will receive up to 6 month’s actual/forecast property costs, capped at £10,000 per applicant.
  • Regular market traders with fixed property costs, that do not have their own business rates assessment will receive up to 6 months actual/forecast property costs, capped at £2,500 per applicant.
  • Bed and breakfasts which pay council tax instead of business rates will receive up to 6 months actual/forecast property costs, capped at £3,000 per applicant.
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief will receive up to 6 months actual/forecast property costs, capped at £10,000 per applicant.

Businesses who have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or Self-employed Income Support Scheme will also be eligible to apply for this scheme, but those who have already received support from the Small Business Grant Fund; Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund; or other Government coronavirus support schemes will not be able to apply.

Applications for the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund must be made online by Monday 22 June 2020. For further information and to apply visit our website.

HD8 Network Social Meetup

We are well known for holding events for businesses Meetups, however our Social Meetup will purely be a social event and have a strict no selling policy.

This event is focused on those who rest and play in the area.

To talk about what we have been up to for leisure and pleasure. Or how homeschooling is going. What walks people have been on. The wonderful sights they have seen in the HD8 area.

Perhaps you might want to talk about the places you have been able to buy things, however this is not a promotional event – by all means let people know if you run a business. But think about this as the pub or church coffee morning – this is purely a social event.

Icebreaker

It is always easier to start a conversation with an ice breaker.

It would be good if you came prepared to the Social Meetup with an ice breaker.  A suggestion from literature is to share 1 very interesting thing, 2 moderately interesting things, 3 very dull things

… or more simply you could have an example of why you love the HD8 postcode area of Huddersfield, and share positive news and stories.

If, however, you fancy joining, but do not wish to participate other than listening, that is okay too.

Format

We have the option of having one big conversation, or splitting into groups. Depending on number of attendees.

We also have the option of holding a speed social (similar to speed dating or speed networking – but we are not looking for proposals for marriage or business!), just to talk to some different people.

Speed Social would allow you to have lots of mini conversations, instead of open discussion in front of everyone at the same time.

Feel free to message us either through Facebook or email if you would like to understand more or express any preferences.

Tickets

Book your ticket here – hd8networksocialmeetup.eventbrite.co.uk

Our first Social Meetup event on Thursday will be free to join

We have created a JustGiving Page for you to be able to donate a contribution. www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/hd8network

Our suggested ticket price is £5-10 but please give what you can.  Your generosity will be much appreciated.

Our aim is to build a community fund which can be used to provide support to local groups and organisations in the area.
Whether it is to help groups go back to normal or provide services in the meantime.

Future Social Meetup events

We would love to host lots of other social Meetups.
Would you like to volunteer to be part of it?

Did you previously run a mother and baby group? We are actively seeking volunteers to tune in and help run Mother With babies session.  These are aimed at mums getting together and not the activity of the child.

We have also considered Parents with homeschooling chat.

Perhaps a book clubs, or movie review night.

Would you like to volunteer to be part of it?

You can be demonstrating or passionately talking about your business which can help promote it.

We are hatching a plan for a HD8 Network Show and Tell, where we are inviting people to provide content for our event …. If you are an entertainer, dancer or gym instructor, or a Painter, Builder or Plumber giving DIY tips, or reading poetry or stories, exhibiting a photo collection … what would you like to watch or maybe offer?

You can be promoting a business (but don’t be too salesy, as no one likes being sold too) or just passionate about what you do.

Never used Zoom before?

Get in touch before the meeting and we can do a practise run and talk you through it.

Support charities in the 2.6 Challenge

As many of you will know, Sunday 26th April was supposed to be the London Marathon but instead it’s now the 2.6 challenge day.

The Huddersfield Giants Community Trust are asking for support in the 2.6 challenge to help UK charities, like themselves, through the pandemic.

Huddersfield Giants Community Trust 2.6 challengeThe idea is to create a 2.6 challenge using the numbers 2 & 6 whether its walking 2.6 miles, 26 star jumps or having a zoom call with 26 people doing an activity 26 times.

HGCT is asking everyone to get involved and share their challenges on social media, donating to help keep us continuing our good work in the community.

Please take a look at their website for more information – https://hgct.co.uk/be-a-2-6-hero/

Huddersfield Giants Community Trust is a registered charity and non-profit making organisation.  Using the influence of professional sport, the trust is responsible for all community sports and educational activities on behalf of Huddersfield Giants Rugby League.

The charity uses the power of sport to inspire people of all ages and abilities through four key areas: Sport, Education, Health and Social Inclusion. The Trust engages with over 200,000 people every year through sports coaching within The Zone, local schools, grassroots clubs and the wider community.

Within their home The Zone, the Trust also provides further opportunities for the community, including their own post 16 Education facility which provides students with the opportunity for further study. HGCT also delivers the NCS programme to hundreds of youngsters across the region every year.

For Huddersfield Giants Community Trust’s contact details please check out their listing on our directory

Huddersfield Giants Community Trust

Kirklees Council Showcasing local business diversification – Coronavirus Pandemic

Kirklees CouncilKirklees Council knows this is an incredibly difficult time for local businesses and we’re keen to showcase those that have adapted, fundamentally changed or refocussed their business models during the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Over the next couple of months we’ll be running a marketing campaign:

  • to celebrate business success
  • promote lessons that could be transferred to other businesses/sectors of the economy
  • look towards the economic recovery from the virus

I’m looking for businesses in Kirklees that have:

If you know of any currently, or hear of any businesses over the few months that meet this criteria please email business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk with the business name, contact details and a quick summary of how the business has adapted (or ask the business to get in touch if you don’t want to forward details).

Many thanks

Kirklees Business Team

Update; Help businesses in Kirklees to apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HMRC’s online claims system for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has launched today, Monday 20th April. Businesses participating in the scheme will be able to claim up to 80% of the wages of employees who would otherwise have been laid off as a result of the virus, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.

Government Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - information from Kirklees CouncilThe scheme has now been extended to the end of June 2020 and businesses can claim for furloughed employees who were on their PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020.

Further details about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are included in the attached flyer which has been updated with the latest information and at www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness.

The Council is working to ensure that all Kirklees businesses are aware of the full range of support available, including the Job Retention Scheme, and we would appreciate your ongoing assistance to achieve this.

Please share this message and flyer via your own local networks to help us reach business owners across Kirklees. Business owners can also contact the Council’s Business Team if they have any questions about the scheme at business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk.

Further updates you may be interested in today:

Many thanks for your support.

Kirklees Council Business Team

Virtual Meetups now free for Silver Members

It is an unprecedented world at the moment and because of this, we are having to be ever evolving.  We are trying to adapt so that we can continue to support the local area.  One of the ways that we have been doing this, is by transferring our business networking events to Virtual Meetups – which are now FREE for Silver members, as well as Gold members.

Our virtual Meetups give local businesses the opportunity to introduce their products and services.  However we have also found the Meetups are having a positive impact on attendees social life as well as mental health.

Virtual Meetups on Zoom are free for Silver MembersThe Meetup sessions are held on Zoom on Thursday mornings starting at 10am

We had initially agreed to hold the events fortnightly – more regularly than our normal monthly events.  However, it was not as easy to set this up on Eventbrite (how we process the ticket purchasing).  So we have decided to hold these weekly.

Once a month these events will be supported by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), whereby their members can attend our virtual Meetups for free.

These Virtual Meetups will cost

  • £10 to non members,

  • £5 for Bronze members and FSB members (if it is not the ‘Supported by FSB’ Meetup),

  • Free for Silver and Gold Members.

At our Virtual Meetup on Thursday 16th April, we were able to replicate our unique Speed Networking format, as seen at our physical Meetups over the past 7 years.  All agreed that they liked the format and it had been productive for them.

Survey results showed that attendees thought these events were –

  • useful for their business, enjoyable and that they will attend further ones.

  • also beneficial to attendees social life and mental health.

If you would like to join us for one of our Meetups please visit our Eventbrite profile to book your ticket – HD8network.Eventbrite.co.uk

However if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us (during reasonable hours) on 07790705223.

If you would like to find out more about our membership packages and to sign up please visit – www.HD8network.co.uk/join

Help businesses in Kirklees to apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Government has announced details of a package of financial support for businesses and the self-employed to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 virus.

This includes a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme that will pay up to 80% of the wages of employees who would otherwise have been laid off as a result of the virus, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.

Further details are included in the attached flyer and at www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness.

The Council is working to ensure that all Kirklees businesses are aware of the full range of support available, including the Job Retention Scheme, and we would appreciate your ongoing assistance to achieve this.

Please share this message and flyer via your own local networks to help us reach business owners across Kirklees.

Business owners can also contact the Council’s Business Team if they have any questions about the scheme at business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk.

Many thanks for your support.

Kirklees Council Business Team